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eCARTO News September 2020

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 – raison d’être

Cartography and Art


  • The Miller Atlas, 1519, the atlas of the first circumnavigation of the world – youtube.com
  • The Vinland Map: A Most Non-European Artifact – ancient-origins.net

Mapping the Environment

Cartographic Industry News

Map Collections

Cartography Resources & Research

  • Mapping Beyond Measure: Art, Cartography, and the Space of Global Modernity – h-net.org
  • International Society for the History of the Map V Symposium – youtube.com


  • Making 3D terrain Maps – shadedrelief.com
  • The Race to Map Reality so Silicon Valley Can Augment It Is On – slate.com
  • IndyGo tests accessibility for future public transit lines with mobility mapping project – wthr.com
  • A beautiful map poster and the absurd hack it inspired – esri.com
  • Mapping a better future for Africa’s farmers – weforum.org


  • Cherokee Nation reservation boundaries, including Owasso, Collinsville, now visible on Google Maps – tulsaworld.com
  • The Partition of Antarctica – vividmaps.com

Just Maps

  • Five maps you (and your team) should see – esri.com

Cartography – 3D and Animated

Cartography and Modelling

  • Mapping fast-growing informal settlements in Africa to reveal where roads and infrastructure are most needed – novumintel.com
  • Mapping global trends in vaccine confidence and investigating barriers to vaccine uptake – thelancet.com
  • 3D Mapping And Modeling In Mapping Industry 2020 – thedailychronicle.in

Awards and Sources

Maps and Measurement


Working Group on the History of ICA

Last year, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) celebrated its 60th anniversary. This milestone called for a professional approach to documenting and preserving records of our mature organisation and its rich heritage. In response, the ICA Executive Committee approved the formation of the ICA Working Group on the History of ICA at their meeting in Ghent in November 2019.

In brief, the Terms of Reference (ToR) focus on three broad areas:

  • ICA Archives – to build the Association’s archives and records
  • ICA Chronicle – to document ICA activities and achievements
  • ICA Hub – to provide support and expertise on matters relating to ICA

We are interested to hear from anyone who is willing to share their ICA archives and collections – documents, records, official correspondence, publications, photographs, conference materials, promotional brochures, and any other items of relevance. In particular, we are seeking your help with collating a full set of Minutes from the ICA General Assemblies. This task seems to be particularly challenging; we are currently missing documents from the:

  • 5th General Assembly held in Moscow in 1976 (we only have a brief report)
  • 7th General Assembly held in Perth in 1984
  • 8th General Assembly held in Morelia in 1987
  • 9th General Assembly held in Bournemouth in 1991

We would appreciate hearing back from anyone that could help us in completing the set.

Since the Working Group is still at its formation stage, we are looking forward to welcoming new members that can support our work, particularly in fulfilling Terms of Reference. If you are interested, please visit our website and get in touch.

Igor Drecki
Chair, Working Group on the History of ICA

Category: History of ICA

Invitation to the Virtual EuroCarto 2020

State-of-the-art information, together with many interesting discussions all around cartography and its many facets – this is what the 2020 (Virtual) EuroCarto is all about, plus much, much more, so be sure to join us between September the 21st and 25th.

This event, which is co-organized by the German, Austrian and Swiss Cartographic Societies, is also the 68th German Cartography Congress as well as a regional conference of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

As a direct consequence of the Corona Pandemic, holding the planned event in Vienna was unfortunately just not possible. But this virtual edition of EuroCarto 2020 is more than just a substitute:

From Monday to Friday there will be up to three presentation sessions, held either in the early afternoon or early evening.

You can look forward to an extensive and wide-ranging program – which you will find on the conference website eurocarto2020.org. Among the highlights will be Keynotes by Tim Trainor (President of ICA), Gerd Buziek (Esri Deutschland, on the subject of COVID 19-Dashboard) and Wolfgang Kainz (University of Vienna).

The technical and temporal framework has been arranged in such a way that there will also be many opportunities for discussions with your peers and further to the many presentation sessions there will also be further possibilities for professional and social exchange (e.g. at a “Carto Café extra”).

Thanks to our sponsors – Esri DE/CH, Schubert & Franzke, GeoVille Information Systems and Data Processing and the open access journal publisher MDPI – participation in EuroCarto 2020 is free of charge for all!

The mandatory online registration form can be found at eurocarto2020.org – however due to technical restrictions, the number of participants is limited to 400 – so don’t wait, register now to be sure you can join us!

Wolfgang Kainz, Conference Chair
President of the Austrian Cartographic Commission

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eCARTO News August 2020

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 Ourselves

Large Map Scale Mapping

  • Victorian Land Cover Time Series Released – ces.vic.gov.au
  • A New Interactive Map Shows All Four Million Buildings That Existed in New York City from 1939 to 1941 – openculture.com
  • Google Adds Colour and Detail to Its Maps – maproomblog.com
  • Pioneer study maps regions of Amazon tree flora and may help in future efforts at species conservation – news.mongabay.com

Maps Bringing People Together

  • The rise of collaborative mapping for the masses – devex.com
  • Ericsson and UNICEF launch global partnership to map school internet connectivity – unicef.org

Cartographic Industry News

  • Comprehensive Report on 3D Mapping and Modeling in Mapping Market Set to Witness Huge Growth by 2025 | Apple, Autodesk, Google, SAAB, Autodesk – scientect.com
  • Future of Mobile Mapping Market 2020 – scientect.com
  • Growth of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) Market Size Report Till 2025 – express-journal.com

Cartography – Technically Speaking

Gatherings & Accolades

Cartography Opportunities, Sources, Resources & Research

Just Maps

Cartography – Discussions

Cartographic Horizons

  • Revolutionary Mapping Technology Brings TPC Courses to Life – golfaustralia

Under Construction

The Monetary Value of Maps



AutoCarto 2020 Online

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Regretfully, COVID-19 continues July to spread across the US at alarming rates which diminishes our hope for a safe environment to hold AutoCarto 2020 as an in-person conference in November. Therefore, we have decided to reformat the conference as an online experience.

AutoCarto 2020 will be offered online as a set of extended abstracts and associated recorded presentations. These will go live on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Viewers will have the opportunity to contact presenters with questions or comments. Extended abstracts will also be published in the AutoCarto 2020 Online Proceedings.

Please find all details here:

  1. An AutoCarto 2020 proceedings will be published on the AutoCarto website. These proceedings will be comprised of extended abstracts that have been reviewed and accepted by the Program Committee. The deadline for submitting a new extended abstract is September 15, 2020. The deadline for submitting a revised abstract is September 30, 2020. The online proceedings will be open-access, and authors will retain copyright over their submissions. Please inform May Yuan, Program Chair, at myuan[at]utdallas.edu if you wish to exclude your extended abstract that has already been accepted from the proceedings.
  2. Authors whose extended abstracts have been accepted are invited to share a presentation of that will be published on the AutoCarto 2020 website alongside their presentation. The deadline for submitting presentations is November 10, 2020. These presentations may be in either PDF format and/or MP4 format. Upload a PDF of the presentation you created using PowerPoint or another presentation tool and/or a recording of your presentation in MP4 format to a cloud storage service (e.g., Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or OneDrive). Please email the shared link to May Yuan and provide contact information for the corresponding presenter for questions or comments from viewers.
  3. All authors are free to submit their extended abstracts to other conferences since AutoCarto 2020 will not be held as an in-person conference.
  4. Rex Cammack (rcammack[at]unomaha.edu) is editing a Taylor & Francis book and will consider including papers expanded from the extended abstracts for AutoCarto 2020. Please contact Rex if you are interested in contributing a chapter based on your extended abstract.
  5. Authors may also consider submitting their work to the Cartography and Geographic Information Science journal. Please follow the normal submission guidelines for authors.

While we are saddened at the changes we must make to AutoCarto 2020, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society is already beginning to plan AutoCarto 2022 where we will look forward to seeing you in person.

Aileen Buckley, AutoCarto 2020 Conference Chair
May Yuan, AutoCarto 2020 Program Chair

Category: Member News

eCARTO News July 2020

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.


  • Marie Tharp’s Adventures in Mapping the Seafloor, In Her Own Words – columbia.edu

Large Map Scale Mapping

Maps Historically Speaking

Cartographic Industry News

Cartography that visually attracts


Cartography Opportunities, Sources, Resources & Research

Cartography – Discussions

  • Creativity, serendipity enhance CGA’s pivot to online classes – wm.edu
  • Why the world map froze – axios.com
  • Google Maps just got better for cyclists – cyclingtips.com

Cartographic Consequences

Thematic Cartography

The Significance of Borders

  • In a town of two nations, Belgian bars are shuttered. Dutch pubs will soon be open across the street – edition.cnn.com
  • SA-Victoria-NSW border dogleg leaves locals in state of confusion – abc.net.au

Cartography Out of This World

  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration Releases New 3D Map of Universe – sci-news.com
  • The Most Exceptional Images of Earth from Space – flipboard.com
  • Astronomers Have Mapped Out an Enormous Structure in the Universe Called the South Pole Wall – universetoday.com


eCARTO News June 2020

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.

Featured – Nikita Slavin– Cartography M. Sc. Project

Cartographers & Explorers

Cartographic Applications

Maps Historically Speaking

Cartographic Industry News

  • Mapillary Team Joins Facebook to Aid Its Open Mapping Efforts – adweek.com
  • Global GIS Mapping Software Market Projected to Reach USD XX.XX billion by 2025 – medicinsider.com
  • 3D Mapping and 3D Modelling Market – 3wnews.org
  • Cloud-Based Mapping Service Market 2020 – medicinsider.com

White Spaces Cartography

  • This map shows where on Earth humans aren’t – nationalgeographic.com
  • Carte generale de la terre : appliquée a l’astronomie pour l’etude de la géographie terrestre et celeste – loc.gov
  • Mapping Earth’s deepest secrets – science.sciencemag.org
  • Interactive maps let Kiwis explore New Zealand’s lost continent of Zealandia – newshub.co.nz
  • Breathtaking new map of the X-ray Universe – bbc.com

Cartography Unleashed

Cartography Sources & Resources

Cartography – Discussions

Blue Cartography

Cartometry and Topology

Measurement and Monitoring

Related Technologies and Apps

  • Microdrones Enters the Third Dimension with New Mapping and LiDAR Surveying Equipment – uasweekly.com
  • The Evolution of Accurate Drone Mapping – suasnews.com
  • Revamped Maps app will be expanding to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada – macrumors.com
  • Large-scale early Maya sites in Mexico revealed by lidar mapping technology – nature.com


Selection of a theme for the Barbara Petchenik Competitions 2021 & 2023

Every four years, the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children is responsible for the selection of a theme for the next two Barbara Petchenik Competitions. In 2016, the decision was practically automatic: we opted for supporting the International Map Year using the motto “We love maps” in the competitions organized in 2017 and 2019.

This year the commission decided to organize a voting process to select a new theme. First, members and colleagues were asked to propose themes for the competitions. In almost three weeks, 69 proposals arrived from 17 countries. An online voting slip was created with Google Forms and all the commission members, colleagues from other ICA commissions and interested people in general participated in the voting process from May 15 to June 15, 2020. The voting process was announced not only by e-mail for all the ICA commissions, but also on the Facebook profile of the commission to ensure a wider participation. In four weeks, 132 colleagues gave their votes to max. five themes. The theme that finished in the first place was “A map of my future world” with 41 votes. This is one of the themes submitted by Liqiu Meng, current ICA Vice-president, from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Consequently, “The map of my future world” will be the theme for the next two competitions in 2021 and 2023.

The second place was occupied by “Mapping for Hope” (submitted by Alexander Kent, UK) with 29 votes and the third place by “The changing world” and “With a map I can…!” (sent by Giedré Beconyté, from Lithuania and the Argentine Center of Cartography respectively) with 26 votes.

The next step will be to officially open the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2021, sending the Call for the competition and other documents next September.

The Commission on Cartography and Children would like to express our deepest thanks to all the colleagues who submitted themes and to all who voted in the last four weeks.

José Jesús Reyes Nuñez
Commission on Cartography and Children, Vice-Chair

eCARTO News May 2020

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 & Atlases

  • Mapa del Humbre de 2019 – wfp.org
  • An atlas fit for a Tudor queen – bl.uk
  • Lose Yourself in a Mesmerizing, Meticulous Map of the Met – alasoscura.com
  • 5,000 rare and unique maps are now available online – phys.org

Cartographers & Navigators

Citizen Cartography

  • How to Make an Illustrated Map in 8 Steps – nytimes.com
  • Travis Elborough: Maps for the mind during lockdown – hackneycitizen.co.uk
  • Curious City: In, Out, Above, Beyond Saint Paul – issuu.com
  • The M.T.A. vs. a D.I.Y. Cartographer – newyorker.com
  • Art Challenge: Readers Show Us How They Map Their Worlds – atlasobscura.com
  • Putting women on the map: Feminist cartographers are filling in urban design data gaps – scroll.in
  • During Lockdown, Google Maps Gives My Son a Way Out – wired.com
  • Young Kazakh entrepreneurs talk about their innovative projects – kazakh-tv.kz
  • What your Strava maps says about you – runningmagazine.ca

Maps Relating to Regions

Cartographic Industry News

  • Novum Intel – a new voice for Africa’s geospatial and location intelligence industry – novumintel.com
  • Google highlights accessible locations with new Maps feature – techcrunch.com
  • Navenio raises $11 million to bring indoor mapping and localization to hospitals – venturebeat.com
  • Aerial Mapping Firm Nearmap Expands Offerings for AEC – enr.com
  • HERE Technologies Moves Its XYZ Mapping Platform to General Availability – programmableweb.com
  • Introducing Crew, An Exciting New Propeller Platform Add-on That Brings Interactive Maps Into The Field – suasnews.com

Themed Cartography

Cartographic of Distant Locations

  • Antarctica: A brief history in maps, part 1 – bl.uk
  • Project aims to create first 4-D maps of Earth’s mantle – phys.org

Cartography Sources & Resources

Pictorial Cartography

Cartography and the Internet

Cartographic Representation of Motion

Cartographic Technologies and Apps

  • Mapping dry wildfire fuels with AI and new satellite data – phys.org
  • Five of the best online mapping apps – theguardian.com
  • VIDEO: C-MAP Reveal – fishingworld.com.au
  • Mapping Drones: The Remo-M is the Award Winning, Sophisticated Solution You’ve Never Heard Of (Yet) – dronelife.com


  • Inuit Place-Names Map Series of Nunavik – nunatop.com

Cartographic “What ifs”