This year’s last entry in the Map of the Month series is the Kakamega-Nandi Forests Puzzli. It received the second jury prize in the category “educational cartographic products” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.
The 12th International Symposium on Location-Based Services was held in Augsburg, Germany, from 16–18 September 2015. It was addressed at researchers, industry operators and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or affined to Location Based Services (LBS). The conference featured Alexander Zipf from Heidelberg University and Xiaolin Meng from University of Nottingham as keynote speakers. An overview over the program can be found on lbs2015.tum.de. Selected papers are planned to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services.
– Jukka M. Krisp
Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services
Cartography is a domain including technology, art and science. In order to be able to fully deploy the capacity of cartography education in all these areas is key. It happens to be that respective university programmes, professional trainings, and job trainings are more and more changing their scopes and names, leaving the unique competence combination of cartographers, being able to deal with big data, modern technologies and artistic design, vacant.
It is of this reason, that programmes dealing with dedicated cartographic education are of growing importance. Let me highlight here two programmes, which ICA is taking significant note of.
- The International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartography (IC_Cartotechnology), run by the Institut Cartografic i Geològic de Catalunya, has the aim to provide a wide range of geoinformation professionals with a capacity-building instrument that covers the basis of advanced and up-to-date techniques, tools and critical thinking in cartography. It therefore integrates all the disciplines, approaches and techniques used to acquire and exploit geospatial data. Several ICA collegues have contributed to the first successful edition by giving lectures. The second edition starts in September 2014 and enrolment is still possible.
- Three central european universities, the Technical University Munich, the Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University Dresden, are offering a joint Master Programme on Cartography. This is a 4-semester programme and it leads into a joint master degree of all three universities. Currently four intakes have been accepted and are in different stages of their studies. The programme is competitive, as only a restricted number of students can be accepted and has so far proven to be most successful in achieving the aim of educating experts with capacity in technologies, data handling and design skills.
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.
This symposium is coorganised by four ICA Commissions:
- Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness
- Commission on GeoVisualization
- Commission on Maps and the Internet
- Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies
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.
ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness
The last Map of the Month of 2013 is not one but two maps by TU Dresden with the titles Khumbu Himal and Shorong/Hinku. They received the second jury prize in the category “maps on paper” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2013 in Dresden.
- Art and Cartography
- Cartography and Children
- Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management
- Cognitive Visualization
- Data Quality
- Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage
- Education and Training
- Generalisation and Multiple Representation
- Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards
- Geospatial Analysis and Modeling
- GI for Sustainability
- History of Cartography
- Map Design
- Map Production and Geo-Business
- Map Projections
- Mapping from Remote Sensor Imagery
- Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People
- Maps and Society
- Maps and the Internet
- Mountain Cartography
- Open Source Geospatial Technologies
- Planetary Cartography
- Theoretical Cartography
- Ubiquitous Mapping
- Use and User Issues
- Working Group on International Map Year
- Joint ICA Working Group and IGU Commission on Toponymy
- ICA News, also available as ppsx file with music [23 MB]
All 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!
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!
- National Geographic created a blog post presenting the entries that represent USA in the international competition