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Happy International Map Year 2015–2016!Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic AssociationJune’s Map of the Month: World atlas in Polish and Braille
Happy International Map Year 2015–2016!
Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
Map of the Month 07/2014: Death in Grand Canyon
June’s Map of the Month is a world atlas in Polish and Braille

Call: Workshop on Theoretical Cartography and Geo-Information Science

The ICA Commission on Theoretical Cartography and the ICA Commission on Atlases will organise the joint workshop on Theoretical Cartography and Geo-information Science, in conjunction with the Commission of Cartography and GIS, the Chinese Society of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-Information, Commission of Mapping, the Chinese Association of GI Industry on October 17-19, 2014, in the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing.

Please find all details in the PDF call.

President’s Blog: Disaster management and cartography

Evacuation of Participants of the 5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS with helicopters throught to flash floods in the region of Varna in June 2014

Evacuation of Participants of the 5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS with helicopters throught to flash floods in the region of Varna in June 2014

The 5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICCGIS) together with EU Seminar on Early Warning and Crises management was held on June 15–20, 2014 in Riviera, Varna, Bulgaria. The successful conference was attended by 170 specialists from 42 countries around the world and was professionally organised by Prof Temenoujka Bandrova and her team once again.

The ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Disaster Management, chaired by Prof Milan Konecny, has contributed in the past to publications such as the UN-OOSA and JBGIS publication on “Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management”, demonstrating the strong need and demand for profound expertise in such contexts.

It happens to be, that the Conference demonstrated this connection unexpectedly. During the Gala dinner, which was organised in a typical Bulgarian restaurant, strong flash floods struck the region. The floods blocked several cities (in Varna city 12 people lost their lives). The only access to the road back to Riviera was closed due to rise in rivers’ water levels. Unexpectedly, participants had to spend the night in the manor without their personal belongings and medicines and with limited food reserves. Emergency services in Bulgaria and various embassies and medical centres were immediately contacted. Finally, with the help of the Military Geographic Service of Bulgaria all participants were evacuated via helicopters and returned safely back to their hotels.

This real life experience demonstrated, that the topic of “Disaster Management and Cartography” can’t be underestimated in its relevance to all of us.


ICA News 62 now online

ICA News 62

We are pleased to announce that the 62nd issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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The International Map Year is a major event in the up-and-coming ICA calendar […]. An illustrated outcome of the recent ICA survey on definitions concerning our domain is also presented in this issue. Graciela Metternicht shares her story of ICA News editorship, while President Georg Gartner announces the establishment of our own International Journal of Cartography.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

eCARTO News June 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 David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

General News


  • MH370 search: Dutch survey vessel begins mapping ocean floor – smh.com.au
  • Arctic connections: Mapping historic Inuit trails online – dal.ca
  • Balkan floods: mapping a disaster area with some help from NASA – blogs.redcross.org.uk
  • VIDEO: Affordable Drone Aircraft for Mapping Landfill Void – waste-management-world.com
  • Mapping San Francisco’s Stolen Bike Hotspots Reveals Where Not To Park Your Bike – fastcoexist.com
  • Aquatic habitat mapping “Off-the-Shelf” – peninsulaclarion.com

Industry News

  • Has Apple Maps Finally Found Its Way? – wallstcheatsheet.com
  • Apple goes indoors with their latest mapping expansion as they prepare to detail the inside of buildings – dailymail.co.uk
  • Nokia’s Mapping Unit Buys Predictive Analytics Firm Medio – toptechnews.com
  • Nokia Looks To Bolster Its HERE Maps Business With Recent Buys – forbes.com
  • NOAA innovation creates room for data entrepreneurs – fcw.com
  • Google Flight Search increases interactivity with visual airfare mapping – tnooz.com
  • Google’s secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is – engadget.com
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps – searchengineland.com
  • The big mobile weakness Amazon’s smartphone faces: Maps – venturebeat.com
  • TomTom Powers MapQuest’s Core Map Data with New Partnership – directionsmag.com
  • Garmin Releases viago Navigation App For $0.99, Pay In-App to Unlock Features that Google Maps Does for Free – droid-life.com


  • Japan Launches Satellite with Night-Vision Mapping Radar – space.com
  • Mapping Apps Follow the Crowd – nytimes.com
  • 3D Mapping Solution Identifies CCTV Blackspots – hstoday.us
  • Queensland Police mobile app, 3D thermal mapping feature in state iAwards – cio.com.au /
  • Apple Maps’ hidden ‘City Tours’ feature revealed by developer – itproportal.com
  • IndoorAtlas Raises $4.5 Million in Race To Map The Indoors – blogs.wsj.com
  • senseFly announces the eBee RTK mapping drone – the most flexible survey-grade system on the market – directionsmag.com

Resource Mapping

Education and Resources

  • Coordinate Systems Worldwide – new online tool for finding coordinate systems – epsg.io
  • Mapping Hacks – Tips & Tools for Electronic Cartography – shop.oreilly.com
  • GeoCommunity – geocomm.com
  • Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Use Drones for Mapping – nbcdfw.com
  • Mapping Out a Lesson Plan – issaquahpress.com

Cartography and Health

Society and Cartography

  • Historical maps in libraries around the world – oldmapsonline.org
  • #BBCtrending: mapping ISIS followers around the world – bbc.com
  • T&T Minister: New mapping system to locate children at all times – stabroeknews.com
  • Mapping the city for safety with Safetipin – livemint.com
  • SEMCOG’s interactive map shows commuting patterns – hometownlife.com
  • Enhanced Irish-language placename and mapping tools launched in DCU – dcu.ie



  • How 1.5 Million Volunteer Mappers Aim To Beat Google – readwrite.com
  • Maps and their makers … and the pretence of objectivity – thenational.ae
  • A History of the World in Twelve Maps shows that cartography is a matter of perspective – thenational.ae
  • Mapping Company Will Appeal $6.2M Fine – wabi.tv

Cartography Lite

  • What Sheraton’s new 3-D mapping light shows could look like – khon2.com
  • World Cup 2014: Travel through Brazil’s 37 painted streets with Google Maps Street View – ibnlive.in.com

Planetary Cartography for Children

call4papersThe ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography‘s annual meeting will be held in Budapest, on 3 September 2014, one day prior to the 9th ICA Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.

The meeting will be accompanied with a one-session workshop on the topic Planetary Cartography for Children.

Read the Call for papers here!

Participation in the meeting and workshop is free.

eCARTO News May 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 David Fraser, editor of eCARTO News.

General News

  • Women, exploration and discovery – h-net.org
  • Best Views of Earth From Europe’s New Plant-Mapping Minisatellite – wired.com
  • Mapping out growth in an industry that’s boosting the economy – independent.ie
  • The GeoInformation Group Maps Out New Future for the UK – directionsmag.com
  • Danish government releases geographic data by way of 1:1 Minecraft map – arstechnica.com
  • What if we mapped cities by how hard it is to get to work? – washingtonpost.com
  • 5 Free Tips to Improve Google Maps – gamerheadlines.com
  • A Navigation Program Switches to Maps Made by Volunteers – nytimes.com
  • Sculptural Cartography: How The Marshall Islands Inhabitants Used Stick Charts to Map the Waves – socks-studio.com


  • This graphic designer makes ‘smell maps’ of cities around the world – pri.org
  • Google Maps update adds public transport data for Britain – hereisthecity.com
  • Digitally mapping the downtown – news.pioneergroup.com
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Further ocean mapping required as underwater search area expands – abc.net.au
  • EPA Releases New Tool For Mapping Ecosystem Services – ecosystemmarketplace.com
  • Mapping Yunnan’s surprisingly hectic airspace – gokunming.com
  • Mapline’s Business Mapping Software – Mompreneurs’ New Best Friend – einnews.com
  • Mapping medieval miracles – pasthorizonspr.com
  • University of Colorado Boulder leads team in mapping 198,000 glaciers – examiner.com

Industry News

  • Our world is changing and we need new maps – 360.here.com
  • Offline mapping, navigation improvements highlight Google Maps update – macworld.com
  • Tencent to Invest in Map Company NavInfo – online.wsj.com
  • Digital Mapping May Be Nokia’s Hidden Jewel – nytimes.com
  • Mapbox Adds Smart Directions to its Mapping Platform – programmableweb.com
  • Smart Mapping SuperSurv Available on App Store and Google Play Now – directionsmag.com
  • Rand McNally offers all-in-one mapping, navigation, and HOS update – fleetowner.com
  • Introducing Microsoft Power Map – sqlmag.com
  • The World edition of Tellmaps – tellmaps.com

Technological advances

Education and Resources

Cartography and the Environment

Society and Cartography



  • Mapping the humiliation of China – opinion.inquirer.net
  • Mapping the Chinese Conquest of the Planet – huffingtonpost.com
  • Politics on the Topographer’s Table: The Helvetic Triangulation of Cartography, Politics, and Representation – tg.ethz.ch

World and Country Specific Cartography

Cartography Lite

Thank you, Jeet Atwal

Jeet Atwal retired. We would like to use this occassion to thank her for her work dedicated to the ICA.

Barbara Petchenik Map Competition website

Archive of the winning entries to the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition – coordinated by Jeet Atwal

Jeet Atwal worked in the Maps Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University Library (Ottawa, Canada) for more than 20 years. She was there when the ICA began to organize the biennial Barbara Petchenik World Map Competitions from 1993. In 1996, then-president Fraser Taylor brought the first set of drawings from the competitions to Barbara Farrell (then Head of Map Library at Carleton University), who commissioned Jeet Atwal to organize the storage of all entries. A couple of years later, Susan Jackson (retired Head of Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) gave her full support to begin the project on creating a website to make the stored entries accessible and to participate in other tasks related to the Barbara Petchenik Competition. Jeet Atwal became the main coordinator of the website, which was made public in March 2000.

Children Map the World, Volume 2

Jeet Atwal is one of the authors of Children Map the World, Volume 2

Jeet Atwal was one of the founding members of the ICA Working Group from 1995, and later of the Commission on Cartography and Children from 1999. She was the organizer of the exhibition entitled “Maps of Our Children’s World” to present a selection of children’s map drawings from 1993 to 2003 organized during the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California, July 25 to 29, 2005. Jeet Atwal is also one of the authors of the first two volumes of the series “Children Map the World”, which were published by Esri Press in 2005 and 2009.

Again, thank you, Jeet Atwal – best wishes for your retirement!

Joint ISPRS/ICA Commissions meeting on Education and Training

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is collaborating with the ISPRS Commission VI to present a symposium in May 2014. Titled “Data, Information, and Knowledge Sharing for Geo-Education” the symposium will be held at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China from 19 to 21 May 2014. You are welcome to attend this symposium which has many interesting papers scheduled in the programme: topics in the Plenary session include Contemporary GeoEducation in China, Education for Disaster Resilience, and Education in International Map Year. Parallel sessions follow addressing a range of issues under headings including Technology Transfer and Capacity Development, Web-based Resource Sharing and E-Delivery of Education Services, Promotion of International Collaborative Education Programs, amongst others. The symposium website is at http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/isprscom6/index.html

The symposium is followed by a student summer school (22-28 May) with eminent visiting professors running intensive courses on topics such as spatial statistics and opensource mapping. The summer camp website is at http://www.lmars.whu.edu.cn/isprscom6/summercamp.html

David Fairbairn
ICA Commission on Education and Training

Former ICA president Fraser Taylor receives 2014 Killam Prize

Fraser Taylor, Source: canadacouncil.ca

D. R. Fraser Taylor, recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize

The ICA is pleased to inform that former ICA President Prof Fraser Taylor received one of the highest Canadian awards – the Killam Prize – for his outstanding contributions as a cartographer. This demonstrates once more that cartography is relevant, attractive and modern and it is good to see that proponents of our discipline are recognized in such a noble manner.

Congratulations, Fraser Taylor!

Georg Gartner
President, ICA


From the press release of the Canada Council for the Arts:

Ottawa, April 9, 2014 – Five of Canada’s top scholars and scientists were recognized today as the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the 2014 Killam Prizes, which awards $100,000 to each recipient.

The winners are:

  • Sajeev John, University of Toronto
  • Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto
  • James Miller, University of Saskatchewan
  • Francis Plummer, University of Manitoba
  • Fraser Taylor, Carleton University

These are Canadians who have made their mark in the international race to find an effective HIV vaccine, pioneered diffusion wave technologies that are revolutionizing medical diagnostic methods, introduced the new discipline of “Cybercartography” and its capacity to illuminate socio-economic issues, enhanced our understanding of relations between Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, and developed optical technologies that will transform the way information systems transmit data.

For more information: