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Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

It’s a great pleasure and honor to announce the Official Call for the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2021.

This year there are no significant changes for the participants in the competition. The only one change is the new theme of the competition: A map of my future world (as selected by our colleagues from 17 countries).

All documents related to the organization of the next competition can be found here:

Please note: In June 2021, national coordinators will be invited to participate in an e-mail-based voting process to select the winning entries. Due to this, it is very important to send the names and e-mail addresses of the national coordinators to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children in the next months – otherwise we cannot ensure a direct contact for submitting the invitation.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

Best regards

Carla Cristina R. G. de SENA
Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children

Jose Jesus REYES NUNEZ
Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children

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

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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

The voting process to select a theme for the Barbara Pechetnik Competitions 2021 & 2023 started

The ICA Commission on Cartography and Children invites all of you to participate in the voting process to select a theme for the Barbara Petchenik Competitions in 2021 and 2023. Colleagues and institutions of 17 countries proposed sixty-nine (69) themes during the last weeks. An online voting slip was created using Google Forms, which you can access on the following address:

https://forms.gle/wAWBCXPrbgRfLXov5

The submitted themes are listed in the same order in which they were sent for us. Please, give your vote to max. 5 themes and vote only once. The deadline for sending your votes is June 15, 2020. After finishing the voting process we will make public the selected theme with the results of the vote.

Feel you free to contact us on the following e-mail address if you have any question or doubt: jesusreyes@caesar.elte.hu

Thank you so much for your contribution!

News about the Barbara Petchenik Competition

Music video with maps submitted to previous competitions

Some days ago a Spanish ethnomusicologist, pedagogue and composer, Polo Vallejo (Pedagogy Professor in the Superior School of Music Reina Sofía, Madrid) asked for permission to use some of the map drawings made by children for the Barbara Petchenik competition in a short music video. His idea was to accompany maps made by children with a children xylophone piece of Carl Orff (German composer). Permission was given and the video is now available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsetAhhMSNE

The video is used as a greeting card directed to music associations all over the world.

The ICA Commission on Cartography and Children would like to thank Polo Vallejo for this lovely pre-Easter gift!

Selecting a new theme for the next competitions

Next September the International Cartographic Association (ICA), represented by the Commission on Cartography and Children plans to announce the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2021. In 2016 we decided to support the International Map Year using “We love maps” as theme for the competitions in 2017 and 2019. Now it is time to select a new theme for the competitions to be held in 2021 and 2023. We asked by e-mail all the members and supporters of ICA Commissions, all the representatives of ICA member nations, all the representatives and members of sister organizations and all colleagues in general to propose themes for the next two competitions. The organizers of the competition are open to any theme that can be represented by children on their maps. As help, here we list some of the themes selected for previous competitions: “Save the Earth”, “Many nations, one world”, “Living in a globalized world” and “My place in today’s world”.

We would ask colleagues to send their proposals to the jesusreyes@caesar.elte.hu e-mail address at latest on May 15. After the deadline, the commission is going to organize a voting process on the web, asking colleagues to vote their preferred themes and according to the number of votes, we select only one theme for the Barbara Petchenik Competitions in 2021 and 2023.

If you wish to have more detailed information about the Barbara Petchenik Competition, please visit the sites: https://icaci.org/petchenik/, https://childrensmaps.library.carleton.ca/ or http://lazarus.elte.hu/ccc/2019icc/bpcrules2019.pdf

 

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

Workshop on Automatic Vectorisation of Historical Maps held as virtual conference

On 13th March, the Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital had its workshop on the Automatic Vectorisation of Historical Maps. Due to the coronavirus situation the workshop had to be held online only. Despite the short time (the meeting ban at the hosting institution was announced only 3 days before the event) most authors managed to join the meeting. The workshop was streamed online, the discussion was realized in a chat group.

Atlases in Time – Joint Commission Meeting in Madrid 2020 postponed to October

Please note: Due to the very uncertain situation caused by the emergence of the Corona virus, the local organizing committee together with the commission chairs decided to postpone the meeting in Madrid (original date: 22.–25. April).

The new date of the Joint Commission Meeting in Madrid will be 14.–17. October (Wed–Sat).

Further information is available through the Madrid2020 conference website: https://map-service.de/madrid2020/

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Invitation to the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm

Cover picture of the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography

In two months the 8th International Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography will convene in Istanbul (Turkey). The online registration is now open. Detailed information is available on the conference website (https://history.icaci.org/istanbul-2020/), including:

  • list of 38 accepted presentations
  • link to register online
  • zoomable map to locate the venue in the heart of Istanbul

The Symposium is open to everyone with an interest in the cartography of the (former) Ottoman countries in Europe, Asia and Africa as well as the mapping of archaeological sites, landscapes and excavations. The Symposium is jointly hosted by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Department Istanbul.

Questions can be directed to:

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First Call For Papers: 2020 ICA Workshop on Analytical Reasoning for Cartography, Visualization, and Design


Date: Monday 14 September 2020 (ahead of GIScience 2020)
Location: University of Warsaw | Warsaw, Poland
Workshop website: http://carto-vis-workshop.uw.edu.pl/

Purpose

It has been 15 years since visual analytics was first established as the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive maps and visualizations. Since then, new models have been proposed to understand cognitive reasoning processes, new technologies have been released to support interactive, mobile, and immersive mapping, and new methods have been developed to examine and evaluate user experiences with analytical support systems. We call for research papers in cartography, visualization, and allied design fields to capture the state-of-science on visuospatial analytical reasoning.

Analytical Reasoning goes beyond simply noticing a pattern, and invokes a complex set of processes that aim to explain what has been seen, or to predict what will happen next. Creating the conditions in which users are able to reason about spatial information is a difficult task, and there are many challenges to overcome. This workshop invites short reports on ongoing and emergent work that aims to tackle one of the many dimensions in cartography that relate to supporting analytical reasoning. Broadly speaking, we are seeking work that focuses on understanding users, their cognitive processes, and/or their interactions with visual representations and computational methods via maps or geographic visualization. We welcome research that tackles these and related problem areas through computational, representational, or contextual methodological lenses. This workshop will provide a forum in which new approaches and ideas can be discussed and where new research collaborations can be formed.

Early stage work is explicitly encouraged, especially by junior scholars or those who might be new to cartography.

This workshop represents the joint efforts of the University of Warsaw Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography, and Remote Sensing in collaboration with the International Cartographic Association Commissions on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information VisualizationVisual Analytics, and User Experience (UX).

Format

We invite two kinds of contributions. First, we seek two-page short papers on completed research. Two-page short papers should be prepared using the CHI format, with accepted papers receiving 20 minutes for presentation and discussion. Second, we seek 150-word abstracts on work in progress or early graduate proposal ideas. Short abstracts will receive 5 minutes for a lightning talk presentation with discussion following all lightning talks. Select papers may be encouraged for expansion into a special journal issue, depending on participation.

Short papers and abstracts will be reviewed by two program committee members to gauge appropriateness for the workshop.

Relevant topics include:

  • Geovisualization and visual analytics
  • Storytelling for improved comprehension of geographic processes
  • User experience design for expert systems
  • Visuospatial cognition and reasoning
  • Models of spatial cognition
  • Models of human visuospatial reasoning
  • Individual and group differences in spatial abilities
  • Wayfinding and navigation
  • Reasoning on the go with augmented and mixed realities
  • Thematic map design
  • Visual variables and visual semiotics
  • User perspectives on thematic cartography
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Immersive analytics
  • Understandable machine learning
  • Algorithms and spatial decision making
  • Spatial decision support systems

Submission Details & Important Dates

Papers and abstracts should be submitted using our EasyChair site located at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cartoviz20

  • 2-page paper deadline: 15 May 2020
  • Short abstract deadline: 1 June 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2020
  • Registration deadline: 31 July 2020

If you need a visa to Poland to participate, or have other questions about the workshop, please contact the local organizers at carto-vis-workshop@uw.edu.pl.

Registration

Please visit our workshop website for registration details: http://carto-vis-workshop.uw.edu.pl/

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First joint meeting of the ICA Executive Committee and new Commissions in Gent

On 23–24 November the entire Executive Committee met for the first joint working meeting with the newly elected Commission chairs (List of Commissions). Altogether, 22 out of 28 Commissions were present during the meeting in Gent, either through their chair or vice-chair.

On two exciting, busy working days Commission representatives and ICA officials got to know each other (better), learned about administrative guidelines and procedures for a smooth cooperation and dedicated themselves to common strategic tasks for the next four years. The President pointed out once more the important role that Commissions play in our society – it is through commissions, where the actual thematic work of ICA will be done that finally brings forward our discipline, advances cartography as a science and sets the standards for the quality and usage of our work.

During the first day, the EC members and Commission representatives actively discussed «burning issues» for all commissions and how the society and members in general could even better help commissions to achieve their goals. The second day was followed by a presentation on the new ICA publication on the UN Sustainable Development Goals which was the successful result of a joint commission effort in the past. The final topic to conclude the meeting consisted of an intense discussion and group work on the best means and ways to join forces between commissions, which lead to already very concrete steps for the near future.

The next joint meeting of the Executive Committee and the ICA Commissions will take place on 19 September 2020 in Vienna on the occasion of the EuroCarto 2020 conference. ICA President Tim Trainor and Secretary General Thomas Schulz already look forward to this meeting and seeing the first results of our work commences in Gent.

We thank everyone present for making the long way to Belgium and actively participate in this fantastic meeting!

 

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