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New ICA poster series on Maps and Sustainable Development Goals
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Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9

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All chairs and vice-chairs of the ICA commissions and working groups were invited to join an ICA meeting in Vienna on 8–9 November 2015 to plan and discuss their activities for the term 2015–2019. 46 chairs, vice-chairs and members of the executive committee followed the invitation and spent two intensive workshop days at Technische Universität Wien.

Meeting participants

Commission chairs and vice-chairs

Working Group International Map Year

Executive Committee

Website

More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

Review of the LBS conference 2015 in Augsburg, Germany

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The 12th International Symposium on Location-Based Services was held in Augsburg, Germany, from 16–18 September 2015. It was addressed at researchers, industry operators and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or affined to Location Based Services (LBS). The conference featured Alexander Zipf from Heidelberg University and Xiaolin Meng from University of Nottingham as keynote speakers. An overview over the program can be found on lbs2015.tum.de. Selected papers are planned to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services.

– Jukka M. Krisp
Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services

Call for Participation, AAG Special Sessions on Cognition, Visualization, and User Issues

AAG Annual Meeting 2016The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization (Amy Griffin, UNSW Canberra), the Commission on Visual Analytics (Anthony Robinson, Penn State) and the Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues (Kristien Ooms, UGent) invite papers on spatial cognition, geovisual analytics, and usability/utility of geographic information systems to be included in a series of sessions at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco from March 29–April 2, 2015.

We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions exploring geocomputation, geovisualization, navigation and wayfinding, map use, user studies, and methodologies for designing, developing, and evaluating geographic information and tools that leverage geographic data.

Topics for these sessions include (but are not limited to):

  • geovisualization and visual analytics, implementation and use (technical and/or cognitive issues)
  • visualization, cognition, and use of uncertainty in decision making
  • application of geovisualization displays & tools to understanding spatial cognition
  • methods, techniques and tools for usability research
  • methods for and application of cognitive theories
  • human-geovisualization interaction and usability research
  • cognition of space-time representations
  • wayfinding and navigation: visualisation, usability and cognitive issues
  • cognitive map design research
  • user requirements for and usability of digital geographic displays

Participants

In addition to geographers, GIScientists, cartographers, and cognitive or behavioral geographers we also invite speakers from a broad range of disciplines, including psychology, cognitive science, education, HCI, etc.

To be considered for these sessions, please:

  1. Register and submit your abstract online following the AAG Guidelines.
  2. Email your presenter identification number (PIN), paper title, and abstract to Amy Griffin by October 25, 2015.
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Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2015

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in five categories. 

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The international jury this year at ICC2015 was chaired by Kenneth Field (UK), who is also the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design. Further jury members were: Derek Clarke, South Africa | Amy Griffin, Australia | Anja Hopfstock, Germany | Lorenz Hurni, Switzerland | Alexander Kent, United Kingdom | Takashi Morita, Japan | Anthony Robinson, USA | Vit Vozenilek, Czeck Republic | João Bosco, Brazil (LOC) | Luiz Henrique Castiglione, Brazil (LOC)

Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2015 below:

Atlases

3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

Atlases, 3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

Atlases, 2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

A comprehensive, detailed and high quality publication exploring all aspects of the Netherlands. The maps are clear, clean and well produced.

Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

Digital products

3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

Digital products, 3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

Digital products, 2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

An intuitive, digital multiscale map that presents detailed information in a legible and accessible fashion. Interaction is key and design is stylish.

Digital products, 1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

Educational Products

3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

Educational Products, 3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzli (Germany)

Educational Products, 2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzli (Germany)

1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

An educational aid to understanding map symbology. A simple approach to teaching map reading techniques and alternative representations.

Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)
Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

Other products

3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

Other products, 3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France / IGN)

Other products, 2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France/IGN)

1st place and public vote: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)

A combination of spectacular lenticular maps in a beautiful loose-leaf style presentation case. A lavish product with high quality design and production.

Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)
Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)

 

Paper maps

3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

Paper maps, 3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

Paper maps, 2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

A large format oblique view which represents the terrain in an attractive style. The detail invites you to explore. Artistic cartography at its best.

Paper maps, 1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

 

Congratulations to all winners!

All winners will be contacted to be featured in our Map of the Month section over the course of the next two years. For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2015, please check the PDF catalogue.

Photos and jury statements provided by Ken Field.

Winners of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The competition is first organized on a national level. The national winners can then compete in the international round, which takes place during the International Cartographic Conferences. This year at ICC2015, 189 drawings from 38 countries were exhibited. An international jury selected 12 winners in 4 categories. There was also a public vote, in which 287 people participated. Please find the wonderful results below.

Congratulations to all winners! Also a huge thank you to all participating children, their parents, teachers and national organizers.

Winners <6 years
1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania – I live here

1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania

2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria – The animals of the world

2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria

3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka – We'll fix the pieces to bring peace

3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka

 

Winners 6–8 years

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia – The whole world is on the same boat

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia

2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia – Our Earth and Pollutions

2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia

3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico – We are part of all

3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico


 

Winners 9–12 years
1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece – My place in today's world through my own vision

1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece

2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland – Europe is my home

2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland

3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania – Building bridges of peace across the world

3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania

 

Winners >12 years
1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China – A world of lotus, a world of harmony

1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China

2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary – Let the music for everyone

2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

 

Winner of the public vote
Public vote: 3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

Public vote: 3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Jury
Members of the jury

Members of the jury

The jury members were

  • Necla Ulugtekin, Turkey
  • José Jesús Reyes Nuñez, Hungary
  • Ana Maria Garra, Argentina
  • Angelica di Maio, Brazil (LOC)
  • Rumiana Vatseva, Bulgaria
  • Giedrė Beconytė, Lithuania
  • Dariusz Dukaczewski, Poland
  • Pilar Sanchez, Spain
  • Robert Edsall, USA
  • Carla Sena, Brazil, substitute member

Get to know the new ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019

27 commissions and 3 working groups were elected for the term 2015–2019 by the ICA General Assembly 2015. We are currently in the process of updating the website to reflect these changes. Also some of the commissions are still preparing or updating their websites. In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at the short “Commissions at a glance” presentations, which the new commissions chairs gave during ICC 2015:

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Congratulations to the ICA Research Scholars 2014/2015 #icc2015rio

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Laszlo Zentai and Georg Gartner congratulate the ICA Research Scholars 2015 at ICC2015 in Rio, Brazil. From left to right: Zbynek Sterba, Taien Ng-Chan, Amin Mobasheri, Jiri Pánek, Merve Keskin

ICA Research Scholarships are entitled to foster academic research in the domain of cartography and GIScience, to establish contact between young scientists and ICA Commissions, support young scientists to be able to actively contribute to ICA activities and events and to establish opportunities for young scientists within ICA publications and conferences.

At ICC2015, the ICA Research Scholarships 2014/2015 were awarded to the following five young scientists:

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Amin Mobasheri, Germany
Jiri Pánek,
Czech Republic
Merve Keskin, Turkey
Taien Ng-Chan, Canada
Zbynek Sterba, Czech Republic

Congratulations to all scholars!

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Honorary Fellowship for David Fairbairn

David Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDavid Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary Fellowship
During ICC 2015, David Fairbairn received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Bill Cartwright‘s laudation:

Dear colleagues,

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.

Congratulations David.

ICA Awards Ceremony #icc2015rio

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!

Recipients of ICA Awards at ICC2015

From left to right: Trisha Moriarty as representative of David Fraser, José Jesús Reyes Nuñez, Elri Liebenberg, David Fairbairn, Vladimir Tikunov, Corné van Elzakker

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)

Overview of ICA Awards presented at ICC2015

More pictures of the award ceremony and the 2nd day of ICC2015 can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

Welcome to ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro #icc2015rio

Today, the 27th International Cartographic Conference is opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

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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.

Impression from the first part of the general assembly. Photo by @mappingcenter

First part of the general assembly. Photo by @mappingcenter

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!

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