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Invitation to Pre-ICC Joint Workshop on Cartography Connecting Schools

The Commissions on Cartography and Children and Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People have the pleasure to invite all interested colleagues to participate in the Joint ICA Workshop Cartography Connecting Schools on December 2-3, 2021.

General Information

The participation in the online event is free, but previous registration is needed. Both commissions plan to organize the event using the Google Meet platform. More detailed information will be published on the workshop website.

A special session will be dedicated to Latin-America with presentations in Spanish language. However, interested colleagues should submit their registration, as well as their abstracts or papers in English for its publication in the proceedings.

Digital proceedings with ISBN code will be available for all the registered participants.

Deadlines

  • Deadline for the submission of papers and abstracts with registration form: October 31, 2021
  • Notification of the authors: November 12, 2021
  • Deadline for the submission of the registration form (without full paper, only participant): November 29, 2021

Please, send your submission and/or registration form to the following e-mail address: jointica2021 [at] gmail.com

Organizing Committee

  • Carla Cristina R. G. de Sena, Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children (Brazil)
  • Waldirene Ribeiro do Carmo, Chair, ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People (Brazil)
  • José Jesús Reyes Nunez, Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children (Hungary)
  • Alejandra Coll Escanilla, Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People (Chile)
  • Barbara Jordão, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children (Brazil)

 

Please find more information on the symposium website: jointica2021.elte.hu/

President’s Blog #10: Promoting Mapping for a Sustainable World at the UN World Data Forum

Dear ICA Colleagues,

The ICA is promoting the recent publication Mapping for a Sustainable World at the UN World Data Forum in Bern, Switzerland, the city of ICA’s origin in 1959. The hybrid event is hosting 700+ in-person registrants where representatives of governments, NGOs, companies, donors and philanthropic organizations and academic institutions and researchers are meeting to advance efforts toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the topics are varied, some common themes focus on leaving no one behind; understanding the world through data; and building trust in data and statistics. Discussions are both challenged and stimulated in responding to the questions “how far have we come?” Discussions continue on ideas and plans toward success.

Thomas Schulz and Tim Trainor at the UN World Data Forum

Thomas Schulz and Tim Trainor at the UN World Data Forum
promoting the publication Mapping for a Sustainable World

The ICA in producing the publication in collaboration with the UN, experienced several challenges in working with statistical and geospatial data associated with the SDGs. While these kinds of challenges are not foreign to cartographers, they worked through them in organized and logical ways so that users can benefit from the value offered through effective map design options.

For those of you still having to decide on if you should venture to Florence for the 30th ICC: Many at this Forum are from Africa and Asia, in addition to substantial attendees from Europe. Travel and health protocols are followed while allowing attendees to meet, share, discuss and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues.

I look forward to seeing you in Florence.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

International Journal of Cartography: Special Issue ICC2021, Florence, Italy – part 1, published on-line

Cover International Journal of CartographyThe Special Issue of the International Journal of Cartography: Issue 7.3, 2021 Special Issue ICC2021, Florence, Italy – part 1, is now published on-line. The print version of the issue will follow this.

Two Special Issues will be published to coincide with the conference: Issue 7.3 2021 (this issue) and Issue 8.1 2022. As the conference will take place in December 2021, all Special Issue papers will be published on-line before the Conference takes place, with print issues to follow.

 

Editorial: The International Cartographic Conference 2021 – Firenze, Italy: a truly wonderful occasion to celebrate the outcomes and advances of international collaboration and the resilience of Italian Cartographers

The international Cartography and GIScience community were gratified to receive news that the 2021 International Cartographic Conference would take place in Firenze, Italy between 14-18 December, in spite of the many hurdles that had to be overcome by the Associazione Italiana di Cartografia to ensure that this important event took place in this time of global disruption and uncertainty due to COVID-19. Our Italian colleagues are to be congratulated on their dedicated and diligent endeavours to ensure that the International Cartographic Association’s community will be able to meet and advance the theory and praxis of Cartography and GIScience.

The Journal editors worked closely with the Conference Publications Chair, Professor Paola Zamperlin of the Università di Pisa to progress papers for review and potential publishing. Selected papers submitted for the ‘Advances in Cartography’ publishing route for ICC2021 were considered for publication in the Special Issues of the Journal. Ninety-nine full papers were submitted to the ‘Advances’ publishing route. These papers were reviewed initially by the conference LOC, and evaluated by both national and international reviewers. After these reviews were complete and the outcomes considered by the LOC, selected papers were recommended to us for consideration for further review, with the potential of publishing in the Journal. Twenty-four selected papers were recommended by the LOC to the IJC editors. From these papers, sixteen papers were identified for consideration and a further two blind reviews were conducted on these papers. The papers published in Issue 7.3, 2021 and Issue 8.1, 2022 were realised by this process. We thank all LOC reviewers and Journal reviewers for their support of the review process, the Journal and, more broadly, the researchers whose work that advances the research goals of the International Cartographic Association are reported upon in these Special Issues of the Journal.

The papers herein begin with a contribution by Radek Barvir and Vit Vozenilek, with their contribution entitled Graphic map load measuring tool – development and verification. They explain that ‘Map load’ is a map property quantifying the amount of map content in cartographic products. This paper presents information about an easy-to-use and freely available tool GMLMT (Graphic Map Load Measuring Tool) that applies a metric averaging of the amount of visible structures in a map using an edge-detection approach to measure graphic map load of raster representations of maps. The process of designing the tool is described and the outcomes of their experiments is reported.

This is followed by the paper Spatial thinking in cartography teaching for schoolchildren by Sônia Maria Vanzella Castellar and Barbara Gomes Flaire Jordão. The paper provides the results of a study that investigated school teaching practises that relate spatial thinking with the learning of maps from a cartographic education perspective. The study was undertaken to support further research on school cartography and the use of digital cartographic resources in formal and informal teaching situations.

David Fairbairn, Georg Gartner and Mike Peterson examine the distinctiveness of the discipline of cartography and the success of the human endeavour that has produced maps. This paper is entitled Epistemological thoughts on the success of maps and the role of cartography. The authors argue that not only that cartography is a coherent and distinctive discipline, but that human society cannot function without maps. The paper concludes with pointers to the functional definition of the map.

Evaluating a location-based game to support citizens situated reflection on history: A mixed method approach is contributed by Catherine Jones. Catherine’s paper describes the process and findings of a critical evaluation conducted for a custom-made Location Based Game, designed to support reflection on social history. A ‘Think-aloud’ protocol was used in an evaluation in Valletta, Malta and adapted to the ‘Remind study’ protocol to explore participant experience in Luxembourg.

All of the issues of the International Journal of Cartography include a Column, entitled MAPS IN HISTORY, contributed by Imre Demhardt. In this issue, Professor Demhardt provides a timely column on the Renaissance frescoed map of Tuscany. This article describes the first 31 of 54 map-decorated cabinet fronts of the then known world in the Sala della Carte Geografiche in Palazzo Vecchio painted by Egnazio Danti in 1563–1575.

The International Journal of Cartography, since its launch some 7 years ago, has been committed to realising the publication of selected research papers submitted to the review stream of International Cartographic Conferences. As the conference will take place in December 2021, the two Special Issues are to be published to coincide with the conference are Issue 7.3 2021 (this issue) and Issue 8.1 2022. All on-line versions of the papers were published in 2021. The print version of Issue 7.3 will be published in 2021 and Issue 8.1 in 2022. (As is the case with all of our issues, the on-line versions of papers are published first, then the print versions.)

The international Cartography and GIScience community are indebted members of the Associazione Italiana di Cartografia and the conference team, led by Professor Giuseppe Scanu, for their unwavering commitment to ensure that ICC2021, a truly wonderful occasion, will take place in Firenze in December 2021.

William Cartwright, Anne Ruas and Paola Zamperlin
Melbourne | Paris | Pisa

Category: General News

eCARTO News September 2021

eCARTO News captures 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.

Mapping Nature

  • Mapping shows how great Barrier Reef is impacted by major weather events – themandarin.com.au
  • New Tool Maps Birds, Fish In Offshore Wind Areas – wbur.org
  • What Will Climate Change Feel Like? New Tool Provides Granular Estimates – bloomberg.com
  • Entrepreneurs recognized for innovations in flood mapping technology – news.asu.edu
  • City mulls new landslide and avalanche maps – juneauempire.com
  • How to make mapping and monitoring zero-deforestation commitments effective – eco-business.com

Network Maps

Atlases and other publications

Mapping Tools and Data

  • Aerial mapping tool helps local government plan for disasters – governmentnews.com.au
  • Open Maps For Europe project releases first datasets created from official, national geospatial data – geospatialworld.net

Cartographic Cooperation

  • USGS and the Republic of Peru Sign an Agreement for Remote Sensing Operations and Technological Development – usgs.gov

3D Maps

Cartographic Opinion

  • Your Map Is Lying to You – outsideonline.com
  • Analysis unlocks secret of the Vinland Map — it’s a fake – news.yale.edu
  • The world probably doesn’t look like you think it does — and that matters, a lot – deseret.com
  • A growing problem of ‘deepfake geography’: How AI falsifies satellite images – washington.edu
  • Researchers explore ways to detect ‘deep fakes’ in geography – sciencedaily.com
  • Art review: Fluid Cartographies looks at people and maps – canberratimes.com.au

Cartographic Resources and Opportunities

Websites Selection

On a Lighter Note

  • Keen spirit: Australian cyclist uses GPS to recreate Nirvana’s Nevermind cover – theguardian.com
  • Marvel Maps Charted in an Atlas of the Comic Universe – screenrant.com
  • All the World in a ‘Slice’ of Art – nytimes.com

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

President’s Blog #9: Greetings from Florence – the site of the 30th ICC (December 2021)!

Dear ICA Colleagues,

This past week, the ICA Executive Committee (EC) met for the first time in person in Florence, Italy since the beginning of the pandemic. It was so wonderful to be in the company of our friends on the EC and also meet with the local organizers of the next International Cartographic Conference. Please note that even in these challenging times for traveling, all 10 members of the EC were in Florence.

A main reason for our meeting was to conduct a site-visit on the plans, program, and facilities for our upcoming 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence (ICC) in December. Our hosts, Paola Zamperlin, Margherita Azzari and other members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) provided an extraordinary introduction for what all of us will experience in December. The program is very strong, and the facilities for sessions take advantage of a modern university environment. Given that the 30th ICC will have a first-time option for remote participation, the technical requirements are a significant added responsibility for our hosts to which they have responded commendably to accommodate the need.

Remember that the venue is Florence, the seat of the Renaissance, and the EC was treated to a sample of the rich history, beauty, and cuisine that only Florence can offer. The LOC is intertwining the program with some of the most precious sites offered by Florence. Special technical visits and an extraordinary setting for the Opening Ceremony extend your opportunities toward a full conference experience.

While there are many more details that we learned, I wanted to share a few encouraging observations and experiences from our task in conducting the site visit on your behalf. I will follow-up with more details in the coming weeks. This is the time to begin your planning for being with us in December to share what will be a great 30th International Cartographic Conference! Please register now for the conference starting at 14 December. Early-fee registration will close at 17 September.

The photo below of the ICA Executive Committee was taken on September 3 at the Galileo Museum, where the history of science is on display with over 500 books, maps, and atlases on cartography – one of the conference venues.

ICA Executive Committee on September 3 at the Galileo Museum

ICA Executive Committee on September 3 at the Galileo Museum

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

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eCARTO News August 2021

eCARTO News captures 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.

Borderline Cartography

  • Putting Slums on the Map – MapLab
  • A ‘redistricting nerd’ from NC won a national contest. His map is worth a look. – newsobserver.com
  • Which Canada would you choose? – macleans.ca

Mapping Change

  • Mapping wildfires around the world – Al Jazeera
  • Where extreme weather is getting even worse, in one map – Vox
  • Yukon-made sensors dropped from helicopter to collect wildfire information – yukon-news.com
  • ‘Eyes of a machine’: How to classify Planet Earth – BBC News
  • Building The World Country By Country  – Brilliant Maps

Hidden Cartography

  • Mapping Underground Features – GIS Lounge
  • Accident leads to safety win for Queenslanders with ‘phantom roads’ removed from maps – ABC News
  • Mapping quest edges past 20% of global ocean floor – BBC News
  • New dark matter map reveals cosmic mystery – BBC News

Poles Apart

Applications

  • These electric submarines map the seafloor to make way for wind power – cnbc.com
  • Every fireball meteor that hit Earth’s atmosphere in the last 33 years – msn.com

Cartographic Opinion

  • Which way will paper maps go in the future? – ABC News
  • Computers the cartographers of the future with student’s PhD research – ABC News
  • Why is ‘North’ Always on Top in Maps? We Take a Look at the History of Cartography – news18.com
  • Maps tell us where we are, and who we are – Inland Northwest
  • Colonization of New England – Boston Public Library
  • Everyone maps numbers in space, but…. – Science News

Cartographic Resources and Opportunities

Videos

  • How a 1507 German Map Became America’s Birth Certificate – YouTube
  • How bold errors on old world maps shaped the 21st century – YouTube
  • Medieval world map, Mappa Mundi, what does it show?  – YouTube

Kindred

Models

  • Suitcase Trains – suitcasetrains.com
  • See B.C. in all its 3D glory as giant Challenger Relief Map returns to PNE after 23 years – Vancouver Sun
  • It Took 400+ Hours To Make This Super Accurate 3D Printed GTA V Map – kotaku.com

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

eCARTO News July 2021

eCARTO News captures 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.

Recognition of Cartographic Excellence

Borderline Cartography

  • The human consequences of colonial cartography explored in a recent book – caravanmagazine.in
  • The world probably doesn’t look like you think it does — and that matters, a lot – deseret.com

Cartographic resources

Cartographic Virtual Gatherings

  • Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography – library.stanford.edu
  • Libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda: the Role of Libraries in Promoting Sustainable Development – hkdrustvo.hr

Maps and Geography

Enhanced Cartography

Animations

Cartographic Analysis

Industry News

  • Esri boosts digital twin tech for its GIS mapping tools – venturebeat.com
  • Robots Making Maps for Robots: Galileo/GNSS-based Mapping for High-Definition Guidance – insidegnss.com
  • ArcGIS Pro Cartography proves to be a game changer – geospatialworld.net

On a lighter note

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

(Re)watch the first ICA Webinar: Mapping for a Sustainable World

Wednesday July 14, the International Cartographic Association, together with the United Nations, organized its first ever webinar Mapping for a Sustainable World based on the book with the same title just published by the United Nations. The authors, both from the International Cartographic Association and United Nation’s Geospatial Information Section took the 80 participants on a journey along the timeline of the creation of the book and shared their experiences.

The webinar can be (re)watched here:

The webinar aimed at those who want to create and use “SDG maps” to achieve a Sustainable World in the classroom and beyond and are interested in Open Education. It offers guidelines for mapping geographic datasets related to the SDGs at both regional and global scales. Applied examples and open data that can be used in Geography coursework as well as best practices for cartographic design are presented throughout the book and were highlighted during the webinar.

Category: General News

Announcement: First ICA Webinar on Mapping for a Sustainable World

The United Nations identified seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an effort to address the most pressing problems facing our world. Well-designed maps and diagrams can assist in achieving these goals.

With this in mind the International Cartographic Association together with United Nations Geospatial Information Section has written the book Mapping for a Sustainable World. It offers guidelines for mapping geographic datasets related to the SDGs at both regional and global scales. Applied examples and open data that can be used in Geography coursework as well as best practices for cartographic design are presented throughout the book.

The authors of the book will take you on a journey of the timeline of the creation of the book and will share their experiences. We look at the creation, the content and the use of the book.

This webinar taking place on July 14, 2021 at 16:00 CET, will be of interest to those who want to create and use “SDG maps” to achieve a Sustainable World in the classroom and beyond and are interested in Open Education.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://utwente-nl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkcu6tpzotEtPSSfpqSYDm83XSLcjzH124
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Category: General News

eCARTO News June 2021

eCARTO News captures 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.

Country by Country

Language

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Cartographic Resources

Cartographic Themes

Maps on Display

  • Larissa Fassler’s cartography at the Currier Museum describes socioeconomic disparities in Manchester – theartblog.org

Marine Cartography

  • Preserving the future of our oceans through underwater mapping – cnet.com
  • Mapping quest edges past 20% of global ocean floor – bbc.com
  • Trio in plan to accelerate seabed mapping – shipinsight.com
  • Cartographers Say The World Now Has Five Oceans, Not Four – deeperblue.com
  • Mapping the Secrets of the Earth’s Seabed – bloomberg.com

Weather, Climate and the Cosmos

Cartography reporting

  • Woven Alpha Automated Mapping Platform and Mitsubishi Fuso Collaborate on Latest HD Mapping Technology for Advanced Driver – miragenews.com

Odd Spot

Kindred

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