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eCARTO News February 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 the editor of eCARTO News.

General News

Applications

  • Mapping out the clues to a better future with a little help from the past – smh.com.au
  • Bluesky Begins Night Time Aerial Photo Mapping Trials – amerisurv.com
  • Weather-Mapping a Brown Dwarf – skyandtelescope.com
  • How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories – wired.com

Industry News

Health Mapping

Technological Advances

  • New life for old maps – abc.net.au
  • Successful Test Flight of First Professional Grade Civilian Mapping UAS – gisuser.com
  • Google reveals 3D-mapping Project Tango – 3news.co.nz

Education and Resources

Historical Cartography

  • Mapping the past: old worlds being opened up by technology – irishtimes.com
  • City maps and their evolution through history – theguardian.com
  • Tools for digital history: Google Map Engine Lite – directionsmag.com
  • Peruvian navy starts to map new maritime border – peruthisweek.com
  • Creating digital maps to help preserve cultural heritage of Russian community – phys.org

Cartographers

Opinion

Environmental Mapping & Management

  • Google makes climate data more accessible with new Google Earth tools – upi.com
  • London tree mapping exercise “has one chance to get it right”, tree officers told – hortweek.com
  • Google mapping & charitable funding combine to show deforestation – digitaljournal.com

Cartographic Research & Development

  • “MDMD Mapping Fiction” — A Swiss cartomentary – icaci.org

Cartography Products

  • Experimental map of the Dandenong Ranges – mapstart.com.au
  • Where would you live on this amazing map of the internet? – news.optuszoo.com.au
  • If all the Ice melted: National Geographic’s Interactive map on Rising Seas – geoawesomeness.com
  • Sales of geospatial 3D mapping product soar on 2013 demand – sparpointgroup.com
  • Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet – fastcoexist.com
  • Arab region: atlas of our changing environment United Nations Environment Programme – preventionweb.net

Cartography Lite

  • Reroll game devs want to map the globe using drones for survival game – wired.co.uk
  • Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters – pewinternet.org
  • Renowned Explorers mapping the world with Reus dev – shacknews.com

LBS 2014 in Vienna, Austria

LBS2014 logoThe 11th International Symposium on Location Based Services will be held in Vienna, Austria, 26–28 November 2014.

The symposium will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

The Call for Papers is open. Please submit full papers and work in progress until May 31, 2014. Publication in a book within the series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography is anticipated.

Five ICA commissions are involved:

Also other organizations endorsed the event, including AGILE, ISPRS, FIG, IAG, DGfK and ÖVG.

For further information, please visit lbs2014.org.

Update, May 2014: The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP 2014).

Which competences are needed for GI jobs? Take a survey by EU project GI-N2K

Project logo Geographic Information: Need to knowThe EU project “Geographic Information: Need to Know” works towards a more demand-driven geospatial workforce education/training system. The ICA is represented on the Advisory Committee for the EU project by Menno-Jan Kraak, Vice president of the ICA.

The project invites everyone to participate by completing two surveys:

GI-N2K aims to answer the question on how the education and vocational training in the domain of GI S&T can match with the actual job requirements in the job market.

GI-N2K builds upon the existing Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (GI S&T BoK) that was developed by the American University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, published in 2006 by the Association of American Geographers . The ‘BoK’ will be updated and brought into line with the new technological developments and the European perspective ( e.g. importance of INSPIRE in Europe).

The renewed BoK will apply an ontological approach and will take the form of a dynamic e-platform (wiki-based format) including tools to use, explore the BoK, to define curricula , training opportunities and courses and to define job profiles.

Two surveys have been launched and are available on the website: http://www.gi-n2k.eu/surveys These surveys are looking to inform the project on which competences are needed for GI-jobs and about the main competences being taught. Any individual or organisation is able to complete the surveys with a deadline of 05 February 2014.

For more information visit the project web page: www.gi-n2k.eu

Category: General News

eCARTO News January 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 the editor of eCARTO News.

General News

Applications

Industry News

Extraterrestrial  Mapping

  • How the Gaia Galaxy-Mapping Satellite Works (Infographic) – space.com
  • These Swarming Satellites Are Mapping Earth’s Magnetic Cloak – gizmodo.com
  • Planet Labs Raises $52 Million to Map the Earth With Small Satellites – mashable.com

Alternative Mapping

Education and Resources

  • Mapline: The New Face of the Simplest Online Mapping – prurgent.com
  • Mapping project shows warped world – news24.com

Security and Cartography

  • PM’s intervention sought to stop Google from mapping defence installations – thehindu.com
  • Tracing patterns, mapping habits – thehindu.com
  • Mapping Global Conflict – blogs.cfr.org
  • Creepy Cool: Google Location History Mapping Your Every Move – babble.com

Cartographers

  • Mapping the ‘frost quakes’: Toronto woman tracking cryoseisms so ‘people don’t think they’re crazy’ – news.nationalpost.com
  • U.S. aerial mapping veteran retires after 40 years – sparpointgroup.com
  • Mapping her career – salina.com

Opinion

  • Mapping Cambodia’s distant past – phnompenhpost.com
  • There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World’s First Map – npr.org

Environmental Mapping & Management

Marine Cartography

Cartography Lite

CARTOCON 2014

cartocon2014_logoThe CARTOCON 2014 Conference will be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, 25–28 February 2014.
This conference aims to bring together cartographers from across different areas of our discipline.
The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of scientific papers particulary within five fields of cartography:

  • Maps and Atlases Production
  • Use and Users Issues
  • Cognition and Visualization Issues
  • Maps and Internet
  • Cartography and Statistics

Check out the website http://cartocon2014.org for further information.

eCARTO News December 2013

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 the editor of eCARTO News.

General News

Applications

  • Mapping the Demise of the Dinosaurs – astrobiology.com
  • Mapping the First World War by Peter Chasseaud – review – theguardian.com
  • Video: Mapping potential profits using satellite data – producer.com
  • The Best Tools for Mapping How your Business Works – boxfreeit.com.au
  • Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model – slashgear.com
  • Europe’s hazardous highways: mapping the continent’s most dangerous roads – theguardian.com
  • ‘Secret’ labyrinth of tunnels under Rome mapped – foxnews.com
  • Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots – fastcoexist.com
  • MoD supplies troops with more up-to-date mapping services – computerworlduk.com

Industry News

  • Microsoft previews new Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1 – theverge.com
  • Google lets users create own Street View – bbc.co.uk
  • Statistics Canada : Surveying and mapping services, 2012 – 4-traders.com
  • Apple Maps’ worldview is now better than Google Maps’ – zdnet.com
  • National Geographic Sharing Its Maps With Google Maps – eweek.com
  • Apple’s 2013 Acquisitions: Maps, Videos and Data – blogs.wsj.com
  • Online Mapping: BI Tool to Watch in 2014 Topo.ly – prunderground.com
  • Google Street View makes travel easier by mapping airports and train stations – theinquirer.net
  • Apple to use PrimeSense 3D to boost indoor mapping, rather than iTV set? – techradar.com
  • MapBox Enables Amazing Custom Maps for Sites and Apps – mashable.com

Extraterrestrial  Mapping

  • Gaia is positioned for its star-mapping launch on an Arianespace Soyuz – spacedaily.com
  • Mapping Molecular Clouds Changes Astronomers Outlook On Starbirth – universetoday.com
  • Titan’s Rivers, Lakes, and Seas Mapped in Incredible Detail – wired.com
  • Satellite’s magnetic mapping mission – phys.org

Alternative Mapping

  • Mapping the Blind Spots: Developer Unearths Secret U.S. Military Bases – mashable.com
  • Do any Android tablets have a mapping system that does not need an internet connection? – telegraph.co.uk
  • When Bratton quit Muslim mapping – capitalnewyork.com
  • Mapping America’s Restless Interstate Migration Without a Map – wired.com

Education and Resources

Retail Cartography

  • Bluetooth Mapping Technology The Answer To Retail Blues – gisuser.com

Cartographers

  • How a former train driver dedicated 26 years to mapping Beijing’s hutongs – scmp.com
  • Can Blaise Agüera y Arcas End Google Maps’ Arms Race With Apple And Microsoft? – fastcompany.com

Opinion

  • Google Street View has become ‘the backbone’ of Maps – theverge.coma
  • Google’s Road Map to Global Domination – nytimes.com
  • How drivers still prefer a printed map to sat navs: 63 per cent reveal they have used traditional navigation aid in past six months – dailymail.co.uk

Environmental Mapping & Management

  • Ecologists see dangers in poor mapping of Victorian native vegetation – brisbanetimes.com.au
  • APNewsBreak: Western Governors Show Wildlife Maps – abcnews.go.com
  • Mapping disease: the development of a multidisciplinary field – blog.oup.com
  • This map shows where the Chinese coal plants that kill 257,000 a year are – qz.com
  • Mapping The Dinosaur-Killing Yucatan Peninsula Asteroid Impact Site – redorbit.com

Marine Cartography

  • Ocean mapping by UNB group leads to new Arctic ship route – cbc.ca
  • Baird: Finish Arctic mapping – thechronicleherald.ca
  • Aerial mapping begins for Florida Ship Canal route – ocala.com
  • Mapping project to unlock secrets of climate change and ancient supercontinents – phys.org
  • Proteus FZC: An In-Depth Look At Corsica (Mapping) – satnews.com
  • Suncor among 17 oil firms mapping seabed in Norwegian Arctic – business.financialpost.com
  • Canada extends Arctic territorial claim all the way to the North Pole – despite not even mapping area yet – news.nationalpost.com
  • Proteus Provides Satellite-Derived Bathymetric and Seafloor Maps for Military Exercise – amerisurv.com

Cartography Lite

  • A map of all the countries that contribute to a single jar of Nutella – qz.com
  • Mapping redheads: which country has the most? – theguardian.com
  • Magnificent maps and cartographic curiosities – blog.maptia.com

Advisory Board of the “Geo for All” initiative

We are pleased to announce the Advisory Board of the “Geo for All” initiative:

  • Professor Georg Gartner (ICA President & co-chair)
  • Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President & co-chair)
  • Professor Josef Strobl
  • Professor Marguerite Madden
  • Professor Mike Jackson
  • Sven Schade
  • Gavin Fleming
  • Sergio Acosta y Lara
  • Dr Chris Pettit
  • Professor Venkatesh Raghavan
  • Geoff Zeiss
  • Jeroen Ticheler
  • Phillip Davis
  • Arnulf Christl
  • Professor Maria Brovelli
  • Dr Rafael Moreno

The ICA-OSGeo Lab network is a joint initiative of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The ICA and OSGeo Presidents will be the co-chairs and permanent members of the Advisory Board. Others will have a 3 year term starting date of the Advisory Board being constituted (1 Dec 2013). The Advisory Board has brought together an excellent range of expertise (academia, government, industry) and geographical distribution (we have nearly all continents covered). Also it brought together members from other key communities ISPRS, AGILE, INSPIRE, UNIGIS etc which will make sure is it a fully inclusive global initiative. The Advisory Board will meet once every six months by telemeeting and AB members will keep an eye on the developments and provide strategic advice to the initiative through various forums.

While there has been tremendous growth in geospatial technology over the last few decades, the number of universities offering courses in geospatial science has not kept pace. Free and open geographic information (GI) software helps make geospatial education available to students from economically poor backgrounds worldwide (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI software). Our key aim is to make it possible for students in developing and poor countries to be also able to get geospatial education. This initiative will bring more opportunities for geospatial education worldwide. Over 50 Open Source Geospatial Labs have already been established in universities around the world as part of this initiative in just two year’s time, and we will be establishing over 100 research labs worldwide by September 2014.

We will have over 500 labs established worldwide in the next five years making us the biggest geospatial education and research network on the planet and we now have a good team of experts to guide us for the future. Welcome to all members of the Advisory Board and we are looking forward to their advice and ideas for expanding this education initiative globally!

We thank all of you for your strong support for this education initiative and it is very happy for us that our initiative has now grown rapidly from very humble beginnings and is helping to widen the benefits of geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students worldwide.

Suchith Anand

Website of Geo for All: http://www.geoforall.org/

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