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eCARTO News February 2016

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.

Thinking Outside the Map

  • 3 words to save time & money when routing between jobs with RouteXL – what3words.com
  • Mapping Countries By Connecting Postal Codes – citylab.com
  • Mapping Manhattan’s Parking Tickets by Type of Car – citylab.com
  • Mapping out all 1745 GAA pitches in Ireland – joe.ie
  • How Does ‘A wrinkle in time’ look on a map? – atlasobscura.com
  • Cambridge researcher develops smartphone app to map Swiss-German dialects – eurekalert.org
  • This smartphone technology 3-D maps your meal and counts its calories – washington.edu

Digital Mapping – the heat is on!

  • Locate this! The battle for app-specific maps – venturebeat.com
  • K. Court Takes Google’s Side in Mapping Beef – newsfactor.com
  • Apple’s fleet of mapping vans may point to an exciting new iOS 10 feature – bgr.com
  • When Online Maps Screw Up—and Hurt Small Businesses – wsj.com
  • MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people’s homes – bbc.com

Maps in Science

  • Ancient Babylonian astronomers used calculus to find Jupiter 1,400 years before Europeans – abc.net.au
  • Dual Camera iPhone 7 Plus Could Offer ‘DSLR-Like’ Quality, 3D Depth Mapping – macrumors.com
  • Detailed seafloor gravity map brings the Earth’s surface into sharp focus – gizmag.com
  • Drones for research: DePaul University archaeologist to explain UAV use at Fifa – sciencecodex.com
  • Can we really trust scientists’ assumptions? – dailyinterlake.com

Behind the Scenes

Mapping Opportunities

  • The Last Unmapped Places on Earth – bbc.com
  • Kiribati looks to artificial islands to save nation from rising sea levels – abc.net.au
  • PH has 400 more islands, says mapping agency – inquirer.net
  • Mapping Pluto’s ‘broken heart’: Incredible image reveals the dwarf planet’s varied geology in stunning detail – dailymail.co.uk

Digital Conversion

  • Osher Map Library at University of Southern Maine digitizes its rare globe collection – pressherald.com
  • Blaeu Atlas Maior, 1662-5 – nls.uk

Mapping Applications

  • Mapping India’s Electricity Deserts – citylab.com
  • Cadcorp announces hosted web mapping service for UK housing associations – directionsmag.com
  • Putting Slums on the Map – citylab.com
  • Coal Ash Mapping Using Electromagnetic Technology – powermag.com
  • What the world’s biggest human migration looks like on a map – cnn.com
  • Nuance taps HERE maps to bolster connected car platform – zdnet.com

People in Mapping

Cartographic Resources & Education & Opportunities

Technology

Industry Insights

  • MapQuest: Hyperfocused on the Developer Experience – apigee.com
  • Apple Maps vans working overtime to ‘improve Apple Maps’ – digitaltrends.com
  • Toyota wants to make Google’s mapping tech obsolete – cnet.com
  • Google Maps couldn’t kill TomTom, now it is poised for a driverless future – afr.com

Map Collections and Atlases

Mapping the Environment

  • Soil mapping may indicate success of brush control method – agrilife.org
  • NASA satellites aid ecologists in mapping seasons, deer reproduction – phys.org
  • Mapping the Interconnectedness of Canada’s Water – citylab.com
  • ‘Citizen scientists’ use drones to map El Nino flooding – phys.org
  • Glacial lake drainage in Patagonia (13-8 kyr) and response of the adjacent Pacific Ocean – nature.com
  • Poachers using science papers to target newly discovered species – theguardian.com
  • Dronepedia – twitter.com
  • Ordnance Survey releases digital map of Mars surface – bbc.com

History and Cartography

Blogs

Books

  • Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping out the Modern World – penguin.com.au
  • Apocalyptic cartography : thematic maps and the end of the world in a fifteenth-century manuscript – facsimilefinder.com
  • An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis and Mapping – sagepub.com
  • Sidewalk City – slab.today

A World View through Maps and Imagery

Invitation to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2016_logoThe ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2016), which will take place in Vienna on November 14–16, 2016.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2016 aims to offer a platform for scholars, researchers, and industry/market operators from various disciplines and practice 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.

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The Call for Papers is currently open. Deadlines for submission are June 1 for full papers, July 1 for work in progress, and September 18 for showcases. High-quality submissions are intended to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services and in a book of the Springer series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography. More information can be found at lbsconference.org.

We are looking forwards to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna!

Haosheng Huang
– Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

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President’s Blog: #CartoSummit – A Report

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and Esri hosted a Cartographic Summit, 8–10 February 2016 in Redlands, California. This summit of invite-only guests from a broad array of fields assessed the state of play in mapping and visualization and explored where we’re headed. Leading thinkers from academia, government and industry explored trends and how they are shaping the work that we’re doing.

Participants of the Cartographic Summit 2016

Broad themes of Data, Media, and Design provided a focus for open sharing and conversation to learn from each other, and share best practices, and find new or proposed solutions.

The summit intended draw together a plan for research, innovation and strategic thinking to support mapping and visualization needs as we move forward. The intent was to set a marker for understanding common challenges from a range of perspectives in and outside the traditional cartographic communities; to draw together different ways of thinking and working; and to build bridges across the many communities in the map-making and visualization fields.

Presentations (here by Menno-Jan Kraak) and break-out session for collecting and discussing keywords for each session

For each of the three topic half a day was reserved, and consisted of three speakers (a keynote and two lightning talks) and breakout sessions to discuss the topic based on the top five keywords generate by the audience after the talks. The findings of the four groups were reported after each session. In a final session an overall discussion was followed by a synthesis of the lessons learned.

Program

Data

  • Keynote: Improving Data Visualization Literacy: How to Empower Anyone to Read and Make Visualizations – Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, Indiana University
  • Lightning Talk: Big Data Cartography – James Cheshire, Lecturer in Quantitative Human Geography, University College London
  • Lightning Talk: Doing Cartography as Professional Amateurs – Alan McConchie, Lead Cartographer, Stamen Design

Data session: Katy Börner, James Cheshire and Alan McConchie

Keywords for the topic of data: data design, data analysis, domain expertise, user and applications, conceptualization

Media

  • Keynote: carto-future-ography – Gary Gale, CTO, what3words
  • Lightning Talk: Mapping for new media. Building on 128 years at National Geographic. – Kaitlin Yarnall, Director of Maps, Graphics, and Art, National Geographic
  • Lightning Talk: Cartographic Design as Visual Storytelling – Robert Roth, Director, University of Wisconsin Cartography Laboratory Assistant Professor, UW-Madison Department of Geography

Media session: Gary Gale, Kaitlin Yarnall and Robert Roth

Keywords for the topic of media: storytelling, technology to create interaction; ethics, tracking; purpose of map; user, human make and using the maps

Design

  • Keynote: Pictures and Geography – Nigel Holmes, Graphic Designer, Explanation Graphics
  • Lightning Talk: Geoprivacy in the Age of Big Data – Jeremy W. Crampton, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky
  • Lightning Talk: Evidence Based Design – Sara Irina Fabrikant, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Zurich

Design session: Nigel Holmes, Jeremy W. Crampton and Sara Irina Fabrikant

Keywords for the topic of design: clarity, user/audience, privacy, uncertainty, issues of design for big data

Synthesis

  • Synthesis: ICA Viewpoint & Lessons Learned – Menno-Jan Kraak, ICA president, Professor of Geovisual Analytics and Cartography, University of Twente / ITC

The third day was a view into the ESRI Kitchen. The participants were able to comment on planned developments related to topics such as Mapping and Visualization,  3D and Story Mapping as well as a few other topics, while discussing with ESRI developers.

Results

How the audience reacted to the summit can be found on Twitter via #cartosummit

The results of the discussions is summarized in the figure below. An more extensive interpretation will follow in a contribution to our International Journal of Cartography.

The results of the summit summarized in one chart

Follow-up

  • Further elaboration of the materials into a column for ESRI news.
  • The recordings of the event will be shared and disseminated widely (links via our website).
  • Convert this report into an ICA News article.
  • Elaborate into a paper for our International Journal of Cartography.

President’s Blog: Follow the future live: Cartographic summit

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The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and Esri will host invited guests at the Cartographic Summit: Future of Mapping in Redlands, California, to examine new directions in mapping. Mapping is evolving at a rapid pace – enabling us to communicate in new ways, analyze important issues, and understand our world. At this summit, leading thinkers from academia, government, media and design will discuss how cartography can and should meet changing needs and expectations.

The event will be live streamed:

After the event I will report here about the outcome, but we also aim at a paper in the upcoming research agenda issue of our International Cartographic Journal, which will provide even more details.

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News January 2016

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.

Opinion

  • What Maps Reveal About Ourselves – bbc.com

Just Maps

Analysis

History and Cartography

Books

Roman Maps

People and Cartography

  • My Fulbright Life: Mireya Mayor, National Geographic Explorer – nationalgeographic.com
  • Thank this Geographer for making sure new maps aren’t a total mess – wired.com

A World View through Maps

Cartographic Events

Sites to visit

On a Lighter Note

 

A new website for the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition

Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Competition

Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Competition

The website for the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition was updated with a new design and new options to search data. The Barbara Petchenik Collection is maintained by the team working at the Maps, Data & Government Information Centre of the Carleton University Library in Ottawa, Canada. Through this website, users can search and browse through all children map entries since 1993. The address of the website remained the same: https://childrensmaps.library.carleton.ca

Our most sincere congratulations for Joel Rivard, Sherri Sunstrum and Sylvie Lafortune for their very valuable work!

Call for Organizers for ICC 2021 is open

The International Cartographic Association invites bids from national members to organize the 30th International Cartographic Conference in 2021 (ICC2021).

Any member nation may lodge a bid via their national member and until the deadline:
30 June 2016.

The Executive Committee will decide in October 2016 and make the decision available on the ICA website soon after.

For details, please check out our ICC 2021 page and the call in PDF format.

Category: General News

28th Newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children

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The December 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.

Keeping the tradition begun two Christmas ago, the last newsletter of this year is mainly formed by images and very shorts texts to resume all activities of the commission members during this year and presenting photos taken all over the world.

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