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June’s Map of the Month is a world atlas in Polish and Braille
Map of the Month 05/2014: Physical Geography of Ukraine

Planetary Cartography for Children

call4papersThe ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography‘s annual meeting will be held in Budapest, on 3 September 2014, one day prior to the 9th ICA Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.

The meeting will be accompanied with a one-session workshop on the topic Planetary Cartography for Children.

Read the Call for papers here!

Participation in the meeting and workshop is free.

eCARTO News May 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

  • Women, exploration and discovery – h-net.org
  • Best Views of Earth From Europe’s New Plant-Mapping Minisatellite – wired.com
  • Mapping out growth in an industry that’s boosting the economy – independent.ie
  • The GeoInformation Group Maps Out New Future for the UK – directionsmag.com
  • Danish government releases geographic data by way of 1:1 Minecraft map – arstechnica.com
  • What if we mapped cities by how hard it is to get to work? – washingtonpost.com
  • 5 Free Tips to Improve Google Maps – gamerheadlines.com
  • A Navigation Program Switches to Maps Made by Volunteers – nytimes.com
  • Sculptural Cartography: How The Marshall Islands Inhabitants Used Stick Charts to Map the Waves – socks-studio.com

Applications

  • This graphic designer makes ‘smell maps’ of cities around the world – pri.org
  • Google Maps update adds public transport data for Britain – hereisthecity.com
  • Digitally mapping the downtown – news.pioneergroup.com
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Further ocean mapping required as underwater search area expands – abc.net.au
  • EPA Releases New Tool For Mapping Ecosystem Services – ecosystemmarketplace.com
  • Mapping Yunnan’s surprisingly hectic airspace – gokunming.com
  • Mapline’s Business Mapping Software – Mompreneurs’ New Best Friend – einnews.com
  • Mapping medieval miracles – pasthorizonspr.com
  • University of Colorado Boulder leads team in mapping 198,000 glaciers – examiner.com

Industry News

  • Our world is changing and we need new maps – 360.here.com
  • Offline mapping, navigation improvements highlight Google Maps update – macworld.com
  • Tencent to Invest in Map Company NavInfo – online.wsj.com
  • Digital Mapping May Be Nokia’s Hidden Jewel – nytimes.com
  • Mapbox Adds Smart Directions to its Mapping Platform – programmableweb.com
  • Smart Mapping SuperSurv Available on App Store and Google Play Now – directionsmag.com
  • Rand McNally offers all-in-one mapping, navigation, and HOS update – fleetowner.com
  • Introducing Microsoft Power Map – sqlmag.com
  • The World edition of Tellmaps – tellmaps.com

Technological advances

Education and Resources

Cartography and the Environment

  • Special report: Landslide Mapping – wlos.com
  • Mapping the Killer Path of the Everest Avalanche – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • 3D mapping helps Walsall manage tree estate – hortweek.com
  • Mapping of fragile reefs to help spot prawn habitat: Vancouver Aquarium  – vancouver.24hrs.ca
  • Seabed mapping: Sensor aims to improve seagrass checks off SA coast – abc.net.au
  • Mapping How Far You Can Bike Without Breaking a Sweat – usa.streetsblog.org
  • Mapping glaciers with NASA in a Cold War-era plane – america.aljazeera.com
  • Indonesia, Australia Government & World Bank release new disaster mapping software – futuregov.asia
  • Mapping the Earth’s Trouble Spots and the People Who Live There – hstoday.us
  • Congo’s fragile forests watched over with online map – newscientist.com

Society and Cartography

Cartographers

Opinion

  • Mapping the humiliation of China – opinion.inquirer.net
  • Mapping the Chinese Conquest of the Planet – huffingtonpost.com
  • Politics on the Topographer’s Table: The Helvetic Triangulation of Cartography, Politics, and Representation – tg.ethz.ch

World and Country Specific Cartography

Cartography Lite

Thank you, Jeet Atwal

Jeet Atwal retired. We would like to use this occassion to thank her for her work dedicated to the ICA.

Barbara Petchenik Map Competition website

Archive of the winning entries to the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition – coordinated by Jeet Atwal

Jeet Atwal worked in the Maps Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library (Ottawa, Canada) for more than 20 years. She was there when the ICA began to organize the biennial Barbara Petchenik World Map Competitions from 1993. In 1996, then-president Fraser Taylor brought the first set of drawings from the competitions to Barbara Farrell (then Head of Map Library at Carleton University), who commissioned Jeet Atwal to organize the storage of all entries. A couple of years later, Susan Jackson (retired Head of Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) gave her full support to begin the project on creating a website to make the stored entries accessible and to participate in other tasks related to the Barbara Petchenik Competition. Jeet Atwal became the main coordinator of the website, which was made public in March 2000.

Children Map the World, Volume 2

Jeet Atwal is one of the authors of Children Map the World, Volume 2

Jeet Atwal was one of the founding members of the ICA Working Group from 1995, and later of the Commission on Cartography and Children from 1999. She was the organizer of the exhibition entitled “Maps of Our Children’s World” to present a selection of children’s map drawings from 1993 to 2003 organized during the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California, July 25 to 29, 2005. Jeet Atwal is also one of the authors of the first two volumes of the series “Children Map the World”, which were published by Esri Press in 2005 and 2009.

Again, thank you, Jeet Atwal – best wishes for your retirement!

Joint ISPRS/ICA Commissions meeting on Education and Training

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is collaborating with the ISPRS Commission VI to present a symposium in May 2014. Titled “Data, Information, and Knowledge Sharing for Geo-Education” the symposium will be held at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China from 19 to 21 May 2014. You are welcome to attend this symposium which has many interesting papers scheduled in the programme: topics in the Plenary session include Contemporary GeoEducation in China, Education for Disaster Resilience, and Education in International Map Year. Parallel sessions follow addressing a range of issues under headings including Technology Transfer and Capacity Development, Web-based Resource Sharing and E-Delivery of Education Services, Promotion of International Collaborative Education Programs, amongst others. The symposium website is at http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/isprscom6/index.html

The symposium is followed by a student summer school (22-28 May) with eminent visiting professors running intensive courses on topics such as spatial statistics and opensource mapping. The summer camp website is at http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/isprscom6/summercamp.html

David Fairbairn
ICA Commission on Education and Training

Former ICA president Fraser Taylor receives 2014 Killam Prize

Fraser Taylor, Source: canadacouncil.ca

D. R. Fraser Taylor, recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize

The ICA is pleased to inform that former ICA President Prof Fraser Taylor received one of the highest Canadian awards – the Killam Prize – for his outstanding contributions as a cartographer. This demonstrates once more that cartography is relevant, attractive and modern and it is good to see that proponents of our discipline are recognized in such a noble manner.

Congratulations, Fraser Taylor!

Georg Gartner
President, ICA

 

From the press release of the Canada Council for the Arts:

Ottawa, April 9, 2014 – Five of Canada’s top scholars and scientists were recognized today as the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the 2014 Killam Prizes, which awards $100,000 to each recipient.

The winners are:

  • Sajeev John, University of Toronto
  • Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto
  • James Miller, University of Saskatchewan
  • Francis Plummer, University of Manitoba
  • Fraser Taylor, Carleton University

These are Canadians who have made their mark in the international race to find an effective HIV vaccine, pioneered diffusion wave technologies that are revolutionizing medical diagnostic methods, introduced the new discipline of “Cybercartography” and its capacity to illuminate socio-economic issues, enhanced our understanding of relations between Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, and developed optical technologies that will transform the way information systems transmit data.

For more information:

eCARTO News April 2014

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to the editor of eCARTO News.

General News

  • Top 5 best mapping apps – cbronline.com
  • Ordnance Survey denies report of end of paper maps for Great Britain – grough.co.uk
  • GeoVisual Analytics: Interactivity, Dynamics, and Scale
    Workshop @ GIScience – geoanalytics.net
  • 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage – xeee.web.auth.gr

Applications

Industry News

  • One World, One Subway Map: Architect Creates Standardized Transit Mapping – bostinno.streetwise.co
  • Scientists Probe Secrets of the Sun’s Seething Interior By Mapping Magnetic Fingerprints on its Surface – blogs.discovermagazine.com
  • Rand McNally offers all-in-one mapping, navigation, and HOS update – fleetowner.com
  • Alibaba set to buy AutoNavi mapping firm ahead of IPO – taipeitimes.com
  • Google acquires a drone company for more than just better mapping – agbeat.com/tech-news
  • Information Builders and Esri Expand Partnership to Deliver Advanced Mapping Capability – directionsmag.com

Technological advances

  • New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location – bgr.com
  • Mobile Mapping Feature – Fast & Accurate Asset Mapping – gisuser.com
  • Google, NASA Tango to bring 3D mapping technology to ISS robots – techtimes.com
  • Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice – slashgear.com
  • Google details the crazy 3D mapping tech behind Google Camera’s new Lens Blur effect – phandroid.com
  • 5 ways Project Tango, Google’s 3D mapping initiative, can change how we interact with tech – venturebeat.com
  • Laser maps reveal slide risk with startling clarity, but few citizens know they exist – seattletimes.com

Education and Resources

Cartography and the Environment

Society and Cartography

Cartographers

  • Dr Vanessa Lawrence mapping out new career direction – spatialsource.com.au
  • Bristol artist creates hand-drawn maps of the city – bbc.com
  • A newsmaker you should know: Professor uses mapping skills in sports history society – post-gazette.com
  • Mapping the Void – bbc.co.uk

Opinion

Cartography Products

Cartography Lite

eCARTO News March 2014

eCARTO News capture the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world. If you have any general cartography items of interest then please email them to the editor of eCARTO News.

General News

  • MapStory, a global community to organize knowledge about the world spatially and temporally – mapstory.org
  • The Power of Mapping – theatlantic.com
  • Google Maps Gallery Wants To Be The Internet’s Digital Atlas – readwrite.com
  • How open source cartography pays the bills for one company – opensource.com
  • The rise of OpenStreetMap: A quest to conquer Google’s mapping empire – thenextweb.com

Applications

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