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Invitation to another ICC 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba Botanical Garden

Joint workshop of the ICA Commissions on Education &Training and Maps & the Internet

All are encouraged to make travel plans in August 2015 which include the pre-conference Joint Workshop of the Commissions on Education & Training and Maps & the Internet. The main International Cartographic Conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 23–28 August 2015. The joint workshop will be presented in a more informal environment in the university city of Curitiba from 20–21 August 2015.

This meeting will present an opportunity for cartographers from Brasil, and those from around the world to discuss and present developments at the interface between contemporary internet technologies and current educational practice. It will be held at the Federal University of Parana (a progressive, hi-tech, institution with an excellent reputation for cartographic education). Commission members, professors Claudia Robbi Sluter and Maria Brandalise from the Department of Geomatics will host this meeting in their home institution.

The meeting will overlap another joint ICA Commission meeting (by the ICA Commissions on Use & User Issues, Cognitive Visualization, Geovisualization and Map Design) in the same venue, allowing for attendance at both. Onward travel to the ICC in Rio de Janeiro will be easy. The meeting will be free to attend, and we encourage all cartographers who have an interest in developments in cartographic/geospatial science education, and in Internet Mapping, to contribute.

Contributions in the form of short presentations are sought on the following topics:

  • Teaching about the Internet in Cartographic Education
  • Using the Internet for Cartographic Education
  • Educational material: Content and delivery
  • Educational overview

More information can be found on the workshop website: lazarus.elte.hu/cet/announcement.htm

Welcome to Curitiba!

ICA News 63 now online

ICA News 63

We are pleased to announce that the 63rd issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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This issue of ICA News invites us to ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and celebrates our full membership of ICSU, a process that started 25 years ago! It also farewells Ramón Lorenzo, who contributed so much to the ICA and Spanish cartography.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

eCARTO News January 2015

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

Online Mapping Applications

  • Google Maps for iOS gains restaurant filters, weather info, and more in new update – 9to5mac.com
  • Daniele Quercia: Happy maps – youtube.com
  • Mobile App For Accessing Solar + Wind Energy Satellite Resource Maps Developed By Masdar – cleantechnica.com
  • Google Maps set to Release Offline Maps to Combat the Competition from Microsoft Here Maps – thefusejoplin.com

Industry News

  • Power of Maps conference – spatialsource.com.au
  • How Google’s geo-crowdsourcing is transforming the map – citymetric.com
  • Nokia’s ultra-detailed mapping data may hold the key to an autonomous car future – venturebeat.com
  • iRobot’s CTO wants bots that will map and interact with your home, not drones – engadget.com
  • Geospatial Corporation Kicks Off Uber-Like Pipeline Mapping Model – marketwatch.com
  • Make Data Presentations Engaging with Mapline’s Story Maps – prunderground.com
  • Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses To Incorporate Nokia HERE Maps – ubergizmo.com

The New Technology of Mapping

  • Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack – techcrunch.com
  • Drones mapping algae under Antarctic ice – wesh.com
  • Garmin Epix GPS Mapping Watch Loves The Great Outdoors – ubergizmo.com
  • How – and why – Google is transforming the map – theconversation.com
  • NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) – usgs.gov
  • Interactive map tool – theguardian.com
  • Spying through the keyhole gets hi-tech: Device uses lasers to map an entire room through a 1-inch gap – dailymail.co.uk
  • Drones for Good — transporting transplant organs, detecting landmines, and wiping out fog – betanews.com

New Approaches

  • 3D mapping reveals how Greenland’s ice has changed over time – dailymail.co.uk
  • Dynamic walkability estimation with Turf – mapbox.com
  • Mapping forests’ carbon with lasers – scidev.net
  • Mapping new world: Rosetta reveals first results of host comet probe (PHOTOS) – rt.com
  • Mapping glacier flow speeds with synthetic aperture radar cross correlation – spie.org
  • 3D Mapping Tool Calculates Rooftop Solar Potential For Every Building In The City – planetsave.com
  • Augmented reality: Not just a game, but a game changer – gcn.com
  • Call of the Orangutan: Using Drones to Scan the Forest – scientificamerican.com
  • Drones could 3D-map scores of hectares of land in just a few hours – sciencemag.org

Cartographic Opinion

  • Mystery of the phantom islands solved: Lands that disappeared on ancient maps are revealed as mistakes, mirages and myths – dailymail.co.uk
  • Have Infographics and Data Visualizations Ruined Good Map Design? – gisuser.com
  • Tweeted mapping comments – tweetedtimes.com
  • Why the use of color really matters in visualization – visualoop.com
  • Wonders And Controversies: Hands On With Cities: Skylines’ Meticulous Mapping – thesixthaxis.com
  • Mapping travel routes: Why it’s every traveller’s obsession – coomaexpress.com.au

Cartographic History

  • Marion illustrator marries passion for mapping, history with depictions of Civil War battles – thegazette.com
  • Radars help create 3-D view of structure, age of Greenland’s ice – cjonline.com
  • Map of London, 1653 – bl.uk
  • Six more ways of visualising London’s growth: mapping the capital’s expansion – citymetric.com
  • Modern Mapping Connects Historic Preservation and Planning – nextcity.org
  • Mapping the past – thehindu.com
  • Britannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain, by Joanne Parker – timeshighereducation.co.uk
  • See What Your City Will Be Like in 15 Years – citylab.com
  • WWI trench system unearthed in Cork – irishexaminer.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

Cartographic Products

Mapping Themes

Alternative Cartography

President’s Blog: “The World of Maps” now available in Spanish

elmundodelosmapasAlthough the International Map Year 2015/16 will be launched officially at the ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro later this year, activities are planned and shaped already in several countries.

That is why it is good to announce, that a Spanish version of the accompanying book “The World of Maps” has been made available on the website internationalmapyear.org. The translation of the book was done under the supervision of Pilar Sanchez-Ortiz from ICA’s Spanish national member organisation SECFT. With this the most useful book as source for understanding and disseminating the role of maps is available to all those being interested in cartography in the Spanish speaking world.

Muy bien!
– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to ICC 2015 Pre-Conference Symposium at the Fluminense Federal University in Niteroi, Brazil


The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Planetary Cartography and Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management have the pleasure to invite you to participate in our Joint ICA Symposium entitled “Cartography Beyond the Ordinary World”. The event will be held in the Institute of Geosciences of the Fluminense Federal University in Niteroi (Brazil) during the 21st and 22nd of August, 2015 and it is organized within the International Map Year as well as the activities previous to ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

More detailed information can be found on the symposium website: http://niteroi2015.elte.hu

All the colleagues involved in the organization of the event hope that the symposium will be an excellent occassion to exchange opinions and experiences about the common points in the work of our commissions. One of our main aims is to bring an opportunity to connect the international academic research and educational community with the Brazilian scientific potential in each of our research fields to foster a professional, constructive and innovative dialogue. It is open not only for commission members, but for all those colleagues across the wide spectrum of research, teaching and other activities covered by the world of cartography.

Looking forward to meeting you in Niteroi next August!

On behalf of the four participating commissions,
Jesus Reyes

President’s Blog: 365 maps

The ICA Commission on Map Design through its chair Ken Field has undertaken a unique exercise in 2014. They have identified, collected, described and made available 365 “good” maps. This is meant as having a repository of maps available that somehow exhibit quality design principles.

Or as Ken Field writes on his blog:

My hope for this collection is that whenever we are stuck for inspiration, or whenever someone says ‘show me a good map’ then here are 365 examples to whet the appetite. They represent as broad a definition of cartography as you could possibly see in a single collection. They’re authoritative because they’ve been compiled by cartographers. There’s probably some of your own favourites missing. Some of mine are too… but that’s not the point. It’s a collection that illustrates the diverse, rich world of cartographic design from the perspective of the professionals that inhabit that world.

Check it out. What is your favourite?

Georg Gartner
– President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to ICC 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil

The ICA commissions on Use and User IssuesCognitive VisualizationGeovisualization and Map Design invite you to the following Pre-ICC2015 workshops at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil on 20 and 21 August 2015:

Workshop / training on “Designing and Conducting User Studies”

Come to the usability workshop to learn how it is supposed to be done ;-)

Workshop “Envisioning the Future of Cartographic Research”

Update: The website cartografia.ufpr.br contains all the information you may need about the two workshops and also offers facilities to register for one or both workshops in Curitiba. We would like to ask you to register a.s.a.p. but, in any case, before 1 July 2015. Registration for our workshops will only be possible through this website. It is also important to know that you will have to book your travels and overnight accommodation yourself. The website provides information to help you with this.

Season’s Greetings


Dear colleagues and friends of ICA,

The year 2014 was in many ways a most successful year for cartography and the International Cartographic Association: ICA has been accepted as full union member of the International Council of Science (ICSU), has prepared the launch of its own journal called “The International Journal of Cartography”, has been endorsed by the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) to run the International Map Year 2015/16, has successfully organized numerous activities of ICA Commissions including workshops, symposia, meetings, discussions and publications.

Cartography is facing fast, challenging and demanding developments. All of us within the ICA are feeling the increasing interest, activities and awareness of the core relevance of cartography. In the realm of big data and innovative technologies, the efficient communication of spatial information is getting more and more in the focus, adding to the keywords of competences needed to succeed in this arena not only data crunching and technology-savviness but also design skills.

Therefore I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of the many commission chairs, commission members, committee members, participants at ICA events, correspondents, cartographers and GIScientists or simply friends of ICA, who have contributed to the development of our attractive, modern and relevant discipline!

With this, I would like to express my sincere season’s greetings and wish all of us a successful and interesting “cartographic” year 2015!

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News December 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.

The Cloud

General News

The New Technology of Mapping

Industry News

  • ArcGIS 10.3: The Next Generation of GIS Is Here – esri.com
  • Apple is developing an iPhone that fires LASER BEAMS to map surroundings, patent reveals – dailymail.co.uk
  • GeoComm Publishes 3D and Indoor 9-1-1 Caller Location Mapping White Paper – directionsmag.com
  • Spatial Industries Salary Review 2014 – siba.com.au
  • Full Version of MAPS.ME Becomes Free and Open Source – maps.me
  • Nokia’s Here Mapping App Now On Google Play Globally, Coming Back To iOS In 2015 – techcrunch.com
  • Fatmap Raises Seed Funding For Its Detailed 3D Mapping Engine And Ski App – techcrunch.com
  • Putting a startup on the map: Simon Hackett joins investors pouring $5 million into Spookfish – startupsmart.com.au

Cartographic Uncertainty

  • Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders Part 1 – youtube.com
  • Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders Part 2 – youtube.com
  • The Most Complex International Borders in the World – youtube.com
  • This Is What Your City Would Look Like If All The World’s Ice Sheets Melt – fastcoexist.com
  • Unemployment Rates 1991 to 2012 – mapstory.org
  • What Maps Can Hide – theatlantic.com
  • Mapping out the protest sites for history – scmp.com
  • Experiments in mapping the intangible – boingboing.net

Cartographic Education & Resources

Mapping Games


Cartographic Opinion

Cartographic Products

Alternative Cartography