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.
One of the flagships of the International Cartographic Association’s instruments is the Barbara Petchenik Children Map Drawing Competition. It is amazing how much positive interest this is getting whenever the idea and the results are displayed!
It is truly according to the mission of ICA to promote the role of maps and the importance of cartography, when school children of different age groups all over the world are not only confronted with maps, but are actively involved in making and understanding maps.
The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a real success story. In order to ensure that the success story continues, it is useful to revisit concept, perspectives, thoughts related to this from time to time. This is exactly what Jesus Reyes Nunez, Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, is proposing in his document “Exchanging ideas about the Barbara Petchenik Competition“.
May I ask all of you to read his ideas and share your thoughts as a comment below the article. Thank you for helping us to ensure that the Barbara Petchenik Competition remains a success story.
– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association
Maps featured in the graphic on top (from left to right): My Place in Today’s World is a World Where Friends are Very Important to Me by Keagen Madodzi (5), South Africa, 1st place <6 years (2013), Peace & Harmony by Wang Zhiling (12), China, 2nd place, 9–12 years (2013), The World at my Fingertips – Remains a Puzzle by Hayden Livingstone (15), New Zealand, 1st place 12–15 years (2011)
The 10th Jubilee Conference of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage marked with many references on the International Map Year 2015–2016 successfully took place in Corfu. It was attended by 173 participants from 22 countries including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, with many studends among them.
The conference was preceded by the intensive workshop “Georeference for ‘non-experts’“, especially designed for participants coming from humanities, map-curatorship and map-archiving, attended by 26 participants from 12 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong-China, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovenia and United States.
– Evangelos Livieratos,
Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage
Ferjan Ormeling – former ICA Secretary General & Treasurer (1999-2007) and recipient of the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal (2009) – received the academic title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in a ceremony held on May 7, 2015, for his outstanding contributions to international cartography.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Faculty of Engineering, unanimously accepted the proposal of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering following the academic nomination by Profs E. Livieratos, C. Boutoura, A. Kousoulakou (AUTH Cartoheritage Group).
Evangelos Livieratos, Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage read the Laudatio, highlighting Ferjan’s career highlights and achievements in cartography at home and internationally, as well as his support and contribution to contemporary Greek cartography, which was also acknowledged in 2008 by a honorary membership in the Hellenic Cartographic Society. In front of a full audience – including the rector, faculty deans, school chairs, professors and the Hellenic Cartographic Society president L. Tsoulos – the new AUTH Doctor h.c. gave a lecture on “Ptolemy’s heritage: the Atlas as an ordering device”. With a series of illustrated evidence he recalled the impact of Ptolemy’s “Geographia” in the development of the atlas legacy in the Low Countries starting with Erasmus in 16th century with the first published “Geographia” in West Europe in Greek language. He showed how the conceptual and contextual structure logic and the sequential patterns introduced by Ptolemy are still basis for the ordering and hierarchies of the content of modern atlases.
Ferjan also gave an interview to the Greek press agency focused on the challenges of modern cartography in the network era, well received and widely released online. His Dr h.c. lecture can be followed online in the official video of the full ceremony: http://www.auth.gr/node/18744 (starting from 52min)
The April 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.
It includes information about the upcoming commission event in Niterói (Brazil), the new book “Children Map the World” published by Esri, the 1st Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad, as well as short news illustrated with photos related to the field of Cartography and Children.
The Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invite you to a joint Workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015).
The workshop aims at recording examples of current SDI practices with the aim of identifying benefits and challenges of implementing free and open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open (spatial) data in an SDI.
- Date: 20–21 August 2015
- Venue: Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Workshop website
Registration is now open! Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be confirmed by e-mail.
For further information please visit the workshop website or contact the local organisors: Prof. Silvana Camboim, Head of ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS lab at Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) and Dr. Julia Celia Mercedes Strauch
On behalf of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), we are looking forward to welcoming you to Rio!
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.
The organizers of the Joint ICA Symposium on Cartography Beyond the Ordinary World decided to extend the deadlines as follows:
- Submission of abstracts: 10 April 2015
- Notification of authors about acceptance: 23 April 2015
- Submission of full papers and abstracts for posters together with the registration form: 26 May 2015
- Arrival of registration form (for participants only) and payment: 10 June 2015
The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Planetary Cartography and Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management invite all of you to participate in this event. More detailed information can be found on the symposium website: niteroi2015.elte.hu
The event will be held in the Institute of Geosciences of the Fluminense Federal University in Niteroi (Brazil) during the 21st and 22nd of August, 2015 and it is organized within the International Map Year as well as the activities previous to ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.
Looking forward to meeting you in Niteroi next August!
On behalf of the four participating commissions and local organizers,