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New ICA poster series on Maps and Sustainable Development Goals

Invitation to the International Symposion on Place Names in Windhoek, Namibia

The fourth International Symposium on Place Names (ISPN) will be held 18–20 September 2017 in Windhoek, on the campus of the University of Namibia. The theme of the symposium is Critical toponymy: Place names in political and commercial landscapes. It is jointly organised by the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy, the UFS, and UNAM.

The Call for Papers can be found on the conference website. Deadline for abstract submissions is 17 April 2017.

History of the International Symposion on Place Names

Peter E. Raper, one of South Africa’s foremost experts on the Bushman (San) substructures of place names, was appointed as a Professor Extraordinaire in Linguistics in 2011. Subsequently, his host department, then the Department of Language Management and Language Practice at the University of the Free State, together with the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment (ULFE), initiated the Place Name Symposium. His appointment as well as the hosting of the Symposium is now situated within the ULFE. The aim of this event is to provide a platform for the sharing of expertise and knowledge about place names for local as well as international researchers and government officials.

The Symposium became an international occurrence when the Joint IGU/ICA Commission on Toponymy came on board in 2015. Hosted every second year, this symposium is the only one in southern Africa that focuses on toponomy. The 2011 Symposium, entitled “Planning name changes – the quest for authenticity”, was hosted in Bloemfontein, as was the one in 2013 with the theme, “Place names in a multilingual society”. The Symposium in 2015, which focused on “Place names, diversity and heritage”, was held in Clarens. While the first three symposia were hosted in South Africa, the aim is to rotate hosting between southern African countries. As such, the 2017 Symposium will be held in Windhoek, in collaboration with the University of Namibia.

In line with developments in the field of toponomy, the theme for 2017 is “Critical toponomy: Place names in political and commercial landscapes”. The vision of the International Symposium on Place Names is to continue and promote the sharing of international expertise and collaboration on all aspects of place names.

For more information, please visit the conference website: ufs.ac.za/conferences/conference/2017-international-symposium-on-place-names

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Pluto and Charon mapped – for children

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The new map showing the New Horizons encounter hemispheres of Pluto and Charon is the result of a cooperation between the worlds of planetary science, cartography and arts.

It is the 7th map in the series of multilingual maps of planets and moons designed for children.

The map shows the geology of the surface together with characters taken from the informal nomenclature.

The map of the double planet, the larger named after Pluto, the god of the underworld; and the smaller after Charon, the ferryman between the worlds of the living and the dead, has the theme of the Halloween.

A specialty of this map compared to other, “scientific” maps is that while keeping cartographic accuracy, it links arts and science, and visualizes features in a way that is easier to interpret for the non-scientists.

The map premiered at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco last week.

The map is joint effort of graphic artist Adrienn Gyöngyösi and scientists working at NASA and SETI Institute (Henrik Hargitai, editor; and Ross Beyer who contributed with the text describing Pluto).

This nonprofit project is supported by the International Cartographic Association.

The map is free to download at childrensmaps.wordpress.com

Contact: henrik.i.hargitai//at//nasa.gov [ Press release ]

Invitation to the 12th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

You are invited to participate and present a paper in the 12th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held in Venice, Italy, 26–28 April 2016.

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences since 2006, is organising the 12th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage in Venice, Italy, 26-28 April 2017, in partnership with the IUAV – Laboratory of Cartography & GIS and Laboratory of Photogrammetry, the AUTH CartoGeoLab – Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis, and the MAGIC – Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.

The conference is organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2015–2019) and the topics treated by its Working Units:

  • Digitisation – Georeference.
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity.
  • Landscape change studies based on map-archival sources.
  • Visualisation of Cartoheritage, including thematic portals.
  • Interconnection of cartographic archival sources, especially map and textual data.
  • Historical terrestrial and aerial photography, including photo-related post-cards and relevant material – cartographic parametrisation.
  • Cartoheritage web providing issues.
  • Interaction of cartoheritage with map and geoinformation curatorship of cartodiversity.
  • Development of catoheritage as a cultural issue, within the context of GLAM, addressed to education and to the general public.
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage.
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities.
  • Other relevant issues of Cartoheritage ecosystem.

The conference is kindly hosted by the University IUAV of Venice; all working sessions will take place in IUAV’s Aula Magna, Tolentini, Santa Croce (see venue).

For more information about the conference please visit cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Venice2017/.

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Invitation to the ICA Pre-Conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

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In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2–7 July 2017 (http://icc2017.org/), the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division and the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases would like to invite you to attend their joint pre-conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases.

The workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC (USA), from Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June 2017.

Call for Papers

  • Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2017

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on any topic of merit addressing at least one of the subjects of the partnering ICA Commissions. The abstracts should be between 200 and 500 words long, written in English and provided as a Word file using this template. A brief biographical note should also be provided at the end of the abstract. Each author, either as sole author or co-author, may only submit one paper proposal; each paper has to be an original contribution that has not been published or presented before.

All submissions must be sent electronically via the online submission system. When submitting, authors will also be asked to indicate their interest to write a full paper after the conference which – if enough authors are interested – will be published in a dedicated conference volume.

Please find more information and updates on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/washington-dc-2017

Invitation to the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West

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Leiden University Libraries and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography kindly invite you to attend the International Symposium Mapping Asia – Cartographic Encounters between East and West on 15–16 September 2017 in Leiden, Netherlands.

The central theme of the conference is the mutual influence of Western and Asian cartographic traditions. The focus will be on where Western and Asian cartographic history meet. Geographically, the topics will be limited to South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia with special attention to India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

  • Topics and questions which will be discussed are:
  • What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map
  • Asian cartographic traditions
  • Asian toponomy and cartography
  • Cartography and intercultural contact
  • Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia
  • Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan
  • and all papers of merit

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During the symposium Leiden University Library will expose several exhibitions. The Asian collections of the special collections are internationally famous. The Bodel Nijenhuis Collection has large numbers of historical VOC maps. The Indonesia collection has many maps of the 19th and 20th century and includes the collections from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The Siebold collection contains a lot of Japanese maps and the collection of the Sinology Institute holds several Chinese maps.

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The symposium is held within the framework of the Leiden Asia Year. Throughout 2017, Leiden will be the leading center for Asia in terms of research, teaching, collections and expertise. The Leiden Asia Year 2017 was prompted by the building of the Asian Library on the roof of the University Library. The Asian Library will be opened on 14 September 2017. Participants are kindly invited to attend the opening of the Asian Library, the day before the symposium starts.

Fore more information, please consult the workshop website: blogs.library.leiden.edu/mappingasia

Summary of the workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies

One-day workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies

AutoCarto is a Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) research symposium held every two years. CaGIS is the US adhering body to the ICA. AutoCarto 2016 was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 14 – 16 September 2016.

The ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies held a very well-attended, successful one-day workshop on Advancing GIScience with Open Source Technologies the day before the start of Auto Carto. The agenda (details below) consisted of seven invited speakers and an open discussion session. The Chair of the commission, Silvana Camboim, opened the presentations and led the discussion. The Vice-Chair, Michael P. Finn, organized the workshop and served as the moderator.

All the presentations are available on GitHub at this URL: https://github.com/mfinnCEGIS/workshopAdvancingGIScienceOST/, which includes the original agenda announcing the workshop and a subdirectory of photographs.

There were 22 attendees from six nations, including the President of ICA, Menno-Jan Kraak, who sat in during the afternoon and contributed to the lively open discussion. In addition, at the start of the discussion session, Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA, did a short, overview presentation of “Geo forAll.”

Agenda

Invited Speakers (30 minutes each for presentation and questions)

  1. Experiences on How Openness Can Help to Reduce Inequality – Silvana Camboim, Federal University of Paraná – UFPR, BRAZIL, Commission Chair
  2. GRASS GIS as open source innovation platform: from dynamic visualizations to collaborative tangible modeling – Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA, co-authors: Anna Petrasova, Vaclav Petras, and Brendan Harmon
  3. Open-Source Software in the Cutting Edge Geocomputaion Research at ORNL – Alex Sorokine, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA
  4. Keeping Map Data Current Through the Use of Volunteered Geographic Information – James McAndrew, Colorado State University, contractor to the US National Park Service, USA
  5. Teaching Open Source Web Mapping – Carl Sack, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, co-author: Robert Roth
  6. Doing Datacubes in Open-Source: the rasdaman Scalable Array Engine – Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen, GERMANY
  7. Development of an Open Source 3D Browser to Visualize Modeling Results – Syed Monjur Murshed, European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER), GERMANY, co-authors: Jochen Wendel, Akila Sriramulu, and Alexandru Nichersu

Open Discussion: Future Directions: Thinking About the Road Ahead – chaired by Silvana Camboim

– Michael P. Finn
Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies

International Map Year is coming to a close…

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International Map Year (IMY) is coming to a close. Over the last 18 months, some 40 countries have been involved in arranging National Map Days and other types of national events in celebration of IMY. The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and its IMY Working Group are now working to determine whether the IMY concept could be continued with an annual Map Day. Because International GIS Day is held every year in November, it is possible that a suitable month for an International Map Day could be April or May, about six months later. A preliminary decision whether and when to declare such an International Map Day may be made by the IC EC at the 2017 International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in July in Washington, DC, USA, to be followed by a final decision by the ICA General Assembly at the 2019 ICC in Tokyo.

In the meantime, the IMY book, The World of Maps, will be extended with a chapter on Geological Maps to be written by an Italian team and based on a presentation at the Italian Map Day in September 2016 which concentrated on geological maps. The book has already been translated from English to French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and there are now several translation teams working in China, Indonesia, Germany/Switzerland, and United Arabic Emirates.

The IMY Working Group is in the process of producing a report on the IMY activities held worldwide. An abstract of a paper, titled Outcomes of the International Map Year, has been submitted for presentation at ICC 2017. That report is also being considered for publication in the ICA’s Cartographic Journal.

The IMY Working Group is grateful to the writers of the various chapters of The World of Maps and to the book’s many translation teams. It is also indebted to Manuela Schmidt for acting as webmaster of the IMY website, for continually updating the website with the latest news and events, and for design of the IMY logo. Members of the ICA Executive Committee, ICA Commission Chairpersons, as well as United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Joint Board of Geographic Information Societies (JBGIS) have also been very supportive, in particular by producing the posters of the UN sustainability goals. In all, IMY has been a great success and we congratulate everyone for their participation in this worldwide effort to celebrate of maps and their unique role in our world.

– Bengt Rystedt
Chair of the IMY Working Group

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Report of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2016_logoThe 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services, organized by the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Research Group Cartography of Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), took place in Vienna, Austria from 14–16 November 2016. The conference was endorsed by the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and the German Cartographic Society e.V. (DGfK).

More than 120 participants from 23 countries gathered in the historical Celebration Hall of TU Wien. The conference was opened by Rector Prof Sabine Seidler, Conference Director and ICA Past President Prof Georg Gartner, and AGILE Co-Chair Prof Martin Raubal. After the opening, Haosheng Huang presented the current development of an LBS research agenda, which is an initiative started by the LBS Commission to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

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Opening session of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services – LBS 2016 held in Vienna, Austria | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Oral session at LBS 2016

Oral session at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

A total of 48 oral presentations have been given in 12 single-stream sessions over three days. The conference also featured two interactive sessions, consisting of 4 showcases and 22 posters. These oral presentations, showcases and posters provide a general picture of recent research activities related to the domain of LBS. Such activities emerged in the last years, especially concerning issues of outdoor/indoor positioning, smart environment, spatial modeling, personalization, context-awarenesss, cartographic communication, novel user interfaces, crowdsourcing, social media, big data analysis, usability and privacy. As a first time, this conference also featured an industrial session, in which 4 invited LBS companies and start-ups presented their on-going research and development related to LBS.

A selection of peer-reviewed full papers has been published in the book “Progress in Location-Based Services” of the Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Work in progress submissions are included in the conference proceedings (ISBN 978-1-907075-02-5), which are available online. A special issue of the Journal of Location-Based Services is planned as well.

Besides the technical and scientific program, the conference provided several social networking opportunities, including an ice-breaker reception on the first day, a conference dinner in an old and traditional Viennese wine cellar on the 2nd day, and a farewell drinks event.

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Ice-breaker reception at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Since its initiation by Georg Gartner from TU Wien (Austria) in 2002, the LBS conference series has become one of the most important scientific events decided to LBS. The conferences have been held in Vienna (2002, 2004, 2005), Hong Kong (2007), Salzburg (2008), Nottingham (2009), Guangzhou (2010), Vienna (2011), Munich (2012), Shanghai (2013), Vienna (2014), Augsburg (2015), and Vienna (2016). Starting from 2015, the LBS conferences have become the annual event of the newly established ICA Commission on Location-Based Services. The next LBS conference has been planned, and will be hosted by Prof. Martin Raubal at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) on January 2018. We look forward to meeting you at the next LBS conference.

For more information, please refer to the conference website.

– Haosheng Huang
Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Detail of George Washington's map A plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potomk. R., 1766. Free downloaded from the Library of Congress web-provider.

Detail of George Washington’s map A plan of my farm on Little Huntg. Creek & Potomk. R., 1766. Free downloaded from the Library of Congress web-provider.

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital organizes a one day pre-conference workshop in the frame of the 28th International Cartographic Conference, Washington DC, USA, in association and partership with the MAGIC group.

This one day workshop will highlight and discuss how librarians can easily incorporate user-friendly geospatial visualization tools into their work – whether that is instruction sessions, workshops for faculty, graduate students or the community, or other projects within libraries.

Date & Venue

To be defined – tentatively before or after the ICC2017 in the same conference venue, the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, located in Northwest DC.

Fees & Registration

Participation is free. The registration form can be found here.

Organizers & Contact

  • Marcy BIDNEY, Curator, American Geographical Society Library
  • Nathan PIEKIELEK, Geosaptial Services Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University

Contributions

  • BGDb.be: a map based search tool for geological publications Annick ANCEAU, Eric PIRARD, Pierre STEVENS
  • CartoShop: Empowering non-mapping experts to get spatial, one workshop at a time Theresa QUILL, Erika JENNS
  • Digital spatial indexes for large-scale urban atlases using GeoJson.io, GitHub, and Leaflet.js Evan THORNBERRY
  • Geovisualization instruction at Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Social Sciences Center Jeremiah TRINIDAD-CHRISTENSEN, Eric GLASS
  • “GIS for the Rest of Us”: Collaborating on GIS Education and Outreach at Ohio State Joshua SADVARI
  • Visual Knowledge Aggregation: From Static To Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts Andrea NANETTI, Angelo CATTANEO, Siew-Ann CHEONG, Yao-Yi CHIANG, Chin-Yew LIN

For more and updated information, please consult the workshop website: cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/2015-2019/pg/ICC2017.html

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the next Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2017, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2017, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities programmed within the International Map Year. For this reason, the theme for the 2017 competition equals the motto of the International Map Year: “We love maps”. Entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2017. [All details can be found in the rules document.]

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Winning entry of the 2015 competition: “The world in our hands” by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC, USA, from 2–7 July 2017. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Additionally there will be a prize issued based on a public vote by the conference participants. New will be the Creativity Award issued by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us. The map drawings made by children in the previous competitions can be found in the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition, maintained by the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library.

ICA assumes we can count on the participation of your country in the competition 2017.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Update: List of national organizers (as of 7 February 2017)

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