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Happy International Map Year 2015–2016!
New ICA poster series on Maps and Sustainable Development Goals
Join us for ICC2017 in Washington, DC, USA. The Call for Papers is now open!
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A new website for the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition

Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Competition

Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Competition

The website for the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition was updated with a new design and new options to search data. The Barbara Petchenik Collection is maintained by the team working at the Maps, Data & Government Information Centre of the Carleton University Library in Ottawa, Canada. Through this website, users can search and browse through all children map entries since 1993. The address of the website remained the same: https://childrensmaps.library.carleton.ca

Our most sincere congratulations for Joel Rivard, Sherri Sunstrum and Sylvie Lafortune for their very valuable work!

28th Newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children

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The December 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.

Keeping the tradition begun two Christmas ago, the last newsletter of this year is mainly formed by images and very shorts texts to resume all activities of the commission members during this year and presenting photos taken all over the world.

Invitation to the 6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

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6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS
& Seminar with EU cooperation on Early Warning and Disaster/Crisis Management

Albena, Bulgaria, 13–17 June 2016

After very successful events in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, the 6th edition of the International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICC & GIS) is organized in Bulgaria.

The aim of the conference is to collect knowledge and share experience about the latest achievements in the field of cartography and GIS. Particular attention is paid to the important European region – the Balkan Peninsula. Last conferences were very influential for public administrations and we would like to enhance this trend also in 2016, when the situation in Europe and especially in Balkan countries is very complicated, e.g. facing the immigrant crises could be improved with support of our technologies.

The ICC & GIS conference is organized by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria.

As a part of the conference several other events will be held during 13–17 June:

Deadlines

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 10 January 2016
  • Payment of early registration fee: 29 January 2016
  • Final full paper submission and payment of regular registration fee: 1 May 2016

Proceedings will be registered in SCOPUS and Web of Science.

Conference website

The Call for Papers can be found on iccgis2016.cartography-gis.com, including information on registration, programme and accommodation.

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Save the Date & Call for Papers: 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography

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The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge:
Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation

Dubrovnik (Croatia), October 13–14, 2016

The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Map Production & Geoinformation Management, Use, User & Usability Issues and the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar (Zagreb, Croatia) invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters for a joint conference in Dubrovnik (Croatia), the medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symposium and planned optional excursions are open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography.

The Call for Papers can be found at the conference website histacartodubrovnik2016.com, including information on registration, programme, transportation and accommodation.

Questions regarding the conference and call for papers can be send to: Dr. Mirela Altic

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President’s Blog: Report of the ICA Commissions and Working groups meeting in Vienna

November 8 and 9, 2015 the (co)chairs of ICA’s Commissions and Working Groups met with the members of the Executive Committee (EC) to discuss the future activities of the ICA. The objective of the meeting was to offer the ICA officers a good and fresh start for the 2015–2019 period. A side effect of the meeting was that all of us met new and old friends, and we had a chance to become familiar with each other.

The meeting, hosted by the Past-President at the Technical University of Vienna, was organized in three distinct parts. The first dealt with “What ICA expects from you”, the second part with “What do you expect from ICA”. The third part was linked to the International Map Year (IMY) and the UN sustainability goals.

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What ICA expects from you

After an introduction round, Laszlo Zentai, our Secretary-General informed us on how ICA Commissions and Working Groups are supposed to operate, based on our statues and by-laws. This included information on how to organize a Commission (Chair/co-chair, website, members etc), how to communicate within ICA (the newsletter, the bi-annual report to the EC), options for publication of results (our International Journal of Cartography, again ICA news and the Springer book series), activities related to our International Cartographic Conferences (reviews, (joint)workshops, business meetings), and financial support. This might seem trivial since all information is available on the website, but it proves that these sessions are useful anyhow.

In an exercise the (co)chairs had to revisit their terms of reference, and decide which of those will be their focus point in the next four years. These so-called flagship projects could be joint commissions efforts. Also they had to think of there planned activities on the short term and for whole 2015-2019 period, to allow us share and combine events. And as you can imagine, they had to indicate how they would think to contribute to the International Map Year.

What do you expect from ICA

This session started with short presentations by different EC members of what we call ICA’s instruments, such as our strategic plan, the ICA directory, publications, the research agenda, our scholarships, and ICA external relations with the Joint Board of GIS and the GeoUnions. The first unites international organizations involved with geospatial information and strives to act as a collective and unified voice at the international level, such as within the UN. The second represents those geo-related organizations that are member of ICSU.

After this flow of information, the (co)chairs where asked to react and express their opinion about our instruments both from a positive and negative perspective. They where also asked to come forward with any issue they would like to see discussed to be able to let ICA better operate.

IMY / Mapping the sustainability goals

The third part of the workshop dealt with the International Map Year (IMY) and how we as ICA can make an impact by “mapping” the sustainability goals.

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The new UN 17 sustainability goals can be found at sustainabledevelopment.un.org. Each of these goals has a specific objective. For instance Goal 4 on education states: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. For each goal a number of targets have been set. An example of an educational target is “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes”. To see if those target are met multiple indicator have been defined. Indicators are numbers, for instance “Completion rate (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary)”.

These indicators can be mapped. As individual variable or in combination with each other. During the IMY ICA will organize a cartographic exhibition at the next UNGGIM meeting in New York, August 2016. The plan is to create a set of 17 posters, one for each goal that demonstrates how maps can help to get insight in these goals. The plan is not just to create a single map for each goal. The idea is to offer different cartographic perspectives on these goals via story maps. These perspectives are offered by our Commissions. Each of the 17 goals has been adopted by two Commissions and together these wil map a goal based on their skills set. So for instance the poster that involved the Commission on Visual analytics might show how in an exploratory environment one can combine different indicators to reveal trends, the poster involving the Commission Mountain Cartography could show how the landscape influences the distribution of certain phenomena. The poster co-designed by the Commission on Map Projections might show good and bad examples of global projection.

The final goal of this exercise is to create an atlas of best practices of mapping the sustainability goals. This should be ready by the end of the 2015–2019 period.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

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

Colloque Temps, art & cartographie

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If you are interested in the relationships between Maps, Art and Time (and if you speak French…) this might be a great event to attend: Colloque “Temps, art & cartographie: La sémiologie dans tous les sens”. This colloquy will take at the University of Strasbourg (France) on March 16–18, 2016. Deadline for submitting abstracts: October 31, 2015.

Sébastien Caquard,
ICA Commission on Art & Cartography

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27th Newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children

ica_cc_27The October 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.

Among other topics, the newsletter includes information about the commission event in Niterói (Brazil) before ICC 2015, information related to the results of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015, the Barbara Petchenik Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, the commission meeting as well as some photos related to activities developed by the commission before and during ICC 2015.

The commission also invites everyone to participate in the discussion related to the future improvements of the Barbara Petchenik Competition. Please submit your opinions and proposals until December 2015. Thank you!

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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