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ICA News 61 now online

ICA News 61
We are pleased to announce that the 61st issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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This issue of ICA News reports on the ICC 2013 held in Dresden, introduces our latest ICA awards recipients, invites us to Rio in 2015 and farewells Planetary Cartography ambassador Kira Shingareva. I hope you find it interesting.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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Second Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2014

– Update: SOMAP 2014 is merged with the LBS 2014 symposium and will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 26–28 November 2014. Please find all details on the SOMAP website: somap.cartography.at –

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to invite you to the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP) in Potsdam from 6–8 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria from 26–28 November 2014.

Logo SOMAP2014

This symposium is coorganised by four ICA Commissions:

The call for papers is ongoing and registration has started at http://somap.cartography.at

Geospatial data and services are the main building blocks for geospatial infrastructures and fundamental to service-oriented mapping and realtime applications. Geospatial infrastructures make use of different paradigms: maintaining, sharing and use (instead of collect and own). Developments in these paradigms are leading to evolutions in availability and accessibility of geospatial data and services coupled with the added value of geospatial products and applications in the modern geospatial production environment.

Geospatial trends are constantly growing and developing such as sensor networks, realtime processing, volunteered geographic information, open governmental data, in-situ geospatial processing and striking visualization techniques creating many new possibilities but also new restrictions and problems based on massiveness, heterogeneity and contextual flexibility. Challenges like handling big data, aggregate different sources, standards for a homogenuous data, and disappearing sources/content are growing.

SOMAP2014 is a venue that brings together experts from research, government, non-governmental organisations, standardization bodies and industry to present, document and discuss trends in service-based mapping, which covers delivery, processing, integration, analysis, collaboration as well as visualization of geospatial data and services.

Markus Jobst
ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness

Happy Open Education Week 2014

Open Education Week 2014

This week is Open Education Week 2014. It is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement with both online and locally hosted events around the world. Also geospatial science education is covered through the ELOGeo initiative.

ELOGeo was started with the aim to make geospatial science education available to everyone globally who wish to learn this. Till recently, geospatial science education was beyond the reach of financially poor students of our planet because of the high cost of the proprietary GI vendor softwares and non availability of good quality free education materials. We hope we can make a small step in helping widen geospatial education opportunities to all. We are extremely pleased that within two years since the launch of ELOGeo from very humble beginnings, it has now become the defacto Open Access Educational Platform for Geospatial thanks to the strong support of geospatial community worldwide. ELOGeo initiativeELOGeo is now used from Stanford University to universities in Africa.

A big thanks to all contributors, users and funders of ELOGeo!

Suchith Anand

 

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eCARTO News February 2014

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

Applications

  • Mapping out the clues to a better future with a little help from the past – smh.com.au
  • Bluesky Begins Night Time Aerial Photo Mapping Trials – amerisurv.com
  • Weather-Mapping a Brown Dwarf – skyandtelescope.com
  • How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories – wired.com

Industry News

Health Mapping

Technological Advances

  • New life for old maps – abc.net.au
  • Successful Test Flight of First Professional Grade Civilian Mapping UAS – gisuser.com
  • Google reveals 3D-mapping Project Tango – 3news.co.nz

Education and Resources

Historical Cartography

  • Mapping the past: old worlds being opened up by technology – irishtimes.com
  • City maps and their evolution through history – theguardian.com
  • Tools for digital history: Google Map Engine Lite – directionsmag.com
  • Peruvian navy starts to map new maritime border – peruthisweek.com
  • Creating digital maps to help preserve cultural heritage of Russian community – phys.org

Cartographers

Opinion

Environmental Mapping & Management

  • Google makes climate data more accessible with new Google Earth tools – upi.com
  • London tree mapping exercise “has one chance to get it right”, tree officers told – hortweek.com
  • Google mapping & charitable funding combine to show deforestation – digitaljournal.com

Cartographic Research & Development

  • “MDMD Mapping Fiction” — A Swiss cartomentary – icaci.org

Cartography Products

  • Experimental map of the Dandenong Ranges – mapstart.com.au
  • Where would you live on this amazing map of the internet? – news.optuszoo.com.au
  • If all the Ice melted: National Geographic’s Interactive map on Rising Seas – geoawesomeness.com
  • Sales of geospatial 3D mapping product soar on 2013 demand – sparpointgroup.com
  • Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet – fastcoexist.com
  • Arab region: atlas of our changing environment United Nations Environment Programme – preventionweb.net

Cartography Lite

  • Reroll game devs want to map the globe using drones for survival game – wired.co.uk
  • Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters – pewinternet.org
  • Renowned Explorers mapping the world with Reus dev – shacknews.com

LBS 2014 in Vienna, Austria

LBS2014 logoThe 11th International Symposium on Location Based Services will be held in Vienna, Austria, 26–28 November 2014.

The symposium will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

The Call for Papers is open. Please submit full papers and work in progress until May 31, 2014. Publication in a book within the series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography is anticipated.

Five ICA commissions are involved:

Also other organizations endorsed the event, including AGILE, ISPRS, FIG, IAG, DGfK and ÖVG.

For further information, please visit lbs2014.org.

Update, May 2014: The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP 2014).

“MDMD Mapping Fiction” — A Swiss cartomentary

“MDMD – Mapping Fiction” is an experimental short-film on cartography supported by the commission on Art & Cartography. The project is a mockumentary suggesting a secret research in the dark dungeons of ETH Zurich. One of Switzerlands most important cartographers, Prof Ed Imhof went out for an expedition into the Peruvian Andes, to measure some mountains. However, during his excursion an event unforeseen must have occurred and he started to question the role of cartography for the people…

To learn more about this amazing cartographic story, check out the project website at http://www.100-days.net/en/projekt/mdmd-mapping-fiction/project.

Which competences are needed for GI jobs? Take a survey by EU project GI-N2K

Project logo Geographic Information: Need to knowThe EU project “Geographic Information: Need to Know” works towards a more demand-driven geospatial workforce education/training system. The ICA is represented on the Advisory Committee for the EU project by Menno-Jan Kraak, Vice president of the ICA.

The project invites everyone to participate by completing two surveys:

GI-N2K aims to answer the question on how the education and vocational training in the domain of GI S&T can match with the actual job requirements in the job market.

GI-N2K builds upon the existing Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (GI S&T BoK) that was developed by the American University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, published in 2006 by the Association of American Geographers . The ‘BoK’ will be updated and brought into line with the new technological developments and the European perspective ( e.g. importance of INSPIRE in Europe).

The renewed BoK will apply an ontological approach and will take the form of a dynamic e-platform (wiki-based format) including tools to use, explore the BoK, to define curricula , training opportunities and courses and to define job profiles.

Two surveys have been launched and are available on the website: http://www.gi-n2k.eu/surveys These surveys are looking to inform the project on which competences are needed for GI-jobs and about the main competences being taught. Any individual or organisation is able to complete the surveys with a deadline of 05 February 2014.

For more information visit the project web page: www.gi-n2k.eu

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