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Happy International Map Year 2015–2016!Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic AssociationJune’s Map of the Month: World atlas in Polish and Braille
Happy International Map Year 2015–2016!
Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
Map of the Month 07/2014: Death in Grand Canyon
June’s Map of the Month is a world atlas in Polish and Braille

Thank you, Jeet Atwal

Jeet Atwal retired. We would like to use this occassion to thank her for her work dedicated to the ICA.

Barbara Petchenik Map Competition website

Archive of the winning entries to the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition – coordinated by Jeet Atwal

Jeet Atwal worked in the Maps Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library (Ottawa, Canada) for more than 20 years. She was there when the ICA began to organize the biennial Barbara Petchenik World Map Competitions from 1993. In 1996, then-president Fraser Taylor brought the first set of drawings from the competitions to Barbara Farrell (then Head of Map Library at Carleton University), who commissioned Jeet Atwal to organize the storage of all entries. A couple of years later, Susan Jackson (retired Head of Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) gave her full support to begin the project on creating a website to make the stored entries accessible and to participate in other tasks related to the Barbara Petchenik Competition. Jeet Atwal became the main coordinator of the website, which was made public in March 2000.

Children Map the World, Volume 2

Jeet Atwal is one of the authors of Children Map the World, Volume 2

Jeet Atwal was one of the founding members of the ICA Working Group from 1995, and later of the Commission on Cartography and Children from 1999. She was the organizer of the exhibition entitled “Maps of Our Children’s World” to present a selection of children’s map drawings from 1993 to 2003 organized during the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California, July 25 to 29, 2005. Jeet Atwal is also one of the authors of the first two volumes of the series “Children Map the World”, which were published by Esri Press in 2005 and 2009.

Again, thank you, Jeet Atwal – best wishes for your retirement!

Joint ISPRS/ICA Commissions meeting on Education and Training

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is collaborating with the ISPRS Commission VI to present a symposium in May 2014. Titled “Data, Information, and Knowledge Sharing for Geo-Education” the symposium will be held at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China from 19 to 21 May 2014. You are welcome to attend this symposium which has many interesting papers scheduled in the programme: topics in the Plenary session include Contemporary GeoEducation in China, Education for Disaster Resilience, and Education in International Map Year. Parallel sessions follow addressing a range of issues under headings including Technology Transfer and Capacity Development, Web-based Resource Sharing and E-Delivery of Education Services, Promotion of International Collaborative Education Programs, amongst others. The symposium website is at http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/isprscom6/index.html

The symposium is followed by a student summer school (22-28 May) with eminent visiting professors running intensive courses on topics such as spatial statistics and opensource mapping. The summer camp website is at http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/isprscom6/summercamp.html

David Fairbairn
ICA Commission on Education and Training

Abstracting Geographic Information in a Data Rich World – new book in the ICA book series

The newest book in the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography by Springer has been published:

Book cover for Abstracting Geographic Information in a Data Rich World
Abstracting Geographic Information in a Data Rich World
Burghardt, Dirk, Duchene, Cécile, Mackaness, William (Eds.)
2014, XV, 407 p. 180 illus., 128 illus. in color.

 

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.

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Activities by the Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage

Invitation to the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage
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.

Further news:

More updates can be found on the commission website.

Second Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2014

– Update: SOMAP 2014 is merged with the LBS 2014 symposium and will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 26–28 November 2014. Please find all details on the SOMAP website: somap.cartography.at –

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to invite you to the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP) in Potsdam from 6–8 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria from 26–28 November 2014.

Logo SOMAP2014

This symposium is coorganised by four ICA Commissions:

The call for papers is ongoing and registration has started at http://somap.cartography.at

Geospatial data and services are the main building blocks for geospatial infrastructures and fundamental to service-oriented mapping and realtime applications. Geospatial infrastructures make use of different paradigms: maintaining, sharing and use (instead of collect and own). Developments in these paradigms are leading to evolutions in availability and accessibility of geospatial data and services coupled with the added value of geospatial products and applications in the modern geospatial production environment.

Geospatial trends are constantly growing and developing such as sensor networks, realtime processing, volunteered geographic information, open governmental data, in-situ geospatial processing and striking visualization techniques creating many new possibilities but also new restrictions and problems based on massiveness, heterogeneity and contextual flexibility. Challenges like handling big data, aggregate different sources, standards for a homogenuous data, and disappearing sources/content are growing.

SOMAP2014 is a venue that brings together experts from research, government, non-governmental organisations, standardization bodies and industry to present, document and discuss trends in service-based mapping, which covers delivery, processing, integration, analysis, collaboration as well as visualization of geospatial data and services.

Markus Jobst
ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness

Happy Open Education Week 2014

Open Education Week 2014

This week is Open Education Week 2014. It is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement with both online and locally hosted events around the world. Also geospatial science education is covered through the ELOGeo initiative.

ELOGeo was started with the aim to make geospatial science education available to everyone globally who wish to learn this. Till recently, geospatial science education was beyond the reach of financially poor students of our planet because of the high cost of the proprietary GI vendor softwares and non availability of good quality free education materials. We hope we can make a small step in helping widen geospatial education opportunities to all. We are extremely pleased that within two years since the launch of ELOGeo from very humble beginnings, it has now become the defacto Open Access Educational Platform for Geospatial thanks to the strong support of geospatial community worldwide. ELOGeo initiativeELOGeo is now used from Stanford University to universities in Africa.

A big thanks to all contributors, users and funders of ELOGeo!

Suchith Anand

 

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LBS 2014 in Vienna, Austria

LBS2014 logoThe 11th International Symposium on Location Based Services will be held in Vienna, Austria, 26–28 November 2014.

The symposium will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

The Call for Papers is open. Please submit full papers and work in progress until May 31, 2014. Publication in a book within the series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography is anticipated.

Five ICA commissions are involved:

Also other organizations endorsed the event, including AGILE, ISPRS, FIG, IAG, DGfK and ÖVG.

For further information, please visit lbs2014.org.

Update, May 2014: The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP 2014).

“MDMD Mapping Fiction” — A Swiss cartomentary

“MDMD – Mapping Fiction” is an experimental short-film on cartography supported by the commission on Art & Cartography. The project is a mockumentary suggesting a secret research in the dark dungeons of ETH Zurich. One of Switzerlands most important cartographers, Prof Ed Imhof went out for an expedition into the Peruvian Andes, to measure some mountains. However, during his excursion an event unforeseen must have occurred and he started to question the role of cartography for the people…

To learn more about this amazing cartographic story, check out the project website at http://www.100-days.net/en/projekt/mdmd-mapping-fiction/project.

MapCarte initiative by the ICA Map Design Commission

Following on from a successful survey in 2012/13 that saw Damien Demaj and Kenneth Field publish in The Cartographic Journal to reassert design relevance in cartography (paper that won the Henry Johns prize in 2013), the ICA Commission on Map Design have announced an exciting initiative for 2014. Every day during the year, the Commission web site will publish a short daily blog post titled “MapCarte” to showcase examples of map design that represent some of the very best in classic and contemporary cartography. The intent is to build a repository of 365 maps that cover the breadth of cartographic practice to illustrate and emphasize the importance of map design. The Commission believes there is no other similar repository. The reason for such an effort is simple: how many times do we (as cartographers) get asked to point to examples of great cartography? And how many times do we struggle to come up with a list we can easily point to?

By the end of the year we will have created a compendium that can act as a reference for high quality map design that we can all share and point to. It will provide experts with a key list and hopefully show new map-makers the standards set. In some ways it’s a reaction to the mashup culture and the massive increase in poor mapping we see. We are intent on shifting the public demand for quality in maps instead of quantity and we hope that by showcasing great maps we can encourage standards in general to improve. Some of the maps you’ll have seen before – some possibly not. We’ll include both traditional print cartography and the very best that the internet has to offer. Each map will be illustrated and accompanied by a brief comment or two on why we feel the map exhibits great design.

MapCarte Initiative

Small selection of maps featured by the MapCarte initiative.

Hopefully the maps we’ll showcase will provide a barometer for modern map making, inspiration for those who seek ideas for how to map their data and also to improve the public’s appreciation of and demand for quality in maps. We also need help: Please consider emailing to the Commission Chair Kenneth Field or send him a tweet (@kennethfield) with your ideas and examples. We want this list to be inclusive so the more people who contribute ideas, the more we will generate a repository that truly represents the global cartographic community. Please also follow the series via Twitter (@ICAMapDesign) or the commission blog at mapdesign.icaci.org.

We hope you enjoy the series – a new daily cartographic treat to delight us in 2014!

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