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eCARTO News September 2015

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

World Maps

  • Mapping the World’s Air Pollution in Real Time – citylab.com
  • Mapping the World’s Winners and Losers from China Trade – foreignpolicy.com
  • Mighty and Ominous Satellite Images of the Human Condition – citylab.com
  • Who Owns the Digital Map of the World? – citylab.com
  • Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping out the Modern World – penguin.com.au

Country Specific Mapping

  • 200 Years of Dutch Topographic Mapping – topotijdreis.nl
  • Mapping Berlin – slowtravelberlin.com
  • How a crowd-sourced map changed Kuala Lumpur’s ideas about cycling – theguardian.com
  • Tanzania: the smartphone apps putting Africa’s fastest-growing city on the map – theguardian.com
  • Mapping lava flows in Iceland – phys.org
  • Mapping the Syrian Refugee Crisis Across Europe: In Pictures – wired.co.uk
  • Transport for London’s new crash map immediately crashes – theregister.co.uk
  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au

Industry News

  • 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography – eurocarto.org
  • Cartographica – utpjournals.press
  • Google sued over Waze’s alleged theft of map information – theverge.com
  • Apple set to boost mapping with Mapsense – spatialsource.com.au
  • 5 New Travel Startups Giving Mapping a Fresh Perspective – skift.com
  • Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps Gains Transit Mode and Nearby Search – macrumors.com
  • With $23M From Accel And Salesforce, CartoDB Will Bring Mapping To The Masses – techcrunch.com
  • Here Maps Will Perform Navigation Duties On Samsung’s First Round Smartwatch – ubergizmo.com

Mapping Applications

  • The Best Smartphone Apps for Drivers – blog.caranddriver.com
  • Astronomers Use Kickstarter to Save Mopra Telescope Mapping Milky Way – huffingtonpost.com.au
  • Mapping a Syrian refugee’s danger-filled journey to Europe – rescue.org
  • Mapping the ‘Urban Fingerprints’ of Cities – citylab.com
  • Google Maps Now Shows You if Climate Change Will Put Your Home Underwater – mic.com
  • Mapping the invisible scourge – economist.com

Cartographic Resources & Education

Marine Cartography

Using Technology for Mapping

Cartography and Research


  • Forest-Mapping Instrument for Space Station Passes Major Milestone – spaceref.com
  • The nerd’s guide to learning everything online – ted.com
  • Global Mobile Mapping System Market – Trends and Forecasts (2015-2020) – prnewswire.com
  • New mapping technology cutting costs on GIS – ferret.com.au
  • Location, Location, Location: How GIS Turns Up The Heat On Infrastructure Mapping – theurbandeveloper.com
  • Web Mapper, Mapping Straight – directionsmag.com
  • Can a Google Maps for indoors save shopping malls? – marketwatch.com
  • What Data Tells Us About Public Interest In Climate Change And Its Global News Coverage – forbes.com
  • Here’s Why Uber Would Spend $3 Billion on Maps time.com

Mapping for Publications

History Mapping

  • Introduction to Family HiStory Maps – discoverspatial.com
  • Here’s what India’s biggest cities looked like centuries ago – scroll.in
  • A Colorful Dot Map of America’s Immigrants – citylab.com
  • Mapping Australia’s dinosaur landscape – bbc.com
  • This 1960s British Rail map shows all London’s mainline services – but misses out the tube – citymetric.com
  • Mapping London’s great plague of 1665 – theguardian.com
  • Vintage Infodesign – visualoop.com

Art in Maps

  • Art from old maps  – kleinsungallery.com
  • The Map of Literature combines centuries of books and poems in one gorgeous illustration – vox.com
  • Ordnance Survey has turned its maps into printable colouring sheets – citymetric.com
  • A Nerd’s-Eye View of New York’s Most Complex Subway Stations – citylab.com
  • Project Linework – projectlinework.org
  • 11 maps of London you can actually wear – timeout.com

Map Gallery

Mapping Anomalies

  • Tiny hamlet of Trihi to vanish from the South Australian map in rare ‘discontinuation’ – abc.net.au
  • Say what? Mapping mispronounced towns across Canada – theglobeandmail.com

Mountain Cartography

Alternative Cartography

Recipients of the ICA Map Awards 2015

At the biennial International Cartographic Conferences, ICA organizes an International Map Exhibition, where map products originating from ICA member countries are exhibited. An international jury selects the best entries in five categories. 


The international jury this year at ICC2015 was chaired by Kenneth Field (UK), who is also the Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Design. Further jury members were: Derek Clarke, South Africa | Amy Griffin, Australia | Anja Hopfstock, Germany | Lorenz Hurni, Switzerland | Alexander Kent, United Kingdom | Takashi Morita, Japan | Anthony Robinson, USA | Vit Vozenilek, Czeck Republic | João Bosco, Brazil (LOC) | Luiz Henrique Castiglione, Brazil (LOC)

Please find the winners of the ICA Map Awards 2015 below:


3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

Atlases, 3rd place: Atlas of Typical Landform in Western China (China)

2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

Atlases, 2nd place: Graphical and Statistical Atlas of Switzerland 1914–2014 (Switzerland)

1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

A comprehensive, detailed and high quality publication exploring all aspects of the Netherlands. The maps are clear, clean and well produced.

Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Atlases, 1st place: The Atlas of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands (Netherlands)

Digital products

3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

Digital products, 3rd place: BeCarto 14–18 (Belgium)

2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

Digital products, 2nd place: OV-Map (Netherlands)

1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

An intuitive, digital multiscale map that presents detailed information in a legible and accessible fashion. Interaction is key and design is stylish.

Digital products, 1st place: Project Supra: Real-time Heatmaps from Sports Workouts (Finland)

Educational Products

3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

Educational Products, 3rd place: Collins First Atlas (UK)

2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzle (Germany)

Educational Products, 2nd place: The Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzle (Germany)

1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

An educational aid to understanding map symbology. A simple approach to teaching map reading techniques and alternative representations.

Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)
Educational products, 1st place: Enjoy the map – Krkonoše Mountains (Czech Republic)

Other products

3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

Other products, 3rd place: Geological Textile (Japan)

2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France / IGN)

Other products, 2nd place: Belle-Ile: Relief map on demand (France/IGN)

1st place and public vote: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)

A combination of spectacular lenticular maps in a beautiful loose-leaf style presentation case. A lavish product with high quality design and production.

Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)
Public vote and other products, 1st place: 3D View of the Beautiful Earth (China)


Paper maps

3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

Paper maps, 3rd place: Occupying São Paulo – An Augmented City Map (Belgium)

2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

Paper maps, 2nd place: Panorama Map of Kanto Mountains & Mt. Fuji (Japan)

1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)

A large format oblique view which represents the terrain in an attractive style. The detail invites you to explore. Artistic cartography at its best.

Paper maps, 1st place: 3D Map Longyearbyen and environs (Norway)


Congratulations to all winners!

All winners will be contacted to be featured in our Map of the Month section over the course of the next two years. For a full list of map products exhibited during ICC 2015, please check the PDF catalogue.

Photos and jury statements provided by Ken Field.

Winners of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The competition is first organized on a national level. The national winners can then compete in the international round, which takes place during the International Cartographic Conferences. This year at ICC2015, 189 drawings from 38 countries were exhibited. An international jury selected 12 winners in 4 categories. There was also a public vote, in which 287 people participated. Please find the wonderful results below.

Congratulations to all winners! Also a huge thank you to all participating children, their parents, teachers and national organizers.

Winners <6 years
1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania – I live here

1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania

2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria – The animals of the world

2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria

3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka – We'll fix the pieces to bring peace

3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka


Winners 6–8 years

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia – The whole world is on the same boat

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia

2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia – Our Earth and Pollutions

2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia

3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico – We are part of all

3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico


Winners 9–12 years
1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece – My place in today's world through my own vision

1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece

2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland – Europe is my home

2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland

3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania – Building bridges of peace across the world

3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania


Winners >12 years
1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China – A world of lotus, a world of harmony

1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China

2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary – Let the music for everyone

2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia


Winner of the public vote
Public vote: 3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

Public vote: 3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Members of the jury

Members of the jury

The jury members were

  • Necla Ulugtekin, Turkey
  • José Jesús Reyes Nuñez, Hungary
  • Ana Maria Garra, Argentina
  • Angelica di Maio, Brazil (LOC)
  • Rumiana Vatseva, Bulgaria
  • Giedrė Beconytė, Lithuania
  • Dariusz Dukaczewski, Poland
  • Pilar Sanchez, Spain
  • Robert Edsall, USA
  • Carla Sena, Brazil, substitute member

Congratulations to the ICA Research Scholars 2014/2015 #icc2015rio

ICA Research Scholars

Laszlo Zentai and Georg Gartner congratulate the ICA Research Scholars 2015 at ICC2015 in Rio, Brazil. From left to right: Zbynek Sterba, Taien Ng-Chan, Amin Mobasheri, Jiri Pánek, Merve Keskin

ICA Research Scholarships are entitled to foster academic research in the domain of cartography and GIScience, to establish contact between young scientists and ICA Commissions, support young scientists to be able to actively contribute to ICA activities and events and to establish opportunities for young scientists within ICA publications and conferences.

At ICC2015, the ICA Research Scholarships 2014/2015 were awarded to the following five young scientists:

ScholarPapers presented at ICC2015
Amin Mobasheri, Germany
Jiri Pánek,
Czech Republic
Merve Keskin, Turkey
Taien Ng-Chan, Canada
Zbynek Sterba, Czech Republic

Congratulations to all scholars!

Category: General News

ICA has its own anthem! #icc2015rio

ICA has its own Anthem! At ICC2015 the Brazilian organizers suprised the participants with the premiere of the ICA anthem, composed and texted from domain collegues of IBGE.

Orchestra playing the ICA anthem at ICC2015

Photo by @RoutledgeGPU

You can listen to a live recording of the ICA anthem here (4.3mb).

A video will follow but please find lyrics and chords available here (music by Márcio Carvalho, lyrics by Aline Milani and Jorge Tadeu):

This gift to ICA will always remind us of a wonderful ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro!

Georg Gartner
– ICA Past President

Category: General News

Honorary Fellowship for David Fairbairn

David Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDavid Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary Fellowship
During ICC 2015, David Fairbairn received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Bill Cartwright‘s laudation:

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to give the Laudation on the occasion of the awarding of the ICA Honorary Fellowship to Dr David Fairbairn.

I have known my colleague and friend, David Fairbairn for many years, having first met at British and ICA conferences. As well, David spent a sabbatical at my university whilst undertaking research in Australia.

David and I worked as colleagues for ICA, firstly when we were both Vice-Presidents of ICA, being elected at the Durban, South Africa General Assembly. In the next term we again served ICA, David as Secretary-General & Treasurer, and me as President. So, I know David very well and I am most aware of his dedicated work on behalf of ICA.

So some information about David: David’s ‘day’ job is at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Here he is the Degree Programme Director and undertakes research in the areas of accuracy of crowdsourced data and geovisualization and querying of spatial databases.

In ICA he has held a number of positions, namely:

  • Vice­‐President of ICA in the term 2003–2007
  • Secretary-General & Treasurer in the term 2007–2011
  • He is currently the Chair of the Commission on Education and Training

David has also represented ICA, as one of the ICA representatives (with me) on the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a coalition of leading international geospatial societies that speaks on behalf of the geospatial profession at international level, especially to the United Nations and other global stakeholders.

He also supports the ICA agenda, by being the editor of the ICA column in the GIM magazine. He has also written many reference works.

In the United Kingdom, David contributes to the activities of the British Cartographic Society, the British member of ICA. He is a Fellow of this Society and he has been editor of The Cartographic Journal, the journal of the British Cartographic Society.

David has contributed to ICA over many years. He has worked tirelessly as Vice-President, Secretary General & Treasurer and Commission Chair of the Education and Training Commission.

I applaud his devoted work for ICA. I consider that this award to David recognises his devotion to activities that support and grow our Associaton.

Dr David Fairbairn – a most deserved awardee of the International Cartographic Association’s Honorary Fellowship.

Congratulations David.

eCARTO News August 2015

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

Industry News

Mapping Applications

  • Maps reveal Amsterdam’s many faces – theguardian.com
  • ISRO to map 4,041 towns as it teams up with Urban Development ministry – firstpost.com
  • Dawn set to move to its third mapping orbit – gizmag.com
  • Cached Landscapes Uses Google Maps To Spy On Watchers – valuewalk.com
  • Bluesky Announces Prototype UAV Flight Restriction Map – directionsmag.com
  • Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area – citylab.com
  • “Qué hubiera pasado si” o el infinito mundo de los mapas inventados – magnet.xataka.com
  • This Map Shows the Global Impact of China’s Dramatic Currency Devaluation – foreignpolicy.comr
  • Countries That Were Raided Or Settled By The Vikings Based On Modern Borders – brilliantmaps.com
  • Here’s the map of the world, if size were determined by market cap – marketwatch.com
  • Summer and Winter Weather Patterns in Japan – pinterest.com
  • Many countries worldwide are still considered partly free or not free – one-europe.info

Cartographic Resources & Education

Transport Mapping

  • TomTom is now making maps for autonomous vehicles – theverge.com
  • Apple Maps Vehicles to Survey France, Italy and Sweden in August – macrumors
  • The Developer Opportunity For Connected Cars In The Here Maps Acquisition – readwrite.com
  • Night navigation with Google Maps now made easier, safer – vcpost.com
  • Transport Systems Catapult launches transport, mapping datasets site – computerweekly.com
  • Uber just bought a piece of Microsoft – businessinsider.com.au
  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au

Cartography of the Oceans

  • Explore The World’s Most Detailed Map Of The Seafloor, Released Today – io9.com3
  • Seafloor Map: Digital Mapping Reveals Plankton Graveyards
  • MH370 debris: Ocean current mapping video ‘consistent’ with find – bbc.com
  • Photos: Ancient Man-Made Monolith Discovered in Mediterranean Sea – livescience.com
  • Territorial Waters & Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) Of The World – brilliantmaps.com
  • 7 Gorgeous Sea Maps from the Age of Exploration – atlasobscura.com


  • A smarter, more digital world must grasp the power of a map – theguardian.com
  • The truth about politics and cartography: mapping claims to the Arctic seabed – theconversation.com
  • Google Maps – Why It Is the Best for People Struggling With Mapping – neurogadget.com
  • How do you map a city with no centre? Commuting patterns in the San Francisco Bay area – citymetric.com
  • Here’s Why Uber Would Spend $3 Billion on Maps – time.com
  • Neocartography Can Be Beautiful, Cartography Can Be Fast – gislounge.com

Indoor Mapping

  • Tencent Strikes Strategic Partnership With Indoor Mapping Startup Sensewhere – techcrunch.com
  • United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App – techcrunch.com
  • Here’s indoor mapping will help you find that bathroom – engadget.com
  • Indoor mapping set to simplify hospital visits – spatialsource.com.au

Health Mapping

Environment – Mapping

  • This terrifying GIF shows how much Arctic ice has disappeared in the last 20 years – qz.com
  • Google mapping city air quality with Street View vehicles – treehugger.com
  • Mapping Storm Hotspots, Where the World’s Tempests are Brewed – atlasobscura.com
  • Nepal earthquake: How open data and social media helped the Nepalese to help themselves – abc.net.au
  • Scientists Use ISS Photos Of Earth To Study Light Pollution From Cities – techtimes.com
  • Google Maps API Powers Real-Time Weather for Weather Channel – programmableweb.com

Cartography in books

  • Railway Maps of the World – dymocks.com.au
  • The Curious Map Book – bl.uk
  • British Town Maps: A History – bl.uk
  • The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers’ World Map of 1550 – www.bl.uk
  • Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps – press.uchicago.edu
  • The World of Maps: Map Reading and Interpretation for the 21st Century – guilford.com

Mapping Apps

  • 10 iOS Mapping Apps That Let You Navigate the World – eweek.com
  • DigitalGlobe Launches New Maps API and Developer Site – programmableweb.com

Paper maps

Alternative Cartography

  • New Projects in Digital Art History: The GIS Forma Urbis Romae Project. – youtube.com
  • Google restores Map Maker – techworm.net
  • Mapping, Beirut-style: how to navigate a city without using any street names – theguardian.com
  • Mapping with balsa wood. Just like the New York Times! – 100yrsofbrinton.tumblr.com
  • 3 Amazing Maps of Mythic Locations – columbusglobes.com
  • You can map Britain and Ireland’s population centres, using only the location of pubs – citymetric.com
  • 13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates – vox.com
  • How to Hide an Elephant – bigthink.com
  • How to Hide a Second Elephant – flickr.com

Open positions in Cartography

  • Texas State University is offering a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cartography – jobs.aag.org


Results of the 16th General Assembly of the ICA

The 16th ICA General Assembly was closed on the last day of ICC2015.
Slides of the agenda can be found here.

The Executive Committee for the term 2015-2019 is:

  • President: Menno-Jan Kraak (The Netherlands)
  • Secretary-General and Treasurer: László Zentai (Hungary)
  • Vice-Presidents:
    • Sara Fabrikant (Switzerland)
    • David Forrest (United Kingdom)
    • Yaolin Liu (China)
    • Pilar Sanchez-Ortiz (Spain)
    • Monika Sester (Germany)
    • Lynn Usery (USA)
    • Vít Voženílek (Czech Republic)
  • Past President: Georg Gartner (Austria)

The 17th General Assembly and the 29th International Cartographic Conference in 2019 will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

All corresponding website subpages (EC, conferences, commissions, working groups) will be updated within the course of next week. Please stay tuned.

Category: General News

Welcome to ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro #icc2015rio

Today, the 27th International Cartographic Conference is opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

ICC2015 banner

After busy days with nine well-attended pre-conference workshops, the main conference will be opened today. The opening ceremony will also officially open the International Map Year 2015–2016. Dr. Gregory Scott from UN-GGIM will give a plenary keynote on the topic of “Positioning Geospatial Information to Address Global Challenges”.

Later today, also the Technical Exhibition, the International Cartographic Exhibition and the exhibition of the Barbara Petchenik Competition will open. More than 70 oral and poster sessions will follow in the next five days. All abstracts and papers are available on icc2015.org.

Impression from the first part of the general assembly. Photo by @mappingcenter

First part of the general assembly. Photo by @mappingcenter

ICC2015 also hosts the 16th General Assembly of the ICA. All material and reports for the General Assembly can be found at icaci.org/general-assembly-2015. The first part took place yesterday, the second part – including the voting of the new ICA executive committee, the ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019 and the selection of the place for ICC2019 – will take place on Friday. All results will be published on the ICA website soon after the event.

To share your experiences and to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the conference, please use hashtag #icc2015rio.

Enjoy the conference!

Category: General News