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Happy Open Education Week 2014

Open Education Week 2014

This week is Open Education Week 2014. It is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement with both online and locally hosted events around the world. Also geospatial science education is covered through the ELOGeo initiative.

ELOGeo was started with the aim to make geospatial science education available to everyone globally who wish to learn this. Till recently, geospatial science education was beyond the reach of financially poor students of our planet because of the high cost of the proprietary GI vendor softwares and non availability of good quality free education materials. We hope we can make a small step in helping widen geospatial education opportunities to all. We are extremely pleased that within two years since the launch of ELOGeo from very humble beginnings, it has now become the defacto Open Access Educational Platform for Geospatial thanks to the strong support of geospatial community worldwide. ELOGeo initiativeELOGeo is now used from Stanford University to universities in Africa.

A big thanks to all contributors, users and funders of ELOGeo!

Suchith Anand



eCARTO News February 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


  • Mapping out the clues to a better future with a little help from the past – smh.com.au
  • Bluesky Begins Night Time Aerial Photo Mapping Trials – amerisurv.com
  • Weather-Mapping a Brown Dwarf – skyandtelescope.com
  • How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories – wired.com

Industry News

Health Mapping

Technological Advances

  • New life for old maps – abc.net.au
  • Successful Test Flight of First Professional Grade Civilian Mapping UAS – gisuser.com
  • Google reveals 3D-mapping Project Tango – 3news.co.nz

Education and Resources

Historical Cartography

  • Mapping the past: old worlds being opened up by technology – irishtimes.com
  • City maps and their evolution through history – theguardian.com
  • Tools for digital history: Google Map Engine Lite – directionsmag.com
  • Peruvian navy starts to map new maritime border – peruthisweek.com
  • Creating digital maps to help preserve cultural heritage of Russian community – phys.org



Environmental Mapping & Management

  • Google makes climate data more accessible with new Google Earth tools – upi.com
  • London tree mapping exercise “has one chance to get it right”, tree officers told – hortweek.com
  • Google mapping & charitable funding combine to show deforestation – digitaljournal.com

Cartographic Research & Development

  • “MDMD Mapping Fiction” — A Swiss cartomentary – icaci.org

Cartography Products

  • Experimental map of the Dandenong Ranges – mapstart.com.au
  • Where would you live on this amazing map of the internet? – news.optuszoo.com.au
  • If all the Ice melted: National Geographic’s Interactive map on Rising Seas – geoawesomeness.com
  • Sales of geospatial 3D mapping product soar on 2013 demand – sparpointgroup.com
  • Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet – fastcoexist.com
  • Arab region: atlas of our changing environment United Nations Environment Programme – preventionweb.net

Cartography Lite

  • Reroll game devs want to map the globe using drones for survival game – wired.co.uk
  • Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters – pewinternet.org
  • Renowned Explorers mapping the world with Reus dev – shacknews.com

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 31, 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.

Update, May 2014: The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP 2014).

“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


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


  • 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


  • 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