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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Please explain?

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

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Special Issue: Cartographers write about Cartography, International Journal of Cartography – complete issue published on-line

Cover International Journal of CartographyThe new issue of the International Journal of Cartography is now published online

 

Editorial: Cartographers Write About Cartography

The year 2020, and the COVID-19 virus presented challenges for communities worldwide.  Our Cartography and GIScience international ‘family’ was not immune to the impacts of health issues, movement restrictions and the need to operate altogether differently to what we had done in the past.  One of the impacts of restricted travel has been the re-scheduling of the ICA conference ICC2021 from June to December 2021. At the time of writing there’s hope, but not yet certainty that we can meet in person in December.

We thought that we would ‘re-position’ one of the issues of the International Journal of Cartography to provide a way that members of our international community could continue discourse about our discipline during this ‘hiatus’ in face-to-face international cartographic activities.

We have therefore allocated this second edition (7.2) for 2021 to a series of ‘invited essays’, where we invited a number of Cartographers to write about Cartography – personal essays on a particular map, geospatial product, or cartographic issue.  We (deliberately) asked invited contributors to write a short, illustrated essay, rather than a formal paper, so as to be able to express the qualities they saw as being important in a particular artefact. These are very much personal reflections.

We were interested in developing a publication that explored what we think about certain maps that move and inspire us – as cartographers and designers, as geospatial scientists and geographers.

When we look at some maps or atlases we sometimes just ‘like them’, or think they ‘work’.  They are something special.  They can work, artistically, scientifically, technically – or in all three of these areas. We generally limit our appreciation to some ‘note to self’ or by commenting about the artefact we admire to a close friend or colleague, or by a brief comment on social media.  We very rarely express our longer-form thoughts about them to a wider audience.

We believe that this Special Issue has provided the vehicle for this to occur, at least for the small proportion of cartographic works on show.

The authors that contributed to this Special Issue of the Journal were asked to pen a personal illustrated essay. We asked them to explain why their chosen map or cartographic artefact works and to provide an analysis of the attributes of the product that they believed make it successful.  Here, they were asked to emphasise why it works, even though this was perhaps a personal viewpoint, unsupported by analytical research.  If in fact why it works cannot be pinpointed, the author’s personal viewpoint was sought. (Our thinking was that maybe what they were writing about was considered to be like a piece of art – “it’s just great, but I don’t know why it works”.)

When compiling our list of ‘invitees’ we were faced with a dilemma: our discipline is one that is rich with well-respected, talented and innovative researchers and practitioners.  Looking at what they have done, and continue to do, is truly amazing.  We would have liked to invite them all!  However, our issue page limit disallowed this. So, we invited potential contributors to enable a representation of  the diverse nature of the areas of endeavour in our field, hailing from many parts of the globe, being at different stages of their careers and, importantly for us, as editors, be willing to join us on this journey.  We are glad to report that we received much interest and encouragement from invited authors, who were keen to share their passion for maps, in their many forms and applications.  The enthusiastic support from contributors confirmed our thinking that an issue like this, with a focus on personal observations of maps, would make a wonderful vehicle for promoting conversations about our field of endeavour.

We believe that this collection of essays will make an important contribution to the contemporary literature on cartography and GI science and promote discourse on these maps and cartographic artefacts. We hope it will generate pleasure and stimulate creativity. Further, that in exploring cartographic work in this way we might encourage similar approaches to other work, acknowledging the value of personal perspectives and opinion as much as scholarly critique. Both have value.

William Cartwright, Melbourne, Australia
Anne Ruas, Paris, France
Kenneth Field, Redlands, United States of America
Editors, International Journal of Cartography Special Issue – Cartographers write about Cartography

The contents of the issue are:

  • Editorial: Cartographers Write About Cartography by William Cartwright, Anne Ruas and Kenneth Field
  • The Heart of the Grand Canyon by Tom Patterson
  • OCTOPUS MAPPING one of the MADMAPS: NATO Octopus, control over the weapons’ sales by Christine Zanin and Nicolas Lambert
  • The Mediterranean Basin Map Designed by Michel Morel by Anne Ruas
  • Peeling back the layers of a school wall map: Brunhes-Deffontaines “France Forestière” by Nicholas Chrisman
  • The Unicorn of Map Projections by Sarah Battersby
  • Reinhard Maack and the Brandberg (Namibia) by Imre Demhardt
  • Linear and Painterly Expression in Topographic Works of Art during the Enlightenment by Beata Medyńska-Gulij
  • UNVEILING SOUTHERN AFRICA: JOHN BARROW’S MAP OF 1801 by Elri Liebenburg
  • Reorienting the Narrative: Chapin Jr.’s “Red China” Map by Ian Muehlenhaus
  • The Geologic Map of the Cassini Quadrangle on the Moon: Planetary Cartography Between Science, Efficacy and Cartographic Aesthetics by Andrea Naß and Stephan van Gasselt
  • Revealing the value of geospatial information with isochrone maps for improving the management of heart attacks in South Africa by Serena Coetzee, Lourens Snyman and Rhena Delport
  • Map as biography: maps, memory, and landscape – thoughts on Ordnance Survey map, Sheet TR04, 1:25,000 Provisional Edition, Ashford. by Peter Vujakovic
  • Interactive Videodiscs: Beginnings of Multimedia and Catalyst for Multimedia Cartography by William Cartwright
  • The best map ever? by Menno-Jan Kraak
  • Cartography Is Here. [full stop] by Igor Drecki
  • My first Atlas by Carla Cristina Reinaldo Gimenes de Sena
    Graphical-statistical Atlas of Switzerland, 1914 by Thomas Schultz
  • Matthew Picton’s Urban Narratives. Or how a three-dimensional paper map can beam you into the London bombing nights of 1940 by Thomas Streifeneder and Barbara Piatti
  • Seeing the “perfect world” through Heinrich Berann’s Panorama Maps of the Alps by Georg Gartner
  • The Soviet Military 1:10,000 City Plan of Dover, UK (1974) by Alexander Kent
  • Reflections on the creation of cartographic expression through the representation of elevation by Takashi Morita
  • Separating fact from fiction: the mythology of cartographic icons by Kenneth Field
  • Measuring geodetic baselines in Spain during the 1850’s by Andrés Arístegui
  • MapQuest and the beginnings of Web Cartography by Michael Peterson

 

International Journal of Cartography
Special Issue: Cartographers write about Cartography
Number 2 Volume 7 2021
ISSN:2372-9333

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President’s Blog #8: Upcoming Deadline for Abstract Submissions for ICC2021

Dear ICA Colleagues,

The planning for the International Cartographic Conference in Florence in December is on schedule and our excitement grows in anticipation with each passing day. This is a reminder that for those wanting to submit an abstract for what promises to be an exceptional ICC2021 the extended deadline is Sunday, June 20, 2021. Please see the submission guidelines at www.icc2021.net

The number of full paper submissions for the ICC2021 for consideration as journal articles reached 100, which is an impressive record, and are now under review by the Scientific Program Committee. As you can see, there is an eagerness among all of us to explore beyond our confined spaces to meet each other in Florence.

Registration is now open on the website and you are encouraged to make your plans for attending this historic event. For the business community, this is your chance to announce to the cartographic and geospatial world that you are open for business.

Please share this information with colleagues to promote the 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence, Italy. I look forward to seeing you in Flroence.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

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eCARTO News May 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.

Cartography reporting

History

Opinion

  • The Unsolved Mystery of Sri Lanka’s “Stargate” – bbc.com
  • 3 Advantages of Paper Maps Over Digital Maps – gisgeography.com
  • You Can’t Have a One to One Mapping of American History – ctexaminer.com
  • Maps can bridge gaps between citizens, scientists and policymakers – theconversation.com
  • Google Maps is About to Get a Lot More Useful – thurrott.com

Cartographic collections

  • A Guide to the Library of Congress’s Collection of Fire Insurance Maps – maproomblog.com

Cartographic Applications

Atlases and Globes

Sharing Our Cartography

Cartographic Industry News & Research & Information

World Cartographic Products

Just Maps

Odd Spot (x,y)

  • A Belgian farmer moved a rock and accidentally annexed France: the weird and wonderful history of man-made borders – abc.net.au
  • 25 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try – au.pcmag.com
  • Kiribati & Interesting Facts About Its Geographic Anomalies – brilliantmaps.com

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Apply for the 2021 intake of the Cartography Master programme

The online application for the 2021 intake of the International Joint Master Program “Cartography” between four European Universities is open until May 31, 2021.

All information about the application process can be found here.

The program particularly welcomes applications from ICA member countries or regions!

Let’s go mapping for a sustainable world.

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