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Map of the Month 05/2014: Physical Geography of Ukraine

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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Abstracting Geographic Information in a Data Rich World – new book in the ICA book series

The newest book in the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography by Springer has been published:

Book cover for Abstracting Geographic Information in a Data Rich World
Abstracting Geographic Information in a Data Rich World
Burghardt, Dirk, Duchene, Cécile, Mackaness, William (Eds.)
2014, XV, 407 p. 180 illus., 128 illus. in color.

 

About the book

Research in the field of automated generalisation has faced new challenges in recent years as a result of technological developments in web-based processing, new visualisation paradigms and access to very large volumes of multi-source data generated by sensors and humans. In these contexts, map generalisation needs to underpin ‘on-demand mapping’, a form of mapping that responds to individual user requirements in the thematic selection and visualisation of geographic information. It is this new impetus that drives the research of the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation (for example through its annual workshops, biannual tutorials and publications in international journals). This book has a coherent structure, each chapter focusing on core concepts and tasks in the map generalisation towards on-demand mapping. Each chapter presents a state-of-the-art review, together with case studies that illustrate the application of pertinent generalisation methodologies. The book addresses issues from data gathering to multi scaled outputs. Thus there are chapters devoted to defining user requirements in handling specifications, and in the application and evaluation of map generalisation algorithms. It explores the application of generalisation methodologies in the context of growing volumes of data and the increasing popularity of user generated content.

Sample pages

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Activities by the Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage

Invitation to the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage
The commission is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 9th International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage. This event will be held in Budapest on 4‑5 September 2014. It is organized by the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies to Cartographic Heritage and the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Eotvos Lorand University.

Paper abstracts should be submitted via e-mail by 1 May 2014. Full papers, not exceeding 5.000 words, should be e-mailed by 1 June 2014.

Please find all details on the conference website.

Further news:

More updates can be found on the commission website.

ICA News 61 now online

ICA News 61
We are pleased to announce that the 61st issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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This issue of ICA News reports on the ICC 2013 held in Dresden, introduces our latest ICA awards recipients, invites us to Rio in 2015 and farewells Planetary Cartography ambassador Kira Shingareva. I hope you find it interesting.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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Second Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2014

– Update: SOMAP 2014 is merged with the LBS 2014 symposium and will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 26–28 November 2014. Please find all details on the SOMAP website: somap.cartography.at –

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to invite you to the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP) in Potsdam from 6–8 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria from 26–28 November 2014.

Logo SOMAP2014

This symposium is coorganised by four ICA Commissions:

The call for papers is ongoing and registration has started at http://somap.cartography.at

Geospatial data and services are the main building blocks for geospatial infrastructures and fundamental to service-oriented mapping and realtime applications. Geospatial infrastructures make use of different paradigms: maintaining, sharing and use (instead of collect and own). Developments in these paradigms are leading to evolutions in availability and accessibility of geospatial data and services coupled with the added value of geospatial products and applications in the modern geospatial production environment.

Geospatial trends are constantly growing and developing such as sensor networks, realtime processing, volunteered geographic information, open governmental data, in-situ geospatial processing and striking visualization techniques creating many new possibilities but also new restrictions and problems based on massiveness, heterogeneity and contextual flexibility. Challenges like handling big data, aggregate different sources, standards for a homogenuous data, and disappearing sources/content are growing.

SOMAP2014 is a venue that brings together experts from research, government, non-governmental organisations, standardization bodies and industry to present, document and discuss trends in service-based mapping, which covers delivery, processing, integration, analysis, collaboration as well as visualization of geospatial data and services.

Markus Jobst
ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness

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