It gives me great pleasure to give the Laudation on the occasion of the awarding of the ICA Honorary Fellowship to Dr David Fairbairn.
I have known my colleague and friend, David Fairbairn for many years, having first met at British and ICA conferences. As well, David spent a sabbatical at my university whilst undertaking research in Australia.
David and I worked as colleagues for ICA, firstly when we were both Vice-Presidents of ICA, being elected at the Durban, South Africa General Assembly. In the next term we again served ICA, David as Secretary-General & Treasurer, and me as President. So, I know David very well and I am most aware of his dedicated work on behalf of ICA.
So some information about David: David’s ‘day’ job is at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Here he is the Degree Programme Director and undertakes research in the areas of accuracy of crowdsourced data and geovisualization and querying of spatial databases.
In ICA he has held a number of positions, namely:
- Vice‐President of ICA in the term 2003–2007
- Secretary-General & Treasurer in the term 2007–2011
- He is currently the Chair of the Commission on Education and Training
David has also represented ICA, as one of the ICA representatives (with me) on the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a coalition of leading international geospatial societies that speaks on behalf of the geospatial profession at international level, especially to the United Nations and other global stakeholders.
He also supports the ICA agenda, by being the editor of the ICA column in the GIM magazine. He has also written many reference works.
In the United Kingdom, David contributes to the activities of the British Cartographic Society, the British member of ICA. He is a Fellow of this Society and he has been editor of The Cartographic Journal, the journal of the British Cartographic Society.
David has contributed to ICA over many years. He has worked tirelessly as Vice-President, Secretary General & Treasurer and Commission Chair of the Education and Training Commission.
I applaud his devoted work for ICA. I consider that this award to David recognises his devotion to activities that support and grow our Associaton.
Dr David Fairbairn – a most deserved awardee of the International Cartographic Association’s Honorary Fellowship.
In the ICA Awards Ceremony this morning at ICC2015, the following six awards were presented in recognition of contributions to the ICA. Congratulations to all awardees!
ICA Honorary Fellowship
The ICA Honorary Fellowship is for cartographers of international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA. It includes a bronze medal.
- David Fairbairn, United Kingdom
- Vice-President (2003–2007)
- Secretary-General (2007–2011)
- Chairman of the Commission on Education and Training (2012–)
- Editor of the ICA GIM column
Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA
The Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA are for colleagues who have made special contribution to the ICA as commission officers or conference organizers.
- Vladimir Tikunov, Russia
- Chairman of the Commission on Education and Training (1999–2003)
- Vice-President (2003–2007)
- Chairman of the Working Group on GI for Sustainability (2007–2011)
- Chairman of the Commission on GI for Sustainability (2011–2015)
- Elri Liebenberg, South Africa
- Vice-President (1999–2003)
- Chair of the Working Group on the History of Colonial Cartography in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (2003–2007)
- Chair of the Commission on the History of Cartography (2007–2015)
- José Jesús Reyes Nuñez, Hungary
- Chairman of the Commission on Cartography and Children (2007–2015)
- Key organizer of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition from 2007
- Chairman of the International Jury (2005, 2007)
- Co-editor of three of the four books showing selections of map drawings made by children for the Barbara Petchenik Competitions from 2007
- David Fraser, Australia (not present)
- Chairman of the Commission on Education and Training (2007–2012)
- Editor of the eCARTO News (2012–present)
- Corné van Elzakker, The Netherlands
- Chairman of the Commission on Use and User Issues (2007–2015)
- Chairman of the Jury: ICA International Cartographic Exhibition (2007–2013)
More pictures of the award ceremony and the 2nd day of ICC2015 can be found on the ICA Facebook page.
Today, the 27th International Cartographic Conference is opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
After busy days with nine well-attended pre-conference workshops, the main conference will be opened today. The opening ceremony will also officially open the International Map Year 2015–2016. Dr. Gregory Scott from UN-GGIM will give a plenary keynote on the topic of “Positioning Geospatial Information to Address Global Challenges”.
Later today, also the Technical Exhibition, the International Cartographic Exhibition and the exhibition of the Barbara Petchenik Competition will open. More than 70 oral and poster sessions will follow in the next five days. All abstracts and papers are available on icc2015.org.
ICC2015 also hosts the 16th General Assembly of the ICA. All material and reports for the General Assembly can be found at icaci.org/general-assembly-2015. The first part took place yesterday, the second part – including the voting of the new ICA executive committee, the ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019 and the selection of the place for ICC2019 – will take place on Friday. All results will be published on the ICA website soon after the event.
To share your experiences and to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the conference, please use hashtag #icc2015rio.
Enjoy the conference!
The ICA Commission on Atlases, the Joint ICA Working Group and IGU Commission on Toponymy and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography invite you to a joint pre-conference Symposium on Atlases, Topography and the History of Cartography at the Brazilian Foundation of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro on 19–21 August 2015.
Contact: Dr. Ana Cristina da Rocha Bérenger Resende (local organizer)
More details will be available soon.
The new issue of e-Perimetron is now available at e-perimetron.org. It contains the following papers:
- E. Kiss, Zs. Ungvári, P. Fulajtár: Digital Map Collection Project at the National Széchényi Library
- R. Roset, V. Pascual, C. Montaner: From Gazetteer to Bounding Box: Using SDI Standards to Build a Geoportal for Ancient Maps in Catalonia
- M. Ballarin, C. Balletti, C. Gottardi: Automatic Systems for Digitizing Historical Maps
- V. Tsioukas, A. Koussoulakou, T. Jancsó: Falling into Place: Orientation and Viewing of Past Cityscapes in 3D Space
- (Research Note) A. Pődör: Experiment of Involving Students in Preserving Geographical Names Appearing on Historical Maps
The 10th Jubilee Conference and Workshop will take place in Corfu, 27–29 May 2015. Please find all details on the conference website.
More news can be found on the commission website.
ICA is proud to announce that the NASA World Wind Challenge Runner-up, sponsored by ICA, was won by Alex Dumitru and Vlad Merticariu from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, with their project WCPS Cross-Coverage Analysis.
For more details on the project, please visit worldwind.flanche.net
A list of all projects can be found at eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/projects2014
The newest book in the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography by Springer has been published:
About the book
Research in the field of automated generalisation has faced new challenges in recent years as a result of technological developments in web-based processing, new visualisation paradigms and access to very large volumes of multi-source data generated by sensors and humans. In these contexts, map generalisation needs to underpin ‘on-demand mapping’, a form of mapping that responds to individual user requirements in the thematic selection and visualisation of geographic information. It is this new impetus that drives the research of the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation (for example through its annual workshops, biannual tutorials and publications in international journals). This book has a coherent structure, each chapter focusing on core concepts and tasks in the map generalisation towards on-demand mapping. Each chapter presents a state-of-the-art review, together with case studies that illustrate the application of pertinent generalisation methodologies. The book addresses issues from data gathering to multi scaled outputs. Thus there are chapters devoted to defining user requirements in handling specifications, and in the application and evaluation of map generalisation algorithms. It explores the application of generalisation methodologies in the context of growing volumes of data and the increasing popularity of user generated content.
The commission is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage. This event will be held in Budapest on 4‑5 September 2014. It is organized by the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies to Cartographic Heritage and the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Eotvos Lorand University.
Paper abstracts should be submitted via e-mail by 1 May 2014. Full papers, not exceeding 5.000 words, should be e-mailed by 1 June 2014.
Please find all details on the conference website.
- Please note the 19th Conference of the Groupe des Cartothécaires, Ljubljana 22-24 May 2014.
- The Geoinformation Curator Group is a new cartography-related group, which is supported by the Commission.
- The new issue of e-Perimetron (No. 3, Vol. 8, 2013) is accessible online.
More updates can be found on the commission website.