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Review of ICA activities in the FIG Working Week, Bulgaria

FIG Working Week 2015 was held with 1.000 participants from 68 countries from 17–21 May 2015 in Sofia. ICA was very visible at the event. President Prof. Georg Garter gave a keynote speech in the plenary session entitled “Modern Cartography”. The conference also included an ICA session and a Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps – held in celebration of International Map Year.

Georg Gartner (ICA president), Temenoujka Bandrova (president of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association)

Georg Gartner and Temenoujka Bandrova

In the ICA session, ICA President Prof. Georg Gartner, Past-President and Commission Chair Prof. Milan Konecny, Commission Chair Prof. Philippe de Mayer, Prof. Bashkim Irdisi and members of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA) presented their last cartographic achievements. All papers and presentations can be found on fig.net.

The Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps at FIG Working Week

The Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps at FIG Working Week

One of the most popular places in the National Palace of Culture during FIG Week was the Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps. Many participants were delighted to see such an exhibition and congratulated ICA and the Bulgarian Cartographic Association for the organization.

IMY-bulgaria_exhibition2Four countries (Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria) participated and were represented by the following companies and organizations:

The exhibitors received certificates for the participation and a special IMY calendar produced by the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the Military Geographic Service.

More photos and information are available on the Facebook page of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association.

– Prof. Temenoujka Bandrova
President, Bulgarian Cartographic Association

Category: Member News

Ferjan Ormeling Received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Cartography

Ferjan Ormeling – former ICA Secretary General & Treasurer (1999-2007) and recipient of the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal (2009) – received the academic title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in a ceremony held on May 7, 2015, for his outstanding contributions to international cartography.

Ferjan Ormeling receiving a Doctorate honoris causa in Cartography

Ferjan Ormeling, Doctor Honoris Causa, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Faculty of Engineering, unanimously accepted the proposal of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering following the academic nomination by Profs E. Livieratos, C. Boutoura, A. Kousoulakou (AUTH Cartoheritage Group).

Evangelos Livieratos, Chair of the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage read the Laudatio, highlighting Ferjan’s career highlights and achievements in cartography at home and internationally, as well as his support and contribution to contemporary Greek cartography, which was also acknowledged in 2008 by a honorary membership in the Hellenic Cartographic Society. In front of a full audience – including the rector, faculty deans, school chairs, professors and the Hellenic Cartographic Society president L. Tsoulos – the new AUTH Doctor h.c. gave a lecture on “Ptolemy’s heritage: the Atlas as an ordering device”. With a series of illustrated evidence he recalled the impact of Ptolemy’s “Geographia” in the development of the atlas legacy in the Low Countries starting with Erasmus in 16th century with the first published “Geographia” in West Europe in Greek language. He showed how the conceptual and contextual structure logic and the sequential patterns introduced by Ptolemy are still basis for the ordering and hierarchies of the content of modern atlases.

Ferjan also gave an interview to the Greek press agency focused on the challenges of modern cartography in the network era, well received and widely released online. His Dr h.c. lecture can be followed online in the official video of the full ceremony: http://www.auth.gr/node/18744 (starting from 52min)

Submission of National Reports for the General Assembly 2015


Sweden submitted the first national report for the General Assembly 2015

Each national member organisation of the ICA is expected to send a report to each General Assembly on the cartographic and GI science activities in the country during the previous four years.

The first report of the term 2011–2015 already arrived. It was submitted by national member Sweden. All reports for the upcoming General Assembly will be available in the National Reports section, which is updated as reports arrive.

László Zentai
– ICA Secretary-General

Category: Member News

eCARTO News April 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

  • 50 years of Flevocartography: new exhibition – nieuwlanderfgoed.nl
  • History of Cartography Project to celebrate Volume Six April 25 – wisc.edu
  • Inside the most amazing library that you’ve never heard of – atlasobscura.com
  • Journal of Historical Geographyprizes – elsevier.com

Mapping Applications

  • What Scientists Learned Mapping a Sunken Aircraft Carrier – wired.com
  • Dark matter mapped at cosmic scale – nature.com
  • Mapping the Underground Mysteries of Socotra – nationalgeographic.com
  • Mapping Chaos in Yemen – nytimes.com
  • Call for comprehensive map of Philippines’ coral reefs – gulfnews.com
  • Why Mapping Matters for Amsterdam’s Startup Culture – citylab.com
  • Do You Like to Map? Take the Mapping Challenge! – usgs.gov
  • An Interactive Map of Shakespeare’s London – citylab.com
  • In China, maps that tell you when it’s safe to breathe – todayonline.com
  • Key Google Maps tech finds an amazing new use – bgr.com
  • Pin important places on a map with My Maps – techrepublic.com
  • This map shows the locations where bombs fell on London during World War II – pri.org

3D Printer Mapping

  • 3D printing will have a bigger economic impact than the internet, technology specialist says – abc.net.au
  • 3D printed colour map – abc.net.au
  • 3D Printing the World with Google Maps – 3dprintingindustry.com
  • 3D Printing Topographic Maps Using Lidar – makezine.com
  • 3D Print Your Trek, in color! – instructables.com
  • How to print a 3D map of anywhere in the world – matterhackers.com
  • Now You Can Get Your Favorite Mountain 3D Printed – gizmodo.com
  • Lidar Data Creates Beautiful 3D Printed Topographic Maps – 3dphobbyist.com
  • San Francisco Bay Depicted in 3D Printed Topographical Map by Area Resident – 3dprint.com
  • 3D Maps Created by IDeA Center Use Multi-Sensory Installations to Delight and Direct Everyone – 3dprint.com
  • Posterity is Priceless in 3D: Cartographer in India 3D Prints His City Using Google Maps – 3dprint.com
  • 3D printed maps: 10 eye-catching examples – techrepublic.com
  • Topographic Map 3D Printed Using Copy Paper – youtube.com
  • 3D-Printed Crystalline Maps Explore Urban Development Strategies – psfk.com
  • 3D Print Your Own Map of Norway – 3dprinterworld.com
  • Japan now offers free 3D terrain maps for 3D printing – 3ders.org
  • 4D printing: buildings that can change over time – bbc.com

Mapping with Drones

  • Drones and crisis mapping – digital aid in Vanuatu – irinnews.org
  • Scientists Using Drones To Map Ocean Trash – ecorazzi.com
  • DroneDeploy tech creates aerial maps in real time, often before a drone even lands – venturebeat.com

Industry News

  • International Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage – dch2015.net
  • 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography – eurocarto.org
  • Google To Sunset Their Old Version Of Google Maps – searchengineland.com
  • Nokia confirms Here mapping unit could be sold – zdnet.com
  • Microsoft highlights Windows 10 Maps for Phone, available in latest (10051) build – winbeta.org


  • Interview with a Celebrity Cartographer: Dr. Barbara (babs) Buttenfield – cartographicperspectives.org
  • Cartographer of prejudice: interview with Yanko Tsvetkov – here.com
  • The Strange Power of Maps: Interview with Cartographer Marcus Kirby – madeinshoreditch.co.uk
  • Meet the woman mapping street harassment in Brazil – dailylife.com.au
  • Meet the Man Behind the Map: Washington, D.C.’s and Baltimore’s Historical Trains, Subway-Style – curbed.com


Cartographic Education & Resources

  • Can games create an education fit for the future? – bbc.com
  • Imagining Space and Time in Kenneth Slessor’s “Dutch Seacoast” and Joan Blaeu’s Town Atlas of The Netherlands: Maps and Mapping in Kenneth Slessor’s Poetic Sequence The Atlas, Part Three – cartographicperspectives.org

Technically Speaking

  • Maps4News – wan-ifra.org or maps4news.com
  • Ordnance Survey releases mapping tool – bbc.com
  • How to Use APIs to Build GIS, Mapping and Location Applications – programmableweb.com
  • Apple tech applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate in-air gesture recognition – appleinsider.com
  • The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps – bgr.com
  • Indoor Atlas: Smartphones can navigate inside buildings using magnetic fields – networkworld.com

Cartograpahic Products

  • John Speed’s “Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine” – lib.cam.ac.uk
  • Battle of Waterloo in 1815 – lib.cam.ac.uk
  • 1:63,360 maps of England and Wales – nla.gov.au
  • Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World – mymodernmet.com
  • Mapping the reach of North Korean missiles – reuters.com
  • Mapping Australia: The ebb and flow of our cities’ populations – sbs.com.au
  • Very terrifying map of Africa: How desert, and best friend water, could be our worst enemies – mgafrica.com

Sound Mapping

  • A Geography of Street Music – citylab.com
  • Activist bats for noise mapping across Mumbai, writes to civic chief – dnaindia.com
  • Blind-from-birth people share brain mapping organization similar to that in sighted – jpost.com
  • UVM workshop maps sounds found around town – burlingtonfreepress.com


  • Before and after: Cyclone Pam’s impact on Vanuatu – abc.net.au
  • Minimal maps of America: Stunning images use simple data to reveal a complex history of US land use – dailymail.co.uk
  • Mapping the Coral Sea reefs by satellite – spatialsource.com.au
  • Spooky Ring of Light Created by Arctic’s Ice-Mapping Lasers (Photo) – livescience.com

Alternative Cartography

  • Pacman on Google Maps – google.co.nz/maps
  • Welcome to the Stereo Page – hbmeyer.de
  • This site transforms Earth into a ‘Tron’ map of the world – mashable.com
  • Stanford Literary Lab Maps ‘Emotions in Victorian London’ – nytimes.com
  • Mapping Toronto Through Its Poetry – citylab.com
  • Australian team builds Google Maps for the body – smh.com.au
  • This Is How Robots Are Mapping Radiation At Fukushima – gizmodo.com.au
  • Artist Servet Koçyiğit’s world of maps on display in Rampa show – todayszaman.com

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.