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A place for maps in the human brain

Figure Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014

Figure by Mattias Karlén

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine honors the discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. These efforts are crucial for many research agendas in the cartographic community concerned with cognitive processes and impact-oriented maps.

Recent investigations with brain imaging techniques, as well as studies of patients undergoing neurosurgery, have provided evidence that place and grid cells exist also in humans. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex are frequently affected at an early stage, and these individuals often lose their way and cannot recognize the environment. Knowledge about the brain’s positioning system may, therefore, help us understand the mechanism underpinning the devastating spatial memory loss that affects people with this disease.

The discovery of the brain’s positioning system represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of how ensembles of specialized cells work together to execute higher cognitive functions. It has opened new avenues for understanding other cognitive processes, such as memory, thinking and planning.

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Announcement of the 10th Jubilee Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage announces its 10th Jubilee Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held at Corfu, Greece, on 27–29 May 2015 hosted by the History Department of the Ionian University, a supporting institution of our commission.

The central building of the University, Ionian Academy, 1824

The central building of the University,
Ionian Academy, 1824

The Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece, Old Fortress, 1545–1555

The Historical Archives of Corfu/General State Archives of Greece, Old Fortress, 1545–1555

The venues of the workshop are the Aula Magna of the Ionian University (at the historic building of the Ionian Academy, 1824) and the Corfu Historical Archives / General State Archives of Greece (at the Old Fortress, 1545–1555).

Please find more information on the workshop’s website, which is continuously updated: http://xeee.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Corfu_2015.htm

Please feel free to forward the workshop announcement. I wish to see you all in Corfu in late Spring 2015,

Evangelos Livieratos
Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage

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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

Applications

  • 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

Cartographers

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

President’s Blog: JBGIS

The International Cartographic Association has close relationships to neighbouring domains and their international organisations, we even call them sister societies. This goes as far as having joint activities, including e.g.

  • a Joint Working Group on Toponomy with IGU,
  • an International Board for Standards of Competence (IBSC) of FIG, IHO and ICA,
  • joint sessions at the vice versa conferences with the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS),
  • joined interests and participation at the events of the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), the International Map Industry Association (IMIA), the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) or the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI).

All those organizations have their particular aims and scope, interests and activities. But all of them have also an interest to cooperate and eventually synchronize activities. This is the role of JBGIS.

The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS)

Members of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies in 2012

Members of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies in 2012


JBGIS logoJBGIS is a coalition of recognized international geospatial organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters, represented by the presidents, secretary‐generals or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead those organizations.

This coalition becomes especially important when the “geo domains” being represented in the JBGIS need to find one voice, as e.g. in the context of United Nation activities or other international and interdisciplinary frameworks. It is therefore of importance to ICA, that the JBGIS is recognized by the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

William Cartwright

Former JBGIS chair William Cartwright

The JBGIS chair position rotates between the member organizations. It happens to be, that our Past President William Cartwright was elected chair of the JBGIS 2011. Due to the fact, that his leadership was unanimously perceived as crucial for the further development of JBGIS he was asked to prolongate his term as chairs twice until 2014, which was an exceptionally affair, giving him as well as ICA a most prominent profile in this respect.

In the latest JBGIS Meeting in August 2014 the chair position of William Cartwright was taken over by IAG President Chris Rizos. I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Past-President William Cartwright for his excellent work in this respect.

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

President’s Blog: ICA Research Scholarships

Are you a young scientist?
Is your research topic linkable with the ICA Research Agenda and an ICA Commission?
Do you need support?

I would like to point your interest to a new instrument of ICA, the ICA Research Scholarships.

With this we would like to reach the following aims:

  • to foster academic research in the domain of Cartography and GIScience
  • to establish contact between young scientists and ICA Commissions
  • to support young scientists to be able to actively contribute to ICA activities and events, such as especially International Cartographic Conferences
  • to establish opportunities for young scientists within ICA publications and conferences

Interested? Information about how to apply can be found in the document
ICA Research Scholarships 2014/2015.

We are looking forward to hear from you!

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

President’s Blog: Breaking News – ICA accepted as full ICSU member

Logo of the International Council for ScienceIt is my sincere pleasure to announce, that at her 31th General Assembly the International Council of Science (ICSU) has accepted the International Cartographic Association as a Full International Scientific Union Member.

ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. The International Council for Science (ICSU) is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the advancement of science. Its members are national scientific bodies and international scientific unions. It comprises 120 multi-disciplinary National Scientific Members representing 140 countries and 31 international, disciplinary Scientific Unions.

From now on ICSU has 32 International Scientific Union Members, giving Cartography through ICA a strong voice in the world of science.

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

 

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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

President’s Blog: Education

Cartography is a domain including technology, art and science. In order to be able to fully deploy the capacity of cartography education in all these areas is key. It happens to be that respective university programmes, professional trainings, and job trainings are more and more changing their scopes and names, leaving the unique competence combination of cartographers, being able to deal with big data, modern technologies and artistic design, vacant.

It is of this reason, that programmes dealing with dedicated cartographic education are of growing importance. Let me highlight here two programmes, which ICA is taking significant note of.

  • The International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartography (IC_Cartotechnology), run by the Institut Cartografic i Geològic de Catalunya, has the aim to provide a wide range of geoinformation professionals with a capacity-building instrument that covers the basis of advanced and up-to-date techniques, tools and critical thinking in cartography. It therefore integrates all the disciplines, approaches and techniques used to acquire and exploit geospatial data. Several ICA collegues have contributed to the first successful edition by giving lectures. The second edition starts in September 2014 and enrolment is still possible.
  • Three central european universities, the Technical University Munich, the Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University Dresden, are offering a joint Master Programme on Cartography. This is a 4-semester programme and it leads into a joint master degree of all three universities. Currently four intakes have been accepted and are in different stages of their studies. The programme is competitive, as only a restricted number of students can be accepted and has so far proven to be most successful in achieving the aim of educating experts with capacity in technologies, data handling and design skills.
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