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Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
New ICA poster series on Maps and Sustainable Development Goals

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

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The ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services invite you to a pre-ICC2017 symposium on location-based social media and tracking data. The growing availability and use of location-based social media data and tracking data (e.g., GPS tracking) have created unprecedented opportunities for researchers from various disciplines. At the same time, it also challenges people with new theoretical, technical, ethical, and social questions. This symposium attempts to bring together researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and findings of their research related to location-based social media data or location tracking and sensing data.

Please find the detailed invitation here.

Timeline

  • 15 February 2017 – Deadline for submitting extended abstracts
  • 15 March 2017 – Acceptance notification
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017
  • 15 July 2017 – Deadline for full paper (optional, only for those interested in the post-event publication in a journal special issue)

ICA Commission Meetings and Workshops at AutoCarto 2016

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

The following ICA Commission Meetings and Workshops will take place:

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Invitation to the ICA Commission Meeting on Atlases and Education

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The ICA Commissions on Atlases and on Education and Training are happy to announce and invite you to a joint meeting and workshop. Atlas cartography and educational cartography are undergoing a renewal process, due to technology-driven forces and altered user demands. The goal of this meeting is to present and talk about new ideas and concepts in both fields of atlas and education cartography.

Program

The first day of the meeting will be dedicated to keynotes and state-of-the-art contributions. We are proud to announce Ferjan Ormeling (Prof. emer.) as invited speaker; he has sound knowledge in both atlases and educational cartography. During the second day, we plan to present and discuss future atlas and educational concepts.

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Georg Gartner is GeoAmbassador of the Month

Screen-Shot-2016-07-02-at-07.32.30“Geo for All” is an initiative of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with the mission for making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. It has developed out of the Memorandum of Understanding Activities between ICA and OSGeo.

Everyone who is interested in enabling geospatial education opportunities to all is considered a GeoAmbassador. It is not just the thousands of OSGeo members but also thousands of colleagues in ICA, ISPRS, UCGIS, AGILE, GSDI or AGS, who work for geoeducation opportunities. To further highlight their work, OSGeo now introduces GeoAmbassadors of the Month. ICA past-president Georg Gartner was appointed the first GeoAmbassador of the Month.

The laudatio by Suchith Anand can be found on opensourcegeospatial.icaci.org.

Invitation to the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshop on Maps & Emotions

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The ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography invite you to a pre-conference workshop on Maps and Emotions. The goal of this workshop is to provide an intellectual and creative space to share different ideas and methodologies that can help further exploring the complex relationships that exist between places, maps and emotions.

Please find the detailed Call for Papers here.

Location

The workshop will be hosted by The George Washington University, located downtown Washington DC. The workshop will be free of charge, but the participants will have to pay for their food and lodging (a list will be provided on the ICC2017 website).

Timeline

  • 30 September 2016 – Deadline for submitting abstracts or activities proposals
  • 1 November 2016 – Successful Applicants notified
  • 15 January 2017 – Participants confirm their participation
  • February 2017 – Preliminary program released
  • May 2017 – Final program released
  • 1–2 July 2017 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2017

President’s Blog: A map perspective on the sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a UN Initiative. Official website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

In the light of the International Map Year (IMY), the ICA and its commissions are highlighting the value of cartography by “mapping” the UN sustainable development goals.

In the past months, a set of posters has been created, one for each sustainable development goal. They do not map the goals and their target based on indicators as such. The poster series tells the story of cartographic diversity, of mapping options, and of multiple map perspectives. Each of the goals has been mapped from a particular perspective by different ICA Commissions. All posters have a short take-home-message that should make one aware of particular strengths of the map.

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals

A huge thank you to all commissions involved and to Wim Feringa from ITC for the poster design and production. Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

Updates by the Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

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e-Perimetron 2016: Vol. 11 No. 2

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The new issue of e-Perimetron is now available at e-perimetron.org. It contains the following papers:

Thematic Cartography

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The University IUAV of Venice, a commission supporting institution since its establishment, is organising an international intensive post-graduate specialisation course Reviving Thematic Cartography into Digital, 14–26 November 2016. The commission supports this initiative addressed to in-service potential attendees and not only, according to the exposed programme and descriptions in the course brochure.

Proceedings 2016

Proceedings_frontpageThe 425 pages volume of the Riga Conference Proceedings on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage are now available (see the volume contents). Downloadable copies can be ordered here.

 

More news can be found on the commission website.

Share your ideas on future research directions in the field of LBS

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The ICA Commission on Location-Based Services is currently starting an initiative to develop a cross-cutting research agenda for the field of Location-Based Services (LBS), aiming to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

The details of the initiative are available at lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda

Inspired by the ICA workshop Envisioning the Future of Cartographic Research organized by several sister commissions (Cognitive Visualization, Use and User Issues, Geovisualization and Map Design), the process of producing this research agenda will be designed as a joint activity of the LBS research community:

  1. We invite all interested parties to write a one paragraph proposal to describe what they believe are the “big problems” that should be addressed to bring LBS research on a higher level.
  2. The commission chairs together with several invited experts will then examine, classify, and group these proposals, and provide a first list of “key problems”. The list will be circulated to the LBS research community, and we will then invite everyone to write a one-page position paper to further develop cross-cutting research directions and plans toward these “key problems”.

Important Dates:

  • 15 July 2016, deadline for one paragraph proposals of “big problems” in LBS. Please submit your proposal here.
  • 20 August 2016, publication of the selected “key problems” on the commission website
  • 1 October 2016, deadline for expression of interest in writing a one-page position paper
  • 1 November 2016, deadline for one-page position papers

We are exploring the possibility of having a workshop, preceding the LBS conference 2016 in Vienna, to discuss these position papers and the cross-cutting research directions.

We are looking forward to your input!

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

Updates by the Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

There are two upcoming events by the ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management (CEW&CM):

The first one is a Seminar with EU Cooperation on Early Warning & Disaster / Crisis Management Topics as a part of the 6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS which will be held on 13–17 June 2016, Albena, Bulgaria, organized by the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and several ICA commissions.

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The second upcoming event is the International Conference on Cartographic Visualization of Big Data for Early Warning and Disaster / Crisis Management (EW&CM): Methodology, Techniques and Applications, organized by the Department of Geography of the Nanjing Normal University and the ICA Commission Cartography for Early Warning and Crises Management, 27–31 October 2016 in Nanjing, China.

Both events welcome cooperations with other commissions.

– Milan Konecný
Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

What kind of map is needed to best aid human explorers of Mars? A Call for Maps by the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

2035 marks the target date for the first human landing on Mars as planned by NASA. In 2015, 47 landing sites or Exploration Zones (EZ) have been proposed by the planetary science community. These should be mapped in high detail in the forthcoming years to enable proper comparison of the 47 sites and the selection of the one finalist. For this task, the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography opened a Call for Maps.

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The project is to select one candidate landing site and design an actual map that you envision will be useful in surface operations. We ask that you do not create simply a geologic map, but rather a product that can be used by the astronauts during their approximately one-year long mission within the Exploration Zone. This requires creativity, and it is also useful to have a good knowledge of surface features, surface hazards, science goals and the use of the proper cartographic tools.

The contest is open to students, young professional cartographers, and graphic artists in any country of the world.

The display and format of the maps entirely up to the participants. All submitted maps must be accompanied by a short paper (in the English language). Deadline for the submission of maps and papers is September 1, 2016.

Please find all details about the competition on the following website:
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The contest is part of the International Map Year activities.

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