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Map of the Month 05/2014: Physical Geography of Ukraine

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.

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


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.

President’s Blog: Season’s Greetings

Dear collegue and friend of ICA,

The year 2013 was in many ways a most successful year for cartography and the International Cartographic Association.

We are witnessing an enormous popularity of maps. Today maps can be created and used by anyone with just modest computing skills from virtually any location on Earth and for almost any purpose. Cartographic data may be digitally and wirelessly delivered in finalized form to the device in the hands of the users or they may derive the requested visualization from downloaded data in situ. Real-time data handling and visualization are other significant developments as well as location-based services and mobile cartography. We see a significant interest of big companies to participate in these developments as well as an ever growing number of map users.

We are witnessing growing awareness for the relevance of communicating spatial data efficiently through maps. Maps and cartography play a key role for our society, economy and decision making processes and this becomes more and more understood by governments, authorities, companies and the society, thus driving developments such as Spatial Data Infrastructures and Service-oriented Cartography. It was interesting to see, that the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) is confirming this statement exactly, because maps are most efficient in enabling human users to understand complex situations. Maps can be understood as tools to order information by their spatial context. Maps can be seen as the perfect interface between a human user and all those big data and thus enable human users to answer location-related questions, to support spatial behavior, to enable spatial problem solving or simply to be able to become aware of space.

Cartography is facing fast, challenging and demanding developments. But on the other hand it’s highly rewarding to contribute to cartographic research, developments, applications or products. Such contributions have been done under the umbrella of the many, many activities of the International Cartographic Association in 2013, with the International Cartographic Conference in Dresden as highlight!

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 which have contributed to the further development of our most attractive, modern and relevant discipline!

With this I would like to express my sincere season’s greetings and wish all of us a most successful, interesting “cartographic” year 2014!

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News December 2013

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 the Demise of the Dinosaurs – astrobiology.com
  • Mapping the First World War by Peter Chasseaud – review – theguardian.com
  • Video: Mapping potential profits using satellite data – producer.com
  • The Best Tools for Mapping How your Business Works – boxfreeit.com.au
  • Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model – slashgear.com
  • Europe’s hazardous highways: mapping the continent’s most dangerous roads – theguardian.com
  • ‘Secret’ labyrinth of tunnels under Rome mapped – foxnews.com
  • Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots – fastcoexist.com
  • MoD supplies troops with more up-to-date mapping services – computerworlduk.com

Industry News

  • Microsoft previews new Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1 – theverge.com
  • Google lets users create own Street View – bbc.co.uk
  • Statistics Canada : Surveying and mapping services, 2012 – 4-traders.com
  • Apple Maps’ worldview is now better than Google Maps’ – zdnet.com
  • National Geographic Sharing Its Maps With Google Maps – eweek.com
  • Apple’s 2013 Acquisitions: Maps, Videos and Data – blogs.wsj.com
  • Online Mapping: BI Tool to Watch in 2014 Topo.ly – prunderground.com
  • Google Street View makes travel easier by mapping airports and train stations – theinquirer.net
  • Apple to use PrimeSense 3D to boost indoor mapping, rather than iTV set? – techradar.com
  • MapBox Enables Amazing Custom Maps for Sites and Apps – mashable.com

Extraterrestrial  Mapping

  • Gaia is positioned for its star-mapping launch on an Arianespace Soyuz – spacedaily.com
  • Mapping Molecular Clouds Changes Astronomers Outlook On Starbirth – universetoday.com
  • Titan’s Rivers, Lakes, and Seas Mapped in Incredible Detail – wired.com
  • Satellite’s magnetic mapping mission – phys.org

Alternative Mapping

  • Mapping the Blind Spots: Developer Unearths Secret U.S. Military Bases – mashable.com
  • Do any Android tablets have a mapping system that does not need an internet connection? – telegraph.co.uk
  • When Bratton quit Muslim mapping – capitalnewyork.com
  • Mapping America’s Restless Interstate Migration Without a Map – wired.com

Education and Resources

Retail Cartography

  • Bluetooth Mapping Technology The Answer To Retail Blues – gisuser.com


  • How a former train driver dedicated 26 years to mapping Beijing’s hutongs – scmp.com
  • Can Blaise Agüera y Arcas End Google Maps’ Arms Race With Apple And Microsoft? – fastcompany.com


  • Google Street View has become ‘the backbone’ of Maps – theverge.coma
  • Google’s Road Map to Global Domination – nytimes.com
  • How drivers still prefer a printed map to sat navs: 63 per cent reveal they have used traditional navigation aid in past six months – dailymail.co.uk

Environmental Mapping & Management

  • Ecologists see dangers in poor mapping of Victorian native vegetation – brisbanetimes.com.au
  • APNewsBreak: Western Governors Show Wildlife Maps – abcnews.go.com
  • Mapping disease: the development of a multidisciplinary field – blog.oup.com
  • This map shows where the Chinese coal plants that kill 257,000 a year are – qz.com
  • Mapping The Dinosaur-Killing Yucatan Peninsula Asteroid Impact Site – redorbit.com

Marine Cartography

  • Ocean mapping by UNB group leads to new Arctic ship route – cbc.ca
  • Baird: Finish Arctic mapping – thechronicleherald.ca
  • Aerial mapping begins for Florida Ship Canal route – ocala.com
  • Mapping project to unlock secrets of climate change and ancient supercontinents – phys.org
  • Proteus FZC: An In-Depth Look At Corsica (Mapping) – satnews.com
  • Suncor among 17 oil firms mapping seabed in Norwegian Arctic – business.financialpost.com
  • Canada extends Arctic territorial claim all the way to the North Pole – despite not even mapping area yet – news.nationalpost.com
  • Proteus Provides Satellite-Derived Bathymetric and Seafloor Maps for Military Exercise – amerisurv.com

Cartography Lite

  • A map of all the countries that contribute to a single jar of Nutella – qz.com
  • Mapping redheads: which country has the most? – theguardian.com
  • Magnificent maps and cartographic curiosities – blog.maptia.com

Advisory Board of the “Geo for All” initiative

We are pleased to announce the Advisory Board of the “Geo for All” initiative:

  • Professor Georg Gartner (ICA President & co-chair)
  • Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President & co-chair)
  • Professor Josef Strobl
  • Professor Marguerite Madden
  • Professor Mike Jackson
  • Sven Schade
  • Gavin Fleming
  • Sergio Acosta y Lara
  • Dr Chris Pettit
  • Professor Venkatesh Raghavan
  • Geoff Zeiss
  • Jeroen Ticheler
  • Phillip Davis
  • Arnulf Christl
  • Professor Maria Brovelli
  • Dr Rafael Moreno

The ICA-OSGeo Lab network is a joint initiative of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The ICA and OSGeo Presidents will be the co-chairs and permanent members of the Advisory Board. Others will have a 3 year term starting date of the Advisory Board being constituted (1 Dec 2013). The Advisory Board has brought together an excellent range of expertise (academia, government, industry) and geographical distribution (we have nearly all continents covered). Also it brought together members from other key communities ISPRS, AGILE, INSPIRE, UNIGIS etc which will make sure is it a fully inclusive global initiative. The Advisory Board will meet once every six months by telemeeting and AB members will keep an eye on the developments and provide strategic advice to the initiative through various forums.

While there has been tremendous growth in geospatial technology over the last few decades, the number of universities offering courses in geospatial science has not kept pace. Free and open geographic information (GI) software helps make geospatial education available to students from economically poor backgrounds worldwide (removing the need for high cost proprietary GI software). Our key aim is to make it possible for students in developing and poor countries to be also able to get geospatial education. This initiative will bring more opportunities for geospatial education worldwide. Over 50 Open Source Geospatial Labs have already been established in universities around the world as part of this initiative in just two year’s time, and we will be establishing over 100 research labs worldwide by September 2014.

We will have over 500 labs established worldwide in the next five years making us the biggest geospatial education and research network on the planet and we now have a good team of experts to guide us for the future. Welcome to all members of the Advisory Board and we are looking forward to their advice and ideas for expanding this education initiative globally!

We thank all of you for your strong support for this education initiative and it is very happy for us that our initiative has now grown rapidly from very humble beginnings and is helping to widen the benefits of geospatial education opportunities to thousands of students worldwide.

Suchith Anand

Website of Geo for All: http://www.geoforall.org/