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President’s Blog: New Working group – Cartographic Body of Knowledge (CartoBoK)

Education and Research go hand in hand. Research is necessary to make sure our discipline remains relevant. Education disseminates this new knowledge and trains future generations. Each domain has common or basic knowledge, sometimes typified as a domain’s Body of Knowledge. Wikipedia says: “A body of knowledge (BOK or BoK) is the complete set of concepts, terms and activities that make up a professional domain, as defined by the relevant learned society or professional association”.

In this context ICA sees it as its duty to help educators by defining such BoK for cartography. To do so the Executive Committee has decided to establish a new working group Cartographic Body of Knowledge (CartoBoK), to be chaired by vice-president Lynn Usery, supported by past President Georg Gartner. Both are in the process to add a few more members. The working group will report in Tokyo.

Based on the terms of reference the working group will start with an inventory of existing Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs) from UCGIS, AGILE, NGA/USGS, ACM, and others that have cartographic elements and extract those parts relevant to CartoBoK. The next step will include top down / bottom up process to define an initial set of topics to capture cartographic knowledge and concepts for the CartoBoK. This will be followed by a process to solicit, review, and publish individual contributions to the CartoBoK and to develop a procedure for update and refinement of CartoBoK, beyond the initial delivery so that it becomes a dynamic, living document changing as the discipline of cartography changes. A close link with the ICA research agenda will be maintained. On our website a dedicated page for the working group will be created to keep all of us informed.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News April 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.

Investigative Cartography


Cartographic Opportunities and Resources


  • NavVis Marks Breakthrough in Reality Capture Technology with New Indoor Mobile Mapping System – satnews.com
  • Carmera to provide live mapping services for Renovo’s automated mobility ecosystem – traffictechnologytoday.com
  • A Geo-Odyssey of UAS LiDAR Mapping – insideunmannedsystems.com
  • Map Maker Aims to Be Silicon Valley Conduit to China’s Car Market – bloomberg.com
  • Mapbox Hires Former Tesla Autopilot Designer to Rethink Driverless-Car Maps – wsj.com
  • EarthSense adds PM2.5 to MappAir pollution map – airqualitynews.com
  • MRTouch Turns Any Physical Surface Into A Mixed Reality Touch Screen – tomshardware.com
  • Better-performing mapping system searches the streets – newatlas.com

Mapping Beyond Terra-firma

  • Constellations of State Fragility – die-gdi.del
  • How a Star Mapping Satellite Could Find Alien Life – popularmechanics.com
  • Galactic Archaeology and the key to Mapping Star DNA – edgylabs.com
  • It’s Full of Stars: New 3-D Milky Way Map Could Settle Debate over Who Discovered the First Exoplanet – scientificamerican.com
  • Map of Arctic Claims – cor.europa.eu
  • Mystery shipwreck found off West Australian coast a thrill for mapping team – abc.net.au
  • The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor – bbc.com
  • Behind The Quest To Map The Seabed by 2030 – newsdeeply.com
  • Seafloor map shows why Greenland’s glaciers melt at different rates – sciencenews.org

Cartography Projects

Cartography of the Untamed

Invitation to Workshop on New Directions in Geovisual Analytics

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a pre-conference workshop to be held in conjunction with GIScience 2018 on August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

New Directions in Geovisual Analytics: Visualization, Computation, and Evaluation

The workshop focuses on eliciting and sharing nascent challenges in visual design, evaluation, and computation related to geovisual analytics. The core concept of this workshop is to focus on exploring ideas for new approaches – not simply to recap what has already been accomplished. Toward that end, workshop participants will be asked to submit extended abstracts that describe new research directions in visualization, evaluation, or computation (and may synthesize across these areas as well). We especially encourage high-risk ideas that have a potentially high-return in terms of scientific and social impact. Potential topics may include:

  • New visual representation types in geovisual analytics
  • Novel computational and visual methods for handling massive, streaming, spatiotemporal data
  • Opportunities for integrating immersive environments and geovisual analytics
  • Artistic approaches for expressing or interacting with big spatial data
  • New approaches for integrating users in the design of geovisual analytics systems
  • Ideas for integrating sensemaking into geovisual analytics

This workshop will have a discussion-centric format. Accepted talks will be given in short formats (10min or 5min in length) with an emphasis on having ample discussion and networking time connected to each series of talks.

The workshop will be held August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.


The deadline for submitting extended abstracts (no longer than six pages using the GIScience 2018 format) has been extended to May 11, 2018.

A dedicated workshop website can be found at viz.icaci.org/GVIZ2018

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IJGI Special Issue on Human-Centered Geovisual Analytics

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics and the ISPRS Working Group on Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality are excited to announce a special issue of IJGI.


Guest Editors: Dr. Arzu Çöltekin, Dr. Sidonie Christophe, Dr. Urška Demšar, Dr. Anthony Robinson

This special issue seeks papers on geovisual analytics and visuospatial display design with human-centered approaches.

Human abilities, limitations and attitudes are defining factors for adaptation of technological solutions, such as visuospatial displays used in geovisual analytics software environments. Human-centered issues (and associated solutions) can be complex to understand, model, and, importantly, generalize from individual experiments. Therefore, it is important that we continue asking new questions, or answer the old questions again with fresh perspectives to advance and solidify our knowledge. In addition to fundamental knowledge, technical solutions that are informed by fundamental knowledge (e.g., on the perceptual and cognitive factors) are still rare, even though it is understood that they could benefit users.

With this Special Issue, we intend to create a compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge on human-centered approaches to creating and using geovisual analytics environments; and the design of the visuospatial displays that are of core importance in visual analytics processes. We welcome contributions that feature technical solutions informed by human-centered user research; experimental studies demonstrating new knowledge in human visuospatial information processing, spatial perception and cognition, and studies focusing on usability engineering. Furthermore, we welcome literature reviews and theoretical papers that consolidates knowledge on any of the listed topics, or topics related to the scope of the Special Issue.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

  • User-centered techniques for representing and interacting with big spatial data
  • Usability and utility evaluation of geovisual analytics
  • Cognitive studies of geovisualization
  • Personalization and customization of visuospatial displays
  • Ageing and visuospatial displays
  • Perceptually informed design principles for geovisual displays
  • Design and evaluation of virtual environments and augmented reality approaches for geovisualization
  • What about time? User-centered visual analytics for spatio-temporal data
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for movement and dynamic phenomena
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for environment and climate change
  • Geovisual analytics solutions for sustainability (from local to global scales)

Submission details

An expression of interest with a 200-word abstract should be sent to the editorial team latest by 15th of August 2018 at the email address human.isprs.ijgi@gmail.com. Please also mention if you will need a discount or waiver on the open access fees. If your institution has funds for open access publications, please consider that others might not, before asking for the waiver or discount.

Deadline for full paper submissions: 15 November 2018


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eCARTO News March 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.

Cartographic Products and Components

Our World


  • Waldo R. Tobler – edhat.com
  • This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating – theverge.com
  • The Dutch Invented Global Logistics: A History Lesson – forbes.com


  • Why Experts Can’t Agree on the Lengths of the World’s Coastlines – mentalfloss.com

Cartographic Opportunities and Resources


Cartography and Politics

  • India’s New Map Restriction Policy 2017 is an old wine in a new bottle – geospatialworld.net
  • The Problem With America’s New National Broadband Map – citylab.com
  • Ecological citizenship encourages transcending of territory, says expert – tribuneindia.com

Cartography Untamed

Cartography Lite

  • Strava art: Perth cycling group Fight Club at it again with map of numbat – .abc.net.au
  • Cutest Cartography Project Ever: Google Maps Launches ‘Pup View’ – observer.com

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.

ICA Facebook Posts

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

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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.

ICA Facebook Posts

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.