It gives me great pleasure to give the Laudation on the occasion of the awarding of the ICA Honorary Fellowship to Dr David Fairbairn.
I have known my colleague and friend, David Fairbairn for many years, having first met at British and ICA conferences. As well, David spent a sabbatical at my university whilst undertaking research in Australia.
David and I worked as colleagues for ICA, firstly when we were both Vice-Presidents of ICA, being elected at the Durban, South Africa General Assembly. In the next term we again served ICA, David as Secretary-General & Treasurer, and me as President. So, I know David very well and I am most aware of his dedicated work on behalf of ICA.
So some information about David: David’s ‘day’ job is at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Here he is the Degree Programme Director and undertakes research in the areas of accuracy of crowdsourced data and geovisualization and querying of spatial databases.
In ICA he has held a number of positions, namely:
- Vice‐President of ICA in the term 2003–2007
- Secretary-General & Treasurer in the term 2007–2011
- He is currently the Chair of the Commission on Education and Training
David has also represented ICA, as one of the ICA representatives (with me) on the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a coalition of leading international geospatial societies that speaks on behalf of the geospatial profession at international level, especially to the United Nations and other global stakeholders.
He also supports the ICA agenda, by being the editor of the ICA column in the GIM magazine. He has also written many reference works.
In the United Kingdom, David contributes to the activities of the British Cartographic Society, the British member of ICA. He is a Fellow of this Society and he has been editor of The Cartographic Journal, the journal of the British Cartographic Society.
David has contributed to ICA over many years. He has worked tirelessly as Vice-President, Secretary General & Treasurer and Commission Chair of the Education and Training Commission.
I applaud his devoted work for ICA. I consider that this award to David recognises his devotion to activities that support and grow our Associaton.
Dr David Fairbairn – a most deserved awardee of the International Cartographic Association’s Honorary Fellowship.
In the ICA Awards Ceremony this morning at ICC2015, the following six awards were presented in recognition of contributions to the ICA. Congratulations to all awardees!
ICA Honorary Fellowship
The ICA Honorary Fellowship is for cartographers of international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA. It includes a bronze medal.
- David Fairbairn, United Kingdom
- Vice-President (2003–2007)
- Secretary-General (2007–2011)
- Chairman of the Commission on Education and Training (2012–)
- Editor of the ICA GIM column
Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA
The Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA are for colleagues who have made special contribution to the ICA as commission officers or conference organizers.
- Vladimir Tikunov, Russia
- Chairman of the Commission on Education and Training (1999–2003)
- Vice-President (2003–2007)
- Chairman of the Working Group on GI for Sustainability (2007–2011)
- Chairman of the Commission on GI for Sustainability (2011–2015)
- Elri Liebenberg, South Africa
- Vice-President (1999–2003)
- Chair of the Working Group on the History of Colonial Cartography in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (2003–2007)
- Chair of the Commission on the History of Cartography (2007–2015)
- José Jesús Reyes Nuñez, Hungary
- Chairman of the Commission on Cartography and Children (2007–2015)
- Key organizer of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition from 2007
- Chairman of the International Jury (2005, 2007)
- Co-editor of three of the four books showing selections of map drawings made by children for the Barbara Petchenik Competitions from 2007
- David Fraser, Australia (not present)
- Chairman of the Commission on Education and Training (2007–2012)
- Editor of the eCARTO News (2012–present)
- Corné van Elzakker, The Netherlands
- Chairman of the Commission on Use and User Issues (2007–2015)
- Chairman of the Jury: ICA International Cartographic Exhibition (2007–2013)
More pictures of the award ceremony and the 2nd day of ICC2015 can be found on the ICA Facebook page.
This month, our Map of the Month section features the map Over the Edge in 3D: Death in Grand Canyon. It received the first jury prize in the category “maps on paper” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2013 in Dresden.
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.
The Map of the Month of November is the project “Scents of Glasgow” by Kate McLean. It received the third jury prize in the category “other cartographic products” at the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2013 in Dresden.
The Commission on Geovisualization would like to bring to your attention the work of their member Jo Wood, City University London data visualisation specialist. He created stunning visualisations based on data from the first 5 million journeys made by riders on London’s cycle hire scheme, which were made the focus of a recent New Scientist story.
According to Prof Wood: “Visual analytics allows transport planners and organisations such as Transport for London (TfL) to make better informed decisions to support the movement of people around our cities.”
In the animation, the routes that are least travelled begin to fade out after 15 seconds akin to “a graphic equaliser”, according to collaborator Andrew Huddart, who is manager of the University’s Transport Collaborative Hub.
Around the 1-minute mark, three major systems begin to emerge: routes around, and through Hyde Park in West London and commutes in and out of King’s Cross St Pancras in the north together with bike traffic between Waterloo and the City, toward the east of the capital.
Andrew Huddart believes that the next level of the data visualisation analysis will be the addition of anonymised user profiles which will provide more information about people’s use of bicycles over time, leading to a better placement of docking stations. This will also assist in balancing the load across the Barclays Cycle Hire network.
The Commission on Neocartography held its first official meeting following the annual conference of the Society of Cartographers in London earlier this month. The meeting was organised very openly – speakers were invited to “think broadly, and be interesting.” And interesting they were. Six talks shed light on the term of neocartography itself, as well as interesting and potential developments in the field – from psychogeography to experiential engagement.
The meeting is very well documented, so if you didn’t have a chance to attend, you are very welcome to…
- find full videos of all talks on the commission website
- find slides and reflections of the speakers on their blogs, e.g.: Ben Hennig (University of Sheffield) on his talk “From geovisualisation to neocartography: Maps in a digital world“, Gary Gale (Nokia) on his talk “History Repeats Itself And So Does The Map“. You might also be interested in Steve Chilton’s slides on “What’s neo?” at the last session of the Society of Cartographers conference.
Feel free to catch up and join the disucssion at neocartography.icaci.org.
Many thanks to Steve Chilton and the team from UCL for the smooth and friendly organisation of the event.
The first formal meeting of the Commission on Neocartography will take place on September 5 in London, UK. Steve Chilton organizes the session, which starts directly after the Society of Cartographers conference, and will be held from 3.45pm to 7.15pm at UCL. Details about program and registration can be found on the commission website: neocartography.icaci.org
Please note, that the commissions website also features an event, publications and research section. The commission invites everyone to share information about events, papers/books or research groups, which fall in the commission’s aims. To stay up-to-date, please consider subscribing to the comission’s RSS feed or email updates.
From this month onwards we will feature winning maps from the international map exhibition at ICC 2011 in Paris. September’s Map of the Month is The beautiful Game – A World of Football. The map by Kenneth Field won the first jury prize in the category “Thematic Maps”.
Professor David Rhind, Vice Chancellor at City University in London, occupies a unique position in the world of cartography and geographic information. He was the first academic to become the Director General of Ordnance Survey of Britain, where he was instrumental in replacing analogue cartography with digital, which served as an inspiration for other countries as well as other entities within Britain. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (Britain’s National Academy of Sciences) and he is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy (Britain’s National Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities). Has received the CBE award from the Queen and several honorary doctorates for his work as a geographer and cartographer. He remains active in research and publishing and is the author (with three colleagues) of one of the world’s best-selling textbooks in the field, Geographic Information Systems and Science.
Professor Rhind currently chairs the UK Statistics Commission, which advises Parliament and the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) on whether Britain’s official statistics are trustworthy. It influences the allocation of many billions of pounds each year.
A former Vice President of ICA, Professor Rhind has been active in the field for many years, and he has served on numerous committees and boards. He has been associated with various academic institutions in the past including Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Durham. He also served as Head of the Applications Section in the forward-looking Experimental Cartography Unit, RCA. He has been a visiting fellow at both ITC in the Netherlands and Australian National University.
He is well known internationally as well as within Britain and has served on numerous boards and committees, but he is also a keen thinker within the field, in recent years concentrating on the position and role of cartography in the Information (or Knowledge-Based) Society, especially in the topics of self financing, financial models and the harmonization of the GI and IT fields.
For his outstanding contributions to cartography and geographic information systems and his expansive role in the broader context of the field, for his productive publication record, and his seminal thinking within the field, the International Cartographic Association awards Vice Chancellor David Rhind its highest honors, the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal.