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Get to know the ICA Executive Committee
ICA awards scholarships for early career scientists to participate in official ICA events

International Journal of Cartography, Issue 9.1, 2023 published

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

The list of papers published is provided below:

  • Leilani A. Arthurs, Sarah P. Baumann, Joel M. Rice & Shelby Dianne Litton, in their contribution, The Development of Individuals’ Map-Reading Skill: What Research and Theory Tell Us, addressed the question: “How do individuals develop map-reading skill from childhood to adulthood?”.  Their research analysed articles related to ‘Fischer’s skill theory’ and subsequently developed a theory of map-reading skill development.
  • The Second Engraver of the Mercator-Thevet Map, by A. Terry Bahill, reports on research undertaken to identify the two engravers of a map held by the US Library of Congress accredited to Gerald Mercator and André Thevet (1569).
  • Martin Davis’s and Alexander Kent’s research analysed symbology from the global mapping initiatives of Soviet 1:10,000 city plans of La Paz, Bolivia (1977), Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1983) and Frankfurt am Main, West Germany (1983).  It compared the symbology employed in the Soviet maps with contemporary OpenStreetMap coverage of the same cities.  Their paper, Soviet city plans and OpenStreetMap: a comparative analysis, reports that results from the research indicate that Soviet and OSM symbologies are similarly comprehensive regarding some topographic features, but dissimilar in the way that physical and urban environments are portrayed.
  • Use of Cartosat-1 elevation data for local-scale terrain studies in India: A case study by Rahul Ranade describes the application of CartoDEM to develop a coarse geographic narrative of the terrain at the tehsil level.  This was undertaken in a study area in Udaipur district of Rajasthan, India.
  • Chenyu Zuo, Linfang Ding, Xiaoyu Liu, Hui Zhang and Liqiu Meng contribute a paper entitled Map-based Dashboard Design with Open Government Data for Learning and Analysis of Industrial Innovation Environment. Their paper reports that they designed and implemented a map-based dashboard – InDash – to represent spatial and semantic information of the industrial innovation environment at different levels of detail. Twenty-four relevant factors –  from economy, habitation, infrastructure, and research & development – were employed to illustrate the design.
  • Well-Being Evocative Places: Validating the Conceptual Model of an Evocative Place Based on the Inter-Rater Reliability Test by Alenka Poplin, Erin Duffer and Georg Gartner complete the research papers in this issue.  Here, data was collected relating to evocative places – places that evoke emotions, memories and images – and descriptions were collected in a series of mapping experiments undertaken in three cities. The Conceptual Model of an Evocative Place (CMEP) was designed based on the collected data from the three cities studied.  It was then evaluated using the Inter-Rater Reliability test as a framework.
  • As is usual in all issues of this Journal we include an Invited essay from Imre Demhardt.  His piece in this issue is entitled: Allegorical Maps in human shapes.

Two Book Reviews are also included:

  • Visual analytics for data scientists by Natalia Andrienko, Gennady Andrienko, Georg Fuchs, Aidan Slingsby, Cagatay Turkay and Stefan Wrobel, Springer International Publishing (Switzerland), 2021, 440 pp., GBP 75 (hardback) ISBN 9783030561451. Reviewed by Sarah Battersby.
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne: Mapping the City by Michael Barke, Brian Robson and Anthony Champion, Edinburgh, Birlinn, 2021, GBP 30 (hardback)  ISBN 9781780277264. Reviewed by Peter Vujakovic.

Also, you may have papers that you might wish to publish in the Journal. We would welcome the submission of appropriate papers.

William Cartwright, Melbourne, Australia
Anne Ruas, Paris, France
Editors, International Journal of Cartography

Category: General News

For our national members: upcoming deadlines for the 31st ICC and 19th General Assembly

We kindly invite all our members to the 31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC2023) and to the 19th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association! As you know, the conference, organised by the South African National Committee for ICA, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 13 to 18 August 2023. All those active in cartography and geographic information sciences are warmly invited and encouraged to participate in this major event for our profession.

This is a reminder of important deadlines for our national members, which are soon coming up and cannot be extended. Please take note of these deadlines and act accordingly, if your country wants to actively participate in the conference and the future development of our Association through the next General Assembly.

Details about the different deadlines and tasks can be found in the following letters by the Secretary-General and Treasurer:


Summary of important upcoming dates for the ICC and General Assembly 2023

DateDeadlineReport to
NowContact for Barbara Petchenik CompetitionICA Commission
NowContact for International Cartographic ExhibitionLocal Organisers
12 March 2023ALL nominations to the General AssemblyICA Secretary-General
12 May 2023Agenda for the General Assembly availableAll delegates
15 May 2023Early-bird registration closesAll participants
15 May 2023International Cartographic ExhibitionLocal Organisers
15 May 2023Technical ExhibitionLocal Organisers
30 June 2023Name delegates for the General AssemblyICA Secretary-General
12 July 2023National ReportICA Secretary-General
31 July 2023ObituariesICA Secretary-General

Thomas Schulz
Secretary-General and Treasurer of ICA

eCARTO News February 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.

Young Cartographers

  • Students harness GIS technology to help with earthquake recovery efforts in Turkey and Syria – clarku.edu
  • Ouray teen launches San Juan maps business – ouraynews.com
  • A TikTokker has created a map of new London boroughs – with hilarious results – timeout.com


Theory & Practice

  • What new symbols would you add to Ordnance Survey maps? – t3.com

Geospatial Understanding

  • Making sense of place through personal connection to location – youtube.com


Maps & Atlases & Globes

Mapping Related

  • The mysterious doodles hidden in a 1,300-year-old book – bbc.com

Geological Mapping

  • Flights Above Puerto Rico To Map Geology – usgs.gov
  • The First Geological Map of Yellowstone National Park – usgs.gov



  • How BMW-, Mercedes-owned map specialist Here aims to stay a step ahead of Google – autonews.com
  • Navman Quits Market As Google Maps Takes Over – channelnews.com.au
  • Mappedin Raises Series A to Accelerate Growth as Demand for Indoor Mapping Increases – yahoo.com
  • Esri Joins the Overture Maps Foundation to Help Build Interoperable Open Map Data – businesswire.com

Vegetation Mapping

  • Purdue launches new AI-based global forest mapping project – purdue.edu
  • Bluesky Tree Map Enhances Online Urban Forest Mapping Platform – einnews.com
  • Accuracy at risk as governments reject specialist forest mapping tools – phys.org
  • A new vegetation mapping of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau based on terrain-climate-remote sensing – eurekalert.org

Risk & Awareness Mapping

  • Maps Show How Landscapes Stop Fires – miragenews.com
  • Groundbreaking map shows toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in more than 330 wildlife species – ewg.org
  • Sensitivity Mapping: Accelerating offshore wind expansion and protecting nature – birdlife.org
  • Mexico: Mapping Dengue Fever Hotspots – com
  • Take a Look at This Map of PFAS Pollution Across the UK and Europe – envirotech-online.com
  • County’s latest seawater intrusion maps reveal an intractable problem that’s getting worse. – montereycountyweekly.com
  • Recount with digital map leads to doubling of listed Japanese islands – kyodonews.net

Out of This world

  • Over a Billion Galaxies Shine in New Sky Map – gizmodo.com
  • NASA device maps out dust storms from space to curb climate change – deseret.com
  • NASA’s SWOT Mission Aims To Map Earth’s Surface Water – dogonews.com
  • Scientists release newly accurate map of all the matter in the universe – uchicago.edu
  • Astronomers map the “dark chemistry” of outer space – earth.com

Esoteric Map Themes

  • Mapping Melbourne’s ‘ghost signs’ – theguardian.com
  • SBS World News introduces First Nations place names in nightly national weather forecast – sbs.com.au
  • Hiker Finds Out the Hard Way That a Traditional Map Is Better Than Google Maps – autoevolution.com


  • The Growing Demand for Electronic Cartography Market 2023 – marketwatch.com
  • Google Maps Rival Says the Future of Navigation Is All About Car Sensors – autoevolution.com
  • What’s old is new again, paper maps making a comeback – cbsnews.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.

Call for Papers: Pre-ICC2023 Symposium on Location-based Big Data and GeoAI 2023 (LocBigDataAI 2023)

The ICA Commission on Location Based ServicesCommission on Geospatial Analysis and Modelling, and Working Group on Digital Transformation of National Mapping Agencies will jointly organize the pre-ICC 2023 Symposium on Location-Based Big Data and GeoAI (LocBigDataAI 2023).

The symposium will be held in hybrid mode, and will be associated with ICC 2023. It is a follow-up of the successful previous conferences of ICLSM 2015LSMTD 2017, and LocBigData 2019.

Conference Topics

Acquisition, management, and analytics of location-based big data

  • Crowdsourcing and Internet of Things
  • Data management, cleaning, and integration
  • Geovisual analytics
  • Computational mobility and activity analysis
  • Descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics

Geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI)

  • Big data analytics and machine/deep learning
  • Spatially explicit AI techniques
  • Geography/GIScience-guided AI
  • Explainable GeoAI
  • Integration of data- and theory-driven approaches

Applications of location-based big data and GeoAI

  • Human spatial behavior, activity, and mobility
  • Place modelling and understanding
  • Transportation and traffic
  • Social network analysis
  • Public health
  • Smart and sustainable cities

Social and ethical issues of location-based big data and GeoAI

  • Data quality and representativeness
  • Bias of LocBigData and GeoAI
  • Social inequality in cyber and physical space
  • (Geo)privacy and ethical issues
  • Governance of LocBigData and GeoAI

Call for papers (CFP as a PDF)

You are invited to submit work-in-progress or position papers with a length of 400-1200 words in PDF format at EasyChair. If accepted, at least one of the authors must attend (online or in-person) the symposium to present the work.  Authors of selected submissions will be invited to submit full papers for considerations for publications in a journal special issue.

Important dates

  • Short papers Due: April 15, 2023
  • Acceptance notification: May 15, 2023
  • Symposium: August 12, 2023

For more information visit the conference website: https://lbs.icaci.org/locbigdata2023/

eCARTO News January 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.


  • Lifetime Achievement Honor for Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment – news.syr.edu


Maps & Atlases & Books


  • Exploring the mathematical universe – connections, contradictions, and kale – theconversation.com
  • The power of lines and strokes: How our brain recognizes line drawings – medicalxpress.com



AI-Assisted Mapping


  • HD Map for Autonomous Vehicles Market Report 2022 – businesswire.com
  • Luminar acquires HD Mapping Startup Civil Maps – geoweeknews.com
  • Google Maps Rival Says the Future of Navigation Is All About Car Sensors – autoevolution.com
  • Google Maps Chief Sees New Directions for Digital Navigation – wsj.com
  • Google’s higher-resolution driving maps will premiere in the Polestar 3 – engadget.com

Cartography Adopting Industries

Risk & Awareness Mapping

  • Oregon wants to delay controversial wildfire risk mapping – again – oregonlive.com
  • DNR shares results from summer 2022 Milwaukee heat mapping campaign – adysmithnews.com
  • Fairtrade launches new map to identify human rights and environmental risks in cocoa and other commodities – confectionerynews.com
  • Snow map predicts chances of it falling where you live as UK’s bitter cold snap continues – mirror.co.uk
  • Estonian Rescue Board unveils nationwide public shelters online map – news.err.ee
  • Social media and aerial mapping of sea floor reveal that tourists love Hawaiian coral reefs just a little too much – phys.org
  • It’ll take 150 years to map Africa’s biodiversity at the current rate. We can’t protect what we don’t know – modernghana.com
  • Snow Day Forecast – images.squarespace-cdn.com


Inspired by Mapping

  • YouTuber Gaurav Taneja Draws Largest Map of India By Flying Plane on Republic Day – news18.com


  • Forget Google Maps: Why Paper Map Sales Are Booming – wsj.com
  • Who are the Flat Earthers and what do they believe? – msn.com
  • Congressional mapmaker Bob Orr speaks: No one had the ability to ‘cook the books’ – wfae.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 greetings: New Year’s Greetings for 2023

Despite numerous global crises including wars, which of course have affected us and some of our members greatly, this last year has also been fulfilling for the ICA. As we began to emerge from the pandemic throughout the year, more ICA activities became prominent as some of us were able to travel to meet one another once again. In future blogs, I will highlight a few of those events to bring everyone up-to-date. Currently, our colleagues in South Africa are very busy planning the next General Assembly and the 31st International Cartographic Conference in Cape Town from August 13–18, 2023. The ICA Executive Committee and the ICC2023 Local Organizing Committee are looking forward to seeing you in the beautiful city of Cape Town. And please, don’t forget to send in your abstract, if you want to present and share your scientific work in Cape Town. The deadline is 16 January 2023: https://icc2023.org

For the moment, on behalf of the ICA Executive Committee, we want to wish you and your family, colleagues, and friends peaceful holidays and all the best for 2023! We are looking forward to a very productive time with you in the coming year.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association


eCARTO News December 2022

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.


  • Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information – raisg.org

Step Back In Time

  • Maps of past may shed light on our climate future – miragenews.com
  • New maps of asteroid Psyche reveal an ancient world of metal and rock – news.mit.edu

Industry news

  • Redesigned Apple Maps experience expands to users in these five countries – 9to5mac.com
  • Google Maps is available again on Wear OS 2 smartwatches – androidauthority.com
  • Amazon’s Roomba Deal Is Really About Mapping Your Home – bloomberg.com
  • Google Maps update to offer energy-efficient routes for electric vehicles – drive.com.au
  • Google rivals join forces in online maps – hurriyetdailynews.com
  • US-France satellite to map world’s oceans, rivers, lakes – aljazeera.com


  • XVIII Conferencia Iberoamericana de Sistemas de Información Geográfica – geografia.unex.es

The Human Factor in Mapping

  • Local bodies in Kerala to ready Buffer zone mapping…… – english.mathrubhumi.com
  • Have Soldiers Forgotten How to Use a Map and Compass? – news.yahoo.com
  • Interactive NYC tree map aims to help residents care for urban forest – smartcitiesdive.com
  • Sydney suburbs remapped according to how they feel, sound and smell – abc.net.au
  • NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties – noaa.gov

Open Map Data

  • Tech giants band together to set up open-source mapping platform – techradar.com

Interactive and Animated Maps

  • This Interactive Map Shows Which Indigenous Lands You Live On – smithsonianmag.com
  • Scrollable Map of the Cosmos Reminds Us How Tiny We Really Are – cnet.com
  • Map shows cascading extinction of species from climate change – abc.net.au
  • You can interact with over 1 million NYC trees through this awesome new map – timeout.com

Mapping the Environment

Adapting Technology

  • Tiger sharks with cameras on their backs map ‘world’s biggest’ seagrass meadow in Bahamas – abc.net.au
  • NASA Dust Detective Delivers First Maps From Space for Climate Science – climate.nasa.gov

Relax with Cartography

  • Data reveals what really defines the American South – .washingtonpost.com
  • 27 Facts About The Planet’s Geography That Will Completely Distort Your Sense Of Being – buzzfeed.com
  • First Ever Street View Style Map of Lake Tahoe – tahoefund.org
  • USGS Newsletters – usgs.gov
  • Rivers in the Sky – www.usgs.gov
  • Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022 – visualcapitalist.com
  • A Map of the Online World in Incredible Detail – visualcapitalist.com
  • Who Is Marie Tharp? Google Celebrates Creator of ‘World Ocean Floor Map’ – newsweek.com
  • Satirical cartography: a century of American humor in twisted maps – bigthink.com
  • Make My Drive Fun, An Interactive Map That Plots Interesting Sites to See While on a Road Trip – laughingsquid.com
  • Meteorologist has fun with weather map – abcnews.go.com
  • 30 Interesting Maps That Might Change Your Perspective, As Shared On This Instagram Account – boredpanda.com
  • “Daily Educational Maps”: 40 Interesting And Informative Maps That Might Change The Way You Look At The World Forever – boredpanda.com
  • 25 funny Google Street View pictures – techadvisor.com
  • Why Swiss maps are full of hidden secrets – bigthink.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.

ICC 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa – submissions deadline extended to 9 and 16 January respectively

Smart Cartography for Sustainable Development
31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023),
13-18 August 2023,
Cape Town, South Africa

Call for abstracts and papers

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) invites you to share your research, practice and experiences in cartography and GIScience at the 31st International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2023), to be held from 13 to 18 August 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. Submissions of abstracts (1-2 pages) and full papers (8 pages) in English are accepted, following the respective ICA templates.

Abstracts and full papers will be peer reviewed by a minimum of two experts in the field against the following criteria: scientific originality, potential interest to the community, proper documentation of prior work, clarity of presentation, technical correctness and correct use of language. Authors of accepted abstracts and papers will be invited to present their work in English at the ICC 2023, either as oral presentation or as poster. The presenting author must register for the conference. Accompanying persons, who are registered for the conference, will receive one complementary entry to one technical session of their choice, such as to support a speaker when delivering their presentation. Submit your abstract or paper at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icc2023.

Important dates

  • 9 January 2023 – Extended submission of full papers closes
  • 16 January 2023 – Extended submission of abstracts closes
  • February 2023 – Conference registration opens
  • 28 February 2023 – Notification of acceptance
  • 8 May 2023 – Submission of revised abstracts and papers
  • 15 May 2023 – Early Bird registration closes
  • 15 May 2023 – Registration deadline for presenters of abstracts, papers and posters

Conference publications

ICC 2023 publications follow the ICA publication regulations. Accepted abstracts and papers that have been revised to address reviewer comments will be published in one of the ICA publications: Abstracts of the ICA, Proceedings of the ICA, Advances of the ICA or International Journal of Cartography. Authors of accepted abstracts have the option to expand their abstract into a full paper of 8 pages for publication in the Proceedings of the ICA. If they opt not to do this, their abstract will be published in the Abstracts of the ICA.

Full papers are accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the ICA or in the Advances of the ICA. Selected papers accepted for the Advances will be invited to submit their papers to the International Journal of Cartography, for inclusion in a special issue.

On submission, authors will be able to indicate whether they would like their abstracts and papers to be considered for a special issue in one of the ICA’s three affiliated journals – Cartographica, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CAGIS) and The Cartographic Journal. Following the submission of revisions, editors of the affiliated journals will invite authors of selected abstracts and papers with the potential to be developed into a full journal paper to submit a substantially revised and/or expanded paper to a special issue in their journal, to be published in 2024.

Conference theme and topics

The conference theme is Smart Cartography for Sustainable Development. Conference topics are related to ICA Commissions and other topics of interest to the ICA community:

  • Art and cartography
  • Atlases
  • Augmented, virtual and mixed reality in cartography
  • Beyond SDIs towards the future geospatial ecosystem
  • Cartographic heritage into the digital
  • Cartography and children
  • Cartography and GIScience for climate change
  • Cartography in early warning and crisis management
  • Cognitive issues in geographic information visualization
  • Crowdsourcing in cartography and GIScience
  • Earth Observation and cartography
  • Education and training
  • Ethical issues in cartography and GIScience
  • Generalisation and multiple representation
  • Geospatial analysis and modelling
  • Geospatial data, analysis and mapping for SDGs
  • Geospatial data, analysis and mapping for service delivery
  • Geospatial data hubs for SDGs
  • Geospatial semantics
  • History of cartography
  • Informal settlement mapping
  • Location-based services
  • Map design
  • Mapping Africa for Africa
  • Map production and geoinformation management
  • Map projections
  • Maps and graphics for blind and partially sighted people
  • Maps and the internet
  • Maps for sport and leisure activities, such as trekking cycling and orienteering
  • Marine cartography
  • Military cartography
  • Mountain cartography
  • Open data for cartography and GIScience
  • Open science in cartography and GIScience
  • Open source geospatial technologies
  • Participatory mapping
  • Planetary cartography
  • SDI and standards
  • Sensor-driven mapping
  • Theoretical cartography
  • Standardization in cartography
  • Topographic mapping
  • Toponymy
  • Ubiquitous mapping
  • UN GGIM IGIF implementations
  • User experience
  • Visual analytics

Looking forward to seeing you all in Cape Town next year!

Serena Coetzee
Head of the scientific programme at ICC2023

Category: General News