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ICA News 63 now online

ICA News 63

We are pleased to announce that the 63rd issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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This issue of ICA News invites us to ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and celebrates our full membership of ICSU, a process that started 25 years ago! It also farewells Ramón Lorenzo, who contributed so much to the ICA and Spanish cartography.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

eCARTO News January 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.

General News

Online Mapping Applications

  • Google Maps for iOS gains restaurant filters, weather info, and more in new update – 9to5mac.com
  • Daniele Quercia: Happy maps – youtube.com
  • Mobile App For Accessing Solar + Wind Energy Satellite Resource Maps Developed By Masdar – cleantechnica.com
  • Google Maps set to Release Offline Maps to Combat the Competition from Microsoft Here Maps – thefusejoplin.com

Industry News

  • Power of Maps conference – spatialsource.com.au
  • How Google’s geo-crowdsourcing is transforming the map – citymetric.com
  • Nokia’s ultra-detailed mapping data may hold the key to an autonomous car future – venturebeat.com
  • iRobot’s CTO wants bots that will map and interact with your home, not drones – engadget.com
  • Geospatial Corporation Kicks Off Uber-Like Pipeline Mapping Model – marketwatch.com
  • Make Data Presentations Engaging with Mapline’s Story Maps – prunderground.com
  • Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses To Incorporate Nokia HERE Maps – ubergizmo.com

The New Technology of Mapping

  • Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack – techcrunch.com
  • Drones mapping algae under Antarctic ice – wesh.com
  • Garmin Epix GPS Mapping Watch Loves The Great Outdoors – ubergizmo.com
  • How – and why – Google is transforming the map – theconversation.com
  • NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) – usgs.gov
  • Interactive map tool – theguardian.com
  • Spying through the keyhole gets hi-tech: Device uses lasers to map an entire room through a 1-inch gap – dailymail.co.uk
  • Drones for Good — transporting transplant organs, detecting landmines, and wiping out fog – betanews.com

New Approaches

  • 3D mapping reveals how Greenland’s ice has changed over time – dailymail.co.uk
  • Dynamic walkability estimation with Turf – mapbox.com
  • Mapping forests’ carbon with lasers – scidev.net
  • Mapping new world: Rosetta reveals first results of host comet probe (PHOTOS) – rt.com
  • Mapping glacier flow speeds with synthetic aperture radar cross correlation – spie.org
  • 3D Mapping Tool Calculates Rooftop Solar Potential For Every Building In The City – planetsave.com
  • Augmented reality: Not just a game, but a game changer – gcn.com
  • Call of the Orangutan: Using Drones to Scan the Forest – scientificamerican.com
  • Drones could 3D-map scores of hectares of land in just a few hours – sciencemag.org

Cartographic Opinion

  • Mystery of the phantom islands solved: Lands that disappeared on ancient maps are revealed as mistakes, mirages and myths – dailymail.co.uk
  • Have Infographics and Data Visualizations Ruined Good Map Design? – gisuser.com
  • Tweeted mapping comments – tweetedtimes.com
  • Why the use of color really matters in visualization – visualoop.com
  • Wonders And Controversies: Hands On With Cities: Skylines’ Meticulous Mapping – thesixthaxis.com
  • Mapping travel routes: Why it’s every traveller’s obsession – coomaexpress.com.au

Cartographic History

  • Marion illustrator marries passion for mapping, history with depictions of Civil War battles – thegazette.com
  • Radars help create 3-D view of structure, age of Greenland’s ice – cjonline.com
  • Map of London, 1653 – bl.uk
  • Six more ways of visualising London’s growth: mapping the capital’s expansion – citymetric.com
  • Modern Mapping Connects Historic Preservation and Planning – nextcity.org
  • Mapping the past – thehindu.com
  • Britannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain, by Joanne Parker – timeshighereducation.co.uk
  • See What Your City Will Be Like in 15 Years – citylab.com
  • WWI trench system unearthed in Cork – irishexaminer.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

Cartographic Products

Mapping Themes

Alternative Cartography

eCARTO News December 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.

The Cloud

General News

The New Technology of Mapping

Industry News

  • ArcGIS 10.3: The Next Generation of GIS Is Here – esri.com
  • Apple is developing an iPhone that fires LASER BEAMS to map surroundings, patent reveals – dailymail.co.uk
  • GeoComm Publishes 3D and Indoor 9-1-1 Caller Location Mapping White Paper – directionsmag.com
  • Spatial Industries Salary Review 2014 – siba.com.au
  • Full Version of MAPS.ME Becomes Free and Open Source – maps.me
  • Nokia’s Here Mapping App Now On Google Play Globally, Coming Back To iOS In 2015 – techcrunch.com
  • Fatmap Raises Seed Funding For Its Detailed 3D Mapping Engine And Ski App – techcrunch.com
  • Putting a startup on the map: Simon Hackett joins investors pouring $5 million into Spookfish – startupsmart.com.au

Cartographic Uncertainty

  • Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders Part 1 – youtube.com
  • Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders Part 2 – youtube.com
  • The Most Complex International Borders in the World – youtube.com
  • This Is What Your City Would Look Like If All The World’s Ice Sheets Melt – fastcoexist.com
  • Unemployment Rates 1991 to 2012 – mapstory.org
  • What Maps Can Hide – theatlantic.com
  • Mapping out the protest sites for history – scmp.com
  • Experiments in mapping the intangible – boingboing.net

Cartographic Education & Resources

Mapping Games


Cartographic Opinion

Cartographic Products

Alternative Cartography


eCARTO News November 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

  • Environmental and Geo- Information and Communication, Bogota, Colombia – cegeoic2015.net
  • Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS 2015) – imag.fr
  • GSR3 Conference at RMIT – free registration – wordpress.com
  • Google Maps Update Adds Weather and Local Time to Destinations – pcmag.com
  • As mapping technology improves, GIS use spreads – bvibeacon.com
  • How to Make a Better Map—Using Neuroscience – citylab.com

The New Technology of Mapping

  • 3D Laser Mapping Scanner Helps UCL Scientists Map Trees – amerisurv.com
  • Drones could 3D-map scores of hectares of land in just a few hours – sciencemag.org
  • British Airways boggles minds with projection-mapped flight video – wired.co.uk
  • Lightweight 3D LiDAR Puck demonstration – sparpointgroup.com
  • 3D Robotics’ new modular drone will photograph and map your house – gigaom.com
  • Mobile-phone mapping succeeds where national censuses fail – washingtonpost.com
  • This clever headset creates 3D sound maps for the blind, but isn’t as cute as a guide dog – digitaltrends.com

Industry News

  • Target’s Mobile App Gets Indoor Mapping, Interactive Black Friday Maps – techcrunch.com
  • ThinkGeo Releases Map Suite for Android, iOS and WebAPI – directionsmag.com
  • Why Google Maps Are An iPhone User’s Top Choice – thefusejoplin.com
  • Heat-Mapping Startup Essess Picks Up $10.8 Million to Scan for Energy Leaks – wsj.com
  • Apple is still hard at work making Apple Maps usable – bgr.com
  • SAP integrates Nokia Here mapping data with HANA platform – v3.co.uk

Mapping Specific Locations

  • Google Maps claims the Guantánamo Bay detention centre is ‘permanently closed’ – news.com.au
  • Missing Maps: what is Baraka … and how can you help map it? – theguardian.com
  • Of biblical proportions: How maps of the Land of Israel never lost their roots – haaretz.com
  • Mapping 20 Years of Major Meteor Impacts – citylab.com
  • Science Scanner: Mapping an Asteroid; Why the Universe Didn’t Collapse; Spicy Food Saves Lives – voanews.com
  • Mapping Mistake Threatens 1,400 Chimpanzees and Newly Discovered Endangered Plant – scientificamerican.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

Mapping Trouble


  • Coast Guard chopper called in after mapping worker suffers cliff fall – thejournal.ie

Marine Cartography

  • Underwater robot allows scientists to map uncharted Antarctic sea ice – cbsnews.com
  • Mapping the world’s oceans – dw.de
  • Mapping the World’s (Few) Protected Seas – nationalgeographic.com
  • New fauna discovered during six-year project mapping ocean floor off WA’s Kimberley coast – abc.net.au
  • Underwater mapping done, MH370 search set to intensify – atwonline.com

Cartographic Products

Alternative Cartography


eCARTO News October 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

The New Technology of Mapping

  • 7 sky-bound robots mapping every square inch of earth – bizjournals.com
  • Advanced scanning equipment used to map USS Utah – kitv.com
  • NavVis performs Google-like 3D mapping, but quicker – gizmag.com
  • Microsoft’s Kinect aids in ‘augmented reality sand’ mapping tool – c4ismet.com
  • NIST’s new laser technology allows high-definition 3D mapping at a distance – gizmag.com
  • GeoSLAM and CSIRO partner for 3D mapping technology – foodmag.com.au
  • 3D Robotics Releases $5400 Unmanned Aerial Systems for Mapping – sparpointgroup.com

Industry News

  • TomTom And deCarta Join Forces To Take On Google Maps – searchengineland.com
  • Nokia expands HERE mapping to broader Android market – zdnet.com
  • Apple’s latest attempt to fix its Maps problem – cnbc.com
  • Apple steps up fight against Google Maps with indoor directions – cultofmac.com
  • Build Smart Mapping Apps for Windows Desktop, Windows Store, and Windows Phone – directionsmag.com
  • Blue Water Satellite to Develop Spectral Imaging Tools Using Google Maps for Work Cloud Mapping – spatialnews.geocomm.com

Mapping Nature

  • Starlings: Mapping and modelling the ballet of the skies – bbc.com
  • Mapping risk areas to reduce the impact of natural disasters – cordis.europa.eu
  • New seafloor map reveals thousands of seamounts – earthsky.org
  • Arctic mapping problems ‘disappointing,’ say opposition MPs – cbc.ca

Urban Cartography

  • Uncharted territory: mapping the world’s forgotten cities – scmp.com
  • Edinburgh: Mapping the City – bbc.com
  • Mapping website highlights the pitfalls of cycling routes – vancouversun.com
  • Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan – citylab.com
  • Private mailmen are mapping Brazil’s slums by hand because Google Maps can’t – theverge.com
  • Noise mapping of Thiruvananthapuram within next 6 months – thehindu.com
  • Accurately Mapping Mongolia’s Sprawling Capital With Satellite Imagery – spatialnews.geocomm.com
  • Mapping the UK’s housing wealth – citymetric.com

Mapping History

  • Mapping the USA’s diversity from 1960-2060 – usatoday.com
  • North, south, east and west: paper maps save pieces of Queensland’s history – abc.net.au
  • Stonehenge: digital mapping reveals the true picture – theiet.org
  • Why do people love Ordnance Survey maps? – bbc.com
  • Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age – amazon.com


  • Nokia gets new head for Here mapping unit – zdnet.com
  • “I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society – mcgill.ca
  • How This Man Is Using Google To Make The Philippines Safer When Typhoons Hit – businessinsider.com.au

Cooperative Cartography

  • China to help Guyana with mineral mapping – stabroeknews.com
  • NGA releases unclassified mapping tool for Ebola relief – fcw.com
  • The Missing Maps project is mapping developing cities to curb the spread of ebola – citymetric.com

Cartographic Curiosities

Mapping Challenges

  • Mapping 13 Key Locations in the 1969 Manson Family Murders – la.curbed.com
  • China deploys troops and fighter jets in response to unauthorised flight – theguardian.com
  • Astronomers Create First 3D Map Of Hidden Universe – huffingtonpost.com
  • Mapping the U.S.-led military effort against ISIS – ctvnews.ca
  • Tiger survival: mapping poaching and trafficking hotspots – theguardian.com


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