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ICA News 71 now online

ICA News, Number 71, December 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 71st issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

An update on ICC 2019 in Tokyo provides another incentive to attend this ICA flagship event. We are reminded about the upcoming General Assembly and treated to a number of reports from cartographic events around the globe.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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ICC2019: Paper and Abstract Submission Deadline Extended!

We are pleased to inform you that in response to the overwhelming demand the deadline for the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC2019) for full paper submission was extended to December 12, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission was also extended to January 8, 2019. International Cartographic Association (ICA) encourages submissions from all interested participants from across the globe.

Visit the ICC2019 website for the details.

ICC2019 Local Organizing Committee
If you have any enquiries, please contact: icc2019@issjp.com

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eCARTO News December 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.

Feature

Cartographic Memories

  • 19 Amazing Vintage Photos That Show How People Worked Before AutoCAD – boredpanda.com
  • Ancient Astronomical Alignments: Reading and Mapping the Stars at Early Advanced Civilization Sites ancient – ancient-origins.net
  • Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral – arstechnica.com
  • How a Doomed Arctic Voyage Presaged Transpolar Flights – maritime-executive.com

Mapping Topography

  • Researchers made 3D laser maps of Northern Nevada and the data is available to anyone online – rgj.com
  • Nasa’s IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth – bbc.com

Cartographic Applications

Whoops!

  • Every significant military facility in Israel and Turkey was just exposed by a Russian mapping service – qz.com
  • How to submit corrections for Apple Maps labels – macworld.com
  • This interactive map shows how wrong we picture the world – fastcompany.com
  • Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us – theguardian.com

Cartography and Transport

  • Grad is messing up the world’s largest community’s data in Southeast Asia – techcrunch.com
  • Porsche wants you to use maps for exploration – not navigation – wired.com

Industry News

  • This Startup is Challenging Google Maps – and It Needs Your Help – wired.com
  • Apple patent shows off immersive AR maps projected from iPhone – 9to5mac.com

Cartographic Resources

Cartography – related technologies

  • Rock star Brian May revives Victorian virtual reality – bbc.com
  • Drone mapping tech changes disaster assessments – krcrtv.com
  • 2019 Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry with Michael Singer – expouav.com
  • GPS may be foiling one-way Blackfriars Bridge – lfpress.com
  • The global distribution and trajectory of tidal flats – nature.com

Announcement of the Pre-ICC Commission Workshop on Geospatial and Cartographic Education – Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

The next workshop of the ICA Commission on Education and Training will take place at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July 2019.

Scheduled to allow for attendees to travel on to the International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo, Japan, the following week, this workshop will address a range of issues related to education in the discipline of cartography and related fields.  The suggested topics include the following:

  • Integrating cartographic principles into GIS curricula
  • Linking cartographic education with education in other geomatics and geospatial sciences
  • Experiences in teaching cartography and GIS to non-specialists
  • Technical support requirements for academic education in cartography and GIS
  • Use of open source software and datasets in geospatial and cartographic education
  • Theoretical foundations for the study of cartography
  • Curriculum design for GIS and cartographic education
  • Development of a ‘Body of Knowledge’ for cartography
  • Developing on-line educational resources for cartography and GIS
  • Ensuring relevance of geospatial and cartographic education for industry – what do employers want from graduates in cartography and GIS?
  • Accreditation and professional recognition of education in cartography and GIS

You are encouraged to consider contributing presentations on these and other relevant issues in Beijing.  The intention is that there will be opportunities to deliver full oral presentations, suitable for publication, relating to research and experiences.  After discussion, the submission of such presentations to the International Journal of Cartography will be advised.

A significant proportion of the programme will consist of shorter more informal contributions, including posters, to allow for effective discussion and knowledge-transfer.  The scope of attendance will be international, and good practice, experiences, and advice will be communicated (the workshop language is English) in formal presentation, discussion sessions, and learning workshops.

The venue, Capital Normal University, is in the west of central Beijing, close to the Central Television Tower and Beijing Zoo.  This University area has many hotels close by, is well-connected to the city’s transport links, and is an ideal location for academic, technical and touristic activities.

Further announcements of the workshop will be made on this website, and distributed in other relevant channels: you will have the opportunity to submit contributions and ideas through this site in the near future, and note advice on travel and accommodation opportunities.  If you wish to be updated personally, please register your interest by informing the Commission chair, david.fairbairn@newcastle.ac.uk  who will also be pleased to receive expressions of interest in contributing to the workshop and developing the agenda further.

Workshop organizers

  • Tao Wang, Local Organiser, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
  • David Fairbairn, CET Chair, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Stefan Peters, CET Vice-Chair, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

 
Please find more information on the workshop website: education.icaci.org/commission-workshop-2019-beijing

Announcement of the Pre-ICC Joint Commission Workshop on Mobile Map UX

The ICA Commissions on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, Location Based Services, Visual Analytics, and Use, User and Usability Issues are pleased to announce a joint workshop to outline a research agenda on Mobile Map UX. Since their first description in the cartographic literature, interactive mapping applications drawing on location-based services and mobile technologies have fundamentally transformed the way that people experience place. Accordingly, established tenets of cartography need to be reexamined and updated for the mobile platform. Further, new cartographic design strategies are needed for mobile maps to ensure a productive and satisfying user experience (UX).

Position Papers

This workshop builds upon the successful ICA joint workshops and special issues on Big Challenges in Interactive Cartography and Location Based Services to develop a research agenda for Mobile Map UX. To this end, we solicit 2-page position papers proposing emerging issues and pressing needs regarding Mobile Map UX. We encourage position statements from multiple sectors, including academia, industry, and government.

Format

The workshop will cross two days, the first focused on student engagement and establishing common ground on topics related to Mobile Map UX and the second on developing a working research agenda for Mobile Map UX (capped registration).

Day #2 papers should be 2-pages and focus on “big problems”, or key research challenges and opportunities, related to the dimensions of Mobile Map UX listed above. Please submit your 2-page white paper in the CHI Archive Format. Please use positions papers from the 2015 workshop as examples for reference (available for download the bottom of the page). Position papers will be peer-reviewed by the organizing committee based on intellectual merit, scope and timeliness, and engagement with new literature and technology.

Venue

The Beijing Normal University (BNU) Faculty of Geography was founded in 1910 and is one of the premier institutions for cartography and mapping sciences in China. BNU is located between the 2nd and 3rd city rings and is within 2km of multiple metro lines. BNU has graciously offered to provide space and coffee, as well as assistance with visas.

Timeline

  • 1 February 2019: Deadline for 2-page Position Papers (sent to reroth@wisc.edu)
  • 1 March 2019: Notification of Accepted Papers & Preliminary Schedule; Registration Opens
  • 1 June 2019: Deadline to Register (no cost)

 

Please find more information on the workshop website: use.icaci.org/user-experience-design-for-mobile-cartography-setting-the-agenda

eCARTO News November 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.

Mapping Technologies

  • Google wants to improve your smart home with iRobot’s room maps – theverge.com
  • Hovermap drones dive underground to autonomously map mines and tunnels – newatlas.com
  • USGS: Airplane to map geology of southeast MO, southern IL – kfvs12.com

Investigative Cartography

Opinion

Thematic Maps

Crowd Source Mapping

  • Crowd-mapping gender equality – a powerful tool for shaping a better city launches in Melbourne – theconversation.com
  • How volunteer cartographers are mapping epidemics and atrocities – economist.com

Cartographic Anomalies

  • A Journey to a Morrocan Village Frozen in Time – bbc.com
  • Four ‘invisible countries’ that could redraw the world map – abc.net.au
  • Google Maps: Wrong directions leave young woman stranded in Arizona desert for FIVE days – express.co.uk
  • I got lost in the New West crime map rabbit hole – newwestrecord.ca

Industry News

  • Google adds indoor positioning to Android’s Find My Device – arstechnica.com
  • Apple confirms pedestrian-level Maps data collection, initially limited to California – appleinsider.com
  • 5 Startups Doing HD Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles – nanalyze.com
  • New quantum technology to counteract GPS hacking – financialexpress.com
  • Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep – techcrunch.com
  • Garmin redefines marine cartography with the introduction of BlueChart g3 and LakeVü g3 with Navionics integration – businesswire.com

Cartographic Resources

  • Map Section of the Statistical Abstract of Israel – cbs.gov.il
  • An Atlas of Literary Maps Created by Great Authors: J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island & More – openculture.com
  • Christmas all mapped out – theguardian.com
  • The History of the World Map by Map – geekdad.com

Cartographic uncertainty

  • Ireland’s border: mapping the emotional landscape of the across and in-between – theconversation.com

Publications

  • Call: Special issue on Interactive 3D Cartography – mdpi.com

Invitation to Pre-ICC Symposium on Location-based Big Data 2019

We are happy to invite you to a pre-ICC2019 symposium on Location-based Big Data 2019 (LocBigData 2019), which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on 15 July 2019. This symposium is co-organized by the ICA Commission on LBS, and Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modelling.

This symposium aims to offer a common ground for researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and research findings, and to discuss the open challenges and future research direction on location-based big data (e.g., tracking or sensing data, social media data and crowdsourced geographic information).

You are invited to submit work-in-progress or position papers with a length of 600-1200 words by 15 February 2019. All submissions will be peer reviewed. We intend to have a special issue at an international journal after the symposium.

More information can be found at lbs.icaci.org/locbigdata/

We are looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in Tokyo.
Haosheng Huang, Angela Yao, Jukka Krisp and Bin Jiang

Information about the 2019 ICC and General Assembly

We invite you to the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) and to the 18th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association. The conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 15 to 20 July 2019, and all those active in cartography and geographic information sciences in your country are warmly invited to participate. In addition, the 18th General Assembly of the ICA will take place at the same venue.

We are looking forward to celebrating this unique event of Mapping Everything for Everyone, something which is most relevant, attractive, and modern to our societies and economies. We encourage as many cartographers and GI scientists as possible from your country to be present in Tokyo to participate in this wonderful occasion.

Information and deadlines for national members concerning paper submission, the International Cartographic Exhibition, the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition, ICA Scholarships and the General Assembly can be found in the following document:

László Zentai
Secretary-General and Treasurer of the ICA

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Invitation to the ICA Maps and the Internet Commission Meeting in Zadar, Croatia

The ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet is holding a working meeting regarding the next book to be published by the commission and the future of the commission following the ICC2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting will be held from December 10–11, 2018 in Zadar, Croatia.

Zadar, Croatia. Photo by Böhringer Friedrich via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5.

Zadar, Croatia. Photo by Böhringer Friedrich via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5.

Short 100–200 words research abstracts for the meeting can be sent to Dr. Rex Cammack. Abstracts will be accepted up to November 30, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts will be encouraged to submit a completed research paper for publication in the Maps and Internet book. Individuals not submitting abstracts are encouraged to attend the meeting and be involved in the discussions regarding the future of the commission. As always the Maps and Internet Commission welcomes anyone interested in cartography to participate and learn about the ICA and the Commission on Maps and the Internet in this meeting.

More information can be found on the website of the commission.

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eCARTO News October 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 reveals

Cartographers and Users

Opinion

The Power of Maps

Cartographic Developments

  • Like Uber, but for Cartographers – citylab.com
  • Google Maps will now navigate to your favorite electric car charging station – qz.com
  • Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast – bbc.com
  • Man Wearing Apple Maps Backpack Surveying San Francisco on Foot – macrumors.com
  • Adding the third dimension to marine conservation – uq.edu.au
  • There’s no Google Maps for self-driving cars, so this startup is building it – technologyreview.com

Cartographic Applications

Cartographic Accountability

  • Google and Apple taken to task over inaccurate travel estimates – abc.net.au
  • Banning the box: Why Scotland’s Shetland Islands declared war on ‘lazy’ mapping practices – nationalpost.com
  • Why Does Google Maps Not Recognize Palestine or its Roads? – albawaba.com
  • Are you sure that digital map is accurate? – afr.com

Industry News

  • FOSS4G State of Map Conference – Oceania – foss4g-oceania.org
  • Geo Dubai street mapping car to do 3D mapping of Dubai – gulfnews.com
  • Phantom 4 RTK Launched Globally Today: DJI’s Ultimate Mapping Solution – dronelife.com
  • TomTom shares slide 13 percent after Volvo contract loss – reuters.com

Fringe

  • Sensors on top of Bendigo garbage trucks mapping the strength of free Internet of Things signal – bendigoadvertiser.com.au
  • Wizards, Moomins and pirates: the magic and mystery of literary maps – theguardian.com
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