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Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic AssociationView our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
View our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

eCARTO News April 2017

eCARTO News captures 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.

Industry News

  • Coast Survey’s Certification Programme in Nautical Cartography Approved – hydro-international.com
  • Occipital’s Bridge Headset for iPhones Has Magical Spatial Mapping Abilities – mixed.reality.news
  • Google Maps Supercharges Location Sharing, Begins Drooling Over Your Data – wired.com
  • DroneDeploy integrates with agX on UAV mapping flights – gpsworld.com
  • World first geospatial mapping – for nearly every building, nearly every little detail – thefifthestate.com.au
  • Google Maps removes one of its most popular features – thesun.co.uk
  • what3words Extends Middle East Presence with the Launch of Addressing System in Arabic – directionsmag.com

Mapping Projects

ICA Facebook Posts


  • Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion – theguardian.com
  • How 4D mapping could change the way we live and work – marketwatch.com
  • There’s a Big Problem With Uber’s Heralded Mapping Technology – inverse.com
  • How Government’s Data Can Be Truly Useable – govtech.com
  • How Do We Map The Earth’s Gravity? – forbes.com
  • Grayson Perry “response” to Mappa Mundi questions heaven’s existence while featuring obscene language – herefordtimes.com
  • Who Drew The First Geological Map? – forbes.com
  • The world is changing; shouldn’t our maps? – star2.com

Just Maps


Cartographic Resources and Events


  • Why Cartographer Jobs Are Still Relevant in the 21st Century – gisgeography.com
  • Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer receives the Sarton Medal – ugent.be
  • Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer receives Tianshan Award – ugent.be
  • The stories maps tell – thehindu.com

On a Lighter Note


  • Locating hotspot biomass could accelerate sector growth – canadianbiomassmagazine.ca
  • Satellites map carbon sequestered by forests, with accuracy of up to ten metres – sciencedaily.com
  • A seismic mapping milestone – sciencedaily.com
  • The UK’s most dramatic landscapes as you’ve never seen them before – telegraph.co.uk
  • EPFL photo-mapping project reveals 1960s Switzerland – thelocal.ch
  • The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake – citylab.com
  • Data project provides a wider view of homelessness — and offers solutions – mashable.com
  • Facebook’s new developer SDK lets users capture 360 photos and videos in-app – venturebeat.com
  • Google Earth’s new feature shows lost civilisations from space – abc.net.au
  • The dark side of Earth: Nasa releases the clearest images yet of our glittering planet at night – dailymail.co.uk
  • Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before: Stunning 3D ice map made up of 250 million satellite readings reveals the continent’s jagged surface – dailymail.co.uk

President’s blog: Revised ICA posters on “Maps and Sustainable Development Goals”

Last August the posters created by ICA’s Commissions on the Sustainable Development Goals were on exhibit in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York. During the exhibition, we did get many comments. Most were positive, but also critical remarks were made. This prompted an additional internal peer review by our Commission chairs and the Executive Committee members, resulting in a long list of potential improvements. They were related to language, the base map (boundaries), content, cartographic representations and graphic quality. These have now all been processed.

The ICA posters as presented in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York

The ICA posters as presented in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York


As one can imagine, the boundary problem was most sensitive at the UN. It proved difficult to follow the UN guidelines, and therefore we have included the following disclaimer on all posters: Boundaries on maps may seem definitive, but there are often different perspectives on their status and position. This poster series is compiled from many sources by cartographers from different countries. The ICA tries to be neutral in such matters and boundaries shown reflect those found on the ground, in existing maps, or recognized by the United Nations. The ICA acknowledges that there may be different opinions and interpretations.

The revised posters as well as the newly design catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals.

Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

An overview over the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshops


Many ICA commissions use the days before the ICC conference for dedicated workshops on their fields of research. This year, the following workshops will take place:

Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Different Fields – One Cartography

Supporting sustainable development with geoinformation management and modern maps: things you hardly consider

Workshop on Maps & Emotions

Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Standards, Open Source and Open Data for Geospatial (SDI-Open 2017)

Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory & Standardization in Map Projections

  • Date: July 2
  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Involved commission: Map Projections

Disaster Management, Big Data, Services and Cartographic Representation

Preserving Map Production Methodology Information

eCARTO News March 2017

eCARTO News captures 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.

Mapping Applications

  • Using 3D Printer Technology to Represent Survey Information – gim-international.com
  • How Google Is Revealing Unmapped Areas of the World in Virtual Reality – singularityhub.com
  • Your address is now just a short code – thehindu.com
  • Zap Map: Satellite Tracks Lightning for Better Heads Up – voanews.com
  • Mapping Global Happiness In 2016 Through A Quarter Billion News Articles – forbes.com
  • Hidden History – Lidar 3D Mapping – youtube.com

Industry News

  • Coming soon: Oil spill-mapping swarms of flying drones – buffalo.edu
  • Volkswagen Joins Mobileye’s Efforts to Crowdsource Mapping Data – thedrive.com
  • CyArk’s 3D and VR mapping of ancient monuments is going further than Google Earth – goodgearguide.com.au
  • Google Maps Gets More Social With Shared Lists – geomarketing.com

Just Maps

  • It’s time for a makeover of the iconic hand-drawn Melbourne Map – abc.net.au
  • But where is the green sheep? Old maps put the art in cartography – abc.net.au
  • Mapping the Urban Bike Utopias of the 1890s – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • The Mysteries of the First-Ever Map of the North Pole – atlasobscura.com
  • The bike lanes of London: Tube-style map reveals how capital’s web of cycle lanes connect together – dailymail.co.uk
  • This map claims it can predict crimes across London before they happen – wired.co.uk
  • Color to Your Heart’s Delight With These Historic Map Coloring Pages – geolounge.com

ICA Facebook Posts


Cartographic Resources


Trains, Planes and Automobiles

  • Qualcomm Teams With TomTom On Maps Powering Self-Driving Cars – geomarketing.com
  • HERE & Pioneer Enter into Strategic Map Partnership – gpsbusinessnews.com
  • Geological Insights from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search – eos.org
  • Professors build AI to help autonomous vehicles locate themselves on maps – phys.org
  • How Google Maps Gets Its Remarkably Accurate Real-Time Traffic Data – gadgets.ndtv.com

President’s Blog: Introducing Regional Cartographic Conferences (RCC)

The ICA Executive Committee at its latest meeting in Budapest, Hungary

The ICA Executive Committee at its latest meeting in Budapest, Hungary

Twice a year ICA’s Executive Committee meets to discuss current affairs and strategic issues. Last February we were hosted by the Secretary-General’s university in Budapest.

Current affairs are related to the day-to-day running of ICA. These can include membership, the activities of the commissions and working groups, our website, relations with sister organization, our financial situation, our next ICC, prepare the (Extraordinary) General Assembly, etc.

The strategic issues we discussed are related to more long term issues. These are managed by the vice-presidents and include our organization (is our structure future proof?), our publication policy (can we improve/upgrade/unify the publication created during conferences and commission and working groups activities?), conference policy (how do we organize our meetings?), capacity building (how do we involve industry?), membership (do we need individual membership?), research (how to update and further develop of our research agenda?), our specific relation to other organizations (what can we do for the UN-GGIM?).

In future blogs we will report in more detail about these strategic issues. However, as a result of our deliberation on our conference policy we have decided to start a series of Regional Cartographic Conferences (RCC). The first call for these conferences can be found here.

Our aim is that RCCs will complement ICCs by providing a regional forum for presentation and exchange of new ideas and approaches to cartography and geographic information science through a mixture of keynote, plenary, technical and poster sessions, as well as workshops and map exhibitions.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to the 14th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2018_logoETH Zürich and the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services are pleased to invite you to the 14th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2018), which will take place in Zürich on 15–17 January, 2018.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2018 aims to 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 currently open (also available as a PDF). We call for full papers, work in progress, and showcases. High-quality full paper submissions are intended to be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography Series. The best full and work in progress papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the Journal of Location Based Services.

Important Dates

  • 12 July 2017, Submission of full & work-in-progress papers
  • 29 September 2017, Notification of acceptance for full & work-in-progress papers
  • 13 October 2017, Camera-ready full & work-in-progress papers
  • 15 November 2017, Submission of showcases

More information regarding LBS 2018 can be found at lbsconference.org.

We are looking forwards to your contributions and to meeting you in Zurich!


  • General Chair: Martin Raubal (ETH Zurich)
  • PC Chairs: Peter Kiefer (ETH Zurich), Haosheng Huang (University of Zurich), Nico Van de Weghe (Ghent University)

Haosheng Huang
– Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

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Invitation to the ICC Joint Pre-Conference Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

The ICA Commissions on Education and Training, Maps and the Internet and Ubiquitous Mapping are organizing a joint meeting prior to the 28th International Cartographic Conference.

  • Location: The campus of William and Mary University in Williamsburg, VA USA
  • Date: Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1, 2017

Day 1: Map coding event

Presenters will lead map coding sessions. Participants can bring a laptop and work through coding problems with the presenters.

Day 2: Research presentations

Presentation topics will center on the fields of Cartographic Education, Web Cartography, Internet Mapping, and Ubiquitous Mapping. We encourage individuals to present on their latest research, both completed and in progress. Students and Early Career Faculty and Professional are encouraged to present their work.

Deadline for presentation submissions: April 30, 2017

Please find all information about registration, social events and travel options to Williamsburg on the meeting website: internet.icaci.org/commission-workshop-2017

Workshop organizer: Rex G. Cammack