This month, our Map of the Month section features the book Collins World Watch by Collins Bartholomew. It received the second jury prize in the category “educational cartographic products” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2013 in Dresden.
“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.
The 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
Following on from a successful survey in 2012/13 that saw Damien Demaj and Kenneth Field publish in The Cartographic Journal to reassert design relevance in cartography (paper that won the Henry Johns prize in 2013), the ICA Commission on Map Design have announced an exciting initiative for 2014. Every day during the year, the Commission web site will publish a short daily blog post titled “MapCarte” to showcase examples of map design that represent some of the very best in classic and contemporary cartography. The intent is to build a repository of 365 maps that cover the breadth of cartographic practice to illustrate and emphasize the importance of map design. The Commission believes there is no other similar repository. The reason for such an effort is simple: how many times do we (as cartographers) get asked to point to examples of great cartography? And how many times do we struggle to come up with a list we can easily point to?
By the end of the year we will have created a compendium that can act as a reference for high quality map design that we can all share and point to. It will provide experts with a key list and hopefully show new map-makers the standards set. In some ways it’s a reaction to the mashup culture and the massive increase in poor mapping we see. We are intent on shifting the public demand for quality in maps instead of quantity and we hope that by showcasing great maps we can encourage standards in general to improve. Some of the maps you’ll have seen before – some possibly not. We’ll include both traditional print cartography and the very best that the internet has to offer. Each map will be illustrated and accompanied by a brief comment or two on why we feel the map exhibits great design.
Hopefully the maps we’ll showcase will provide a barometer for modern map making, inspiration for those who seek ideas for how to map their data and also to improve the public’s appreciation of and demand for quality in maps. We also need help: Please consider emailing to the Commission Chair Kenneth Field or send him a tweet (@kennethfield) with your ideas and examples. We want this list to be inclusive so the more people who contribute ideas, the more we will generate a repository that truly represents the global cartographic community. Please also follow the series via Twitter (@ICAMapDesign) or the commission blog at mapdesign.icaci.org.
We hope you enjoy the series – a new daily cartographic treat to delight us in 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.
- 2013 – A Cartographic Recap – newswatch.nationalgeographic.com
- Our Favorite Maps of 2013 – theatlanticcities.com
- 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World – asheepnomore.net
- World map generator – worldmapgenerator.com
- Tribal Nations Map – youtube.com
- Patent mapping system to find more innovation – livemint.com
- Mapping Our World celebrates 50,000th visitor – smh.com.au
- Geographic lines of history – thehindu.com
- Sales of geospatial 3D mapping product soar on 2013 demand – sparpointgroup.com
- Motor City Mapping Task Force Takes Stock Of Blighted Buildings – detroit.cbslocal.com
- High-tech mapping equipment used in caves – margaretrivermail.com.au
- Algorithm to drastically speed up mapping of Internet – eandt.theiet.org
- Researcher uses Google Earth to map influence of ancient city, Roman Antioch – gadgets.ndtv.com
- Drones ‘mapping future’of surveys – irishexaminer.com
- Mapping the Demise of the Dinosaurs – astrobio.net
- Mapping the meter: tube map of taxi journey prices – now-here-this.timeout.com
- Koltsovo Airport’s indoor mapping project to soon go live – yekaterinburgnews.com
- 3D Laser Mapping Offers Innovative Visualisation Software – spatialnews.geocomm.com
- Apple’s 3D recording concept could allow user-generated ‘street views’ in Maps – appleinsider.com
- Apple patent filing maps out smarter mapping app – news.cnet.com
- Geospatial video mapping with Google Earth – sparpointgroup.com
- Check-In CES: Mapping Your World – adweek.com
- Nokia pulls Here Maps from the App Store, blames iOS 7 – engadget.com
- Google Again Updates iOS App With Improved Maps Integration – searchengineland.com
- How the Gaia Galaxy-Mapping Satellite Works (Infographic) – space.com
- These Swarming Satellites Are Mapping Earth’s Magnetic Cloak – gizmodo.com
- Planet Labs Raises $52 Million to Map the Earth With Small Satellites – mashable.com
- Honey Bees Are Mapping Their Movements with Tiny Sensor Backpacks – motherboard.vice.coms
- CT Scans Can Bolster Forensic Database – laboratoryequipment.com
Education and Resources
- Mapline: The New Face of the Simplest Online Mapping – prurgent.com
- Mapping project shows warped world – news24.com
Security and Cartography
- PM’s intervention sought to stop Google from mapping defence installations – thehindu.com
- Tracing patterns, mapping habits – thehindu.com
- Mapping Global Conflict – blogs.cfr.org
- Creepy Cool: Google Location History Mapping Your Every Move – babble.com
- Mapping the ‘frost quakes’: Toronto woman tracking cryoseisms so ‘people don’t think they’re crazy’ – news.nationalpost.com
- U.S. aerial mapping veteran retires after 40 years – sparpointgroup.com
- Mapping her career – salina.com
- Mapping Cambodia’s distant past – phnompenhpost.com
- There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World’s First Map – npr.org
Environmental Mapping & Management
- Mapping the risk of massive quakes – heraldsun.com.au
- Indonesian indigenous groups fight climate change with GPS mapping – irinnews.org
- Bluesky to Map Energy Wastage from Homes Across Britain’s Cities – spatialnews.geocomm.com
- Mapping the Spread of Tropical Disease – today.uconn.edu
- WASSP Goes Wireless with New Remote Mapping System – marinelink.com
- Sea floor map result stuns experts – nzherald.co.nz
- Ireland Commits to Marine Mapping Program – maritime-executive.com
- 3D global destination mapping shines at center of KLM’s first iPad app – tnooz.com
The ICA-OSGeo Lab Network and MundoGEO are now pleased to inform the fourth webinar of the “Open Geospatial Science & Applications” webinar series on 13 February 2014. The webinars will be open and free to all on first come register basis.
This webinar will be on NASA World Wind and also on the Europa Challenge by Patrick Hogan (NASA) and Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy).
To register for the webinar please go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/604781066.
The schedule for the next three ICA-OSGeo Lab webinar series is below:
“NASA World Wind Virtual Globe Technology” – Patrick Hogan (NASA) and Maria Antonia Brovelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Thursday, 13 February 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST
“Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network ” – Chris Pettit (University of Melbourne, Australia)
7 March 2014 (time to be confirmed)
“Things to do with OpenStreetMap” – Lluís Vicens (University of Girona, Spain)
Date to be confirmed
The Art and Cartography Commission is organizing a colloquy (in French) entitled “Cartographier les récits : enjeux méthodologiques et technologiques” (Montréal, May 12–13, 2014). Deadline to submit an abstract (in French) for this event is January 31, 2014. The call for papers, as well as all the details are available at http://artcarto.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/appel-a-communication-cartographie-et-recits-montreal-12-13-mai-2014/
Iran: Dr. Alireza A. Ardalan is the new director of the National Cartographic Center (NCC) of Iran, as of November 30, 2013. Dr. Ardalan comes from the academic sector (Full Prof. in Geodesy); therefore, he has an emphasis on promoting research and technical issues in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering through mutual cooperation with other National Mapping Agencies.
Chile: Colonel Rony Jara Lecanda became Director of the Military Geographic Institute of Chile (IGM), taking over from Colonel Leonardo Pérez Álvarez. Thus, Colonel Jara also now heads the ICA National Committee of Chile and looks forward to continuing the collaboration of Chile in the ICA.
The contact details in the national members section were updated accordingly.
The CARTOCON 2014 Conference will be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, 25–28 February 2014.
This conference aims to bring together cartographers from across different areas of our discipline.
The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of scientific papers particulary within five fields of cartography:
- Maps and Atlases Production
- Use and Users Issues
- Cognition and Visualization Issues
- Maps and Internet
- Cartography and Statistics
Check out the website http://cartocon2014.org for further information.