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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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eCARTO News September 2016

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.

Location

  • Mapping the real-world locations that inspired great children’s books – avclub.com
  • Mapping a new course with smartphone apps – detroitnews.com
  • How Waze is making mapping work in tunnels – travelandleisure.com
  • Self driving cars and the question of mapping – fool.com
  • 3D road mapping underpins Japans tech heavy olympics push – cnet.com
  • Mapping Company HERE will let drivers use maps from competing automakers – cnet.com

Industry News

Mapping – Research Activities

Mapping our World

  • Powerful maps: how building 3D models is helping rural communities to make their voices heard – cta.int
  • Airborne mapping can help in flood mitigation – thehindu.com
  • New technology for mapping beaches – sciencedaily.com
  • Agnostic mapping reveals and affects different perceptions of global boundaries – mcgilldaily.com
  • Tanzania will use drones to aid in mapping – voanews.com

ICA Facebook Posts

 

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2017

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the next Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2017, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2017, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities programmed within the International Map Year. For this reason, the theme for the 2017 competition equals the motto of the International Map Year: “We love maps”. Entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2017. [All details can be found in the rules document.]

The world in our hands by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winning entry of the 2015 competition: “The world in our hands” by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC, USA, from 2–7 July 2017. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Additionally there will be a prize issued based on a public vote by the conference participants. New will be the Creativity Award issued by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us. The map drawings made by children in the previous competitions can be found in the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition, maintained by the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library.

ICA assumes we can count on the participation of your country in the competition 2017.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

LBS research agenda: A first list of “key problems” and the vision workshop at LBS 2016

mapbulbThe ICA Commission on Location-Based Services (LBS) is currently working on a cross-cutting research agenda, identifying key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years. In the first step of this process, we received 31 one-paragraph proposals (thank you to everyone who contributed). Based on these proposals, a first list of key problems was compiled.

In order to further refine this list and develop a comprehensive LBS research agenda, we invite everyone to comment and give feedback on this list. Is there anything important missing from your perspective? Please provide your feedback here by 4 November. Any comments and feedback are welcome!

In addition, we will organize a research agenda workshop immediately before the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services to discuss these key problems in detail. Anyone interested is invited to attend this workshop. The registration is free. If you plan to join, please register by 30 October.

More details of the initiative can be found at: http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

We are looking forward to your comments and feedback, as well as your participation in the research agenda workshop.

Category: General News

eCARTO News August 2016

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.

Cartographers

Map Repositories and Resources

Industry News

  • TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps – techcrunch.com
  • Uber is investing $A663 million into mapping to reduce its reliance on Google – news.com.au
  • Open-source mapping company Mapbox acquires passive fitness app-maker Human for its anonymized data – mobihealthnews.com
  • Esri Maps NOAA’s National Water Model – businesswire.com
  • Google Maps beta adds enhancements to navigation mode and new coordinate scheme – greenbot.com

Mapping the Urban Environment

  • Vacant New York: Mapping all of Manhattan’s empty storefronts – 6sqft.com
  • Young Egyptians Are Leading Cairo’s Transit Mapping Revolution – citylab.com
  • Stunning animation shows London Underground’s ‘beating heart’ pulsing with passengers – wired.co.uk
  • Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin – theguardian.com
  • Satellite images can map poverty – sciencemag.org
  • Google Goes Beyond the Map to Catalog Rio’s Troubled, Vibrant Favelas – fortune.com
  • Five wonderful London maps from ‘Curiocity’ – timeout.com

Mapping the Natural Environment

  • ‘Gurgle Maps’ to reveal sea’s deep secret – thetimes.co.uk
  • How Climate Change Will Affect Animal Migration, in One Map – citylab.com
  • Research ship mapping Arctic Ocean near North Pole – cbc.ca
  • New global migration mapping to help fight against infectious diseases – sciencedaily.com
  • Scientists implementing a Google Maps-esque approach to unearthing the secrets of the world’s oceans – news.com.au
  • Mapping the Hidden Worlds Beneath Greenland’s Ice – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping the Movement of Energy Under Japan – eos.org
  • New Map Shows Only a Tiny Sliver of Antarctica Is Ice-Free—For Now – vice.com
  • NSW renewable energy resources map – nsw.gov.au

Hinting at Mapping Futures

  • The future of the map – searchengineland.com
  • New report examines the digital map market 2016 global analysis, research and forecast to 2020 – whatech.com
  • Tiny robots to map the universe – news.com.au
  • Quantamentals, signal surfing and fast walkers: mapping the rise of weirs data – theconversation.com
  • Dark Energy Survey: Mapping the Expansion of the Universe – space.com
  • Google’s latest Maps experiment turns the Himalayas into a 3D playground – theverge.com

Mapping Applications

ICA Facebook Posts

Cartography and the Internet

  • Info-Geo-Tecno – twitter.com
  • US couple sues IP mapping firm over ‘digital hell’ – bbc.com
  • This global map shows where the internet lives – cnet.com
  • The reach of the internet is revealed: Stunning map shows EVERY web-connected device on the planet – dailymail.co.uk

 

eCARTO News July 2016

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.

Mapping Technology and Software Developments

  • 3D-printed display lets blind people explore images by touch – newscientist.com
  • Stitching a drone’s view of the world into 3D maps as it flies – newscientist.com
  • Carto’s Builder: New beta helps non-coders create mapping apps – zdnet.com
  • Google updates Maps and Earth apps with super sharp satellite imagery – theverge.com
  • 3D Map Of The Universe Contains 1.2 Million Galaxies & Proves Einstein’s Dark Energy Theory – itechpost.com
  • Laser Technology shares new time-saving mapping tools at Esri UC – gpsworld.com
  • Download Google Maps: How to navigate without an internet connection on holiday – pcadvisor.co.uk
  • Making a Better Magnetic Map – eos.org
  • The 5 biggest tech trends to watch in 2016 – techinsider.io

Lesson Time

Resources

Transport

  • The Ordnance Survey Maps Britain’s Favourite Routes – maproomblog.com
  • Transit Maps – transitmap.net
  • Why Ford Motor Is Investing in 3D Mapping Startup Civil Maps – fortune.com
  • Firm reveals new hi-res maps so it can pinpoint customers more accurately – dailymail.co.uk
  • New Technology Shows Viewers Road Map Over Chopper Shots – adweek.com

Cooperative Cartography

  • India, US to jointly develop resource mapping satellite for launch in 2021 – indianexpress.com
  • Mapping rural Mozambique: Findings from my first World Bank mission – worldbank.org
  • Google Improves Maps Data With New Crowdsourcing Features – techvibes.com
  • Mapping Rio’s Favelas – smithsonianmag.com
  • New app lets public map disasters – sbs.com.au
  • FAO and Google Maps Join Hands to Combat Climate Change – justmeans.com

Interactive Maps

Crisis Management

  • A Real-Time Map of Earthquakes Around the World – citylab.com
  • Mapping Zika: GIS powers mosquito surveillance and control – gcn.com
  • Afghan Brothers Launch Mine-Hunting Drone – newsweekpakistan.com

Environment

Just Maps

Viewpoint

  • What is the Difference Between Geomatics and GIS? – gisgeography.com
  • If You Can’t Follow Directions, You’ll End Up on Null Island – wsj.com
  • Whoever Owns the Maps Owns the Future of Self-Driving Cars – popularmechanics.com
  • Canada sending largest icebreaker to North Pole to bolster Arctic claim – ctvnews.ca

Facebook Posts – International Cartographic Association

Cartography – Creative Energy

  • Faroe Islands fit cameras to sheep to create Google Street View – theguardian.com
  • The Mapping Expert Behind Pokémon Gobloomberg.com
  • Mapping Detroit, Inch by Inch – nytimes.com
  • Welcome to the Kitchen-table Grand Prix – bbc.com
  • Startups Try to Put Remote E-Commerce Customers on the Map – wsj.com

 

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

ICA News 66 now online – with a new design!

ICA News 66

We are pleased to announce that the 66th issue of ICA News is available for download:

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That dynamism and buzz enjoyed by our discipline […] inspired me to take a fresh look at ICA News. More colour, lighter visual elements and a brand new typeface, supporting even the most demanding typographic requirements, make up the new design. I sincerely hope you like it.
Our American colleagues invite us to celebrate cartography with them at the ICC 2017 in Washington D.C., while the IMY celebrations spread rapidly around the world – these are the flagship stories reported in this issue.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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eCARTO News June 2016

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.

Mobile Mapping

  • Mobileye’s maps are the key to driverless cars – marketwatch.com
  • Microsoft updates Windows Maps as Here support is set to expire – engadget.com
  • Apple Hires Architect of BMW and Mercedes SatNav in Mapping Push – bloomberg.com
  • Mapbox Wants To Build Better Maps For Autonomous Cars – forbes.com
  • What the perfect cars you see in TV ads REALLY look like: CGI stand-in used in automotive videos is revealed – dailymailco.uk
  • Pinpointing vehicles with high precision under adverse weather conditions – phys.org

Analysis Using Maps

  • Mapping How Far $50 of Gas Will Take You Across America – citylab.com
  • Facebook is putting maps in ads and will measure store visits – marketingland.com
  • Spread of urban centers over 6,000 years mapped by researchers – digitaljournal.com
  • Physicist draws map of Einstein’s universe for the first time – examiner.com
  • Fully Control Underground Facilities with SuperGIS – supergeotek.com

Mapping Technology and Software Developments

  • Invention makes 3D mapping more accurate – sciencedaily.com
  • Tallest Mountain in US Arctic Crowned – livescience.com
  • The high-tech 3D mapping of Homo naledi’s Dinaledi chamber – phys.org
  • Terrain Tools 1.1 released – esri.com
  • Connecting ESRI and CartoDB Together Now for Everyone – cartodb.com

Mapping Controversy

  • Why the map of the world is not as accurate as you think – news.com.au
  • The cartography of control: Mapping the Calais refugee camp – qz.com
  • India Seeks to Limit Use of Maps and Satellite Images – voanews.com
  • How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell – fusion.net
  • Mapping the EU Referendum Results – maproomblog.com

Industry

  • This start-up is taking on Google Maps and Mapbox with lower and simpler pricing – anthillonline.com
  • Apple Maps in iOS 10 will watch you, even if you’re using Google Maps – cnet.com
  • Concept3D Launches atlas3D Mapping – digitalsignageconnection.com
  • With Tango, Google is now equipped to map the entire world – inside and out – cnet.com
  • New iOS extensions stand to benefit Apple Watch – macworld.com
  • eeGeo launches Smart Workplace solution – gisuser.com
  • TomTom wins deal to provide Volvo Cars with maps, data – reuters.com

Maps

Map Design & Use

Viewpoint

Atlas and Book Products

  • Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas – europa.eu
  • Looking down on Britain – maps of the UK across time – theguardian.com
  • Mapping the Creatures Living Beneath Our Feet – nationalgeographic.com
  • Learn GIS with Esri’s Handy, New Companion Guide to The ArcGIS Book – gisuser.com
  • Esri News for the Living Atlas Community – Summer Issue 2016 – esri.com

Frontier Mapping

  • Nasa-style mission needed to map ocean floor – bbc.com
  • LIGO scientists detect 2nd signal of gravitational waves, pave way for mapping black hole population – ibtimes.com.au
  • New radio map of Jupiter reveals ammonia plumes beneath clouds – theguardian.com
  • Near-Earth asteroid Bennu: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will have a map for that – sciencedaily.com
  • Everything you knew about maps is changing – news.com.au
  • The Missing Link in a City’s Path to Smarter Street Lights – greentechmedia.com

UAVs and Imagery

Health

  • Data mapping is revealing how and why diseases spread – wired.co.uk
  • Mapping the subway’s microbiome – biologynews.net
  • Maps of CAFOS should turn tide on animal-waste pollution in NC – newsobserver.com
  • Mapping Ebola – cifor.org
  • This interactive map shows where people with HIV live in the US — and it points to some distressing trends – businessinsider.com – Comment: a perfect example of how it’s not done!

Environment

  • Mapping Brazil’s untapped wind potential – windpowermonthly.com
  • GNSS technology for better biomass mapping – europa.eu
  • International radiation mapping system launched by IAEA – world-nuclear-news.org
  • Mapping the Hidden Patterns of Urban Life – citylab.com
  • Mitigating forest mismanagement with 3D mapping – europa.eu
  • GPS mapping of San Andreas Fault may give researchers tip as to when it is ready to rupture – nhv.us
  • Norway to continue geologic mapping and mineral assessments of deep-sea formations in the North Atlantic – worldoil.com
  • ‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution – earthworksaction.org
  • Pop-up Wetland Habitats – esri.com

Fun with Knowledge

  • Guide to figuring out the age of an undated world map – xkcd.com
  • A low-cost British airline made sneakers that use Google Maps – businessinsider.com
  • When GPS fails…could you navigate with a paper map and compass? – ordnancesurvey.co.uk

 

Deadline extended for bids to organize the International Cartographic Conference 2021

Opening ceremony ICC2015, Dresden, Germany

The International Cartographic Association invites bids from national members to organize the 30th International Cartographic Conference in 2021 (ICC2021). The deadline has now been extended to 31 August 2016.

For details, please check out our ICC 2021 page and the call in PDF format.

– László Zentai
Secretary-General and Treasurer of the ICA

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