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Get to know the new ICA commissions for the term 2015–2019

27 commissions and 3 working groups were elected for the term 2015–2019 by the ICA General Assembly 2015. We are currently in the process of updating the website to reflect these changes. Also some of the commissions are still preparing or updating their websites. In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at the short “Commissions at a glance” presentations, which the new commissions chairs gave during ICC 2015:

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Announcement of the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

Portolan Charts

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital announces the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 6–7 June 2016. The workshop is organized by the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon (CIUHCT) and the Navy Museum (Museu de Marinha).

Objectives

  • To assess the current state of knowledge and the range of opinion about the following aspects of research into the medieval portolan chart: When, where, how and why were the earliest portolan charts constructed?
  • How did the portolan charts evolve over time?
  • Were the portolan charts used in marine navigation and, if so, how; if not, what was their likely function?
  • To clarify the role of cartometric analytical techniques in the study of portolan charts.
  • To bring any other method to bear on these problems, such as the analysis of inks and parchments, special lighting to detect marks of use and to decipher illegible elements, and any other relevant approaches.

Organizing committee

 
The Call for Papers will be opened in October 2015. The programme will be published in March 2016.

Please find more information on the workshop website.

Congratulations to the ICA Research Scholars 2014/2015 #icc2015rio

ICA Research Scholars

Laszlo Zentai and Georg Gartner congratulate the ICA Research Scholars 2015 at ICC2015 in Rio, Brazil. From left to right: Zbynek Sterba, Taien Ng-Chan, Amin Mobasheri, Jiri Pánek, Merve Keskin

ICA Research Scholarships are entitled to foster academic research in the domain of cartography and GIScience, to establish contact between young scientists and ICA Commissions, support young scientists to be able to actively contribute to ICA activities and events and to establish opportunities for young scientists within ICA publications and conferences.

At ICC2015, the ICA Research Scholarships 2014/2015 were awarded to the following five young scientists:

ScholarPapers presented at ICC2015
Amin Mobasheri, Germany
Jiri Pánek,
Czech Republic
Merve Keskin, Turkey
Taien Ng-Chan, Canada
Zbynek Sterba, Czech Republic

Congratulations to all scholars!

Category: General News

ICA has its own anthem! #icc2015rio

ICA has its own Anthem! At ICC2015 the Brazilian organizers suprised the participants with the premiere of the ICA anthem, composed and texted from domain collegues of IBGE.

Orchestra playing the ICA anthem at ICC2015

Photo by @RoutledgeGPU

You can listen to a live recording of the ICA anthem here (4.3mb).

A video will follow but please find lyrics and chords available here (music by Márcio Carvalho, lyrics by Aline Milani and Jorge Tadeu):

This gift to ICA will always remind us of a wonderful ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro!

Georg Gartner
– ICA Past President

Category: General News

Honorary Fellowship for David Fairbairn

David Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDavid Fairbairn receiving the ICA Honorary Fellowship
During ICC 2015, David Fairbairn received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Bill Cartwright‘s laudation:

Dear colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to give the Laudation on the occasion of the awarding of the ICA Honorary Fellowship to Dr David Fairbairn.

I have known my colleague and friend, David Fairbairn for many years, having first met at British and ICA conferences. As well, David spent a sabbatical at my university whilst undertaking research in Australia.

David and I worked as colleagues for ICA, firstly when we were both Vice-Presidents of ICA, being elected at the Durban, South Africa General Assembly. In the next term we again served ICA, David as Secretary-General & Treasurer, and me as President. So, I know David very well and I am most aware of his dedicated work on behalf of ICA.

So some information about David: David’s ‘day’ job is at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Here he is the Degree Programme Director and undertakes research in the areas of accuracy of crowdsourced data and geovisualization and querying of spatial databases.

In ICA he has held a number of positions, namely:

  • Vice­‐President of ICA in the term 2003–2007
  • Secretary-General & Treasurer in the term 2007–2011
  • He is currently the Chair of the Commission on Education and Training

David has also represented ICA, as one of the ICA representatives (with me) on the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a coalition of leading international geospatial societies that speaks on behalf of the geospatial profession at international level, especially to the United Nations and other global stakeholders.

He also supports the ICA agenda, by being the editor of the ICA column in the GIM magazine. He has also written many reference works.

In the United Kingdom, David contributes to the activities of the British Cartographic Society, the British member of ICA. He is a Fellow of this Society and he has been editor of The Cartographic Journal, the journal of the British Cartographic Society.

David has contributed to ICA over many years. He has worked tirelessly as Vice-President, Secretary General & Treasurer and Commission Chair of the Education and Training Commission.

I applaud his devoted work for ICA. I consider that this award to David recognises his devotion to activities that support and grow our Associaton.

Dr David Fairbairn – a most deserved awardee of the International Cartographic Association’s Honorary Fellowship.

Congratulations David.

eCARTO News August 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.

Industry News

Mapping Applications

  • Maps reveal Amsterdam’s many faces – theguardian.com
  • ISRO to map 4,041 towns as it teams up with Urban Development ministry – firstpost.com
  • Dawn set to move to its third mapping orbit – gizmag.com
  • Cached Landscapes Uses Google Maps To Spy On Watchers – valuewalk.com
  • Bluesky Announces Prototype UAV Flight Restriction Map – directionsmag.com
  • Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area – citylab.com
  • “Qué hubiera pasado si” o el infinito mundo de los mapas inventados – magnet.xataka.com
  • This Map Shows the Global Impact of China’s Dramatic Currency Devaluation – foreignpolicy.comr
  • Countries That Were Raided Or Settled By The Vikings Based On Modern Borders – brilliantmaps.com
  • Here’s the map of the world, if size were determined by market cap – marketwatch.com
  • Summer and Winter Weather Patterns in Japan – pinterest.com
  • Many countries worldwide are still considered partly free or not free – one-europe.info

Cartographic Resources & Education

Transport Mapping

  • TomTom is now making maps for autonomous vehicles – theverge.com
  • Apple Maps Vehicles to Survey France, Italy and Sweden in August – macrumors
  • The Developer Opportunity For Connected Cars In The Here Maps Acquisition – readwrite.com
  • Night navigation with Google Maps now made easier, safer – vcpost.com
  • Transport Systems Catapult launches transport, mapping datasets site – computerweekly.com
  • Uber just bought a piece of Microsoft – businessinsider.com.au
  • Use this excellent mapping tool to figure out how long it takes to travel to every single place in London – businessinsider.com.au

Cartography of the Oceans

  • Explore The World’s Most Detailed Map Of The Seafloor, Released Today – io9.com3
  • Seafloor Map: Digital Mapping Reveals Plankton Graveyards
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  • MH370 debris: Ocean current mapping video ‘consistent’ with find – bbc.com
  • Photos: Ancient Man-Made Monolith Discovered in Mediterranean Sea – livescience.com
  • Territorial Waters & Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) Of The World – brilliantmaps.com
  • 7 Gorgeous Sea Maps from the Age of Exploration – atlasobscura.com

Opinion

  • A smarter, more digital world must grasp the power of a map – theguardian.com
  • The truth about politics and cartography: mapping claims to the Arctic seabed – theconversation.com
  • Google Maps – Why It Is the Best for People Struggling With Mapping – neurogadget.com
  • How do you map a city with no centre? Commuting patterns in the San Francisco Bay area – citymetric.com
  • Here’s Why Uber Would Spend $3 Billion on Maps – time.com
  • Neocartography Can Be Beautiful, Cartography Can Be Fast – gislounge.com

Indoor Mapping

  • Tencent Strikes Strategic Partnership With Indoor Mapping Startup Sensewhere – techcrunch.com
  • United Airlines Brings Highly Detailed In-Airport Maps To Its iOS App – techcrunch.com
  • Here’s indoor mapping will help you find that bathroom – engadget.com
  • Indoor mapping set to simplify hospital visits – spatialsource.com.au

Health Mapping

Environment – Mapping

  • This terrifying GIF shows how much Arctic ice has disappeared in the last 20 years – qz.com
  • Google mapping city air quality with Street View vehicles – treehugger.com
  • Mapping Storm Hotspots, Where the World’s Tempests are Brewed – atlasobscura.com
  • Nepal earthquake: How open data and social media helped the Nepalese to help themselves – abc.net.au
  • Scientists Use ISS Photos Of Earth To Study Light Pollution From Cities – techtimes.com
  • Google Maps API Powers Real-Time Weather for Weather Channel – programmableweb.com

Cartography in books

  • Railway Maps of the World – dymocks.com.au
  • The Curious Map Book – bl.uk
  • British Town Maps: A History – bl.uk
  • The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers’ World Map of 1550 – www.bl.uk
  • Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps – press.uchicago.edu
  • The World of Maps: Map Reading and Interpretation for the 21st Century – guilford.com

Mapping Apps

  • 10 iOS Mapping Apps That Let You Navigate the World – eweek.com
  • DigitalGlobe Launches New Maps API and Developer Site – programmableweb.com

Paper maps

Alternative Cartography

  • New Projects in Digital Art History: The GIS Forma Urbis Romae Project. – youtube.com
  • Google restores Map Maker – techworm.net
  • Mapping, Beirut-style: how to navigate a city without using any street names – theguardian.com
  • Mapping with balsa wood. Just like the New York Times! – 100yrsofbrinton.tumblr.com
  • 3 Amazing Maps of Mythic Locations – columbusglobes.com
  • You can map Britain and Ireland’s population centres, using only the location of pubs – citymetric.com
  • 13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates – vox.com
  • How to Hide an Elephant – bigthink.com
  • How to Hide a Second Elephant – flickr.com

Open positions in Cartography

  • Texas State University is offering a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cartography – jobs.aag.org

 

President’s Blog: Introducing the new ICA president

Portrait Menno-Jan KraakDear colleagues and friends,

It is a privilege to serve the ICA as your president for the next four years in our dynamic world where maps play an important role as interface to geo-related information to support decision making in many different situations.

It is obvious I do this not alone. I can and will built on the shoulders of my predecessors. And I do realize it is quite a responsibility because Georg Gartner, the now past-president has left us a healthy association. During his term ICA has been enriched in many ways. Think of our new journal, our embedding in ICSU and relation with UN-GGIM, the GeoforAll initiative and the beautiful website.

Secondly, I will act with an enthusiastic team. The newly elected members of the Executive Committee and the new Commission Chairs will allow me to put new accents.

Especially the newly established Working group Cartography for Global Geographic Information Management can put such accent. With this working group the plan is to provide the UN-GGIM an ‘atlas’ of good cartographic practice for the new sustainable development goals.

Dear all, over the next four year let’s make the world a better place with maps!

Menno-Jan Kraak

Results of the 16th General Assembly of the ICA

The 16th ICA General Assembly was closed on the last day of ICC2015.
Slides of the agenda can be found here.

The Executive Committee for the term 2015-2019 is:

  • President: Menno-Jan Kraak (The Netherlands)
  • Secretary-General and Treasurer: László Zentai (Hungary)
  • Vice-Presidents:
    • Sara Fabrikant (Switzerland)
    • David Forrest (United Kingdom)
    • Yaolin Liu (China)
    • Pilar Sanchez-Ortiz (Spain)
    • Monika Sester (Germany)
    • Lynn Usery (USA)
    • Vít Voženílek (Czech Republic)
  • Past President: Georg Gartner (Austria)

The 17th General Assembly and the 29th International Cartographic Conference in 2019 will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

All corresponding website subpages (EC, conferences, commissions, working groups) will be updated within the course of next week. Please stay tuned.

Category: General News

Final President’s Blog by Georg Gartner: Welcome Menno-Jan Kraak!

Georg Gartner at ICC2015 wearing an #welovemaps shirtDear collegues and friends of ICA,

ICC2015 brings a change of persons in charge. After four years of being president of ICA this function is passed to Prof Menno-Jan Kraak from the Netherlands according to the General Assembly of ICA.

In this context I would like to express my sincere thanks for all the support and collaboration I was happy to receive from so many of you; for many of the projects, ideas and efforts we have taken. It is because of this, why I consider those four years as most rewarding and successful on a personal level.

I would like to share with you my final report, describing some of the efforts and achievements which have been taken from so many in the term 2011–2015 and I would be happy to receive any comments on that.

It was a privilege to serve the International Cartographic Association as President from 2011 to 2015. I’m looking forward to the future of ICA under the presidency of Menno-Jan Kraak!

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President’s Blog: ICA has its own journal! #icc2015

Georg Gartner presenting IJC

Photo by @sgk_swisscarto

At ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro the International Journal of Cartography was officially launched!

In its sixth decade of existence, ICA has now its own outlet for scientific work. Together with Taylor & Francis, the two Editors-in-Chief Anne Ruas and William Cartwright presented the first issue in Rio.

Please check out the first issue, which is available online at tandfonline.com

And: Send us your results, papers and submissions!

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