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Map of the Month 04/2014: Back in time feature on Géoportail
Map of the Month 03/2014: Tongariro National Park
Map of the Month 02/2014: Collins World Watch

LBS 2014 in Vienna, Austria

LBS2014 logoThe 11th International Symposium on Location Based Services will be held in Vienna, Austria, 26–28 November 2014.

The symposium will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can 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.

The Call for Papers is open. Please submit full papers and work in progress until May 15, 2014. Publication in a book within the series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography is anticipated.

Five ICA commissions are involved:

Also other organizations endorsed the event, including AGILE, ISPRS, FIG, IAG, DGfK and ÖVG.

For further information, please visit lbs2014.org.

“MDMD Mapping Fiction” — A Swiss cartomentary

“MDMD – Mapping Fiction” is an experimental short-film on cartography supported by the commission on Art & Cartography. The project is a mockumentary suggesting a secret research in the dark dungeons of ETH Zurich. One of Switzerlands most important cartographers, Prof Ed Imhof went out for an expedition into the Peruvian Andes, to measure some mountains. However, during his excursion an event unforeseen must have occurred and he started to question the role of cartography for the people…

To learn more about this amazing cartographic story, check out the project website at http://www.100-days.net/en/projekt/mdmd-mapping-fiction/project.

Which competences are needed for GI jobs? Take a survey by EU project GI-N2K

Project logo Geographic Information: Need to knowThe EU project “Geographic Information: Need to Know” works towards a more demand-driven geospatial workforce education/training system. The ICA is represented on the Advisory Committee for the EU project by Menno-Jan Kraak, Vice president of the ICA.

The project invites everyone to participate by completing two surveys:

GI-N2K aims to answer the question on how the education and vocational training in the domain of GI S&T can match with the actual job requirements in the job market.

GI-N2K builds upon the existing Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (GI S&T BoK) that was developed by the American University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, published in 2006 by the Association of American Geographers . The ‘BoK’ will be updated and brought into line with the new technological developments and the European perspective ( e.g. importance of INSPIRE in Europe).

The renewed BoK will apply an ontological approach and will take the form of a dynamic e-platform (wiki-based format) including tools to use, explore the BoK, to define curricula , training opportunities and courses and to define job profiles.

Two surveys have been launched and are available on the website: http://www.gi-n2k.eu/surveys These surveys are looking to inform the project on which competences are needed for GI-jobs and about the main competences being taught. Any individual or organisation is able to complete the surveys with a deadline of 05 February 2014.

For more information visit the project web page: www.gi-n2k.eu

Category: General News

MapCarte initiative by the ICA Map Design Commission

Following on from a successful survey in 2012/13 that saw Damien Demaj and Kenneth Field publish in The Cartographic Journal to reassert design relevance in cartography (paper that won the Henry Johns prize in 2013), the ICA Commission on Map Design have announced an exciting initiative for 2014. Every day during the year, the Commission web site will publish a short daily blog post titled “MapCarte” to showcase examples of map design that represent some of the very best in classic and contemporary cartography. The intent is to build a repository of 365 maps that cover the breadth of cartographic practice to illustrate and emphasize the importance of map design. The Commission believes there is no other similar repository. The reason for such an effort is simple: how many times do we (as cartographers) get asked to point to examples of great cartography? And how many times do we struggle to come up with a list we can easily point to?

By the end of the year we will have created a compendium that can act as a reference for high quality map design that we can all share and point to. It will provide experts with a key list and hopefully show new map-makers the standards set. In some ways it’s a reaction to the mashup culture and the massive increase in poor mapping we see. We are intent on shifting the public demand for quality in maps instead of quantity and we hope that by showcasing great maps we can encourage standards in general to improve. Some of the maps you’ll have seen before – some possibly not. We’ll include both traditional print cartography and the very best that the internet has to offer. Each map will be illustrated and accompanied by a brief comment or two on why we feel the map exhibits great design.

MapCarte Initiative

Small selection of maps featured by the MapCarte initiative.

Hopefully the maps we’ll showcase will provide a barometer for modern map making, inspiration for those who seek ideas for how to map their data and also to improve the public’s appreciation of and demand for quality in maps. We also need help: Please consider emailing to the Commission Chair Kenneth Field or send him a tweet (@kennethfield) with your ideas and examples. We want this list to be inclusive so the more people who contribute ideas, the more we will generate a repository that truly represents the global cartographic community. Please also follow the series via Twitter (@ICAMapDesign) or the commission blog at mapdesign.icaci.org.

We hope you enjoy the series – a new daily cartographic treat to delight us in 2014!

eCARTO News January 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

Applications

Industry News

Extraterrestrial  Mapping

  • How the Gaia Galaxy-Mapping Satellite Works (Infographic) – space.com
  • These Swarming Satellites Are Mapping Earth’s Magnetic Cloak – gizmodo.com
  • Planet Labs Raises $52 Million to Map the Earth With Small Satellites – mashable.com

Alternative Mapping

Education and Resources

  • Mapline: The New Face of the Simplest Online Mapping – prurgent.com
  • Mapping project shows warped world – news24.com

Security and Cartography

  • PM’s intervention sought to stop Google from mapping defence installations – thehindu.com
  • Tracing patterns, mapping habits – thehindu.com
  • Mapping Global Conflict – blogs.cfr.org
  • Creepy Cool: Google Location History Mapping Your Every Move – babble.com

Cartographers

  • Mapping the ‘frost quakes’: Toronto woman tracking cryoseisms so ‘people don’t think they’re crazy’ – news.nationalpost.com
  • U.S. aerial mapping veteran retires after 40 years – sparpointgroup.com
  • Mapping her career – salina.com

Opinion

  • Mapping Cambodia’s distant past – phnompenhpost.com
  • There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World’s First Map – npr.org

Environmental Mapping & Management

Marine Cartography

Cartography Lite

Webinar on NASA World Wind and the Europa Challenge

The ICA-OSGeo Lab Network and MundoGEO are now pleased to inform the fourth webinar of the “Open Geospatial Science & Applications” webinar series on 13 February 2014. The webinars will be open and free to all on first come register basis.

This webinar will be on NASA World Wind and also on the Europa Challenge by Patrick Hogan (NASA) and Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy).

Students might want to have a look at the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge. Apply now! You can see last year’s winning projects at http://eurochallenge.como.polimi.it/projects2013.

To register for the webinar please go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/604781066.

The schedule for the next three ICA-OSGeo Lab webinar series is below:

Feb 2014

“NASA World Wind Virtual Globe Technology” – Patrick Hogan (NASA) and Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Thursday, 13 February 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST

March 2014

“Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network ” – Chris Pettit (University of Melbourne, Australia)
7 March 2014 (time to be confirmed)

April 2014

“Things to do with OpenStreetMap” – Lluís Vicens (University of Girona, Spain)
Date to be confirmed

Previous webinars recording will be available at both the Geo For All website and at MundoGeo.

Cartographier les récits : enjeux méthodologiques et technologiques

The Art and Cartography Commission is organizing a colloquy (in French) entitled “Cartographier les récits : enjeux méthodologiques et technologiques” (Montréal, May 12–13, 2014). Deadline to submit an abstract (in French) for this event is January 31, 2014. The call for papers, as well as all the details are available at http://artcarto.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/appel-a-communication-cartographie-et-recits-montreal-12-13-mai-2014/

News from our national members in Iran and Chile

Iran: Dr. Alireza A. Ardalan is the new director of the National Cartographic Center (NCC) of Iran, as of November 30, 2013. Dr. Ardalan comes from the academic sector (Full Prof. in Geodesy); therefore, he has an emphasis on promoting research and technical issues in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering through mutual cooperation with other National Mapping Agencies.

Chile:
Colonel Rony Jara Lecanda became Director of the Military Geographic Institute of Chile (IGM), taking over from Colonel Leonardo Pérez Álvarez. Thus, Colonel Jara also now heads the ICA National Committee of Chile and looks forward to continuing the collaboration of Chile in the ICA.

The contact details in the national members section were updated accordingly.

Category: Member News

CARTOCON 2014

cartocon2014_logoThe CARTOCON 2014 Conference will be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, 25–28 February 2014.
This conference aims to bring together cartographers from across different areas of our discipline.
The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of scientific papers particulary within five fields of cartography:

  • Maps and Atlases Production
  • Use and Users Issues
  • Cognition and Visualization Issues
  • Maps and Internet
  • Cartography and Statistics

Check out the website http://cartocon2014.org for further information.

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