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Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
Get to know the new ICA Executive Committee for the term 2023-2027

eCARTO News February 2024

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.

Navigation and Cartography

“As It Happens” Cartography

  • UK weather – msn.com
  • Map of large grass fire north of North Platte – knopnews2.com
  • Map Shows California Cities to Get Hit Hardest With Rain – newsweek.com
  • Map shows where AT&T outages hit cellphone users across the U.S. – finance.yahoo.com
  • Natchitoches unveils new online crime mapping system – ktbs.com
  • New interactive map shows spread of measles across London – mylondon.news

Risk Mapping

  • Map plots riskiest chemical release hot spots – eenews.net
  • Tent City Nation: Mapping stories of homeless encampments across Canada – ottawacitizen.com
  • Map shows where “explosive hurricanes” could hit the United States after weather warning issued – irishstar.com
  • Where are U.S. earthquakes most likely? A new map shows the hazard risks – sciencenews.org

Applications of Mapping

  • Advanced Aerial Mapping Unveils England’s Hedgerows – miragenews.com
  • Ohio eclipse map – fox8.com
  • Researchers use the latest technology to more accurately map the Oregon Trail over the Blue Mountains – eastoregonian.com
  • North Dakota Tourism releases enhanced website interactive map and website features – valleynewslive.com
  • Interactive map of Frederick Douglass’ influence across America will be available to public – news.iu.edu
  • Bridger-Teton National Forest seeks input on Story Map – localnews8.com
  • Genoa Township Updates Radon Map – whmi.com


  • Wetlands map identifies areas that could be affected by sea level rise – baytobaynews.com
  • Map reveals US states with 100% fatal ‘zombie deer disease’ – metro.co.uk
  • Google joins mission to map methane from space – bbc.com

Social media and maps

  • Instagram is working on a ‘Friend Map’ feature that would let you track friends’ locations – yahoo.com


  • Mapping Earth’s atmospheric rivers could help improve predictions for intense rain – news.yahoo.com
  • Maps are guided by power, not truth – iai.tv

Just Atlases & Maps

  • Photoatlas Series – Photoatlas Series
  • Mappa Mundi: The greatest medieval map in the world – bbc.com
  • Great Bend Museum unveils restored historic 1796 map of Jackson County – wvnews.com
  • A recently restored 1830s map of Ripley – wvnews.com

Industry News

  • Hivemapper: Mapping 140 Million KM on Solana – altcoinbuzz.io
  • Mobile Mapping Market Will Hit Big Revenues In Future – einnews.com
  • C-MAP Updates Cartography for North America – wired2fish.com
  • A new way to discover places with generative AI in Maps – blog.google
  • USGS expands National Map digital offerings – usgs.gov


  • Artist cartographer creates ‘wild world’ map with no national borders and 1,642 species – abc.net.au


  • Everything you need to know about 3D mapping cameras – automate.org


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: Warning about fake emails

The digital world we are living in has great opportunities to interact and communicate for all of us. However, is also needs our literacy. This is true for digital maps, but this is very much true also for our default communication means.

Unfortunately, fake emails are sent out in the name of ICA, and especially in the name of the President Georg Gartner. Those mails ask eventually for money transfer, claiming that there is some kind of urgent situation.

Such emails might be seemingly sent from the email address president@icaci.org, but if you check the header of the e-mail you can reveal the real sender of the fake e-mail (e.g. presidentgl2023@gmail.com; it can happen that other similar email addresses have also been used).

Beware of scam mails by Mohamed Hassan via pxhere.com

Beware of scam mails (Graphic by Mohamed Hassan via pxhere.com)

If you are suspicious about a mail you receive in the name of ICA, please

  1. Check the header of the e-mail and find out if there might be other sender addresses.
  2. Be ensured, that an ICA representative like the president or the Secretary-General will not ask for money, support, help in personal, private occasions ever.
  3. Double check by contacting the president and/or secretary-general or ICA webmaster right away.
  4. Please do not react on the email, if there are attachments don’t open them unless you can be absolutely sure (see points above).
  5. Please delete the email.

We have tried to identify several means on helping with this, but unfortunately, we cannot fully avoid fraud and criminal energy like this, and it is very unfortunate that the ICA President’s name is misused in this way.

Georg Gartner

International Journal of Cartography – Issue 10.1, 2024 published online

Cover International Journal of CartographyThe new issue of the International Journal of Cartography is now available on the Journal website

A synopsis of papers published in the issue is provided below.

  • The contributions in this Issue begins with a paper from Jason Van Horn, entitled Erwin Raisz Plan to Advance Academic Cartography in the United States.  Van Horn notes that “Erwin Raisz represents the vanguard of early Twentieth Century American cartography.”  The paper covers Raisz’s plans to build academic cartography as its own sub-discipline in geography.  It examines his strategy and how his 1938 textbook, General Cartography, acted as a catalyst for the establishment of new courses in Cartography. The paper also covers how he continued to champion the further development of cartographic programmes.
  • Uncovering urban circadian pulses based on an animated cartogram: the example of Bogotá by Hugo Thomas & Florent Demoraes describes a dynamic map that shows the differing location of ‘day’ and ‘night’ populations and how they balance over a 24 hour period. This was done using a smoothed animated cartogram of the Bogotá metropolitan area in Colombia.  The main goal of the project was to provide visual effectiveness.
  • Marina Viličić and Miljenko Lapaine contribute the paper Determining the Scale and Map Projection of Stjepan Glavač’s Map from 1673.  The authors consider this map to be an exceptionally important part of Croatian cultural heritage due to its uniqueness and the detailed depiction of Croatian regions. From the relationship between the coordinates from the map, the authors concluded that Glavač used the equidistant cylindrical projection with the equator as a standard parallel.  The paper concludes with the calculation of the interval of the numerical scale of the map, enabling them to refute and/or accept the theses of other authors who have cited different scales of Glavač’s map.
  • Ruud Stelten’s paper, The Caribbean’s mythical Aves Bank, addresses the cartographic myth of the Aves Bank, a long and narrow submarine bank that connected Aves Island with Saba and St. Eustatius.  This is one of many fictitious topographic elements introduced into early maps and charts of the Caribbean. The Aves Bank myth came about in the 1720s and was adopted by many cartographers, who included it in their maps and charts. The paper reports on the research undertaken by Stelten on this Caribbean cartographic myth.
  • Stefan Fuest, Olga Shkedova & Monika Sester offer information on their approach for promoting routes that reduce exposure of road users to areas that should be temporarily avoided due to traffic related or environmental reasons. Promoting favorable routes through visual communication: A design study for creating route maps for the case of air pollution outlines their method, that recommends routes be calculated as the shortest path while minimizing the current concentrations of particulate matter along the route.  They proposed seven different visualization variants for representing line and areal objects in a route map that visualize route options based on pollution levels.
  • Certain arguments against the hypothesis that portolan charts were genuine late-medieval cartographic products by Tome Marelić reports on a series of tests conducted on sample of 12 representations of the Adriatic Sea on portolan charts, created between the late 13th and the late 16th century.  This was done to examine their navigational applicability. By-products of their results strongly suggest that it is impossible that portolan charts were, in terms of their geometry, genuine late-medieval cartographic products.
  • Miljenko Lapaine, in his paper, A Problem in Basic Cartography offers proof that standard parallels and secant parallels generally do not match. He argues that that the widely accepted facts about secant and standard parallels are wrong and need to be revised. Further, he explains that cylindrical projections are not a good approach, as they lead to misunderstanding important properties of projection.
  • The Issue concludes with the Invited essay: MAPS IN HISTORY by Imre Demhardt. The topic of this essay is Richard Harrison as media cartographer.
  • Two book reviews are also included:
    • New directions in radical cartography: Why the map is never the territory edited by Phil Cohen and Mike Duggan, Landham, Maryland, US, Rowman & Littlefield, 2021. Review by Peter Vujakovic.
    • Atlas of the Invisible: Maps & Graphics That Will Change How You See The World by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti. Review by Antoni Moore.

Papers can be viewed via the Journal website.

Bill Cartwright and Anne Ruas
Editors, International Journal of Cartography

Category: General News

eCARTO News January 2024

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.

New Technology

  • New technology is helping scientists map the ocean floor in the Galapagos – dal.ca
  • RaCERS project to boost map-making and environmental monitoring – news.satnews.com
  • Tesla Launched a Cool 3D Map Visualization, but You Won’t Be Able To Use It – autoevolution.com
  • New Mapping Finds the Oceans Are Filled With “Dark Vessels” – news.yahoo.com


Solid, Liquid, Gas


  • Scientists Map Largest Deep-Sea Coral Reef to Date  – voanews.com
  • Where are the wolves? Colorado Parks and Wildlife debuts map tracking the new residents – cbsnews.com
  • Map: See where cicada broods will emerge for first time in over 200 years – usatoday.com
  • New USGS map shows California is at high risk for damaging earthquakes – sfgate.com
  • Great frigatebirds wearing backpacks map atmosphere – miragenews.com
  • A huge drone used to map the soil – icelandmonitor.mbl.is

Just Maps


  • Research finds men are better at reading maps, but there’s a catch – bbc.com
  • Outcry as Ordnance Survey uses English names on official maps of Eryri national park – nation.cymru
  • Mapping science: How GIS transformed our view of the world – news.ucsb.edu
  • The Case for Collaboration Between OpenStreetMap and Overture Maps – geoweeknews.com
  • HD Map for the Autonomous Vehicles Market to grow by USD 5.38 billion from 2022 to 2027 – prnewswire.com
  • Maps are guided by power, not truth – iai.tv
  • 4,000-year-old rock with mysterious markings becomes a “treasure map” for archaeologists – cbsnews.com
  • Australians Claim to Create Most Complete Map of Universe’s History – learningenglish.voanews.com

Applications of Mapping

  • Perfecting Project Coordination – From Overhead Drones to Precision Indoor Mapping – geoweeknews.com
  • National first – NHVR launches National Network Map – miragenews.com


Education & Training

  • Create your own sky map, find the weirdest stars and explore the surface of the Moon with the EXPLORE astronomy toolkit – eurekalert.org

Map Collections


Cartography Lite


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: A year full of opportunities

The year 2024 is full of opportunities for Cartography and ICA.

In the advent of artificial intelligence and more and more digitalization in all parts of our lives and societies the functions of maps as instruments which bring some kind of order to complex phenomena, which help us to gain spatial awareness, to understand and attract attention, to provide illustrative information intuitively and to provide trustworthy information is eventually more important than ever.

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is therefore seeking on pro-actively fostering research, education and exchange in the domain of Cartography and GIScience through all its channels, such as the commissions, publication instruments or conferences.

For the later, 2024 brings a number of excellent opportunities to meet, exchange ideas, pre-sent new insights and maps and learn from scholars. You can check out the ICA commissions to participate in one of the commission activities in person.

ICA has taken patronage or expressed endorsement for the following events:

CAGIS + UCGIS Symposium 2024

Jun 3–Jun 6 2024, Columbus (USA)

9th International Conference on
Cartography and GIS
Jun 16–Jun 21 2024, Nessebar (Bulgaria)

Regional Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2024
Sep 9–Sep 11, Vienna (Austria)

Regional Cartographic Conference AsiaCarto 2024
Dec 8–Dec 10, HongKong (China)

All of those conferences have their Call for Submission currently open and allow excellent opportunities to network, learn, exchange and simply advance our discipline further.

I am looking forward to meeting you there!

Georg Gartner

eCARTO News December 2023

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.


  • Geovisualization: Current Trends, Challenges, and Applications – Geographies
  • Stamou, L. Cartography and Art: A Comparative Study Based on Color. – geographies2010007
  • Iliopoulou, P.; Feloni, E. Spatial Modelling and Geovisualization of House Prices in the Greater Athens Region, Greece. Geographies 2022, 2, 111-131. – geographies2010008.
  • Zhang, S.; Lippitt, C.; Bogus, S.; Taylor, T.; Haley, R. Mapping Construction Costs at the National Level. Geographies 2022, 2, 132-144. – geographies2010009.
  • Li, M.; McGrath, H.; Stefanakis, E. Geovisualization of Hydrological Flow in Hexagonal Grid Systems. Geographies 2022, 2, 227-244. – geographies2020016.
  • Wada, K.; Wallner, G.; Vos, S. Studying the Utilization of a Map-Based Visualization with Vitality Datasets by Domain Experts. Geographies 2022, 2, 379-396. –  geographies2030024.
  • Blana, N.; Kavadas, I.; Tsoulos, L. A Constraint-Based Generalization Model Incorporating a Quality Control Mechanism. Geographies 2023, 3, 321-343. –  geographies3020017.
  • Lampropoulos, G.; Panagiotopoulos, G.; Giannakoula, C.; Kokkalas, A. Geovisualization of Historical Geospatial Data: A Web Mapping Application for the 19th-Century Kaupert’s Maps of Attica. Geographies 2023, 3, 398-415. –  geographies3020021.


Just Maps

Education & Training & Opportunities

Vacation Relaxation


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.

Season’s Greetings

Dear Friends of the International Cartographic Association,

The year 2023 was in many ways a successful year for cartography and the ICA. Our International Cartographic Conference 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa was a fabulous event.

The commissions, working groups and committees of ICA have enhanced their agenda further, discussed, brainstormed and presented ideas, concepts and new results.

Many maps, from children maps to the most contemporary innovative map services haven been developed and used.

Publications, such as in the International Journal of Cartography, present new insights on modern cartography aspects.

Maps becoming even more ubiquitous in our modern life and societies, and it is no surprise, as more and more digitalisation, automatisation is taking place, producing more and more data, and thus the need for abstractions, narratives and accentuated knowledge presentation like through maps become more relevant then ever.

I want to thank all of you, which take efforts and interest in the role and work of ICA, for this successful year.

The Executive Committee is looking forward to working with you in the upcoming year and wishes to express their best season’s greetings.

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to EuroCarto 2024

The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK), British (BCS) and Czech (ČKS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to invite you to the European Cartographic Conference – EuroCarto 2024, 9-11 September 2024 at TU Wien, Austria.

We aim to bring together Cartographers and those working in related disciplines to offer a platform for discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects.

Call for Submissions

We invite you to contribute to our Call for Submissions – please find all details here: eurocarto2024.org/submissions 

The submission is open from 01.01.2024 – 17.04.2024.

Interested in organizing a pre-conference workshop?

Additionally, we encourage researchers and practitioners to express their interest in organizing pre-conference workshops scheduled for September 8, 2024.

Please feel free to distribute the information to your network and contacts. We are looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna!

For registrations, submissions, sponsoring and comprehensive up-to-date information, please visit our conference website: eurocarto2024.org

Georg Gartner and the EuroCarto2024 organizing team

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18th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2023) – A Report

The LBS conference series started in 2002 in Vienna, Austria, initiated by Prof. Georg Gartner from TU Wien. Since 2015, it has become the annual conference of the ICA Commission on Location Based Services. In the past years, the LBS conferences travelled around the world – with venues in Hong Kong, Salzburg, Nottingham, Shanghai, Vienna, Augsburg, Zurich, Glasgow, and Munich.

In 2023, the LBS conference was hosted by Ghent University, Belgium, on November 20-22, 2023. Around 90 participants from all over the world gathered in the historical city center of Ghent. The conference was opened by the Conference Chairs Prof. Haosheng Huang and Prof. Nico Van de Weghe.

Opening session of the 18th International Conference on Location Based Services – LBS 2023 held in Ghent, Belgium

The conference featured five keynotes by Prof. Krzysztof Janowicz from University of Vienna, Bart Rosseau from Digitaal Vlaanderen, Prof. Wim Hardyns from Ghent University (UGent), Prof. Sofie Van Hoecke from UGent-imec, and Prof. Sidharta Gautama from UGent.

A total of 50 oral presentations have been given in 10 single-stream sessions over the two and half days. Another 4 showcases were presented all the conference. These oral presentations, showcases and posters provide a general picture of recent research activities related to the domain of LBS. Such activities emerged in the last years, especially concerning issues of GeoAI, outdoor/indoor positioning, smart environment, spatial modeling, personalization, context-awarenesss, cartographic communication, novel user interfaces, crowdsourcing, social media, big data analysis, usability and privacy.

Oral sessions of LBS 2023

Oral sessions of LBS 2023

Opening session of the 18th International Conference on Location Based Services – LBS 2023 held in Ghent, Belgium

Showcases at LBS 2023

Showcases at LBS 2023

Showcases at LBS 2023

Showcases at LBS 2023

The conference also featured a “Best paper session” on the 3rd conference day.

  • The best full paper award at LBS2023 went to Eva Nuhn, Kai Hamburger and Sabine Timpf from University of Augsburg, Germany for their full paper on “Mapping olfactory cues for wayfinding – A theoretical approach and an empirical study”.
  • The winner of the best short paper award at LBS2023 is “Towards Personalized Pedestrian Route Recommendation Based on Implicit Visual Preference”, authored by Lin Che, Martin Raubal and Peter Kiefer from ETH Zurich.

With the co-sponsoring of ESRI BeLux and ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, we were also happy to offer Travel Grants to support 7 young researchers to participate in the conference.

A selection of peer-reviewed full papers will be published in the Journal of Location Based Services. Accepted work in progress submissions are included in the conference online proceeding.

Besides the technical and scientific program, the conference provided several social networking opportunities, including an ice-breaker reception on the first day and a conference dinner in a traditional restaurant with famous Ghent cuisine on the 2nd day.

More details and photos regarding LBS 2023 can be found at lbs2023.lbsconference.org.

eCARTO News November 2023

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.



Just Maps

  • Fisheye view of Chattanooga and vicinity showing troop positions in 1863 – loc.gov
  • The Pacific Rim – Reddit
  • 1799 Vancouver Map of Vancouver Island, Washington, and Puget Sound – Geographicus Rare Antique Maps
  • 1840 QMG Manuscript Map of Kandahar, Afghanistan and its Immediate Environs – Antique Maps
  • Skiing’s Next Illustrious Map Designer Unveils New Work – powder.com


  • 1m Square Kilometers of Updated Satellite Imagery in Europe and Brazil – Mapbox
  • NUVIEW’s quest to map Earth’s land surface every year – geoweeknews.com

Education & Training & Opportunities


  • Scientists Clinch Top Prize at 2023 National Mapping Science Award – miragenews.com
  • Darlington man turned his passion for creating Lord of the Rings-style fantasy maps into a full-time career – chroniclelive.co.uk
  • Adventure cartography: High-tech and high-touch – wvnews.com
  • ‘I wanted to do something useful’: the teenager who drew edible maps for Australia’s wartime pilots – theguardian.com



  • History Tree of Europe – David Rumsey
  • Ancient Makkah-centered map fetches over $2m at auction in London – arabnews.com
  • USDA updates plant hardiness map for the first time in more than a decade – npr.org
  • Cardiff volunteers help to map city’s ancient and veteran trees – nation.cymru
  • Autonomous excavator creates 3D map of rocks to build 19-foot-tall wall – uk.news.yahoo.com
  • Modeling walking accessibility to urban parks using Google Maps crowdsourcing database in the high-density urban environments of Hong Kong – nature.com
  • Vietnam on Dutch maps – miragenews.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.