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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
Get to know the ICA Commissions for the term 2023-2027

President’s Blog: A continent ready to rise: Visiting Cameroon

Capacity Building and to liaise with institutions and countries of high potential but no strong presence at ICA currently is a key strategic priority. It has to be seen in this context, that I had the opportunity for a working visit to Yaoundé, Cameroon at 4.-6.March 2024. During the visit to Cameroon, I had three official meetings with top administrative representatives in the Cameroon Government. In addition, a workshop at the ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation on Contemporary Cartography has been given.

At the visits at the National Institute of Statistics, die National Institute of Cartography and the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation I had the opportunity to learn to know the activities, plans and constraints of working on Geoformation and Cartography in Cameroon. Topics of discussion involved issues related to National Spatial Data Infrastructures and the role of the UN-IGIF framework, the topic of working on an Atlas or cartographic products in respect to the SDGs from a national Cameroonian perspective, the eventual benefits of a regional cartographic conference in Africa, a national membership of Cameroon to ICA and strategies on how to ensure capacity building access to programs offered from international organizations as well as the challenge of producing reliable contemporary national topographic maps.

The workshop on Cartography and Geospatial Information management was meant for high-level representatives of the domain. After introducing the International Cartographic Association I addressed the contemporary nature and relevance of Cartography, followed by Madam Takem Ebangha Agbor Delphine, talking about the Collaborative Approach to a National Spatial Database. The last speaker was Mr. Fernand Guy Isseri, the Co-Chair of United Nations High Level Group on Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) on the opportunities and challenges of a National Spatial Data Framework for Cameroon.

At the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Cameroon at Yaoundè with the Director for Scientific Policies and Planning Dr Jean Marcel and the Department Directors for Capacity Building, Strategy and Planning

At the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Cameroon at Yaoundè with the Director for Scientific Policies and Planning Dr Jean Marcel and the Department Directors for Capacity Building, Strategy and Planning

Some participants of the Workshop on Cartography and Geospatial Information Management

Some participants of the Workshop on Cartography and Geospatial Information Management at the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation of Cameroon at Yaoundè on 5.3.24, including
the UN-GGIM Africa representative Isseri Fernand Guy, governmental representatives and representatives of Cameroonian Universities

With senior Researcher Takem Agbor in front of the Cameroonian National Institute ofCartography

With senior Researcher Takem Agbor in front of the Cameroonian National Institute of
Cartography

With the Assistant Director General She Etoundi Joseph Guy Benjamin of the National Institute of Statistics of Cameroon

With the Assistant Director General She Etoundi Joseph Guy Benjamin of the National Institute of Statistics of Cameroon

The intention is to follow the identified areas of mutual interest up, so that the visit leads to further activities.

Georg Gartner

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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

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)
cartogis.org/conferences/cagis2024/

9th International Conference on
Cartography and GIS
Jun 16–Jun 21 2024, Nessebar (Bulgaria)
iccgis2024.cartography-gis.com

Regional Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2024
Sep 9–Sep 11, Vienna (Austria)
eurocarto2024.org


Regional Cartographic Conference AsiaCarto 2024
Dec 8–Dec 10, HongKong (China)
asiacarto.org/2024/

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

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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President’s Blog: ICA as an Organization of Organizations

The International Cartographic Association is an organization of organizations. It is built upon its members, consisting of National Members and Affiliate Members.

What are members?

National Members are those national cartographic or geographical information organisations, national mapping and cadastral institutions, or coordinating national cartographic committees who wish to represent their nation as a member in ICA. Affiliate Members are organisations, institutions or companies wishing to support the mission and activities of the International Cartographic Association.

ICA has a long list of active members, which can be found at icaci.org/national-members and icaci.org/affiliate-members. Membership comes with a lot of benefits, the most important one as being an active and driving part of the mission, aims and scope of the world of cartography! Details about this can be found on icaci.org/membership-types.

What members do

It is important for ICA that our members flourish. Only if our members are strong, ICA can be a strong global voice for cartography. As the world is changing, the role of societies, institutions and associations is changing as well. In some of our member countries the representation of the national cartographic community might be decreasing, limited or changing. I want to therefore highlight from time to time some best practices and selected successful activities some of our members are pursuing. As I had the opportunity to participate in three recent events let me describe activities of the British Cartographic Society, the German Cartographic Society and the Hellenic (Greek) Cartographic Society as examples.

British Cartographic Society

On 20. September 2023 the British Cartographic Society (BCS) celebrated 60 years during their annual conference at Cambridge, UK. BCS has developed since its foundation 1963 a wide range of activities. To name a few highlights I want to mention publications, such as The Cartographic Journal as well as the magazine “Maplines”. To give map curators a home BCS is also providing a periodical newsletter called “Cartographitti”.  BCS has also developed a variety of awards for excellence in cartography, which are presented at the annual conferences. Those awards include entries for best map, printed maps, electronic maps, thematic maps, use of Ordnance Survey Data and 3D cartography as well as the Henry Johns Award for the most outstanding article published in the Cartographic Journal. On their website BCS provides also resources for education, including free data, software links and online support sites. Also, annual conferences are organized as well as so called “Tea Time Talks”, giving the members several opportunities to stay connected. It should be mentioned as well, that BCS has always been a key member of the International Cartographic Association, providing beneath two presidents (Deny Thackwell 1964-1968, Michael Wood 1995-1999) several Vice-Presidents, Commission Chairs and Map Enthusiasts!

During the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary I had the opportunity to address the members as well as hand over one of the BCS awards for excellence in cartography as well as hand over an ICA Map Exhibition Award Winner from ICC 2023.

Former SG David Fairbairn and former VP David Forrest enjoying the festive celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of BCS

Former SG David Fairbairn and former VP David Forrest enjoying the festive celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of BCS

Georg Gartner handing over the Stanfords Award to Luke Harvey (Harvey Maps) for the Map “Wales Coast Path”

Georg Gartner handing over the Stanfords Award to Luke Harvey (Harvey Maps) for the Map “Wales Coast Path”

Georg Gartner handing over the Certificate for the 2nd place of the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2023 in the category “Map on Panel” for the entry “The World – Great Discoveries”

Georg Gartner handing over the Certificate for the 2nd place of the International Cartographic Exhibition at ICC 2023 in the category “Map on Panel” for the entry “The World – Great Discoveries”

German Cartographic Society

Cover of Kartographische Nachrichten

Cover of Kartographische Nachrichten

The German Cartographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie, DGfK) has just recently organised it‘s 71. German Cartographic Conference (Deutscher Kartographentag). The DGfK was founded already in 1950 and has since then developed several activities to promote cartography, such as thematic commissions, regional sections, educational materials, symposia (such as the legendary “Arbeitskurse Niederdollendorf” and the follow-up events called “Symposium Practical Cartography”), or the annual german cartographic conference. DGfK is also awarding outstanding scholars with the very prestigious “Mercator-Medal”. The recently offered “CartoCafé” is a regular series of online lectures and presentations and has found its audience. DGfK is also organizing once a year a “new year event”, which has become a very popular meeting point. It has to be mentioned especially, that the society is running its own journal, the “Kartographische Nachrichten”. DGfK has been always a strong member and supporter of ICA, contributing with ideas, activities and persons to all the ICA activities over decades.

Hellenic Cartographic Society

The Hellenic Cartographic Society was established 1994 in Thessaloniki. Soon the organization developed as the main forum for cartographers in Greece, organizing since 1994 sixteen cartographic conferences all over the country. The society is most successful in reaching out to all main stakeholders of cartography in Greece, including National Agencies, Academia, Practicioners as well as companies. The HCS is a very active partner of ICA, contributing regularly to the Barbara Petchenik Map Competition, supporting actively the FIG/IHO/ICA International Board of Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartogaphers, being the founder and driver of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, which also runs its own journal called “e-perimetron”.

Current President of HCS Chrysoula Boutoura, Former President and ICA Honorary Fellow Evangelos Livieratos and ICA President Georg Gartner at the Hellenic Cartographic Conference in Athens, November 2023

Current President of HCS Chrysoula Boutoura, Former President and ICA Honorary Fellow Evangelos Livieratos and ICA President Georg Gartner at the Hellenic Cartographic Conference in Athens, November 2023

Prof Evangelos Livieratos receiving a honourable professorship of University of Western Attica during the Hellenic Cartographic Conference November 2023

Prof Evangelos Livieratos receiving a honourable professorship of University of Western Attica during the Hellenic Cartographic Conference November 2023

President’s Blog: Joined activities of IMIA and ICA

ICA has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place with the International Map Industry Assocation (IMIA). During the Frankfurt Book Fair common interests and joined activities of ICA and IMIA for the next yearshave been discussed and agreed upon between the Presidents Bridger DeVille (IMIA) and Georg Gartner (ICA). This will include sessions and presentations at symposia and conferences, panels and cooperation on major topics of concern such as trustworthiness of maps. A joined ICA-IMIA-ESRI Award for the Best Maps of the ESRI User Conference is already in place and demonstrate the mutual interests.

Bridger DeVille and Georg Gartner at the Frankfurt Book Fair

IMIA President Bridger DeVille and ICA President Georg Gartner at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Discussing joined activities of ICA and IMIA

Discussing joined activities of ICA and IMIA

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

President’s Blog: A new dawn – the beginning of a new term in ICA

New ICA Executive Committee for the term 2023-2027

The International Cartographic Association sees a change of its “term” every fourth year. This change is a result of the discussions and decisions at the General Assembly of the national members of ICA. The most recent General Assembly (the 19th of ICA) took place during the (most successful) International Cartographic Conference 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa and decided on the main proponents of the new term, which will last from 2023 to 2027.

Let me introduce you to the new members of the Executive Committee:

    • President Georg Gartner (Austria)
    • Secretary General Thomas Schulz (Switzerland)
    • Past President Timothy Trainor (United States of America)
    • Vice President Serena Coetzee (South Africa)
    • Vice President Dariusz Dukaczewski (Poland)
    • Vice President Amy Griffin (Australia)
    • Vice President Haosheng Huang (Belgium)
    • Vice President Alex Kent (United Kingdom
    • Vice President Jiping Liu (China)
    • Vice President Dusan Petrovic (Slovenia)
Georg Gartner

Georg Gartner

Thomas Schulz

Thomas Schulz

Tim Trainor

Tim Trainor

Serena Coetzee

Serena Coetzee

Dariusz Dukaczewski

Dariusz Dukaczewski

Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin

Haosheng Huang

Haosheng Huang

Alex Kent

Alex Kent

Jiping Liu

Jiping Liu

Dušan Petrovič

Dušan Petrovič

This team has already met for the first Executive Committee meeting in Vienna and is keen to advance the International Cartographic Associations activities, instruments, aims and scope further. By doing so we are happy to build upon most successful former terms, such as the now ended with President Tim Trainor. We are highly grateful for all the work which has been done on behalf of ICA and we feel inspired to follow those paths!

– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to European Cartographic Conference (EuroCarto) 2022

The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK) and British (BCS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to announce that the European Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2022 will take place at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria on September 19–21, 2022.

Cartographers and those working in related disciplines are offered a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects. Current research or work related to cartography covering all aspects of modern cartography will be addressed. All submitted abstracts are reviewed and if accepted published in the “Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association“. Several Cartographic Journals, including the International Journal of Cartography, Cartographica, Cartographic Journal, CAGIS and Kartographische Nachrichten have expressed interest in selecting submissions and invite full paper submissions to their respective journal thereafter.

Additionally a number of pre-conference workshops (on generalisation, VR/AR, Social Media Data visualisation, Ethics and Cartography, Atlas Cartography, Toponomy etc.) and side-events (visit to the National Library, MapRun, etc.) are planned.

Call for papers is still open

Please note, that the submission of an abstract is still possible until May 7, 2022. Find the details here: https://eurocarto2022.org/call-for-papers/.

Registration & sponsoring

Registration information can be found here: https://eurocarto2022.org/registration/

If you want to sponsor the event and get a chance to present your company, check out https://eurocarto2022.org/sponsoring-packages/.

 

As we still love maps, we are looking forward to your contribution and to meet you in Vienna,

Georg Gartner

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