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Honorary Fellowship for Kirsi Virrantaus

Georg Gartner, Kirsi Virrantaus

Georg Gartner, Kirsi Virrantaus

Kirsi Virrantaus

Kirsi Virrantaus during her acceptance speech

The award

The award

During ICC 2013 Kirsi Virrantaus received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Menno-Jan Kraak‘s laudatio:

Dear Kirsi,

It is a great pleasure to stand here, and address you before I hand you one of the ICA awards. This award of ICA honours cartographers of outstanding international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA.

So before I can hand this awards I have to convince the audience that you indeed qualify. Two keywords in the description of the award pop up clearly. International reputation & special contribution to ICA.

The last one is easy to verify because the ICA archives hold lot of proof. First of all you served two terms as vice-president. Starting in 1999 in Ottawa, Canada with a renewal to your term in Durban, South Africa and the obligatory end in Moscow, Russia in 2007. During those eight year is the Executive Committee started a tradition to have their meetings such that it coincided with Kirsi’s birthday, because during the first time it happened she took care of drinking logistics serving Finish vodka which was much appreciated. Today both EC meetings and birthdays are no longer that fun.

Well, one can wonder if just sitting there as vice president is good enough to qualify. That would be easy. But during your term you have also been active in two commissions: “Map and Spatial Data Use” and “Gender and Cartography”. And during your second term you also acted as working group chair of the working group on “Uncertainty of spatial data and quality of maps”. You have also hosted some pre-conference ICA events in 2007 in Espoo after which you organized a train trip from Helsinki to the main conference in Moscow. If this would not be enough you have also been the initiator of our research agenda. I clearly remember sitting in your class as co-chair of the visualization committee in La Coruna 2005, going though several exercises you prepared to get the framework of the agenda settled. Together with our former secretary general David Fairbairn you presented the first draft in Moscow 2007, which we could later publish in many cartographic journals. The fact they you got everyone in ICA to participate in this endeavor is also due to your international reputation.

Still I tried to find some more evidence for this. This was also not too difficult since you have played several leading roles in our sister organizations like FIG and ISPRS. But those activities happened before your ICA career. Your career has been an academic one, graduating in 1977 in Architecture, followed by additional degrees in Cartography and Surveying. Tracing your academic history, your publications track record is not easy because of the many metamorphoses you last name went trough. Your CV states: Kirsi VIRRANTAUS (formerly Makkonen, Eloranta, Artimo).

But I also have my own memories, we first met in The Hague in 1985 at an UDMS conference. And since then we somehow kept in touch. Today you are even Vice Dean at the School of Engineering of the Aalto University in Espoo/Helsinki. Well enough evidence to convince this audience I believe. Kirsi, I m happy to hand you this ICA reward, congratulations.

Category: General News

Honorary Fellowship for Milan Konečný

Milan Konečný

Milan Konečný during his aceptance speech

Ferjan Ormeling

Ferjan Ormeling during the laudatio

Milan Konečný

Milan Konečný

During ICC 2013 Milan Konečný received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Ferjan Ormeling’s laudatio:

For me, it is both an honour and pleasure to address Milan on this occasion, as his former team mate when he was president . Milan is a self-made man, born in a small town in Eastern Moravia. He was able to study in Brno, and distinguished himself there in such a way that he was asked to participate in polar expeditions to Spitsbergen. He opted for a scientific career and focused on digital cartography.

After his obligatory military service he got a job at the university and there he steadily advanced, also because he set up a lab on geoinformatics and cartography, and this is most important as I guess it enabled him to participate in national and international conferences, and also to participate as officer or board member in national and international scientific associations, where he has a most impressive record. It enabled him to travel widely, I guess he must have spent more than a year of his life in airplanes, and as far as the ICA is concerned, it culminated in his presidency from 2003-2007: Amongst the many things he initiated and achieved there, the most important for ICA were the policy towards the international organizations in the surveying and mapping field that were springing up at the time, such as digital Earth and Global Map (through memoranda of understanding, Milan linked ICA to UN bodies or other scientific organisations like PAIGH) , the increased cooperation with national mapping agencies, which he aimed for, together with Ramon Lorenzo, and the support he gave to cartographers in South and Eastern Europe. Apart from that, all his life he has been strengthening ties and links with cartographers in Siberia, China and Japan.

Just to show his international orientation, I have listed some of the institutions or associations Milan has been involved with – IEAS, Digital Earth, Global Map, GSDI, European initiatives like Inspire, and UN initiatives. As I said, Milan’s specialty has been building bridges to Eastern Europe and Asia, which started already at a time when it was difficult to travel outside the socialist bloc, but later Japan and India were added to his list of preferred destinations.

For all his contributions to the profession Milan was awarded prizes and honorary: from the Brazilian and Spanish cartographic societies, from the Novosibirsk and Sofia universities, he was asked as president of the European Joint Research Centre of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, and it is only fitting that he is now awarded a honorary fellowship of the ICA – it has been long due, but we have the rule that this honorary fellowship can only be awarded to people that do not hold office in the board, and this is the first occasion after 16 years of Milan’s membership of the ICA executive committee that he can receive this distinction. There is one more item I want to mention, and that is that we first evaluated the venue where we now have the conference back when Milan was president in 2007, in order to select this venue, and the success of this conference alone justifies this decision to award Milan the honorary fellowhip. Milan, many congratulations!

Category: General News

eCARTO News August 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

Industry News

  • Expert committee to outline the future trends in digital mapping – directionsmag.com
  • United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management – ggim.un.org
  • Introducing Esri, where the world’s biggest organizations come together to build maps – gigaom.com
  • Amazon teams with Nokia, snubs Google for maps: sources – tuoitrenews.vn/business
  • Victorian Managed Insurance Authority using a GT hosted web mapping application – geomatic.com.au
  • Google Maps and Apple iPhone 5 Maps News – societyandreligion.com
  • In-Q-Tel Backs Open Source Mapping Company – informationweek.com
  • Local Government & Municipal Knowledge Base – lgam.wikidot.com

Bicycle-related Mapping

Technology

Education and Resources

  • List of GIS Mapping Software Which Is Easy On The Pocket Online Now At SoftwareReviewBoffin.Com – prweb.com
  • Crowsflight – itunes.apple.com
  • Tales from the Map Room – amazon.com

Political and Social Cartography

  • Google’s Indigenous Mapping Day called empowerment by some, violation by others – argusleader.com
  • Wealth mapping assists AusAID in targeting poor and vulnerable communities – abc.net.au
  • Why and how to add mapping to your cell phone evidence – cops2point0.com
  • A Young Entrepreneur Puts Kenya On The Map – In More Ways Than One – worldcrunch.com
  • Mapping the changing nature of employment – cordis.europa.eu
  • Mind The Gap: Mapping Life Expectancy By Subway Stop – fastcoexist.com

Opinion

  • Google Map Maker vs. OpenStreetMap: Which mapping service rules them all? – digitaltrends.com
  • Should You Have a Map in Your Dashboard? – directionsmag.com
  • Mapping out the importance of the middle ground
    thisisderbyshire.co.uk
  • A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps – theatlantic.com
  • Uncharted territory: amateur cartographers fight to put their communities on the map – wired.co.uk

Environmental Mapping

CrowdSourcing and Social Media

Indoor Mapping

Art in Cartography

Cartography Lite

 

eCARTO News July 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

  • Mapping the People Left Behind by the Knowledge Economy – theatlanticcities.com
  • Mapping the massacres of Queensland Aboriginal society – theaustralian.com.au
  • Nokia’s Here LivingCities map visualizes traffic in five global cities including Mumbai – bgr.in
  • Dino-Era India, Australia and Antarctica Mapped – news.discovery.com

Applications

  • Mapping Sexual Assaults in Egypt – blog.foreignpolicy.com
  • Mapping Protests in Cairo – nytimes.com
  • CBN Adopts Mapping Technology To Leverage Financial Inclusion – leadership.ng
  • Interactive Gettysburg: Using Modern Mapping Tools for a New Look at the Historical Battle – theatlantic.com
  • Mapping the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the U.S. – curbed.com
  • CU-Boulder joins project to map stars, galaxies – dailycamera.com
  • Google goes Hawaiian: Street View to start mapping island trails – blog.sfgate.com
  • Mapping children’s chances – bbc.co.uk
  • The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative Launches Mapping Balloon – newsplex.coml
  • Mapping iPhone And Android Users In A City Reveals Wealthier Areas – cultofmac.com
  • Virtual rockfalls enter their test phase – preventionweb.net
  • Up above the fields so high – agweek.com

Company News

  • Mapping Giant Esri Adds Real-Time Traffic Information From Nokia’s Here – techcrunch.com
  • Newly Published Apple Mapping Patent Details Route Feedback System, Real-Time Accident Reporting – macrumors.com
  • Times Media to sell its stake in mapping firm – bdlive.co.za
  • Orbit GT to Release ArcGIS Mobile Mapping Solution at ESRI UC – gisuser.com
  • Esri Joined In-Location Alliance – gpsbusinessnews.com
  • Garmin HUD Release Date, Specs: New Device Connects – universityherald.com
  • Microsoft shows off 3D mapping, voice commands for Bing – news.cnet.com

Technology

  • Mapping tool can pinpoint any location in three words – www.telegraph.co.uk
  • Humanoid robot that sees and maps – nanowerk.com
  • Garmin puts Lake Winnebago on the GPS map – jsonline.com
  • Driverless cars yield to reality: It’s a long road ahead – techhive.com
  • Ancient City of Angkor Much Bigger Than Thought – livescience.com
  • Jason-1 ocean-mapping satellite is retired after 11-plus years of surveying – sciencerecorder.com
  • Topcon Announces Integrated Receiver for GIS, Mapping – amerisurv.com
  • NASA Developing Prototype Asteroid-mapping Radar at KSC – spacenews.com
  • Kinect helps researchers steer roaches to explore and map disaster sites – vision-systems.com
  • NC4 Announces Release of NC4 Street Smart(TM) 2.0 – online.wsj.com
  • Safety, environment key issues for agricultural aircraft – agrinews-pubs.com
  • Europe’s Star-mapping Gaia Satellite Finally Launch Pad-bound – spacenews.com
  • Fun today at EPFL: fast-cat robots and room mapping – genevalunch.com

Education and Resources

Political and Social Cartography

Opinion

  • Expert Advice: Cooperative Updates with Maps 2.0 – gpsworld.com
  • Esri Users Describe Change Management for Adopting Location Analytics – data-informed.com

Environmental Mapping

CrowdSourcing

Paper Maps

Art in Cartography

Cartographers

Cartography Lite

  • MAP- Revolutionary New Technology – youtube.com/
  • My Kind of Town, Stink Onions – slate.com
  • ‘Red, White and Booze’: Mapping the tipsy 50 – hlntv.com
  • Enjoy the view… 360-degree camera lets you tour city tourist spots on internet – coventrytelegraph.net

eCARTO News June 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 All The Security Cameras That Are Watching You – fastcoexist.com
  • The Most Amazing Map You’ll See Today (No Matter What Day It Is) – discovermagazine.com
  • A mist-covered mountain in Cambodia gives up its treasure, writes Lindsay Murdoch – smh.com.au
  • Mapping ‘The World’ Of A Remote Afghan Village – nwpr.org
  • Mapping Technology Helps Pakistan Track and Prevent Epidemics – techpresident.com
  • Call to adopt hot spot mapping to check fever in district – newindianexpress.com
  • Patagonia Chilena Sin Represas // Chilean Patagonia Without Dams – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping Sea Salt From Orbit: Building Better Ocean and Climate Models – newswise.com
  • Mapping The 31 Million People Displaced By Climate Change So Far – fastcoexist.com
  • ‘Death map’ of deserts aims to save lives of desperate Mexican migrants – guardian.co.uk
  • Geographic Information Systems aid health research in developed and developing countries – eurekalert.org
  • Yosemite’s Iconic El Capitan Mapped in High-Res 3-D – nationalgeographic.com
  • Clickable history: Researching the Byzantine Empire with GIS – directionsmag.com
  • VOLCANO WATCH: Mapping the world’s largest volcano – bigislandvideonews.com

Technology

  • Drones provide quantum leap in mapping accuracy – adelaidenow.com.au
  • Tornado-mapping drones in the skies – winnipegfreepress.com
  • Drones deployed to catch graffiti artists in the act – smartplanet.com
  • 3D mapping platform uses chopper-based sensor system at low altitudes – sparpointgroup.com
  • Hubble Helps Astronomers Map Ejected Supernova Material In 3D – redorbit.com
  • Cicada Spawn Tracked by Scientists Armed With Technology – bloomberg.com
  • Physical bump-mapping lets us 3D print photographsgeek.com
  • HMS Victory as you’ve never seen it before: The amazing 3D map of Nelson’s battleship created by lasers in a bid to help restore it – dailymail.co.uk

Resources

Cartographic Opinion

  • Jerry Brotton: let’s take maps back from Google – telegraph.co.uk
  • Hay Festival 2013: ‘we can’t compete with Google maps’, says Prof Jerry Brotton – telegraph.co.uk
  • Waze VP: What Search Did for the Internet, Maps Will Do for Mobile – streetfightmag.com
  • AnyGeo – GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology – blog.gisuser.com

Mapping the Indoor Space

CrowdSourcing

Paper Maps

  • Why hand-drawn maps are back in the picture – guardian.co.uk
  • Historic atlases paint picture of a changing world – bristol.ac.uk
  • If you go out in the woods today, take a paper map even if you’ve got a mobile: Rescue group – leaderpost.com

ART in cARTography

  • Mapping the Smells of New York, Amsterdam and Paris, Block by Blocksmithsonianmag.com
  • Artist Lucie Conoley’s paintings map the urban heart of London – mirror.co.uk
  • Creative mapping – globaltimes.cn
  • Creative Cartography Meets Music in The Song Map – gisuser.com

Cartographer – Modeller Remembered

  • Obituary: Vigo Rauda leaves legacy of 8,000 display models – seattletimes.com

Cartography Lite

Featured Map

 

eCARTO News May 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

Crowd Sourcing

  • Idol Tweets: Mapping the Social Space with Twitter – blogs.scientificamerican.com
  • Crowdsource your carbon: power plant mapping project seeks location, CO2 data – gigaom.com
  • Reports: Facebook Is Buying Social Mapping/Traffic App Waze For Up To $1B To Court Mobile Users – techcrunch.com
  • OpenStreetMap: The Maps In Your Apps Are About To Get A Lot Better – readwrite.com
  • Mapping the world with Tweets – ideas.foreignpolicy.com
  • DIY cartography: Hands on with MapBox’s new open-source ‘iD’ editor in OpenStreetMap – digitaltrends.com

Environmental Mapping

Cartography for the Health Industry

Resources and Technology

  • Augmented Reality Sandbox – idav.ucdavis.edu
  • Mappt the new app for mapping and data collection – gisuser.com
  • eSpatial launches free version of its mapping service – blogs.computerworld.com
  • NASA’s goggle-eyed SPHERE robots create 3D maps on the fly – gizmag.com
  • The Value of Free Mapping Tools for Business Analysis – prleap.com
  • GrayQb: A new tool for radioactive contamination mapping – phys.org/news
  • New ‘game-changing’ video mapping system for events launched – eventindustrynews.co.uk
  • Data Points Makes For Surprisingly Fun Number Crunching – adpulp.com

Cartography – Applications

  • City of Greater Geelong consolidates asset capture programs into one single capture program by leveraging 3D panoramic imagery - geomatic.com.aux
  • Google Maps 3D Street View images of coral reef – insidermediagroup.com
  • Boot up: Apple v photos, Amazon’s 3D phone?, ninja Google searching and more – www.guardian.co.uk
  • Titan Topo Map – tomsastroblog.com

Mapmaker of Renown

  • Frederick J. Doyle, photographic mapping specialist for NASA, dies at 93 – washingtonpost.com

News provided by ICA members and commissions

 

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