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eCARTO News February 2018

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.

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Cartographic Opportunities and Resources


History through Cartography

The Politics in Cartography

Cartographic Analysis

Cartographic Products

  • Strava heatmap: Fitness activity data shows someone cutting laps around Pyongyang – abc.net.au
  • UKHO Produces ENC with One Meter Depth Contours to Support Navigation in the Bristol Channel – maritime-executive.com
  • Dutch UAV First to Map Remote Tropical Island in 50 Years – gim-international.com
  • Minimalist City Street Maps Made From Layers of Laser-Cut Wood – mymodernmet.com
  • Scaling Law and Tobler’s Law for Charaterizing Asymmetries in Geography – researchgate.net

People in Cartography

Cartography – Going once, twice –sold!

Cartography Lite

  • Colourful cartography: Studio MUTT creates homage to Ordnance Survey in the Lake District – architectsjournal.co.uk
  • The Maps From Your Favorite Fantasy Novels Are On Display Now At This Special Exhibition At Harvard – bustle.com
  • Defense Ministry confirms discovery of new island by school students – arctic.ru
  • 10 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Map Lovers – news.nationalgeographic.com

ICA News 69 now online

We are pleased to announce that the 69th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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In this issue of ICA News, we farewell Don Pearce who was always full of energy and ideas to move the ICA forward, yet never
lost the spirit of our Association. We look at ICC 2017 through the lens of various reports and statistics, and celebrate the achievements of our fellow cartographers. We are also invited to stay tuned to the summer events in Tokyo in two years’ time.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

2nd Call for Papers for the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping Empires Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea

You still have until 1 March to submit an abstract for the international symposium Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea, which will be held from 13–15 September 2018 in Oxford (UK) and is jointly organised by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford.

Besides its scientific programme, the symposium will also include a nice array of social events, namely an ice-breaker reception, a maps and rare books exhibit and reception at Christ Church Library, a guided tour of Oxford, a conference dinner and a full-day visit to nearby Blenheim Palace.

For more information please visit the symposium website at mappingempires.icaci.org.

eCARTO News January 2018

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.

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Cartographic Opportunities


  • Here acquires Micello to add indoor mapping as part of its IoT business unit – techcrunch.com
  • An Opensource Startup Dies As Mapping Gets Hotter Than Ever – wired.com
  • Apple Maps Gains Indoor Airport Mapping To Make Travelling Less Stressful – independent.co.uk
  • TomTom announces mapping technology that will revolutionise how driverless cars operate on our streets – news.com.au
  • Bosch joins Intel, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, buys stake in mapping company Here – arstechnica.com


  • Inaccurate Environment Agency flood maps distort house prices, claim locals – telegraph.co.uk
  • Nobody Lives Here: Mapping Emptiness in the U.S. and Beyond – bigthink.com
  • Ocean Mapping Expedition Tracing Magellan’s Voyage Reaches the Philippines – globalvoices.org

Cartographic Resources

Cartographic Reveals

The world from above

Cartography Lite

Invitation to the 11th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop

In partnership with the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy, the ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography is organizing its 11th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop on the island of Hvar, Croatia. From May 21–25, 2018, we invite you to this beautiful venue in the Adriatic Sea and welcome you for numerous interesting excursions. The workshop will be hosted in hotels Pharos and Amfora in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia – the city of Hvar.

The ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop brings together cartographers, geographers and others who want to discuss the current developments in mountain cartography and spatial data analysis and representations related to mountain environments. Main conference topics are (but not limited to):

  • Mapping for outdoor activities in mountains
  • Mapping and GIS of mountainous areas
  • Physical and topographic mapping
  • Relief representation
  • Visualisation of mountain dynamics
  • Interactive atlases
  • New media applications
  • Glacier movement
  • Rock representation

Different presentation types are possible, from classic research papers to live software demonstrations and map discussions. With visits to the Hvar Observatory, St. Nikola and Pakleni Islands, the workshop includes outdoor thematic excursions, too.

Along with traditionally interesting scientific and professional programme and exchange of experiences among mountain cartographers from the whole world, there are many options for those interested for hiking and kayaking, local cuisine, charming beaches, historical sites or just strolling through the streets of the ancient Pharos. Our diversified programme with complementary activities will meet everyone’s interests.

Submit your abstract and take advantage of discounted early registration until February 28, 2018.

Find more information on the workshop web-site: science.geof.unizg.hr/cmc2018.


eCARTO News December 2017

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.

Cartography Lite

  • Quiz: can you identify these cities from their historic maps? – theguardian.com
  • Airplane draws one-of-a-kind Christmas tree in the sky – edition.cnn.com
  • Scare Yourself With Google Maps’ List of the Scariest Places in the Country – nymag.com
  • Extremely Petty Neighbor Exacts Revenge Via Google Maps – nymag.com
  • You Can Play Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps for April Fools’ Day – nymag.com
  • How Stranger Things Made the Sprawling Tunnel Maps in Will’s House – vulture.com
  • Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus – techcrunch.com
  • 10 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Map Lovers – news.nationalgeographic.com

Cartographic Gatherings

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Rare Maps


  • For the Good of Society — and Traffic! — Delete Your Map App – nymag.com/selectall
  • Using Google Maps Too Much Really Does Mess With Your Sense of Direction – thecut.com
  • Kiwi cartographer’s ‘Nobody Lives Here’ map shows how sparse New Zealand’s population is – nzherald.co.nz

Cartographic Resources

Cartographic Reveals

Cartographic Challenges


  • Between cartography & creativity – freeskier.com
  • Creative Conversations: the Christchurch cartographer redefining the country – stuff.co.nz

President’s Blog: Season’s Greetings

Dear colleagues and ICA friends,

2017 has been again a successful year for cartography. We had a wonderful 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington DC (USA). Most Commissions and Working Groups organized many smaller events in conjunction with our main conference. During the conference, we also formally closed the International Map Year, which initiated local events on a global scale. It is obvious that cartography is very much alive!

This is also the moment to thank all of you who have been active for ICA in 2017. All your activities are very much appreciated, especially if we realize that we all do this as volunteers.

2018 promises to be yet another interesting year for ICA. Many (joint) commission activities have already been planned. 2018 will also be the year of our collaborative effort to realize the follow up of our 2016 cartographic poster exhibition on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the UN headquarter in New York. This will be our book ‘Mapping for sustainability’ which will offer guidelines and best practices for mapping the UN SDG indicators. The book will allow ICA to transfer knowledge and expertise, and organize various training related activities.

With all these plans ahead of us, I would like to wish you all a prosperous and ‘mapable’ 2018.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association


The ICA Executive Committee wishes Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

eCARTO News November 2017

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.

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Just Maps


Cartographic Training

Cartography Publications & Resources

Cartography and Place

Fringe Thinking

  • The Flat Earth – bbc.com
  • New Public Transit Map Series Launches with London Underground – archdaily.com

Digital Cartography

  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • Global Electronic Cartography System Market 2017- Honeywell Aerospace, Jeppesen, Navionics – dailycommercenews.com
  • ArcMap 10.2: Landsat Band Composite and NDVI Calculation – youtube.com
  • How to convert Excel to GIS data in QGIS using Spreadsheet Layers plugin – monde-geospatial.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Analysis In Electronics Segment 2017 – technopow.com
  • Garmin® announces the ultimate connected boating experience with the introduction of the ActiveCaptain mobile app – businesswire.com
  • Avenza Releases MAPublisher 10 For Adobe Illustrator – gisuser.com/2017


  • Inside the Invention of the the Modern News Illustration and Infographic Map – time.com
  • The cartographers – dukechronicle.com
  • Workshops hope to inspire Indigenous youth to get involved in mapping – cbc.ca
  • This 20-Year-Old Designs Some of the Internet’s Best Maps – inverse.com

Cartographic Change

  • The CIA Is Celebrating Its Cartography Division’s 75th Anniversary by Sharing Declassified Maps – smithsonianmag.com
  • The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before – npr.org

Invitation to the 13th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 13th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in Madrid, Spain, 18-20 April 2018, in partnership with the IGN – Instituto Geográfico Nacional, supported by the SECFT – Sociedad Española de Cartografía, Fotogrametría y Teledetección, by the AUTH CartoGeoLab – Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis, and the MAGIC – Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.

The Conference programme is organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the Conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2015-2019) and the topics treated by its Working Units. In this conference a special interest is reserved to the contribution of Cartoheritage to Digital Humanities:

  • Digitisation – Georeference.
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity.
  • Landscape change studies based on map-archival sources.
  • Visualisation of Cartoheritage, including thematic portals.
  • Interconnection of cartographic archival sources, especially map and textual data.
  • Historical terrestrial and aerial photography, including photo-related post-cards and relevant material – cartographic parametrisation.
  • Cartoheritage web providing issues.
  • Interaction of cartoheritage with map and geoinformation curatorship of cartodiversity.
  • Development of catoheritage as a cultural issue, within the context of GLAM, addressed to education and to the general public.
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage.
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities.
  • Other relevant issues of Cartoheritage ecosystem.

The Conference is kindly hosted by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional of Spain (see venue), in cooperation with the Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT).

For more information about the conference please visit cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Madrid2018.


eCARTO News October 2017

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.

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Maps – Specific Themes

Cartographic Resources


  • Electronic Cartography Market to Witness Comprehensive Growth by 2026 – findmarketresearch.org
  • Cartographers, Rejoice! Rising Ocean Levels Are On Track To Turn Australia Into An Easy-To-Draw Rhombus – clickhole.com
  • Distance Decay: How Far Are You Willing to Travel? – gisgeography.com
  • Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere – nytimes.com
  • What is the difference between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality? – geospatialworld.net
  • How Maps are Powering the Tech Revolution – bbc.com
  • Your Next Job: Map The Streets For Self-driving Cars – wired.com
  • What’s at stake in the most important Supreme Court case of the year – qz.com

Cartographic Miscellanea

Cartography and Society

  • When Cartography Meets Disaster Relief – citylab.com
  • Stanford senior wins international award for research on 19th-century cholera maps – news.stanford.edu
  • Group issues Jakarta’s integrated transit map – thejakartapost.com
  • The Crowdsourced Maps Guiding Puerto Rico’s Recovery – wired.com

People into Cartography

Fringe Thinking

  • Nearly every country on Earth is named after one of these four things – msn.com
  • Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague – nytimes.com
  • These Are the Cleverest, Weirdest Mapping Ideas Ever Patented – news.nationalgeographic.com

History through maps

Cartography Beyond The Land

  • Navigational Maps of the Five Arctic Seas will be Reissued, According to the Results of the OIS “Admiral Vladimirsky” Expedition – maritimeherald.com
  • Cartography of the Cosmos – sciencedaily.com


A n Eclectic Collection of Maps