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eCARTO News December 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.

Land Cover Mapping

  • Corrigendum: Mapping tree density at a global scale – nature.com
  • MapBiomas: New mapping platform will track annual deforestation in Brazil – mongabay.com
  • Queensland botanists near end of epic mapping project started in late 1990s – abc.net.au
  • Low-flying plane will be mapping Missouri conservation areas – news-leader.com
  • Mapping tools chart path towards sustainable urban food supply – cordis.europa.eu

Mapping for Transport

  • Making green commutes safer using mapping – directionsmag.com
  • Audi, BMW, Daimler close on Nokia’s mapping business – autoblog.com
  • Mapping Chicago’s Subway in the Style of Frank Lloyd Wright – citylab.com

Frontier mapping

Mapping Application

  • The USGS Mapping the National Parks and inspire works of art – gisuser.com
  • Bluesky Partners with FATMAP to Create Interactive 3D Ski Maps – amerisurv.com
  • Mapping 65 Years of Explosive Urban Growth – citylab.com
  • Mapping the State: Ireland as you’ve never seen it – irishtimes.com
  • Scientists Are Mapping the World’s Largest Volcano – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping 65 Years of Explosive Urban Growth – citylab.com
  • Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines – wsj.com

Mapping Technology

  • Forget Pizza Delivery, Drones Mapping High-Altitude Glaciers Now – ndtv.com
  • Here mapping team plans to use real-time driver data for autonomous cars – theverge.com
  • UAS mapping the top goal for Topcon and Agisoft – spatialsource.com.au
  • New Mapping Technology Helps Arctic Communities “Keep on Top” of Sea Ice Changes – smithsonianmag.com
  • Drones offer cheap mapping from the sky – bbc.com
  • Mapbox Fast building tracing with JOSM – mapbox.com

Cartographic Resources & Education & Opportunities

Indoor Mapping

  • German 3D Indoor Mapping And Navigation Startup NavVis Locates €7.5M Funding – techcrunch.com

Social Media and Crowd Sourced Mapping

Just Maps

Cartography to the Rescue

Politics and Cartography

Data and Mapping

  • The Motherlode Of Australian Mapping Data Is Being Released – gizmodo.com.au
  • Storing large volumes of imagery and rasters in the cloud – esri.com
  • Geocoded national address data to be made openly available – dpmc.gov.au

On a Lighter Note

 

Invitation to the 6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

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6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS
& Seminar with EU cooperation on Early Warning and Disaster/Crisis Management

Albena, Bulgaria, 13–17 June 2016

After very successful events in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, the 6th edition of the International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICC & GIS) is organized in Bulgaria.

The aim of the conference is to collect knowledge and share experience about the latest achievements in the field of cartography and GIS. Particular attention is paid to the important European region – the Balkan Peninsula. Last conferences were very influential for public administrations and we would like to enhance this trend also in 2016, when the situation in Europe and especially in Balkan countries is very complicated, e.g. facing the immigrant crises could be improved with support of our technologies.

The ICC & GIS conference is organized by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria.

As a part of the conference several other events will be held during 13–17 June:

Deadlines

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 10 January 2016
  • Payment of early registration fee: 29 January 2016
  • Final full paper submission and payment of regular registration fee: 1 May 2016

Proceedings will be registered in SCOPUS and Web of Science.

Conference website

The Call for Papers can be found on iccgis2016.cartography-gis.com, including information on registration, programme and accommodation.

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President’s Blog: Seasons greetings

ICA Executive Committee Meeting, Vienna, 9 November 2015: Lynn Usery, Georg Gartner, David Forrest, Monika Sester, Menno-Jan Kraak, Sara Fabrikant, László Zentai, Yaolin Liu and Vít Voženílek. Missing: Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez

The ICA Executive Committee wishes Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Dear colleagues and ICA friends,

2015 has been an exiting year for cartography. We have experienced a most successful 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Besides, throughout the year Commissions and Working Groups have organized many smaller events in conjunction with national members or sister organizations. 2015 was also the start of the International Map Year. Many small and big local events were organized to celebrate the map. It is obvious that cartography is very much alive!

During the Rio event ICA’s 16th General Assembly took place, and a new leadership has been elected. We now have 27 Commission and Working Groups with people in charge who eagerly started their new ‘jobs’. This also includes the new Executive Committee.

This is also the moment to thank all of you who have been active for ICA over the last four years, especially if we realize that we all do this as volunteers.

2016 activities will focus on the International Map Year. The cartographic exhibition at the UN-GGIM meeting in New York should be one of the highlights where ICA will present its cartographic perspective on the seventeen new sustainability goals true a collaborative effort of all Commissions and Working Groups.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a prosperous and ‘mapable’ 2016.

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

GeoSUR award to the Digital Map of Mexico

During the 8th GeoSUR Meeting, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the Digital Map of Mexico developed by INEGI (national member of ICA in Mexico), was awarded.

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GeoSUR is a program that maintains a network of geographic information in Latin America and the Caribbean where eighty participating institutions operate map services that are currently linked to the regional portal. The award recognizes data application, service development, or geospatial information products having particular characteristics of innovation and relevance. In this edition, it was awarded the Digital Map of Mexico, given its easy access and its use of spatial data – aspects that stood out among the various proposals in the competition.

Mr. Carlos Guerrero, Director General of Geography and Environment of INEGI-Mexico, showing the 2015 GeoSUR award, given to the Digital Map of Mexico. On his right Santiago Borrero, GeoSUR Program Coordinator and on his left Rodrigo Barriga, Secretary General of the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH).

Mr. Carlos Guerrero, Director General of Geography and Environment of INEGI-Mexico, showing the 2015 GeoSUR award, given to the Digital Map of Mexico. On his right Santiago Borrero, GeoSUR Program Coordinator and on his left Rodrigo Barriga, Secretary General of the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH).

On behalf of INEGI, the award was accepted by geographer Carlos Guerrero Elemen and Director General of Geography and Environment, who also presented three papers: Progress in Caribbean Project (proposal by the National Section in Mexico); Integrating Statistical and Geographical Information, and Open Geospatial Data by INEGI.

Mr. Carlos Guerrero, receiving the 2015 GeoSUR award from Mr. Santiago Borrero Mutis.

Mr. Carlos Guerrero, receiving the 2015 GeoSUR award from Mr. Santiago Borrero Mutis.

Category: Member News

eCARTO News November 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.

3D Mapping & 3D Modelling

  • 3D Mapping and 3D Modeling Market by Application in 3D Mapping, by Vertical, and by Geography – Forecast to 2020 – prnewswire.com
  • Build a 3-D Virtual World with This Crowdsourced Map of the Real World – technologyreview.com
  • Mapping 100 Years of Earthquakes, in 3-D – citylab.com

Participatory 3D Mapping

  • First P3DM Exercise Completed in Tonga – twitter.com
  • Hands on Culture – Participatory 3D Modelling with Mandingalbay Yidinji People (Australia):videmo.com
  • Modeling the Future in Boe Boe Community, Solomon Islands – youtube.com
  • Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM) – iapadorg
  • Largest online library on participatory mapping practice – iapad.org/library
  • Participatory 3-Dimensional Modelling: Guiding Principles and Applications; 2010 edition – iapad.org
  • Locations where P3DM has been implemented – non exhaustive list – p3dm.org
  • Video on P3DM – iapad.org
  • PGIS Ethics in the practice (12 language version) – ppgis.net
  • PGSI/PPGIS video collection on YouTube – youtube.com

Country Specific Cartography

  • Cartography in Switzerland 2011–2015 – kartografie.ch
  • Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments – bpl.org
  • Student-Faculty Project Maps History of Dutch Immigration – calvin.edu
  • Crowd-Mapping Jakarta’s Flood Problem Via Twitter – fastcoexist.com
  • Melbourne council releases mapping tool to reveal huge potential of solar PV – onestepoffthegrid.com.au
  • Chinese rocket deploys third Tianhui mapping satellite – spaceflightnow.com

GIScience in the Pacific Island Countries

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Scientific Applications of Cartography

Industry News

  • MMT 2015: The 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology – insidegnss.com
  • what3words Delivers 3 Word Addresses to Esri ArcGIS Platform – directionsmag.com
  • Uber Signs a Mapping Deal With TomTom – fortune.com
  • Startup Mapbox Makes Big Satellite Imagery Buy to Take On Google, Here Maps – recode.net
  • Google Maps is adding offline navigation and search starting today – theverge.com
  • Access offline maps while abroad with Maps.me for Android – ghacks.net
  • DigitalGlobe – digitalglobe.com

Mapping Applications

  • Mapping the World’s Territorial Disputes – huffingtonpost.com
  • CMS Online Mapping Tool Details Opioid Prescribing Patterns – aafp.org
  • Mapping the Frenzy of Europe’s Migrant Crisis – citylab.com
  • “Maps that fight the mafia”: How Italy is leading the way in collaborative mapping initiatives – citymetric.com
  • 50 First Dates of Snow – citylab.com
  • Satellite data mapping project led by Ecometrica gets $1M from GEF to Conserve Biodiversity Hotspot – directionsmag.com
  • Homes belonging to half a billion people ‘could be submerged by rising sea levels’ – independent.co.uk
  • GIS software gives 911 emergency dispatchers enhanced mapping system – chicagotribune.com

Technical

Neat Ideas

  • Escape from Mercator – mapzen.com
  • Bird migration patterns – atlasobscura.com
  • Apple’s survey app helps venues easily create indoor maps – theverge.com
  • Mapping 16th Century Social Networks with Six Degrees of Francis Bacon – gizmodo.com
  • Swarms of pumpkin-shaped drones might soon map the world’s seabeds – qz.com

Cartographic Resources & Education

Large Scale Mapping

  • Microsoft’s Bing Maps now shows you real-time stills from traffic cameras – citymetric.com
  • Bing Maps Brings Traffic Camera Views Across 11 Countries – ubergizmo.com
  • How Komoot Built The Best Bike-Route Mapping App – fastcoexist.com
  • Mapping Startup Leverages Machine Vision – datanami.com
  • Entrepreneur developing accessibility mapping app – phys.org
  • I went blind for a day to try Microsoft’s headset for the visually impaired – telegraph.co.uk
  • Never Stop Exploring – esri.com

Extraterrestrial Cartography

  • Astronomers are mapping the center of our galaxy, and they just discovered a phenomenon they never expected – businessinsider.com.au
  • Why mapping the galaxy will be child’s play – theguardian.com
  • Mapping winds on alien worlds – astronomy.com
  • Find Your House On This Map And Watch The Satellites Passing Above You – gizmodo.com.au
  • Mapping Mars’ Ripples Unveils Dune Mysteries – discovery.com
  • Mapping the future of planetary data – gcn.com
  • A new, beautifully detailed geological map of Mars – zmescience.com
  • These Tiny Antennas Will Help Map Big Bang’s Afterglow – gizmodo.com

Opinion

Crowdsourced Mapping

  • Making smart cities work for people. No. 5. Böblingen’s crowdsourced accessibility maps – citymetric.com
  • students help victims of disasters by mapping stricken areas – kutv.com

The Brave New World of Mapping

  • How MappingExperts Keep Driverless Cars on the Road – pcmag.com

Save the Date & Call for Papers: 6th International Symposium on the History of Cartography

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The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge:
Production – Trade – Consumption – Preservation

Dubrovnik (Croatia), October 13–14, 2016

The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Map Production & Geoinformation Management, Use, User & Usability Issues and the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar (Zagreb, Croatia) invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters for a joint conference in Dubrovnik (Croatia), the medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symposium and planned optional excursions are open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in the diverse aspects of the history of cartography.

The Call for Papers can be found at the conference website histacartodubrovnik2016.com, including information on registration, programme, transportation and accommodation.

Questions regarding the conference and call for papers can be send to: Dr. Mirela Altic

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President’s Blog: Report of the ICA Commissions and Working groups meeting in Vienna

November 8 and 9, 2015 the (co)chairs of ICA’s Commissions and Working Groups met with the members of the Executive Committee (EC) to discuss the future activities of the ICA. The objective of the meeting was to offer the ICA officers a good and fresh start for the 2015–2019 period. A side effect of the meeting was that all of us met new and old friends, and we had a chance to become familiar with each other.

The meeting, hosted by the Past-President at the Technical University of Vienna, was organized in three distinct parts. The first dealt with “What ICA expects from you”, the second part with “What do you expect from ICA”. The third part was linked to the International Map Year (IMY) and the UN sustainability goals.

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What ICA expects from you

After an introduction round, Laszlo Zentai, our Secretary-General informed us on how ICA Commissions and Working Groups are supposed to operate, based on our statues and by-laws. This included information on how to organize a Commission (Chair/co-chair, website, members etc), how to communicate within ICA (the newsletter, the bi-annual report to the EC), options for publication of results (our International Journal of Cartography, again ICA news and the Springer book series), activities related to our International Cartographic Conferences (reviews, (joint)workshops, business meetings), and financial support. This might seem trivial since all information is available on the website, but it proves that these sessions are useful anyhow.

In an exercise the (co)chairs had to revisit their terms of reference, and decide which of those will be their focus point in the next four years. These so-called flagship projects could be joint commissions efforts. Also they had to think of there planned activities on the short term and for whole 2015-2019 period, to allow us share and combine events. And as you can imagine, they had to indicate how they would think to contribute to the International Map Year.

What do you expect from ICA

This session started with short presentations by different EC members of what we call ICA’s instruments, such as our strategic plan, the ICA directory, publications, the research agenda, our scholarships, and ICA external relations with the Joint Board of GIS and the GeoUnions. The first unites international organizations involved with geospatial information and strives to act as a collective and unified voice at the international level, such as within the UN. The second represents those geo-related organizations that are member of ICSU.

After this flow of information, the (co)chairs where asked to react and express their opinion about our instruments both from a positive and negative perspective. They where also asked to come forward with any issue they would like to see discussed to be able to let ICA better operate.

IMY / Mapping the sustainability goals

The third part of the workshop dealt with the International Map Year (IMY) and how we as ICA can make an impact by “mapping” the sustainability goals.

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The new UN 17 sustainability goals can be found at sustainabledevelopment.un.org. Each of these goals has a specific objective. For instance Goal 4 on education states: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. For each goal a number of targets have been set. An example of an educational target is “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes”. To see if those target are met multiple indicator have been defined. Indicators are numbers, for instance “Completion rate (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary)”.

These indicators can be mapped. As individual variable or in combination with each other. During the IMY ICA will organize a cartographic exhibition at the next UNGGIM meeting in New York, August 2016. The plan is to create a set of 17 posters, one for each goal that demonstrates how maps can help to get insight in these goals. The plan is not just to create a single map for each goal. The idea is to offer different cartographic perspectives on these goals via story maps. These perspectives are offered by our Commissions. Each of the 17 goals has been adopted by two Commissions and together these wil map a goal based on their skills set. So for instance the poster that involved the Commission on Visual analytics might show how in an exploratory environment one can combine different indicators to reveal trends, the poster involving the Commission Mountain Cartography could show how the landscape influences the distribution of certain phenomena. The poster co-designed by the Commission on Map Projections might show good and bad examples of global projection.

The final goal of this exercise is to create an atlas of best practices of mapping the sustainability goals. This should be ready by the end of the 2015–2019 period.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Joint ICA meeting in Vienna, November 8–9

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All chairs and vice-chairs of the ICA commissions and working groups were invited to join an ICA meeting in Vienna on 8–9 November 2015 to plan and discuss their activities for the term 2015–2019. 46 chairs, vice-chairs and members of the executive committee followed the invitation and spent two intensive workshop days at Technische Universität Wien.

Meeting participants

Commission chairs and vice-chairs

Working Group International Map Year

Executive Committee

Website

More photos of the workshop can be found on the ICA Facebook page.

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