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eCARTO News July 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 People Left Behind by the Knowledge Economy – theatlanticcities.com
  • Mapping the massacres of Queensland Aboriginal society – theaustralian.com.au
  • Nokia’s Here LivingCities map visualizes traffic in five global cities including Mumbai – bgr.in
  • Dino-Era India, Australia and Antarctica Mapped – news.discovery.com


  • Mapping Sexual Assaults in Egypt – blog.foreignpolicy.com
  • Mapping Protests in Cairo – nytimes.com
  • CBN Adopts Mapping Technology To Leverage Financial Inclusion – leadership.ng
  • Interactive Gettysburg: Using Modern Mapping Tools for a New Look at the Historical Battle – theatlantic.com
  • Mapping the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the U.S. – curbed.com
  • CU-Boulder joins project to map stars, galaxies – dailycamera.com
  • Google goes Hawaiian: Street View to start mapping island trails – blog.sfgate.com
  • Mapping children’s chances – bbc.co.uk
  • The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative Launches Mapping Balloon – newsplex.coml
  • Mapping iPhone And Android Users In A City Reveals Wealthier Areas – cultofmac.com
  • Virtual rockfalls enter their test phase – preventionweb.net
  • Up above the fields so high – agweek.com

Company News

  • Mapping Giant Esri Adds Real-Time Traffic Information From Nokia’s Here – techcrunch.com
  • Newly Published Apple Mapping Patent Details Route Feedback System, Real-Time Accident Reporting – macrumors.com
  • Times Media to sell its stake in mapping firm – bdlive.co.za
  • Orbit GT to Release ArcGIS Mobile Mapping Solution at ESRI UC – gisuser.com
  • Esri Joined In-Location Alliance – gpsbusinessnews.com
  • Garmin HUD Release Date, Specs: New Device Connects – universityherald.com
  • Microsoft shows off 3D mapping, voice commands for Bing – news.cnet.com


  • Mapping tool can pinpoint any location in three words – www.telegraph.co.uk
  • Humanoid robot that sees and maps – nanowerk.com
  • Garmin puts Lake Winnebago on the GPS map – jsonline.com
  • Driverless cars yield to reality: It’s a long road ahead – techhive.com
  • Ancient City of Angkor Much Bigger Than Thought – livescience.com
  • Jason-1 ocean-mapping satellite is retired after 11-plus years of surveying – sciencerecorder.com
  • Topcon Announces Integrated Receiver for GIS, Mapping – amerisurv.com
  • NASA Developing Prototype Asteroid-mapping Radar at KSC – spacenews.com
  • Kinect helps researchers steer roaches to explore and map disaster sites – vision-systems.com
  • NC4 Announces Release of NC4 Street Smart(TM) 2.0 – online.wsj.com
  • Safety, environment key issues for agricultural aircraft – agrinews-pubs.com
  • Europe’s Star-mapping Gaia Satellite Finally Launch Pad-bound – spacenews.com
  • Fun today at EPFL: fast-cat robots and room mapping – genevalunch.com

Education and Resources

Political and Social Cartography


  • Expert Advice: Cooperative Updates with Maps 2.0 – gpsworld.com
  • Esri Users Describe Change Management for Adopting Location Analytics – data-informed.com

Environmental Mapping


Paper Maps

Art in Cartography


Cartography Lite

  • MAP- Revolutionary New Technology – youtube.com/
  • My Kind of Town, Stink Onions – slate.com
  • ‘Red, White and Booze’: Mapping the tipsy 50 – hlntv.com
  • Enjoy the view… 360-degree camera lets you tour city tourist spots on internet – coventrytelegraph.net

President’s Blog: ICC 2013 is only some weeks away!

logo_icc2013All of us in the north hemisphere are eventually enjoying the summer, holidays or working under summer conditions. If you are situated in the southern hemisphere this might be just the other way around, you are facing the winter.

However, for all of us our gathering at the International Cartographic Conference 2013 end of August in Dresden, Germany is only some weeks away.

I am excited by the fact, that we will have the chance to listen to the newest developments of modern cartography, appreciate the latest scientific results, learn to know about new methods and applications. I am looking forward to admire the newest maps being submitted from countries all over the world being displayed at the International Map Exhibition. I am eagerly waiting to see the maps being drawn by children all over the world at the Barbara Petchenik Children Maps Competition. I am especially looking forward to simply meet you, to discuss with you and to feel comfortable in the big family of cartography and ICA!

Dresden is only some weeks away. I see you there!

First Australian Open Source Geospatial Laboratory to Support Smarter Cities will be built at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne will be home to Australia’s first Open Source Geospatial Laboratory. The laboratory will support urban research and educational excellence through the use of location based (geospatial) data and tools.

The Laboratory will undertake research and provide training resources which utilises digital data and analytical and visualisation tools to up-skill a myriad of disciplines in evidenced based decision-making practices. Training will be delivered both into existing University curriculum and through a series of workshops and short-courses.

The laboratory is expected to attract considerable interest from urban geographers, spatial scientists, planners and policy-makers who are keen to contribute to and learn about the latest available data driven techniques to support evidenced based decision-making. The laboratory will utilise the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). AURIN is a $20 million open source e-infrastructure initiative which is unlocking datasets of relevance to Australia’s cities and providing an analytical toolkit to inform sustainable urban futures.

The software used to support activities of the laboratory is open source, meaning the source code can be modified and re-distributed royalty and fee free. This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

The laboratory will see scientists and practitioners from the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) collaborate closely with University colleagues. This Australian facility will be part of a global network of open geospatial research labs known as ICA-OSGeo labs. Currently there are 22 ICA-OSGeo labs operating globally.

Dr Christopher Pettit, Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Victorian Chair of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and Strategic Implementation Coordinator of AURIN will lead the initiative.

“The University of Melbourne is one of the top research universities in the world and has been a pioneer in Australian geospatial science research,” said Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. “We are delighted to collaborate with the ICA and OSGeo to create this opportunity for our students and researchers, which will encourage open geospatial teaching and related research in other universities.”

The facility will open in September 2013.

Further Information

Dr Christopher Pettit
The University of Melbourne
Email: cpettit@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 422 301 832

Dr Suchith Anand
University of Nottingham
Phone: +44 (0)115 84 32750
Email: suchith.anand@nottingham.ac.uk

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open source geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps.

eCARTO News June 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 All The Security Cameras That Are Watching You – fastcoexist.com
  • The Most Amazing Map You’ll See Today (No Matter What Day It Is) – discovermagazine.com
  • A mist-covered mountain in Cambodia gives up its treasure, writes Lindsay Murdoch – smh.com.au
  • Mapping ‘The World’ Of A Remote Afghan Village – nwpr.org
  • Mapping Technology Helps Pakistan Track and Prevent Epidemics – techpresident.com
  • Call to adopt hot spot mapping to check fever in district – newindianexpress.com
  • Patagonia Chilena Sin Represas // Chilean Patagonia Without Dams – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping Sea Salt From Orbit: Building Better Ocean and Climate Models – newswise.com
  • Mapping The 31 Million People Displaced By Climate Change So Far – fastcoexist.com
  • ‘Death map’ of deserts aims to save lives of desperate Mexican migrants – guardian.co.uk
  • Geographic Information Systems aid health research in developed and developing countries – eurekalert.org
  • Yosemite’s Iconic El Capitan Mapped in High-Res 3-D – nationalgeographic.com
  • Clickable history: Researching the Byzantine Empire with GIS – directionsmag.com
  • VOLCANO WATCH: Mapping the world’s largest volcano – bigislandvideonews.com


  • Drones provide quantum leap in mapping accuracy – adelaidenow.com.au
  • Tornado-mapping drones in the skies – winnipegfreepress.com
  • Drones deployed to catch graffiti artists in the act – smartplanet.com
  • 3D mapping platform uses chopper-based sensor system at low altitudes – sparpointgroup.com
  • Hubble Helps Astronomers Map Ejected Supernova Material In 3D – redorbit.com
  • Cicada Spawn Tracked by Scientists Armed With Technology – bloomberg.com
  • Physical bump-mapping lets us 3D print photographsgeek.com
  • HMS Victory as you’ve never seen it before: The amazing 3D map of Nelson’s battleship created by lasers in a bid to help restore it – dailymail.co.uk


Cartographic Opinion

  • Jerry Brotton: let’s take maps back from Google – telegraph.co.uk
  • Hay Festival 2013: ‘we can’t compete with Google maps’, says Prof Jerry Brotton – telegraph.co.uk
  • Waze VP: What Search Did for the Internet, Maps Will Do for Mobile – streetfightmag.com
  • AnyGeo – GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology – blog.gisuser.com

Mapping the Indoor Space


Paper Maps

  • Why hand-drawn maps are back in the picture – guardian.co.uk
  • Historic atlases paint picture of a changing world – bristol.ac.uk
  • If you go out in the woods today, take a paper map even if you’ve got a mobile: Rescue group – leaderpost.com

ART in cARTography

  • Mapping the Smells of New York, Amsterdam and Paris, Block by Blocksmithsonianmag.com
  • Artist Lucie Conoley’s paintings map the urban heart of London – mirror.co.uk
  • Creative mapping – globaltimes.cn
  • Creative Cartography Meets Music in The Song Map – gisuser.com

Cartographer – Modeller Remembered

  • Obituary: Vigo Rauda leaves legacy of 8,000 display models – seattletimes.com

Cartography Lite

Featured Map


Finalist entries to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2013

Peter and René van der Krogt photographing the finalist entries

Peter van der Krogt and his brother René photographing the finalist entries.

Entries to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2013, which were selected for the international level of the competition, can now be accessed here: http://www.explokart.eu/petchenik/ Many thanks to Peter and René van der Krogt for digitizing 155 submissions from 30 countries!

The finalist entries will be on display at the ICC in Dresden, where the winners of the international competition will be selected.

The ICA congratulates all winners on the national level!



Programme of joint symposium “Sharing Knowledge”

Pre-Conference Symposium to ICC2013
23 August 2013 @ the Dresden University of Technology, Germany

The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Education and Training, Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People and Planetary Cartography have the pleasure to invite you to a one day joint symposium on August 23.

The aim of the symposium – as expressed by the title – is to give an opportunity to the members of the four commissions (and participants in general) to share and learn about the research in the topics covered by the commissions during the last years. This will be a one-day programme divided into four sessions, each of them dedicated to one of the participating commissions.

Please find the final programme on the symposium website: http://lazarus.elte.hu/jointsymposium2013/

If you have any question in relation to the event, please contact José Jesús Reyes Nunez.

[ More pre-conference events and activities can be found at http://icaci.org/icc2013/ ]

President’s Blog: How do we name what we do?

For all of us being around in our domain for a while we have witnessed quite some transitions not only in what we do and how we do it but especially also how we name it. We have seen the move from terms like “cartography” to terms like “GIS”, “geomatics”, “geoinformation science”, “geoinformation”, “geovisualisation”, “visual analytics”, “geospatial information management” just to name a few. All those terms have a short history that basically dates back to the inauguration of using computers to make maps.

Maybe you experience as well that it is hard sometimes to describe this “geo-spatial-visual something” to non-industry insiders, but there are universal term that everyone recognizes, and that’s maps and cartography. But, why we are not using this simple, universal and established terms?

Maps are big news right now. Influenced by companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft and the status of maps as a must-have on smart phones and web applications they are very attractive to many. The term “map” seems to see its repeated revival as a contemporary, relevant and attractive term for something contemporary, relevant and attractive.

However, it seems as if the term “cartography” is seen differently. Interestingly enough, often especially by those, who are the experts, the specialists and closely related to the domain. Maybe it is because it feels like it needs a different name to describe that the job we are doing in dealing with maps has become different. Often different technologies and methods are used, something which demands new and often very complex competences. How can it then still be named the same? Is it not necessary that the name describing what an industry is doing, what an expert in a discipline is doing needs to somehow reflect these changed competences which change methods and technologies? Is it not very much needed that I can name what I am doing as something most modern, complex, contemporary, as this will lead to respect, appreciation and recognition? And if I am calling myself a “cartographer”, being involved in “cartography”, will this lead to the same respect, appreciation and recognition, or will I rather be associated with something old-fashioned, out-dated?

There are for sure a lot of rationales for terms being used in our domains, and they all have their relevance. However, it seems as if the term “cartography” seems to become avoided, especially by cartographers, while many of the things being done under the umbrella of other terms could easily simply be called “cartography”.

In communication science we use the theory of semiotics to explain communication processes. In this model, syntactical, semantic and pragmatic dimensions are used. Unlike semantics, which examines meaning that is conventional or “coded” in a given language, pragmatics studies how the transmission of meaning depends not only on structural and linguistic knowledge of the speaker and listener, but also on the context of the utterance. In this respect, pragmatics explains how language users are able to overcome apparent ambiguity, since meaning relies on the manner, place, time etc. of an utterance.

If this is true, then it is an always ongoing process in how we use and understand terms. This use and understanding is influenceable. This applies to the term “map” and “cartography” as well. It is therefore in the interest of ICA to contribute to this process.

While the definition of “cartography” and “map” as published by ICA still lasts back to the 1970s we need to revisit this definitions. You will soon see some related action in this respect, and obviously we are very much interested in YOUR perspective and understanding.
How do you name what you are doing?