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President’s Blog: ICA and OSGeo renew their Memorandum of Understanding

Georg Gartner and Jeff McKenna shake hands to renew the ICA-OSGeo MoU

Georg Gartner (ICA) and Jeff McKenna (OSGeo) shake hands to renew the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding at FOSS4G-Europe in Como, Italy, on 16 July 2015

Based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICA and OSGeo signed in 2011, a real success story developed. The MoU acted as an umbrella for several activities coordinated by the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies under the chairmanship of Suchith Anand. The so-called ICA-OSGeo Labs are focussing on the use of open source software for geoinformation management and cartography. In the meantime, more than 100 institutions have joined the initiative and it is still growing. Based on the unexpected high interest, Suchith Anand took this idea a step further and founded Geo4All, which goes beyond open software and also includes the aim of having open access to education material, data and applications.

During the most successful FOSS4G Europe conference at Como, Italy, president of OSGeo Jeff McKenna and ICA President Georg Gartner renewed and edited the MoU, which can be found on wiki.osgeo.org.

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

ICA News 64 now online

ICA News 64

We are pleased to announce that the 64th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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In this issue of ICA News, Rio de Janeiro invites us to celebrate cartography at ICC 2015. This time, the Conference is coupled with the General Assembly of ICA and its Agenda is described in detail. The International Map Year is in full swing in a number of countries, while children’s world maps are the subject of another Esri Press publication.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

eCARTO News July 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.

New to Cartography

  • New cartographic resources website for the Pacific Islands – powerofmaps.org.au
  • New Mission – “Making geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all” – geoforall.org
  • New Australian National Map Competition – sssi.org.au


Mapping Applications

  • Thematic Mapping for Disaster Risk Assessment in Case of Earthquake – fig.net
  • World map of difference between solar time and clock time – imgur.com
  • WW2 shipwrecks map – google.com.au
  • Two Views from the Top of the World – esri.com
  • Mapping Everywhere Fossils Have Been Found in the U.S. – citylab.com
  • Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area – citylab.com
  • Mapping the Global Population – pewglobal.org
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes – slate.com
  • Avion comercial derribado en Ucrania – elmundo.es

Cartographic Visualization

Cartographic Resources & Education



Cartography for Transport and Location

  • The 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology – mmt2015.org
  • Audi, BMW and Daimler Near Deal to Buy Nokia Mapping Service – wsj.com
  • Think tank set sights on GPS monitoring for containerised cargo – railexpress.com.au
  • Watch This 3D Animated Timeline Of How The Tube Map Developed – londonist.com
  • Historical Map: Polish Airlines LOT Route Map, 1939 – transitmaps.tumblr.com
  • Cómo funciona Swarm, la nueva geolocalización social – gersonbeltran.com
  • City-sized portions of Open Street Map – mapzen.com

The Guises of Cartographers in 2015

Cartography and Language

  • UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger – unesco.org
  • A world of languages – newtechreview.com
  • Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking – theguardian.com
  • Mapping the world’s linguistic diversity—scientists discover links between your genes and the language you speak – phys.org

Guidance for Map Collections

  • Helpful Hints for Small Map Collections – ala.org
  • Electronic Maps and GIS – ala.org
  • Metadata Primer for Map Librarians – ala.org
  • Map, GIS and Cataloging/ Metadata Librarian Core Competencies – ala.org
  • Map Collection Security Guidelines – ala.org
  • GIS in Every Library – ala.org
  • There’s a Map for That! – ala.org
  • Volunteered Geographic Information. Selected Web Resources – ala.org
  • Cartographic Citations: A Style Guide, Second Edition – ala.org
  • RDA and Cartographic Resources – ala.org

Paper maps

Alternative Cartography


eCARTO News June 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.

Mapping Applications

  • A Ready for a smellfie? Photo tags map the smellscape of a city – newscientist.com
  • Penn State mapping tool could help save seabirds – news.psu.edu
  • Detroit Battles Blight Through Crowdsourced Mapping Project – forbes.com
  • Mapping the Spread of U.S. Baby Names Over the Past 100 Years – citylab.com
  • Trial uses mapping technology to dig up better yields for vegetable growers – abc.net.au
  • Diagramming the Landscape: Digital Mapping, a Powerful Tool for Analyzing a Site’s Biophysical and Social Context – metropolismag.com
  • Τhe Μystery of the Antikythera Shipwreck Further Unfolds – greece.greekreporter
  • Scientists Map Sagebrush with Drones – outsideonline.com


  • Swarm of Apple iRobots released to map interior of Cupertino HQ – theregister.co.uk
  • Into the light: how lidar is replacing radar as the archaeologist’s map tool of choice – theguardian.com
  • Crisis Mapping Technology Boosts Relief Efforts In Nepal – forbes.com
  • High-resolution satellite radar for mapping changes in global forest cover – spie.org
  • Mapping an Entire Hidden Subway With Lasers and VR – popularmechanics.com
  • Marauders Map: the Chrome app that stalks Facebook Messenger users – theguardian.com
  • Programming Intelligent Underwater Robots – manufacturing.net
  • Augmented-Reality Golf Coverage Uses KVH IMU – gpsworld.com

Industry News

  • HERE wins top spot for mapping and traffic in Ovum Location Platform Index – globenewswire.com
  • Sizing Up The Suitors For Here, Nokia’s Map Business – techcrunch.com
  • Apple Granted their Seventh 3D Depth Mapping Patent for 2015 – patentlyapple.com
  • Mapsense developer platform provides mapping big data analytics – programmableweb.com
  • Google Maps goes offline, complete with turn-by-turn directions – cnet.com
  • Report: iOS 9 Maps will finally bring mass transit navigation…to select cities – macworld.com
  • Google Maps are coming to the smartwatch on your wrist straight out of Sydney – news.com.au
  • Periscope lets you watch the world live with new map feature – mashable.com

People in Cartography

  • “Datascaper” Mixes Digital Mapping With Landscape Design – nextcity.org
  • Communicating with Maps Part 2: Discussing the issues with CaGIS President Sarah Battersby – directionsmag.com


  • Will Google’s Patent Battle over Street View Mapping Eventually Spill over to Apple Maps? – patentlyapple.com
  • How D.C. Is Becoming a Hub for Mapping Tech Startups – dcinno.streetwise.co
  • Why 3.5 times more Apple users choose Apple Maps over Google Maps – fortune.com
  • Three Reasons to Get to Know TCI’s Industry-Leading Mapping Software – directionsmag.com
  • Why Google Maps Shouldn’t Forget About Smell – fastcodesign.com
  • How your friendly neighborhood search engine took over the world – newrepublic.com
  • Not just for analysis, visualizations support transparency – gcn.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au
  • NGA and DigitalGlobe Open Source Toolkit to Harness the Power of Collaborative Mapping – gisuser.com
  • Looking for a New Direction in Mapping Your World? – uknow.uky.edu
  • UW students use open source mapping to aid relief efforts in Nepal – washington.edu
  • Dot is a quirky location app for mapping anything from trash cans to watering holes – thenextweb.com

Cartography – Out of this world

  • Mapping the Outer Milky Way – skyandtelescope.com
  • Dawn Does Dramatic Fly Over of Ceres, Enters Lower Mapping Orbit: Video – universetoday.com
  • Mapping 90 years of UFO sightings: Fireballs are most commonly seen, while egg-shaped craft are rarer – and Maine is a hotspot – dailymail.co.uk
  • Geologic mapping of mars – smithsonianscience.si.edu
  • An illustrated guide to space maps – atlasobscura.com
  • These amateur maps of the Curiosity rover rival NASA’s – wired.com
  • Ceres’ Bright Spots Continue to Mystify Astronomers – gizmodo.com
  • MAVEN results find Mars behaving like a rock star – phys.org

Country Specific Cartography

  • Ministries to conduct mapping, profiling exercise – fijitimes.com
  • Mapping the Grand Canyon’s Gruesome Legacy of Death – citylab.com
  • Indonesia Regional Planning and Development Sector Powers Up Mobile Mapping by SuperPad – directionsmag.com
  • Mapping the monsoon: Find out when the rains hit your city – hindustantimes.com
  • Mapping Trees In Intricate Chemical Detail, So We Know Which Ones To Save First – fastcoexist.com
  • Brazil’s Maranhao state to map renewable power potential – renewables.seenews.com
  • Why we need to liberate Philippine public map data – gmanetwork.com
  • Ocean surface currents now being measured in near real-time off Hilo – hawaii.edu

Environmental cartography!

  • Just in Time for Juneteenth: A Mapping Tool That Makes It Easier to Spot Environmental Justice – citylab.com
  • Mapping the Surge in L.A.’s Homelessness Epidemic – citylab.com
  • California’s quake worries don’t end with the San Andreas – wired.com
  • Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal Redesign Links Users via Stories, Data, Mapping – prweb.com
  • Sound map launched for UK’s coastline – eandt.theiet.org

Alternative Cartography

  • Beautiful, Intriguing, and Illegal Ways to Map the Internet – wired.com
  • Mapping, Beirut-style: how to navigate a city without using any street names – theguardian.com
  • Oculus acquires 3D mapping company Surreal Vision to turn reality into a video game – theverge.com
  • An Imaginary City, 50 Years in the Mapping – citylab.com
  • Detailed 3D Map Visualizes The Battle of Stalingrad – kotaku.com
  • Charting Napoleon’s military career – in maps – theguardian.com


President’s Blog: ICA and URISA sign Memorandum of Understanding

URISAI am happy to announce that the rising interest cartography and ICA are gaining from the “classical” GIS industry and their proponents have found yet another indicator. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ICA and URISA, the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, which can be seen as a GIS professionalist’s society.

The MoU shall work as a framework towards establishing cooperations in training programmes, workshops, symposia and can entitle ICA to reach out with their key messages and instruments about the relevance of modern cartography to a large number of GIS professionalists.

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

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President’s Blog: Please share your thoughts on the Barbara Petchenik Competition


One of the flagships of the International Cartographic Association’s instruments is the Barbara Petchenik Children Map Drawing Competition. It is amazing how much positive interest this is getting whenever the idea and the results are displayed!

It is truly according to the mission of ICA to promote the role of maps and the importance of cartography, when school children of different age groups all over the world are not only confronted with maps, but are actively involved in making and understanding maps.

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a real success story. In order to ensure that the success story continues, it is useful to revisit concept, perspectives, thoughts related to this from time to time. This is exactly what Jesus Reyes Nunez, Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, is proposing in his document “Exchanging ideas about the Barbara Petchenik Competition“.

May I ask all of you to read his ideas and share your thoughts as a comment below the article. Thank you for helping us to ensure that the Barbara Petchenik Competition remains a success story.

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association


Maps featured in the graphic on top (from left to right): My Place in Today’s World is a World Where Friends are Very Important to Me by Keagen Madodzi (5), South Africa, 1st place <6 years (2013), Peace & Harmony by Wang Zhiling (12), China, 2nd place, 9–12 years (2013), The World at my Fingertips – Remains a Puzzle by Hayden Livingstone (15), New Zealand, 1st place 12–15 years (2011)

Review of the 10th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, Corfu, 27–29 May 2015

The 10th Jubilee Conference of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage marked with many references on the International Map Year 2015–2016 successfully took place in Corfu. It was attended by 173 participants from 22 countries including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, with many studends among them.

The participants of the Corfu 2015 Cartoheritage Conference

The participants of the Corfu 2015 Cartoheritage Conference

The conference was preceded by the intensive workshop “Georeference for ‘non-experts’“, especially designed for participants coming from humanities, map-curatorship and map-archiving, attended by 26 participants from 12 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong-China, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovenia and United States.

Participants of the intensive tutorial "Georeferencing for 'non-experts'"

Participants of the intensive tutorial “Georeference for ‘non-experts'”

For more on the conference and the workshop, please see the programme and the tutorial page.

Evangelos Livieratos,
Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage


eCARTO News May 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.

Wow factor cartography

  • City Layouts – behance.net
  • The Map That Changed The World – strata-smith.com
  • The world’s planes in a single image: Stunning satellite map shows 15,000 aircraft as they travel around the planet – dailymail.co.uk

General News

Mapping Applications

Industry News

  • Uber looks to end dependence on Google, bids for Here mapping service – smh.com.au
  • What a compulsive videogame designer brings to HERE maps – 360.here.com
  • Getting started with Mapbox.js – mapbox.com
  • CartoDB and DigitalGlobe provide access to latest imagery – spatialsource.com.au


Cartographic Education & Resources

Technically Speaking

Cartographic Products


Humanitarian Assistance – Why we love cartography!

Alternative Cartography