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Commission on Art and Cartography

  • Explore the art element of cartography. Exploring the interaction at large between art and cartography involves rethinking the way we approach spatial expressions. This entails: developing an inclusive approach of artistic mapping expressions; facilitating and encouraging interaction between cartographers who work with the Art aspects of cartography and artists who produce cartographic artifacts; and developing conceptual elements about the relationships between art and cartography.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices. Cartographers, artists, students, researchers from the humanities need to work collaboratively in order to revisit the relationships between arts and cartography. Real interdisciplinary activities call for special measures, such as developing a common language and a mutual understanding; promoting the development of hybrid cartographic practices; and supporting the diversification of activities that enable exchanges and interactions (e.g. workshops, festivals, performances).
  • Produce knowledge and new forms of cartographic expression and disseminate them to both an academic audience (e.g. publication of special issues and edited collections) and to the general public (e.g. blog posts, screenings, exhibitions, public talks).

Website of the commission on Art and Cartography

Sébastien CaquardChair: Sébastien Caquard
Concordia University
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
1455 de Maisonneuve W. (H 1255-26)
Montreal, Qc, H3G 1M8
phone: +1 514 848-2424-2052
e-mail: sebastien.caquard@concordia.ca
Julia Mia StirnemannVice-chair: Julia Mia Stirnemann
University of the Arts, Bern
Department of Communication Design
Fellerstrasse 11
3027 Bern
phone: +41 797179722
e-mail: juliamia.stirnemann@hkb.bfh.ch

Executive Committee liaison: Sara Fabrikant

Commission on Atlases

  • Promote and support the design, production and use of all kind of printed and digital atlases (e.g. national, regional, city, educational, topographic and thematic atlases).
  • Update the concept of Atlas
  • Conduct workshops to discuss and solve relevant issues and new approaches in atlas cartography.
  • Generate publications that represent state‐of‐the‐art and potential atlas issues.
  • Produce a cookbook for planning, design and production of digital atlases.
  • Elaborate and maintain an electronic inventory of atlases containing the main characteristics of these map works as well as relevant links.
  • Maintain a commission website aiming to provide for information exchange between CoA commission members and disseminating information on activities in this field to a wider public.

Website of the commission on Atlases

René SieberChair: René Sieber
ETH Zürich
e-mail: rene.sieber@karto.baug.ethz.ch
Vít VoženílekVice-chair: Vít Voženílek
Department of Geoinformatics
Faculty of Science
Palacký University Olomouc
17. listopadu 50
771 46 Olomouc
Czech Republic
phone: +420 58 563 4513
fax: +420 58 525 737
e-mail: vit.vozenilek@upol.cz

Executive Committee liaison: Vít Voženílek

Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

  • Elaboration and promotion of the issue of Cartographic Heritage Ecosystems and of cartodiversity legacy embedded into the Digital. [Cartodiversity: manuscript and printed maps -loose and/or bound-, books with maps, map atlases, globes and related cartographic representations in 2D and 3D, depicted in a variety of supporting material like e.g. parchment, paper, wood or other writable/engravable media.]
  • Addressing methodologies, techniques and standards for proper 2- and 3-D digitization of cartodiversity in terms of image capturing, processing, visualization and transfer.
  • Addressing georeferencing and applying analytical tools on the comparative research concerning the geometric and thematic content of cartodiversity. The issue and use of cartodiversity metadata.
  • Cooperation and interaction with cartodiversity stakeholders in the context of GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums).
  • Evaluation and remodeling of web-based providers of cartographic heritage assets.
  • Linking the Cartographic Heritage digital assets with Digital Humanities.
  • Documentation of the reference work carried out by the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage in the period 2006–2015.

Website of the commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

Evangelos LivieratosChair: Evangelos Livieratos
Faculty of Engineering
School of Rural and Surveying Engineering
Geodesy and Cartography
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
541 24 Thessaloniki
e-mail: livier@auth.gr
personal website
Carme MontanerVice-chair: Carme Montaner
Map Library of Catalonia
Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya
Parc de Montjuoc
08038 Barcelona
e-mail: carme.montaner@icgc.cat
Mátyás GedeVice-chair: Mátyás Gede
Faculty of Informatics
Department of Cartography & Geoinformatics
Eötvös Loránd University
1518 Budapest Pf. 32
e-mail: saman@map.elte.hu
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez

Commission on Cartography and Children

  • Disseminating the outcomes of research on map use by children and young people. Deliverable: an enhanced set of online bibliography and web links on cartography and children.
  • Developing stronger links between the ICA and relevant international and regional organizations related to Cartography and Children. Deliverable: following the contacts with the Commission for Geography Education of the International Geographical Union and other international/regional organizations.
  • Stimulating a debate on the different aspects of cartography for children in interest of collecting and publishing (in digital or/and printed format) the research results. Deliverable: representing the commission in events and publications related to this theme.
  • Following the promotion of the use of web-based cartographic solutions for the geovisualization of data in School Cartography in cooperation with other ICA Commission such as the Education and Training and Open Source Geospatial Technologies, including the use of GIS software in schools. Deliverable: representing the commission in events and publications related to this theme.
  • Providing support to the ICA Executive in relation to the rules, judging and other tasks related to the Barbara Petchenik Children's World Map Competition. Deliverable: appropriate support as required.

Website of the commission on Cartography and Children

Carla Cristina Reinaldo Gimenes de SenaChair: Carla Cristina Reinaldo Gimenes de Sena
Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP)
Campus de Ourinhos
Avenue Vitalina Marcusso, 1500. Ourinhos – SP
phone: +55 14 3302-5712
e-mail: cacrisusp@gmail.com
José Jesús Reyes NuñezVice-chair: José Jesús Reyes Nuñez
Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics
Eötvös Loránd University
Pázmány Péter sétány 1/A
H-1117 Budapest
phone: +36 1 372 2975
fax: +36 1 372 2951
e-mail: jesusreyes@caesar.elte.hu
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez

Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

  • Contributing in the mapping aspects of the development of concepts, ontologization and standardization (developing new e.g. for automatic metadata extraction from existing data) for disaster risk reduction (DRR), crises/disaster management (DRM), and early warning (EW) through the hazard, risk and vulnerability mapping.
  • Emphasize aspects of cartographic communication in the context of early warning and disaster management such as the use of remotely sensed and other geospatial data, including concepts of Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI) and Public participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS), psychological conditions of users, cartographic modelling of state-of-the-art visualization technologies, geospatial processing and publishing tools, dynamic and real-time cartographic visualization for enhanced operational early warning activities through active collaboration with governmental authorities.
  • Participate and contribute to global initiatives in early warning and crisis management through the maintenance of a website, newsletters and social network channels and establish and cultivate professional networks for exchange of information among stakeholders in the domains of crisis management and early warning.
  • Prepare concept of a contemporary book on Cartography for DRR.
  • Develop cooperation with world leading initiatives and organizations in DRR efforts, such as UN-ISDE, ICSU-IRDR and regional organizations, further GEO, GEOS, COPERNICUS, ISDE, IEAS, CODATA and sister organizations in JB GIS.
  • Keep world network of commission conferences and promote cooperation with above mentioned organizations and initiatives in international, regional and local levels.
Milan KonecnýChair: Milan Konecný
Laboratory for Geoinformatics and Cartography
Department of Geography
Masaryk University
Kotlárská 2
611 37 Brno
Czech Republic
phone: +420 5 4949 5135
fax: +420 4949 1061
e-mail: konecny@geogr.muni.cz
personal website
Liu JipingVice-chair: Liu Jiping
Vice President of Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping
28 Lianhuachi West Road
Haidian District
Beijing 100830
phone: +86 13801051915
e-mail: liujp@casm.ac.cn
Christophe LienertVice-chair: Christophe Lienert
Canton of Aargau
Dept. Construction, Traffic & Environment
Entfelderstrasse 22
CH-5001 Aarau
phone: +41 62 8353487
fax: +41 62 8353459
e-mail: lienertc@ethz.ch

Executive Committee liaison: Yaolin Liu

Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization

  • Promote the awareness of cognitive issues in cartography, developing human-centered cartographic theory and practice based on sound empirical findings on the use of cartographic displays for spatiotemporal inference and decision-making.
  • In conjunction with the Commission on Geovisualization, Commission on Use and User Issues, and Commission on Map Design, develop and publish a research agenda for that outlines major research challenges for interactive cartography that we should work towards addressing as a community.
  • Define short and medium term research goals that fall within the scope of this research agenda and that address key issues associated with building a sound theoretical base to support the construction and use of cognitively adequate and perceptually salient visual displays of geographic information.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary and international collaboration with cognate disciplines and relevant stakeholders, including other ICA commissions and working groups.

Website of the commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization

Amy GriffinChair: Amy Griffin
School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences
POBox 7916
Canberra BC ACT 2610
e-mail: a.griffin@adfa.edu.au
Sidonie ChristopheVice-Chair: Sidonie Christophe
73 avenue de Paris
F-94160 Saint Mandé
e-mail: sidonie.christophe@ign.fr

Executive Committee liaison: Sara Fabrikant

Commission on Education and Training

  • To promote and deliver workshops (and online, eLearning alternatives), possibly in conjunction with other ICA Commissions, introducing, in particular, knowledge transfer to developing member nations of ICA.
  • To maintain a record of educational courses at all levels which include cartography, with an emphasis on learning from those ICA member nations which have been successful in expanding cartographic education in recent years.
  • To record ad hoc courses (notably those delivered online, commercially presented, or professional development courses) and their creators/deliverers, to confirm the scope of cartographic education.
  • To explore the possibilities of developing a Body of Knowledge (BoK) for cartography, which could be used for developing contemporary educational programmes and encouraging the creation of specific cartographic modules with valid and viable learning outcomes.
  • To examine the role of accreditation of educational courses by professional bodies and to report on the formalisation of cartography qualifications.
  • To work towards the overall aims of ICA: long term as indicated in the Statutes, shorter term such as International Map Year, and ongoing including contributing to the new International Journal of Cartography and to International Cartographic Conferences.
  • To work with other ICA Commissions, with committees on education of sister societies within the JBGIS, and with other international bodies including UN-GGIM.

Website of the commission on Education and Training

David FairbairnChair: David Fairbairn
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Cassie Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
phone: +44 (0)191 222 6353
fax: +44 (0)191 222 6502
e-mail: dave.fairbairn@newcastle.ac.uk
Chair: Stefan Peters
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
e-mail: stefanpeters@utm.my

Executive Committee liaison: László Zentai

Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

  • To foster research and practical experience in multi-scale issues and automated map generalisation and to form a network and focal point for researchers and practitioners in this domain.
  • To foster and maintain a liaison with related commissions and working groups within the ICA as well as in related national and international organisations (e.g. ISPRS, IGU, EuroSDR), including:
    • identification of contact persons
    • timely mutual updating on planned activities
    • organisation of joint conference sessions and/or workshops
  • To maintain a World Wide Web site for electronic dissemination of research on multiscale issues and map generalisation, including:
    • a membership database,
    • a bibliographic database,
    • examples of research projects and test data,
    • links to related web sites,
    • and (optionally) an electronic discussion list.
  • To organise sessions and meetings for exploring the issues named above, including:
    • workshops held every two years in conjunction with international cartographic conferences
    • special sessions and/or panel sessions at international cartographic conferences, in collaboration with local organisers
  • To produce publications for dissemination of the above efforts, including one special issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal or a book every two years.

Website of the commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

Dirk BurghardtChair: Dirk Burghardt
Institute of Cartography
Dresden University of Technology
Helmholtzstr. 10
01062 Dresden
phone: +49 (0351) 463-36200
fax: +49 (0351) 463-37028
e-mail: firstname.lastname(at)tu-dresden.de
personal website
Cecile DucheneVice-chair: Cecile Duchene
COGIT laboratory, IGN France
phone: +33 1 43 98 85 43
e-mail: firstname.lastname(at)ign.fr
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Monika Sester

Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling

  • foster a research community on spatial analysis, modeling, and data mining, with strong links to geovisualization and visual analytics;
    • develop and maintain a membership database and a mailing list for dissemination of information
    • develop and maintain a commission website for news updates and share of information
    • organize academic events for community members to share ideas and research findings
  • develop and maintain connections and joint efforts with other ICA commissions as well as other related GIScience and geographic academic organizations
    • organize special sessions and workshops at ICC as well as other GIScience or geography conferences,
    • collaborate with commissions within ICA or other academic associations to organize joint workshops on topics of shared interest
  • encourage consorted efforts on new research topics related to the analysis and modeling of emerging location-based social media data and other big data;
  • edit and publish research findings through various academic publication outlets, such as special issues on journals, particularly the new International Journal of Cartography.

Website of the commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling

Xiaobai YaoChair: Xiaobai Angela Yao
Department of Geography
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
United States of America
phone: +1 706 583 0326
fax (office): +1 706 583 0326
fax (department): +1 706 542 2388
e-mail: xyao@uga.edu
personal website
Bin JiangVice-chair: Bin Jiang
Division of Geomatics
Dept. of Technology and Built Environment
University of Gävle
SE-801 76 Gävle
phone: +46 26 648901
fax: +46 26 648828
e-mail: bin.jiang@hig.se
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Yaolin Liu

Commission on GI for Sustainability

  • To produce a methodological structure for GIS and cartographic basis of sustainable development.
  • To organize events (including presentations of projects, holding InterCarto/InterGIS conferences etc.) and hold conferences in particular that will bring together different experts interested in the sustainable development.
  • To organize regional workshops and summer-schools on GIS and cartography for developing projects in Sustainable Development.
  • To provide the connections and performance of teamwork, holding conferences, schools with the adjacent organizations - the IGU Commission on Geographical Information Sciences, CODATA (ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology), Digital Earth, UNIGIS, ENVIROINFO etc.
  • To document and publish best practice results, proceedings of conferences, textbooks on geoinformatics, and contributions to sustainable development. To publish a new magazine Cartography under umbrella of GI&SD ICA commission.
  • To encourage and support the involvement of student of cartography in the commission activities.

Website of the commission on GI for Sustainability

Vladimir TikunovChair: Vladimir Tikunov
Laboratory of Integrated Mapping and Laboratory of Sustainable Development of Territories
Faculty of Geography
M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
Vorobievy Gory, MSU, main building
119991 Moscow
phone: +7 495 939 13 39
fax: +7 495 932 88 36
e-mail: tikunov@geogr.msu.su
Horst KremersVice-chair: Horst Kremers
P.O. Box 20 05 48
13515 Berlin
phone: +49 172 3211738
e-mail: office@Horst-Kremers.de
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Menno-Jan Kraak

Commission on the History of Cartography

  • Promote research and scholarly publication on the history of cartography in all of its aspects but with special consideration to the 19th and 20th centuries and the impact of technological innovations.
  • Examine the changing role of maps worldwide as cartographical (as opposed to historical) documents in history.
  • Investigate and develop Monumenta Cartographica Moderna as a framework for a book series and database to analyse major achievements of regional cartography in 19th and 20th centuries
  • Hold annual meetings, alternatingly as Workshops in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference and as International Symposia.
  • Promote the spirit of co-operation both within ICA (sister commissions and working groups) and beyond to related societies and institutions.
  • Maintain a website to facilitate contact between researchers in the field and make source material and literature available to the community and the general public alike.

Website of the commission on the History of Cartography

Imre Josef DemhardtChair: Imre Josef Demhardt
University of Texas at Arlington
Department of History
Box 19529
Arlington, TX 76019-0529
phone: +1 817-272-0122
e-mail: demhardt@uta.edu
Mirela AlticVice-chair: Mirela Altic
University of Zagreb
Institute of Social Sciences, Department of History
Marulicev trg 19
10 000 Zagreb
e-mail: mirela.altic@gmail.com

Executive Committee liaison: Lynn Usery

Commission on Location Based Services

  • Promote research on Location-based Services (LBS) in all its interdisciplinary aspects.
  • Define short and medium term research goals that address major challenges associated with LBS, such as positioning, modelling, communicating context-based geoinformation preferably through maps, privacy and social issues, with the aim to facilitate users’ daily activities and decision-making in space.
  • Organise ICC sessions, workshops and international conferences on LBS for colleagues from various disciplines to 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.
  • Publish LBS-related reports, books and special issues with scientific journals.
  • Maintain a commission website and update it regularly to allow commission members to exchange information, as well as to disseminate information on activities in this field to a wider public.
  • Foster interdisciplinary and international collaboration with cognate disciplines and relevant stakeholders, including other ICA commissions and working groups, and other allied research communities (e.g., ISPRS, FIG, IAG).

Website of the commission on Location Based Services

Haosheng HuangChair: Haosheng Huang
Department of Geoinformation and Geodesy
Vienna University of Technology
A-1040 Vienna
phone: +43 1 58801 12616
fax: +43 1 58801 912616
e-mail: haosheng.huang@tuwien.ac.at
personal website
Jukka M. KrispVice-chair: Jukka M. Krisp
Institute of Geography
Augsburg University
Alter Postweg 118
86159 Augsburg
e-mail: jukka.krisp@geo.uni-augsburg.de

Executive Committee liaison: Georg Gartner

Commission on Map Design

  • Conceptualization on the role of design – link to research
  • To maintain, expand and improve the content on our web site and across our various social media platforms;
  • To add to the MapCarte initiative and develop the content into a book;
  • To prepare a major book that explores the interface of cartography, graphic and information design;
  • To take a leading role in the organization of the jury of cartographic exhibitions at ICA conferences

Website of the commission on Map Design

Kenneth FieldChair: Kenneth Field
Esri Inc
380 New York Street
Redlands CA 92373
United States of America
phone: +1 909 793 2853
e-mail: kfield@esri.com
Vice-chair: Ian Muehlenhaus
Vice-chair: Damien Saunder

Executive Committee liaison: Vít Voženílek

Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management

  • Enhance the study on map production- and process management, geoinformation logistics and geobusiness;
  • Research on the impact of modern communication methods on map production, business models, change management and design thinking;
  • Research the impact of Service Oriented Architectures and future technologies on Map-Production, Publishing and Archiving.
  • Research the methods of Service-Oriented Mapping maturity evaluation and SOMAP management.
  • Encourage international collaboration on the study of map production and geoinformation management with particular emphasis on bridging research, government and commercial sectors;
  • Participate and contribute to activities of other relevant ICA interest groups (e.g. relevant ICA Commissions, National Mapping Organisations, NGO´s, Enterprises, URISA).
  • The applications thereof in Developing Countries.
  • Publications in and support of the International Journal of Cartography

Website of the commission on Management and Economics of Map Production

Peter SchmitzChair: Peter Schmitz
CSIR Built Environment
Meiring Naude Rd
Brummeria 0186
Centre for Geoinformation Science
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield 0028
South Africa
phone: +27 12 841 3841
e-mail: pschmitz@csir.co.za
Markus JobstVice-chair: Markus Jobst
Coordination INSPIRE
Austrian Federal Office for Metrology and Surveying
Information Management
Schiffamtsgasse 1–3
1020 Vienna
e-mail: markus@jobstmedia.at

Executive Committee liaison: Georg Gartner

Commission on Map Projections

  • Promote and foster research on map projections, coordinate systems, transformations and conversions, and disseminate the research outcomes. Expected result: an enhanced set of online bibliographic tools and web links on map projections, coordinate systems, transformations and conversions using a wiki established by Commission on Map Projections - CoMP.
  • A flagship project: Create web-based material as a guide to software capable of dealing with map projections and coordinate system conversions, soliciting input from all countries and CoMP members.
  • Organise sessions and meetings at least once a year to stimulate a debate on all aspects of map projections with the aims of collecting and publishing research results and promoting the International Map Year. Expected result: a collection of papers on case studies in map projections prepared for a special issue of the International Journal of Cartography as well as active participation in all International Cartographic Conferences organized by ICA.
  • Promote proper use and understanding of map projections at all levels of education. Expected result: a publication (e-book) with a recommended approach to map projections at different levels of education.
  • Study terminology on map projections and prepare an online multilingual dictionary for this area of cartography. There are many open questions in this field, such as the definition of map projection aspect, whether to use the auxiliary surface method, the notion of errors and their connection with map projection distortions, etc. Expected result: a dictionary in the form of an online glossary on map projections, coordinate systems, transformations and conversions. It will be produced after discussions between CoMP members and others linked to the CoMP wiki.
  • Provide consultative support in relation to map projections. Expected result: appropriate support as required.
Miljenko LapaineChair: Miljenko Lapaine
Faculty of Geodesy
University of Zagreb
Kaciceva 26
10000 Zagreb
phone: +385 1 4639273
fax: +385 1 48 28 081
e-mail: mlapaine@geof.hr
Keith C. ClarkeVice-chair: Keith C. Clarke
Professor of Geography
Department of Geography
1720 Ellison Hall University of California
Santa Barbara CA 93106-4060
phone: 805-456-2827
fax: 805-893-2578
e-mail: kclarke@geog.ucsb.edu
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Lynn Usery

Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People

  • Maintain the network of contacts that has been established in the previous Commission and bring in new contacts from the ICC events in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
  • Maintain the digital newsletter of the Commission at a frequency of at least once a year.
  • Encourage persons in the Commission to submit articles to be published on the ICA web site and/or the newsletter, to achieve at least two publications with authorization to be distributed and published through the Commission Web pages.
  • Joint activities with the Commission on Cartography and Children, for the purpose of sharing experiences, adding to, adapting and building up the potential of geo-cartographic knowledge in the various forms of multi-sensory expression.
  • Active participation in the International Map Year 2015/16
  • Preparation of a book on tactile cartography.
  • Encourage publication of papers in appropriate journals.

Website of the commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People

Alejandra Coll EscanillaChair: Alejandra Coll Escanilla
Tactile Cartography Center of the UTEM
Dieciocho 414
Santiago Centro
phone: +56-2-7877362
fax: +56-2-7877392
e-mail: acollescanilla@gmail.com
Waldirene RibeiroVice-chair: Waldirene Ribeiro
Universidade de São Paulo
FFLCH - Departamento de Geografia
Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 338
05508-000 Sao Paulo - SP
phone/fax: +11 3091 3737
e-mail: walcarmo@usp.br

Executive Committee liaison: Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez

Commission on Maps and the Internet

  • Focus scholarship on the dissemination of maps and spatial data through distributed data networks. Product: Journal articles and web pages.
  • Examine Internet map usage trends to better serve users in a multi-platform environment. Product: Oral or published reports.
  • Examine the dynamically changing nature of Internet mapping, in regards to Service Oriented Mapping (SOM) and Application Programing Interfaces (API’s) for Internet distribution. Product: Oral and published reports.
  • Examine the use of new Internet mapping technologies for social interaction and empowerment with online maps. Product: Oral or published report.
  • Examine differences in the application of Internet maps between different parts of the world. Product: Oral or published reports.
  • Examine Internet maps through social media platforms. Product: Oral or published reports.
  • Encourage Internet maps that support multinational and multicultural perspectives: Product: Oral and Published guidelines
  • Examine an international construction kit for Internet maps that supports multinational and multicultural perspectives. Product: Oral and Published reports.
  • Promote instruction on Internet mapping through collaboration / coordination with agencies for research and mapping. Product: Materials to be used in workshops.

Website of the commission on Maps and the Internet

Rex G. CammackChair: Rex G. Cammack
Department of Geography and Geology
University of Nebraska
6001 Dodge Str
Omaha, NE 68182
United States of America
phone: +1 402 554 2282
e-mail: rcammack@mail.unomaha.edu
Pyry KettunenVice-chair: Pyry Kettunen
Finnish Geodetic Institute
Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography
P.O.Box 15 (Geodeetinrinne 2)
FI-02431 Masala
phone: +358 9 2955 5209
e-mail: pyry.kettunen@nls.fi
Vice-chair: Long Yi
e-mail: longyi@njnu.edu.cn

Executive Committee liaison: Sara Fabrikant

Commission on Mountain Cartography

  • Define the topics of Mountain Cartography and promote the methods and knowledge of mountain cartography among scientists and professionals in cartography and related fields.
  • Provide an updated, attractive web-portal with information about Commission activities, links to other events, theme-specific knowledge, related web-sites and bibliographic information.
  • Discuss different issues about mountain cartography and map related representations in large scale topographic mapping, as similarity and differences in symbolization and map design, technological issues, maps use, connections to Location-based Services (LBS).
  • Continue the well-established workshop series.
  • Promote publication activities (proceedings, web-proceedings, journal articles and special issues) and common research activities.

Website of the commission on Moutain Cartography

Dušan PetrovičChair: Dušan Petrovič
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Chair of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Jamova c. 2
1000 Ljubljana
phone: +386 1 476 85 43
fax: +386 1 476 85 45
e-mail: dusan.petrovic@fgg.uni-lj.si
Tom PattersonVice-chair: Tom Patterson
US National Park Service
Harpers Ferry Center
West Virginia
phone: +1 304 535 6020
e-mail: Tom_Patterson@nps.gov

Executive Committee liaison: Georg Gartner

Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies

  • Continue maintaining a website for the exchange of knowledge, news and information on the developments in open source geospatial technologies.
  • Contribute to further instruments of ICA such as development of Open Education materials for educational and capacity building programmes.
  • Maintain an email discussion group and database of individuals working on, or with expertise in, open source GIS, open data to stimulate exchange of information.
  • Produce a major publication on Open Source Geospatial Technologies (either a special issue of a refereed journal or a text book).
  • Organize sessions/hands on workshops on Open Source GIS at future ICA conferences.
  • Participate in / contribute to other workshops / seminars organized by representatives of other disciplines or by other ICA Commissions / Working Groups.
  • Be the main contact in ICA for expanding successful flagship projects of this Commission, the ICA-OSGeo Labs and the Geo4All initiative and will contribute to its expansion in close ongoing consultancy with the ICA Executive Committee.
  • Contribute to the International Map Year activities.

Website of the commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies

Silvana ComboimChair: Silvana Philippi Camboim
Department of Geomatics
Federal University of Paraná – UFPR
Caixa Postal 19001 – CEP 81531-980
Curitiba PR
phone: +55 41 3361-3636
e-mail: silvanacamboim@gmail.com
Michael P. FinnVice-chair: Michael P. Finn
W 6th Ave Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80225
phone: +1 303-202-4544
e-mail: mfinn@usgs.gov

Executive Committee liaison: Lynn Usery

Commission on Planetary Cartography

  • Strengthen Education and Public Outreach activities through the series of Multilingual Maps of Terrestrial Planets and their Moons and development of derived products
  • Development of online resources in professional planetary cartography (databases, symbology, landform classes), including participation in Specialized Planetary Cartography GIS projects and Planetary Nomenclature / Gazetteer supplements
  • Book or book chapter in planetary cartography related topics for use by researchers and university students
  • Continuous updating of the Commission website, Facebook page and International Planetary Cartography Database.

Website of the commission on Planetary Cartography

Henrik HargitaiChair: Henrik Hargitai
Eötvös Loránd University
Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies
Múzeum krt. 6-8.
1088 Budapest
SMS: +36 70-506-1158
e-mail: hhargitai@gmail.com
Irina Petrovna KarachevtsevaVice-Chair: Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva
Moscow University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)
MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Lab (MExLab)
Gorokhovsky pereulok 4
105064 Moscow
Russian Federation
Phone: +7 499 267-35-13
e-mail (official): i_karachevtseva@mexlab.ru or icar2003@mail.ru

Executive Committee liaison: László Zentai

Commission on SDI and Standards

  • In collaboration with other ICA Commissions, explore research on the impact and use in SDIs of cartography, standards, spatial semantics, ontologies, volunteered geographical information (VGI), data quality, virtual globes and other technological developments that might become relevant in future, and identify the associated education needs.
  • Continue the work on extending, improving and applying conceptual models of SDI using various modelling techniques, working in the areas of science, technology and standards.
  • In collaboration with other ICA Commissions, participate at the scientific level with other organizations active in SDI, standards and quality of geospatial data and services.
  • Develop reports, conference presentations and/or journal articles on our work and help to arrange workshops, conferences or other meetings on SDI and standards, and present tutorials at them.
  • One or more of the above activities will specifically focus on the International Map Year’s purpose of showing the necessity of the sustainable development of geographic information infrastructures.
  • Organize reporting sessions on the Commission's activities at the 2017 and 2019 International Cartographic Conferences.
  • Organize and hold full Commission meetings in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and mini-meetings of the Commission at suitable meetings and conferences.
  • Continue to serve as the liaison for the ICA to ISO/TC211, Geographic Information/Geomatics, the liaison for the ICA to the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI), and establish liaisons with other SDI and standards organizations.

Website of the commission on SDI and Standards

Serena CoetzeeChair: Serena Coetzee
Centre for Geoinformation Science
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Hatfield 0028
South Africa
phone: +27 12 420 3823
e-mail: serena.coetzee@up.ac.za
Franz-Josef BehrVice-chair: Franz-Josef Behr
Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards
Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Geomatics, Computer Science and Mathematics
Schellingstraße 24
70174 Stuttgart
phone: +49 711 8926 2606
home office: +49 721 453980 1
e-mail: franz-josef.behr@hft-stuttgart.de
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: David Forrest

Commission on Sensor-driven Mapping

  • To promote the original and practical research in use of image and range data acquired by various sensors for mapping with a focus on spatial big data handling, cartographic information extraction, 3D reconstruction of built environments, integration of indoor mapping with BIM.
  • To network cartographers with the researchers and practitioners in photogrammetry and remote sensing community, computer science community involved in sensor-driven mapping.
  • To develop closer links with ISRPS, IAG, FIG, IEEE-societies, and other ICA commissions with similar interests in sensor-driven mapping to organize ICA workshops or joint symposia during 2015-2019.
  • To publish special issues with the International Journal of Cartography and other related journals as well as books and reports.
  • To promote knowledge transfer at fundamental and advanced levels on sensor-driven mapping technology to natural and built environments, early warning and natural disaster mitigation.
  • Prepare promotional materials reflecting the Commission’s terms of reference and activities that can be used to support ICA’s presence at international forums (e.g., World Map, Map Middle East, meetings of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JB GIS), UN meetings, and other regional conferences).

Website of the commission on Sensor-driven Mapping

Jonathan LiChair: Jonathan Li
Department of Geography & Environmental Management
Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change
Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Office: EV1-111
phone: +1-519-888-4567-34504
fax: +1-519-746-0658
e-mail: junli@uwaterloo.ca
personal website
Yifang BanVice-chair: Yifang Ban
Department of Urban Planning & Environment
Royal Institute of Technology
SE - 100 44 Stockholm
phone: +46 8 790 8648
fax: +46 8 790 7343
e-mail: yifang.ban@abe.kth.se
personal website
Jan FeranecVice-chair: Jan Feranec
Institute of Geography
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Stafanikova 49
814 73 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
phone: +421 2 57510219
fax: +421 2 52491340
e-mail: feranec@savba.sk
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Monika Sester

Commission on Topographic Mapping

  • Provide a forum for those whose primary focus is the design, production and use of topographic mapping and related geospatial data products, informing national mapping organisations on how they can better serve the interests of their users in an environment of changing methods of production and dissemination (e.g. from geoportals to print-on-demand)
  • Establish best practice in assessing the national needs for topographic mapping (including topographic base data for deriving products such as geological and emergency planning maps) and how this impacts on their design and vice versa
  • Work in partnership with other ICA Commissions (e.g. Atlases, Map Design, Use and Usability, Map Production) to organise and participate in joint events – particularly with a view to sharing research on the design and production of topographic mapping and its use
  • Collaborate with the Commission on Education and Training to identify the cartographic educational and training requirements of national mapping organisations and seek ways to meet these effectively, drawing on existing expertise within this and other Commissions
  • Engage with the national mapping organisations of countries who are not yet members of ICA by outreach and invitation to Commission activities (particularly those involving other ICA Commissions, as mentioned above), effective sharing of published research, training, and explaining the wider benefits of ICA membership
  • Organise and host a conference focusing on the relevance of cartography to topographic mapping, focusing on how national mapping organisations can preserve, develop and assert their identity through the cartography of existing and new products, and to publish the associated papers in an international cartographic periodical
  • Initiate and publish a special series of ‘Survey’ articles in an international cartographic periodical, each of which providing an expert assessment of the design and content of topographic mapping on a national (or regional) basis
  • Create, develop and maintain a Commission website that incorporates an online listing of the websites and/or geoportals of national mapping organisations to facilitate access for research and networking
  • Organise sessions at the 2017 and 2019 ICA conferences that focus on presenting the latest research with regard to topographic mapping and pursue its publication and wider dissemination
Alexander KentChair: Alexander Kent
Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science
Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism
School of Human and Life Sciences
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Kent CT14 7QQ
United Kingdom
phone: +44 1227 782324
e-mail: alexander.kent@canterbury.ac.uk
Anja HopfstockVice-chair: Anja Hopfstock
Unit GI 1 – General Affairs
Department GI – Geoinformation
Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG)
Richard-Strauss-Allee 11
60598 Frankfurt am Main
phone: +49 69 6333 353
e-mail: anja.hopfstock@bkg.bund.de

Executive Committee liaison: Lynn Usery

Commission on Toponomy

  • To act jointly with IGU fostering the geographic and cartographic research on all fields involving toponymy;
  • to disseminate the scientific knowledge on processing and use of toponyms within geography and cartography;
  • to verify the use of other sciences' toponymy concepts, such as anthropology, linguistics and others, in favour of cartography and geography;
  • to maintain contacts and scientific exchange with UNGEGN and ICOS, such as by organizing joint events;
  • to support and encourage the elaboration and publication of gazetteers, toponymic data files and toponymic reference systems (such as EuroGeoNames);
  • to organize regional joint IGU/ICA events (workshops, symposia and others) with IGU and ICA members;
  • to participate in IGU and ICA Regional and Main Conferences;
  • to organize and maintain a website to facilitate contact between researchers in the field of toponymy and disseminate source material and literature available to the community and the general public alike;
  • to organize and publish books, chapters and encourage paper publishing in specialized journals and the International Journal of Cartography.
Paulo MenezesChair: Paulo Menezes
R Conselheiro Zenha 21 Cob 01
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20550-090
phone: +55 21 25901880
fax: +55 21 22707773
e-mail: pmenezes@acd.ufrj.br
personal website
Peter JordanVice-chair: Peter Jordan
Institute of Urban and Regional Research
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Postgasse 7/4/2
1010 Vienna
phone: +43 1 51 581 3539
fax: +43 1 51 581 3533
e-mail: peter.jordan@oeaw.ac.at
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: David Forrest

Commission on Ubiquitous Mapping

  • Place the notion of Ubiquitous Mapping based on real-world map interaction and ICT-based context-aware mapping services in the domain of Theoretical Cartography; examining (1) Primal mapping between geomedia (real, graphic and language spaces) and human (cognitive space), and (2) Secondary or ICT-based mapping between geomedia (real, graphic and language spaces) and geodatabase.
  • Develop the theory of Map Evolution on ICT enabled socio-cultural environment, by (1) Clarifying similarity and difference in comparing variant systems to establish an evaluation scheme, (2) Revealing significant factors such as ubiquity and egocentrism for Map Evolution on ICT, and (3) Creating map evolutional tree diagrams representing natural selection of maps in past, current and future according to real ICT-based ubiquitous mapping services and socio-cultural environment of different regions and countries.
  • Organize regional workshops including site observation to comprehend contemporary situation of ubiquitous mapping. Particularly, this commission focuses on East Asian modern cultures such as visual style and storytelling tailored for various user groups in Cartography, which is important as a growing economic-center and clarifies the regional differences between Eastern and Western situations of Cartography. We will investigate the diversity and soundness in the evolution of Cartography in the world. We will also create publications about Cartography for ubiquitous computing environments.

Website of the commission on Ubiquitous Mapping

Masatoshi ArikawarChair: Masatoshi Arikawa
Center for Spatial Information Science
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5, Kashiwa-no-ha, Kashiwa City
Chiba 277-8568
phone: +81-4-7136-4305
fax: +81-4-7136-4292
e-mail: arikawa@csis.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Vice-chair: Yuefeng Liu
Institute of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
Peking University
e-mail: yuefengliu@pku.edu.cn

Executive Committee liaison: Monika Sester

Commission on Use, User and Usability Issues

  • Update and maintain a website for the exchange of knowledge, news, and information on use, users, and usability in cartography, geo-information processing, and related fields (univie.ac.at/icacomuse). Usability is identified as one of the 10 main keywords in the ICA’s Research Agenda and herein defined as: a range of issues which connect the human user of spatial data with its representation, its processing, its modelling and its analysis.
  • Maintain an online bibliographical database on use, user, and usability research in Cartography and related fields. The bibliography includes references on the following topics: studies of user abilities and differences therein; use case studies with print, web-based, and mobile maps; map-based user interfaces (UI) and user experience (UX) design; user-centred design and usability engineering, as applied to map design and development; methods and techniques for evaluating products; the use of emerging mapping technologies. The importance of these sub-topics is further illustrated in the ICA’s Research Agenda.
  • Synthesize the bibliographical database into a review paper for the ICA journal ‘International Journal of Cartography’ that includes a final research agenda on map use, users, and usability for Cartography.
  • Generate an online overview resource on usability methods and techniques, including FAQ, why/when one would use the techniques, aspects of experiment design, and tips for analysis.
  • Organize special sessions on map use, users, and usability at future ICA conferences as well as other regional conferences on Cartography and related topic. Through this channel, original scientific contributions can be gathered and communicated.
  • Organize training workshops for non-specialists on use, user, and usability issues in Cartography and related fields. The resulting training materials will be made available on the commission’s website.
  • Jointly organize a special journal issue with sibling ICA Commissions for ICAs ‘International Journal of Cartography’.
  • Participate in and contribute to workshops and seminars organized in other disciplines (e.g. Computer Science, Geography, GIScience) and by other ICA Commissions.
  • Involve young (PhD) researchers and researchers from different cultural environments in all Commission activities in order to promote scientific research and support them in their activities.

Website of the commission on Use, User and Usability Issues

Kristien OomsChair: Kristien Ooms
Department of Geography
Ghent University
Krijgslaan 281, S8
9000 Gent
phone: +32 9 264 46 36
fax: +32 9 264 49 85
e-mail: kristien.ooms@ugent.be
Vice-chair: Robert Roth
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin‒Madison
550 N. Park Street
Office #375
Madison, WI 53706
e-mail: reroth@wisc.edu
Vice-chair: Artemis Skarlatidou
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
University College London (UCL)
Pearson Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
Great Britain
phone: +44 20 7679 0447
e-mail: a.skarlatidou@ucl.ac.uk
Alena VondrákováVice-chair: Alena Vondráková
Department of Geoinformatics
Faculty of Science
Palacky University Olomouc
17. listopadu 50,
771 46 Olomouc
Czech Republic
phone: +420 585634517
e-mail: alena.vondrakova@upol.cz

Executive Committee liaison: David Forrest

Commission on Visual Analytics

  • Developing a new research agenda for visual analytics in cartography that couples key scientific and societal challenges in collaboration with related ICA Commissions
  • Actively disseminating technical and methodological advances in cartographic visual analytics through workshops, seminars, and peer-reviewed publications – with linkages to other ICA Commissions and allied organizations in other fields.
  • Conducting annual meetings to develop research in key thematic areas, partnering with international conferences and other ICA commissions to expand our reach beyond traditional venues and audiences.
  • Maintaining a dedicated web presence and engaging with members via social media to highlight Commission activities and promote participation beyond attendance at in-person meetings through new forms of distance collaboration.

Website of the commission on Visual Analytics

Anthony C. Robinson Chair: Anthony C. Robinson
Penn State University
318 Walker Building
University Park, PA, 16802
phone: +1 814 865 3433
fax: +1 814 863 7943
e-mail: arobinson@psu.edu
personal website
Urška DemšarVice-chair: Urška Demšar
Department of Geography & Sustainable Development
School of Geography & Geosciences
University of St Andrews
KY16 9AJ
St Andrews
Scotland, United Kingdom
phone: +44 01334 462894
fax: +44 01334 463949
e-mail: urska.demsar@st-andrews.ac.uk
personal website

Executive Committee liaison: Menno-Jan Kraak


For commissions of previous periods please see the Commissions Archive.

  • adeyemo olusola says:

    I want to be receiving monthly newsletter,and I want to the know the procedure for registering for conference and the categories of people eligible for conference.More importantly the cartographer.

    31 May 2013 at 3:58 pm

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