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Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9


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


More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

Get to know the new ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019

27 commissions and 3 working groups were elected for the term 2015–2019 by the ICA General Assembly 2015. We are currently in the process of updating the website to reflect these changes. Also some of the commissions are still preparing or updating their websites. In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at the short “Commissions at a glance” presentations, which the new commissions chairs gave during ICC 2015:


Invitation to the ICC2015 Pre-Conference Symposium on Atlases, Toponymy and the History of Cartography

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.

The symposium will include two days of scientific sessions and one day of technical visits to the Fundacao Bibliotheca Nacional and to the Museu Naval.

Contact: Dr. Ana Cristina da Rocha Bérenger Resende (local organizer)

More details will be available soon.

Commissions at a glance

During ICC 2013 all commission chairs presented their commissions in a speed presentation. You can check out the presentation slides below (or via our ICC 2013 sub-page).

Workshop on historical maps, atlases and toponymy, Leipzig, Germany, August 2013

As a pre-conference event of the 26th International Cartographic Conference which will take place in Dresden, 25–30 August 2013, three ICA commissions/working groups (on Atlases, on the History of Cartography, on Toponymy) have organized a workshop on historical maps, atlases and toponymy at the Leibniz Institute of Regional Geography [Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde], Schongauer Straße 9, Leipzig, Germany, 22–23 August 2013. This workshop is conceived as a sequence of paper presentations with a focus on the function and use of place names on historical maps and in all kinds of atlases (ranging from scientific to school atlases and from macro-regional and national atlases to city atlases). All papers will be presented in the plenary with members of all three commissions/working groups present.

You need not be a member, corresponding member or associated expert of one of our WG/commissions to take part. Every person interested is very welcome. No registration fee is requested. So far we have 20 papers in the programme, among them presentations by Christopher Board, Ferjan Ormeling and Ernst Spiess.

The workshop is conveniently scheduled for Thursday and Friday before ICC Dresden starts on Sunday and will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Friday with a social dinner on Thursday evening and the offer of guided tours in small groups to the famous geographical and cartographic library of the hosting institute at various times.

For detailed information please contact
Peter Jordan, Chair of the Commission on Atlases
Elri Liebenberg, Chair of the Commission on the History of Cartography
Paulo de Menezes, Chair of the Working Group and IGU Commission on Toponymy

New book on toponyms in cartography published

Peter Jordan & Ferjan Ormeling (eds.), Toponyms in Cartography. ISBN 978-3-8300-6700-9

Peter Jordan & Ferjan Ormeling (eds.), Toponyms in Cartography. ISBN 978-3-8300-6700-9

The proceedings of the toponymic sessions at the 25th International Cartographic Conference, Paris, 3–8 July 2011 are now published in the book Toponyms in Cartography, edited by Peter Jordan & Ferjan Ormeling.

The ICA’s 25th International Cartographic Conference in Paris in July 2011 is special from a toponymical point of view because it marks the first meeting of the joint ICA-IGU Commission on Toponymy. Toponymy has been a regular theme for international cartographic conferences for decades, and it is only proper that this has been institutionalized now. The subject of toponymy is now not only dealt within an onomastical context at the biannual ICOS meetings, and within an administrative context at the biannual UNGEGN meetings, but also within a geo-cartographic context at joint ICA-IGU meetings.

The toponymical contributions to the Paris International Cartographic Conference are diverse, both geographically and thematically. Geographically, the focus is on Brazil and on Europe, with a paper on Tunis as a Mediterranean extension of Europe. The subjects range from the collection of geographical names to the operation of names servers, from the use of exonyms in school atlases to the creation of names data bases and from the reconstruction of former namescapes to the creation of new ones.