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26th Newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children



The April 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Commission on Cartography and Children is available for download.

It includes information about the upcoming commission event in Niterói (Brazil), the new book “Children Map the World” published by Esri, the 1st Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad, as well as short news illustrated with photos related to the field of Cartography and Children.

Nominations for the next ICA Executive Committee (2015–2019)

The summary of nominations the ICA got by the deadline of March 23 for the next Executive Committee (2015–2019):

  • President: Menno-Jan Kraak (The Netherlands)
  • Secretary-General: László Zentai (Hungary)
  • EC members (in the order of nomination date): Sara Fabrikant (Switzerland), Lynn Usery (USA), Vít Voženílek (Czech Republic), David Forrest (United Kingdom), Monika Sester (Germany), Masatoshi Arikawa (Japan), Pilar Sanchez-Ortiz (Spain), Yaolin Liu (China), Igor Drecki (New Zealand)

According to the ICA Statutes:

The Executive Committee of the Association consists of the following members:

  • The President of the Association, who presides over all regular and extraordinary General Assemblies, the meetings of the Executive Committee, International Cartographic Conferences and acts as the main representative of the Association.
  • A Past President, who shall serve for one term following the term of President.
  • Five to seven Vice-Presidents, the exact number to be decided at the General Assembly of Delegates. They assist the President in the performance of his or her different duties.
  • A Secretary General and Treasurer, who is responsible for the administration and the general running of the Association.

The nominees will introduce themselves on the first day of the ICA General Assembly (23 August), the voting will take place on the second day of the General Assembly (28 August). The nomination documents (CV, declaration and the official nomination) will be available on the ICA website later as part of the General Assembly documentation.

László Zentai
– ICA Secretary-General

Category: General News

Invitation to the ICC2015 Pre-Conference Workshop SDI-Open 2015


The Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invite you to a joint Workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015).

The workshop aims at recording examples of current SDI practices with the aim of identifying benefits and challenges of implementing free and open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open (spatial) data in an SDI.

Registration is now open! Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be confirmed by e-mail.

For further information please visit the workshop website or contact the local organisors: Prof. Silvana Camboim, Head of ICA-OSGeo-ISPRS lab at Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) and Dr. Julia Celia Mercedes Strauch

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), we are looking forward to welcoming you to Rio!

Best wishes,
Suchith Anand

The Call for Organizers of the International Cartographic Conference 2019 is closed

The Call for Organizers of the General Assembly of Delegates and the International Cartographic Conference 2019 is now closed.

Two applications arrived:

  • Florence, Italy
  • Tokyo, Japan

The bids will be available for the General Assembly delegates, the decision will be made by the ICA General Assembly on 28 August 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Category: General News

eCARTO News March 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.

General News

  • Adventure Beckons, part of the IMIA Blog Series Part “What is a Map?” – imiamaps.org
  • See the World Through a Self-Driving Car’s Map – core77.com
  • Lost copy of famous geological map found – sciencemag.org
  • Kids in India Are Sparking Urban Planning Changes by Mapping Slums – citylab.com

Mapping Applications


  • US Chief Geographer to speak at PIVOTAL – spatialsource.com.au
  • Joint workshop with IC Commission on Maps and the Internet – elte.hu
  • Newest Mapping Software Free to All K-12 Schools – mauinow.com

Industry News

  • Geomatics Offers Portable Surveying and Mapping System – gpsworld.com
  • Map Moves: Uber Buys deCarta, Maponics Grabs UMI, Google Ends Maps Engine – searchengineland.com
  • Optech showcasing latest coastal mapping technology at Coastal GeoTools 2015 – directionsmag.com
  • Nokia relaunches Here maps for iPhone, bringing offline mode to put a dent in Google’s mapping crown – venturebeat.com
  • Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global – techcrunch.com
  • New Apple Maps streaming patent could prove useful in travel – tnooz.com
  • Uber heads in new mapping direction – skynews.com.au
  • Google Maps API Checker Uncovers Mapping API Problems – programmableweb.com
  • Uber buys mapping startup deCarta: Mashable – businessinsider.com
  • Apple granted patent to use wireless strength map data for vehicle navigation – gigaom.com


  • This Artist Spent 3 Years Mapping Every Brooklyn Block—With Garbage – citylab.com


  • What will happen if Google and Microsoft leave the mapping world? – information-age.com
  • A Milestone in Digital Mapping – gpsworld.com
  • Why Most Twitter Maps Can’t Be Trusted – citylab.com
  • Mapping The Future: Esri founder and Richard Saul Wurman speak at aquarium – pe.com
  • The Inaccuracies of South Asian Maps – thediplomat.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

Technically Speaking

  • The LAS format, the ASPRS, and the “LAZ clone” by ESRI – rapidlasso.com
  • The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps – bgr.com
  • Dot wants to be the Wikipedia of location mapping – thenextweb.com
  • Here – the free mapping app that could replace your sat nav – bt.com
  • Startups leveraging the power of maps – yourstory.com
  • Open source offline map tool for Android – opensource.com

Cartographic Products

  • Brooklyn, All Over the Maps – citylab.com
  • These maps look real. But look again – here.com
  • Awkward! German foreign minister given gift of map of France by mistake – thestar.com
  • Minecraft map of Cambridge among the ideas produced at Collusion’s Maker Challenge – cambridge-news.co.uk

Animated Maps

  • Travel to the Wetlands Centre – quickmap.com
  • Hypnotic video visualizes half a million journeys on the London Underground – mashable.com
  • This site transforms Earth into a ‘Tron’ map of the world – mashable.com
  • 3D mapping the Christ the Redeemer statue – bbc.com


  • Airbus D&S releases TC Pam imagery – spatialsource.com.au
  • 3D Satellite Mapping of Coral Sea Reefs – hydro-international.com
  • Gates asks PTI to use mapping technology in anti-polio efforts – dawn.com
  • Making a thermal heat map of the US – bbc.com
  • Russia to launch its first digital mapping satellite – sen.com
  • Princeton University geologists mapping the Earth’s mantle in 3D – enn.com
  • Mercury’s Odd Surface Features Mapped by NASA Spacecraft – space.com
  • Explore MARS from your armchair: Incredibly detailed maps let you navigate the surface of the red planet to visit famous features – dailymail.co.uk
  • Google Earth Pro – Best Way To Download – thefusejoplin.com

Historical Cartography

Invitation to the ICC2015 Pre-Conference Symposium on Atlases, Toponymy and the History of Cartography

The ICA Commission on Atlases, the Joint ICA Working Group and IGU Commission on Toponymy and the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography invite you to a joint pre-conference Symposium on Atlases, Topography and the History of Cartography at the Brazilian Foundation of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro on 19–21 August 2015.

The symposium will include two days of scientific sessions and one day of technical visits to the Fundacao Bibliotheca Nacional and to the Museu Naval.

Contact: Dr. Ana Cristina da Rocha Bérenger Resende (local organizer)

More details will be available soon.

Updates by the Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage

e-Perimetron 2015: Vol. 10 No. 1

Cover of e-Perimetron, Vol.10, No.1 (2015)

The new issue of e-Perimetron is now available at e-perimetron.org. It contains the following papers:

The 10th Jubilee Conference and Workshop will take place in Corfu, 27–29 May 2015. Please find all details on the conference website.

More news can be found on the commission website.

Updates on the Joint ICA Symposium on Cartography Beyond the Ordinary World

The organizers of the Joint ICA Symposium on Cartography Beyond the Ordinary World decided to extend the deadlines as follows:

  • Submission of abstracts: 10 April 2015
  • Notification of authors about acceptance: 23 April 2015
  • Submission of full papers and abstracts for posters together with the registration form: 26 May 2015
  • Arrival of registration form (for participants only) and payment: 10 June 2015

The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Planetary Cartography and Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management invite all of you to participate in this event. More detailed information can be found on the symposium website: niteroi2015.elte.hu

The event will be held in the Institute of Geosciences of the Fluminense Federal University in Niteroi (Brazil) during the 21st and 22nd of August, 2015 and it is organized within the International Map Year as well as the activities previous to ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Looking forward to meeting you in Niteroi next August!

On behalf of the four participating commissions and local organizers,
Jesus Reyes

eCARTO News February 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.

General News

Mapping Applications

The New Technology of Mapping

  • It’s now possible to map your home’s WiFi signal in 3D – engadget.com
  • Mapping Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer in High-Definition – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mobile phone-based mapping of human movement – ft.com
  • First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app – theregister.co.uk
  • We got a look at Project Tango: Google’s extraordinary 3D-mapping tablet prototype – businessinsider.com.au
  • A New Mobile Map Captures ‘Internet of Moving Things’ – nytimes.com
  • Satellite Imagery To Guide Aerial Mapping By UAS – aviationweek.com
  • Mapping Damage from Above – sdsu.edu

Industry News

  • Google free mapping service adds local guides – phys.org
  • Google Earth Blog – gearthblog.com
  • Google Earth Pro: high-end, $400 per year mapping tool goes free – independent.co.uk
  • Nokia’s Here maps for Android launches out of beta after 3M downloads – venturebeat.com

Cartographic Opinion

  • Language and Big Data: Mapping social media with words – siliconangle.com
  • Mysterious Apple minivans are mapping vehicles, experts say – cultofmac.com
  • Ramblers find their way back to maps as digital devices let them down – telegraph.co.uk


Cartographic Education & Resources

Cartographic Products

Mapping – Political & Social

  • Explained: Where do foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria come from? – abc.net.au
  • Diversity Explosion: The cultural generation gap mapped – brookings.edu
  • California Gang Territories – maps.google.com
  • View on Poverty: Mapping populations in insecure states – scidev.net
  • Nigeria elections: Mapping a nation divided – bbc.com
  • Mapping How America’s Population Will Change By 2030 – fastcoexist.com

Mapping the Environment

  • Innovative technology to help combat weeds in Victoria’s national parks – vic.gov.au
  • MSU Scientist Develops Smart Phone App Mapping Invasive Species – wlns.com
  • Snacking In-Between Sidewalks: Mapping Abundance of Wild Edibles in the Bay Area’s Food Deserts – kqed.org
  • Big Data and Bacteria: Mapping the New York Subway’s DNA – wsj.com
  • NASA Launches Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite – huffingtonpost.com

Cartographic Contacts

Updates on the ICC 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil

Workshop on Designing and Conducting User StudiesAs announced earlier, the ICA commissions on Use and User IssuesCognitive VisualizationGeovisualization and Map Design invite you to the following pre-ICC2015 workshops at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil on 20 and 21 August 2015:

The website cartografia.ufpr.br contains all the information you may need about the two workshops and also offers facilities to register for one or both workshops in Curitiba. We would like to ask you to register a.s.a.p. but, in any case, before 1 July 2015. Registration for our workshops will only be possible through this website. It is also important to know that you will have to book your travels and overnight accommodation yourself. The website provides information to help you with this.