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Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

Big Miracle by Little Hands by Karina Balitskaya (13), Russia

“Big Miracle by Little Hands” by Karina Balitskaya (13), Russia

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 2015, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2015, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities programmed within the International Map Year. The theme for the 2015 competition remains the same: “My place in today’s world” and the 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 2015. Details can be found in the rules document.

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23–28 August 2015. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Also there will be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize. If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Georg Gartner (President of the ICA)
José Jesús Reyes Nunez (Chair of the Commission on Cartography and Children)

Update as of 16 January 2014: List of national organizers

Obituary: Ramón Lorenzo Martínez

Ramón Lorenzo Martínez

Ramón Lorenzo Martínez (photo by SECFT)

It is with great sorrow that ICA received the sad news that Mr. Ramón Lorenzo Martínez passed away.

Mr. Ramón Lorenzo Martínez was a distinguished engineer and cartographer. He was the first director of the Regional Service of the National Geographical Institute in Galicia (A Coruña). He served further in the National Center for Geographic Information in Madrid, Spain and as Director of the Publication Centre of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works.

Mr. Ramón Lorenzo Martínez was highly respected in the International Cartographic Community. He was one of the faces of Spanish cartography as President of the Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT) since 1996 and very well established within the International Cartographic Association (ICA) through his various roles in the Executive Committee (as Vice-President of the ICA from 2003 to 2007), in the conference organisation of the 22th International Cartographic Conference in La Coruna 2005, as well as most competent cartographer.

We will honour his memory.

Category: General News

eCARTO News September 2014

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.

General News

  • 27th International Cartographic Conference & 16th General Assembly – icc2015.org
  • The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) – ggim.un.org
  • Now that’s a world wide web! Map reveals EVERY connected device in the world – dailymail.co.uk
  • Today’s Mapping Industry Really Does Need To Please All People, All Of The Time – gpsbusinessnews.com
  • Mapping the world all over again – wired.co.uk


  • Mapping Migration in the United States – nytimes.com
  • BC First Nations mapping territories on Google Earth – beaconnews.ca
  • Scientists Scramble to Map Previously Unknown Fault That Caused Napa Quake – mashable.com
  • Earthquake! Man 3D Prints USGS Earthquake Data for Last Month’s Napa Quake & it’s Quite Earth Shattering – 3dprint.com
  • World’s rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M – news.mongabay.com
  • Mapping The Crowdfunding Nation – crowdfundinsider.com
  • Canada continues mapping shipping routes through the Arctic – sunnewsnetwork.ca

Industry News

  • Apple Filling Out Flyover City Tours Ahead of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Launches – macrumors.com
  • No buyer for troubled mapping company – stuff.co.nz
  • Leica Geosystems Releases ALS80 Next Generation LIDAR Mapping Solution With Market-Leading Productivity – amerisurv.com
  • Topcon Releases Two New UAS for Aerial Mapping, Touts RTK Solution – sparpointgroup.com
  • Apple Maps Represents 70% Of UK Mapping Traffic According To UK Cell Data Provider – searchengineland.com
  • Mapping Startup CartoDB Raises $8M To Aim At Being A Geospatial Standard – techcrunch.com

Innovative Cartography

Education and Resources

Spatially Challenging Cartography

  • Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit – npr.org
  • Science Graphic of the Week: Mapping Mars’ Missing Ice – wired.com
  • New Map Locates Milky Way in Neighborhood of 100,000 Galaxies – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping the World’s Migrating Ocean Pollution – citylab.com
  • Google ‘street view’ maps coral reefs off Florida – rt.com
  • Mapping the cloud: Where does the public cloud actually live? – networkworld.com
  • Satellite Mapping Shows Ice Caps’ Faster Melt Rate – truthdig.com
  • Crowdfunded news-site uncovers ISIS training camp using online mapping tools – boingboing.net
  • Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says – autonews.com
  • Hidden Monuments Under Stonehenge Revealed by High-Tech Mapping – news.nationalgeographic.com

Mobile Mapping

  • Cartographer: Google’s Indoor Mapping Backpack – geekexchange.com
  • Nokia Plans to Unfurl New Mobile Map App – online.wsj.com
  • Apollo Hospitals launches ECG mapping mobile device – asianage.com
  • Baidu Invests $10M In Mapping Software Maker IndoorAtlas – techcrunch.com
  • Mobile Mapping Technology Helps Build Stronger and Healthier Communities in Los Angeles – kcet.org

Map Apps

  • Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps – techcrunch.com


Health Cartography

  • Mapping Ebola Outbreaks: Area of Infection Is Way Bigger Than Previously Thought – news.vice.com
  • WHO report maps global suicide problem for the first time – google.com.au
  • Central African Republic: CAR – Experts Start Mapping Families’ Access to Food – allafrica.com
  • Mapping the web of disease in Nairobi’s invisible city – newscientist.com

Cartographic Opinion

Cartographic Challenges

  • Taiwan to finish mapping disputed South China Sea islands – focustaiwan.tw
  • Foreign national deported for illegal mapping – ecns.cn
  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row – france24.com

Call for Organizers of the General Assembly of Delegates and the International Cartographic Conference 2019

The International Cartographic Association invites bids from national members to organize the 17th General Assembly of Delegates and the 29th International Cartographic Conference in 2019 (GA and ICC2019). This invitation is according to the ICA Statutes, Article 9:

The General Assembly of Delegates will normally meet every four years. As a rule, the General Assembly will be held in conjunction with an International Cartographic Conference (ICC).

Any member nation may lodge a bid to host the GA and ICC2019. The GA and ICC are preferably held during the months of July, August or September. A southern hemisphere conference may be scheduled for October/November or March/April. A letter of intent should be sent to the ICA Secretary General and Treasurer, accompanied by completed bid documents containing the following details

The bidding is competitive and it is important that as much information as possible is provided to the General Assembly. Please be aware, that bids will only be accepted, if the bid documents are signed by the head of the national member organization (ICA national member) and the bid documents are complete.

The deadline for submitting a successful bid to the Secretary-General of ICA is 15 March 2015, 24:00 GMT.

The bids should be submitted in paper form (one signed copy, per surface mail) and electronically (PDF file, per email).

Accepted bids will be handled as all other General Assembly documents. They will be made available on the ICA website GA2015 section after 23 March 2015 (five months before the first session of the GA2015) in alphabetical order according to the Country Name of the bidding organisation. This section will be made available for all national delegates to the General Assembly.

The Executive Committee of ICA will not conduct any inspection visit prior to the General Assembly. The EC will not provide any selection or shortlist. The EC will not accept any invitation or offer in relation to a bid. The decision will be made only on the basis of the bid documents. Although the EC will be neutral in the process, it will be ready to express their assessment of the submitted documents if demanded from the General Assembly.

For the evaluation process of successful bids the following criteria will especially apply:

  • Financial aspects (achievability)
  • Strong support/leadership of the ICA national member.
  • Governmental and private supporters (letters of support).
  • Record of involvement in ICA and ICA activities, including involvement in ICA Commissions (Chairpersons, Members), active participation at ICC conferences or meetings, involvement in the Instruments of ICA such as the Barbara-Petchenik-Competition, International Cartographic Exhibitions, ICA Publications etc.

The General Assembly will vote on bids at the Second Session on 28 August 2015. Designated representative(s) of the bidding countries will get a 5 minute time slot for presenting their bids in the First Session of the General Assembly of ICA on 23 August 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. We strongly recommend all bidders to have a booth in the Technical Exhibition of the ICC2015 to support their bid.

The voting process will take place according to the ICA Statutes as follows:

Decisions at the General Assembly shall be taken by a show of hands and by a simple majority vote, of those delegates present, who have the right to vote. However, if at least two delegates make a request, the vote shall be taken by ballot. Should there be an equal division of vote, the President shall cast the deciding vote. Voting by proxy will not be permitted and no delegate shall represent or vote for any other member nation.

The successful applicant will be required to sign a formal contract with the ICA Executive Committee defining the relationship between the Conference Organizer 2019 and ICA. The contract is based on the “Guidelines for International Cartographic Conferences and General Assemblies of Delegates” and should be signed by the head of the national member after the General Assembly. A contract template will be available on the ICA website at the end of 2014). In case the contract is not signed in one month after the GA, the EC will offer the organizing right to the applicant who got the second most number of votes.

László Zentai
Secretary-General and Treasurer of the ICA

Category: General News

Winners NASA World Wind Europa Challenge 2014

ICA is proud to announce that the NASA World Wind Challenge Runner-up, sponsored by ICA, was won by Alex Dumitru and Vlad Merticariu from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, with their project WCPS Cross-Coverage Analysis.

For more details on the project, please visit worldwind.flanche.net

A list of all projects can be found at eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/projects2014

Category: General News

eCARTO News August 2014

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.

General News

  • Big data and mapping – a potent combination – information-age.com
  • 3D Mapping & 3D Modeling Market worth $7.7 Billion by 2018 – whatech.com
  • Paradigms in Cartography – An Epistemological Review of the 20th and 21st Centuries – springer.com


Industry News

Innovative Cartography

  • An Infographic That Maps 2,000 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes – wired.com
  • Danny Dorling: mapping the August 2011 riots – newstatesman.com
  • Google Maps shows off 3D London – sbs.com.au
  • Gallery Whispers and Lunch in the Cafe: Mapping Museums Through Their Sounds – hyperallergic.com
  • Oral history goes digital as Google helps map ancestral lands – theglobeandmail.com
  • Google Creates 3D Mapping Device – 3dfocus.co.uk

Environmental Mapping

  • Mapping The Appalling Consequences Of An Oil Spill In The Arctic – fastcoexist.com
  • Scientists Are Mapping The Ocean’s Plastic, Because 99% Is Missing – gizmodo.com.au
  • Mapping Global Warming’s Threat To Your Power and Gasoline – nationaljournal.com
  • Sunkoshi tragedy exposes failure in hazard mapping – myrepublica.com
  • Mapping the acceleration of Ebola in West Africa in five charts – qz.com
  • How mapping can improve risk understanding from natural catastrophes – business-reporter.co.uk
  • Seafloor-Mapping Airguns May Harm Ocean Animals – livescience.com

Education and Resources

  • Cartography & GIS Training Online – foss4geo.wordpress.com/
  • European schools to get cloud-based mapping software to improve geography and STEM teaching – computerworlduk.com
  • Mapping and distorting the Arctic – adn.com
  • Singapore Government Partners Students To Use Mapping Technology On Urban Challenges – futuregov.asia
  • GIS for Crime Analysis, Law Enforcement, & Public Safety – ppc.americansentinel.edu
  • Geo EDU Tip – Online Mapping for Beginners – The Map Academy from CartoDB – gisuser.com
  • University of Glasgow- Mapping out a career in Geospatial Technology – ndiaeducationdiary.in
  • Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age – amazon.com

Military Related Cartography

Mobile Mapping



Indoor Cartography

Mapping Platforms

  • Central Michigan University Maps Threatened Species with UAS – directionsmag.com
  • Online drone maps show views of world, disaster areas, off-limit zones – latimes.com
  • Gaia satellite begins 3D-mapping the galaxy – cnet.com
  • Obama launches climate tools including 3-D maps – usatoday.com
  • Chiba University takes us a step closer to Prometheus mapping drones – geek.com
  • ASU alum’s mapping project a finalist in Google Impact Challenge – asunews.asu.edu
  • Icebreakers head out to map Arctic sea floor – brandonsun.com

Crowd-Sourced Cartography

Cartographic Challenges

  • India’s federal investigating agency opens enquiry against Google’s mapping contest – qz.com
  • Google ‘polluted Internet’ with classified material, says Survey of India – indiatvnews.com
  • Google Maps has Crashed, Into an Arkansas Resident – androidheadlines.com
  • Google’s New Automated Mapping Technique Gives Chattanooga a 3D Bump – govtech.com
  • CNN adds Nigeria to list of countries it can’t find on a map – washingtonpost.com

eCARTO News July 2014

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.

General News


  • Hyperspectral Aerial Survey will Enhance Mapping Capabilities – usgs.gov
  • UAV Mapping of a Landslide – directionsmag.com
  • Snow Where You’re Going: Trace Ancient Inuit Trails With Interactive Atlas – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com
  • Mapping the Santa Monica Fault presents unique challenges – scpr.org
  • This new mapping technology will show whether global warming could drown your town – washingtonpost.com
  • NASA’s Aquarius instrument returns global maps of soil moisture – phys.org

Industry News

  • Microsoft to discontinue vintage mapping services MapPoint and Streets & Trips – winbeta.org
  • Google launches weirdly fun ‘Smarty Pins’ trivia map game – venturebeat.com
  • TripAdvisor for iPhone adds offline support, improves mapping features – betanews.com
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps – searchengineland.com
  • GIS People partners with DigitalGlobe – spatialsource.com.au

New Concepts Cartography

Transport & Mobile Mapping

  • Watch this: Human transforms its app data into striking activity maps – engadget.com
  • Middle East 24 – vimeo.com
  • Maps With Me Lite is an offline mapping app for mobile devices – ghacks.net
  • Living with Google: Google Maps – androidguys.com

Education and Resources

3D Cartography

  • Google’s 3D-mapping Phones to Help Robots on the International Space Station – au.ign.com
  • Malaysia’s new method of mitigating landslides: 3D mapping – futuregov.asia
  • Cartographic Design Principles for 3D maps – A Contribution to Cartographic Theory – icaci.org
  • True-3D in Cartography – springer.com
  • Progress and New Trends in 3D Geoinformation Sciences – springer.com



  • Redrawing the Earth by committee – wired.co.uk
  • Lake Mendota mapmaker shows depth of her appreciation – news.wisc.edu
  • The First U.S. Map That Was Made By A U.S. Citizen – io9.com
  • From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who’s Challenging Google Maps – npr.org

Historical Cartography

  • The Maginot Line – lostimagesofww2.com
  • Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps – gizmodo.com.au
  • Historic maps in Welsh sold at auction in Colwyn Bay – bbc.com
  • Commonwealth frames: Rescued archive images and maps – bbc.com


Indigenous Cartography

Cartography Lite

  • Nanoscale Monet is world’s tiniest masterpiece – newscientist.com
  • Test your knowledge of imaginary cartography with this fictional maps quiz – avclub.com
  • Geoff Nicholson maps out the edges in fiction ‘City Under the Skin’ – latimes.com
  • ‘The Map Thief’ by Michael Blanding – bostonglobe.com

ICA News 62 now online

ICA News 62

We are pleased to announce that the 62nd issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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The International Map Year is a major event in the up-and-coming ICA calendar […]. An illustrated outcome of the recent ICA survey on definitions concerning our domain is also presented in this issue. Graciela Metternicht shares her story of ICA News editorship, while President Georg Gartner announces the establishment of our own International Journal of Cartography.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

eCARTO News June 2014

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.

General News


  • MH370 search: Dutch survey vessel begins mapping ocean floor – smh.com.au
  • Arctic connections: Mapping historic Inuit trails online – dal.ca
  • Balkan floods: mapping a disaster area with some help from NASA – blogs.redcross.org.uk
  • VIDEO: Affordable Drone Aircraft for Mapping Landfill Void – waste-management-world.com
  • Mapping San Francisco’s Stolen Bike Hotspots Reveals Where Not To Park Your Bike – fastcoexist.com
  • Aquatic habitat mapping “Off-the-Shelf” – peninsulaclarion.com

Industry News

  • Has Apple Maps Finally Found Its Way? – wallstcheatsheet.com
  • Apple goes indoors with their latest mapping expansion as they prepare to detail the inside of buildings – dailymail.co.uk
  • Nokia’s Mapping Unit Buys Predictive Analytics Firm Medio – toptechnews.com
  • Nokia Looks To Bolster Its HERE Maps Business With Recent Buys – forbes.com
  • NOAA innovation creates room for data entrepreneurs – fcw.com
  • Google Flight Search increases interactivity with visual airfare mapping – tnooz.com
  • Google’s secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is – engadget.com
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps – searchengineland.com
  • The big mobile weakness Amazon’s smartphone faces: Maps – venturebeat.com
  • TomTom Powers MapQuest’s Core Map Data with New Partnership – directionsmag.com
  • Garmin Releases viago Navigation App For $0.99, Pay In-App to Unlock Features that Google Maps Does for Free – droid-life.com


  • Japan Launches Satellite with Night-Vision Mapping Radar – space.com
  • Mapping Apps Follow the Crowd – nytimes.com
  • 3D Mapping Solution Identifies CCTV Blackspots – hstoday.us
  • Queensland Police mobile app, 3D thermal mapping feature in state iAwards – cio.com.au /
  • Apple Maps’ hidden ‘City Tours’ feature revealed by developer – itproportal.com
  • IndoorAtlas Raises $4.5 Million in Race To Map The Indoors – blogs.wsj.com
  • senseFly announces the eBee RTK mapping drone – the most flexible survey-grade system on the market – directionsmag.com

Resource Mapping

Education and Resources

  • Coordinate Systems Worldwide – new online tool for finding coordinate systems – epsg.io
  • Mapping Hacks – Tips & Tools for Electronic Cartography – shop.oreilly.com
  • GeoCommunity – geocomm.com
  • Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Use Drones for Mapping – nbcdfw.com
  • Mapping Out a Lesson Plan – issaquahpress.com

Cartography and Health

Society and Cartography

  • Historical maps in libraries around the world – oldmapsonline.org
  • #BBCtrending: mapping ISIS followers around the world – bbc.com
  • T&T Minister: New mapping system to locate children at all times – stabroeknews.com
  • Mapping the city for safety with Safetipin – livemint.com
  • SEMCOG’s interactive map shows commuting patterns – hometownlife.com
  • Enhanced Irish-language placename and mapping tools launched in DCU – dcu.ie



  • How 1.5 Million Volunteer Mappers Aim To Beat Google – readwrite.com
  • Maps and their makers … and the pretence of objectivity – thenational.ae
  • A History of the World in Twelve Maps shows that cartography is a matter of perspective – thenational.ae
  • Mapping Company Will Appeal $6.2M Fine – wabi.tv

Cartography Lite

  • What Sheraton’s new 3-D mapping light shows could look like – khon2.com
  • World Cup 2014: Travel through Brazil’s 37 painted streets with Google Maps Street View – ibnlive.in.com