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Atlases in Time – Invitation to Joint Commission Meeting in Madrid 2020

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. 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/

On the occasion of 150 year anniversary celebration of the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN) – the publishing institution of the National Atlas of Spain – the ICA Commission on Atlases and the ICA/IGU Commission on Toponomy together with the IGN organize a symposium on Atlases and Toponomy from the 21 to the 25th April 2020 in Madrid. During three sessions questions concerning evolving dissemination concepts and techniques for atlases, recent development and examples of National Atlases as well as related important toponomastic issues will be discussed.

Date: 22.–25. April 2020
Venue: Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), Madrid, Spain
Good to know: The Symposium is FREE OF CHARGE!

Call for Abstracts

Presentations will be held in a classic 20 min format of 15 min talk and 5 min discussions, and also in a 5 min lightning format, where you can bring in specific challenges (not solved yet) or new ideas. A publication of the contributions as papers or abstracts will be realized.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15. February 2020
The abstract should not exceed 500 words and can be submitted as .docx or .pdf-file.

Abstract submission, a preliminary timetable and further information can be accessed via the symposium website: map-service.de/madrid2020

Online Registration will open in February 2020.

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Outcome of the first meeting of the new ICA Executive Committee in Gent

On 22 November the newly elected Executive Committee met for the first physical meeting during the 2019‒2023 term in Gent (Belgium).

A full day of intense discussions and a huge list of work items on the desk set out the agenda for ICA for the next four years. Following ICA’s Strategic Plan and the President’s motto, that «Maps make a difference» and that «Cartography is more relevant than ever today in an increasingly complex world», the EC discussed next steps and necessary actions in order to reach these goals and make our discipline and society visible and heard by decision makers and a larger audience.

The Executive Committee at the commission meeting in Ghent, Belgium

The Executive Committee at the commission meeting in Ghent, Belgium

Achieving the goals of the next term is of course a collaborative project that the EC, national members, affiliate members and ICA commissions need to undertake together. Every member of the Executive Committee has an important role to play in this context as a coordinator, enabler and facilitator. Hence, each EC member were given specific tasks and roles for the next four years. And all Vice-Presidents were assigned a liaison with commissions and working groups. The list of Liaisons for all current ICA commissions can be found here: https://icaci.org/executive-committee/

4 new Working Groups for the term 2019‒2023

As some of the strategic tasks that the new Executive Committee wants to tackle during the next term are very specific or transversal in character and not fully covered by existing commission work, four new Working Groups were set up by the EC during the meeting:

  • Cartography and Sustainable Development (Philippe De Maeyer)
  • Cartographic Body of Knowledge (Terje Midtbø)
  • History of ICA (László Zentai)
  • New Research Agenda in Cartography (Liqiu Meng)

The respective EC members (in brackets) will help with startup and organization, find members and supporters, and lay out the work schedule for the next 4 years.

Nominations of Heads of Committees and ICA Officers

Furthermore, the EC nominated the new Heads of ICA Committees and Officers to the ICA Secretariat who will help to keep the society running and inform members and the public in the best possible way through the various channels. Congratulations to the following nominations for the next term 2019-2023! It is a pleasure to work (or continue to work) together with this excellent team!

  • Publication Committee – Georg Gartner (AT)
  • Statutes and By-laws Committee – Derek Clarke (SA) & Christine Zanine (FR)
  • Selection of Award Recipients Committee – Ferjan Ormeling (NL)
  • eCarto Newsletter Editor – David Fraser (AU)
  • ICA News Editor – Igor Drecki (NZ)
  • ICA Webmasters – Manuela Schmidt & Felix Ortag (AT)
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Announcement of Seminar on Intelligent Emergency Surveying and Disaster Risk Reduction Mapping Service

Since the countries in Asian regions are currently facing the challenges of frequent disasters, it is more important to fast and intelligent surveying and mapping. In order to improve the capability of emergency mapping support of Asian countries in response to sudden disasters, the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping organizes the Seminar on Intelligent Emergency Surveying and Disaster Reduction Mapping Service, which focuses on exploring new theories, technologies, methodologies and products for intelligent emergency surveying and disaster reduction mapping services because of the significance of rapid perception, accurate measurement, intelligent analysis and forecasting and warning of geospatial information in the process of natural disasters and urban emergency response management. This seminar would provide a technical exchange platform for improving intelligent emergency surveying and disaster reduction mapping in developing countries in Asia.

Time and Location

  • Time: December 10–12, 2019
  • Location: Huandao Tide Hotel, Haikou, Hainan, China

Conference Theme

  • Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness, Prevention, Alert, Response and Mitigation
  • Multi-Dimension Disaster Information Processes Intelligent Modelling, Applications and Services
  • Geospatial Analysis and Data Mining
  • Intelligent and self-adaptive Disaster Cartography
  • Disaster Risk Analyses and Mapping Using Social Big Data
  • Mobile Disaster Cartography
  • Disaster Big Data Processing and Sharing
  • Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications for Disaster-related Cartography
  • Adaptive Emergency Positioning
  • Intelligent Management of Disaster Models

Participants

Nearly 50 experts from China, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, and Japan will attend the seminar of Intelligent Emergency Surveying and Disaster Reduction Mapping Service (five foreign experts are planned).

Organization

The event is organized by the ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crises Management and the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping.

Co-organized by the Hainan Administration of Surveying Mapping And Geoinformation, Chinese Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography Instrument and Equipment Committee

Schedule

  • 10 December: Registration
  • 11–12 December: Opening Ceremony, Report Exchange, Technical Visit
  • 13 December: Return

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Invitation to Workshop on Indoor Cartography

The ICA Commissions on User Experience, on Location Based Services and on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, are pleased to announce the first call for papers on the Joint Workshop Indoor Cartography as part of the Cognition and Artificial Life Conference 2020 which takes place June 10–12, 2020 in Znojmo, Czech Republic.

The workshop considers an understudied map use context, that of using maps to navigate and understand indoor environments. As urban areas and individual buildings grow increasingly complex and people rely more and more on devices to assist in the navigation of these spaces, knowing how to design maps of the indoors well is becoming more important. It’s unclear what current map design principles transfer well to indoor maps (Griffin, White, et al. 2017), or what methods of map interactions might best support uses of maps in such contexts as well as what field methods can be used to study these map uses in ecologically valid ways (Roth et al., 2017). This workshop aims to focus attention on such issues and how we can better understand and support the design, use and wider implications of indoor maps.

The conference and the workshop is a cross-disciplinary platform intended to share and exchange knowledge between specialists in cartography, geoinformatics, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, informatics, and related fields.

The deadline for abstracts is 29 February 2020.

More information will be available on the conference website.

(CANCELLED) Invitation to the 12th Mountain Cartography Workshop

Update, March 2020: Sorry, this workshop had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation.


We invite you to participate at the 12th Mountain Cartography Workshop in the Colorado Rockies, April 14—18, 2020.

Banner 12th Mountain Cartography Workshop

The workshop theme is People, Maps, and Mountains. All topics broadly relating to maps and mountains are welcome as are a variety of presentation formats: from full papers to technical demos.

Call for Presentations is already open!

For more information about the workshop and to submit your abstract, visit www.shadedrelief.com/workshop/

Workshop on Automatic Vectorisation of Historical Maps

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital in partnership with the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University invites researchers and scholars to discuss the state of the art of automatic vectorisation of historical maps, with a high emphasis on the use of free, open source solutions.

Contributions will be organised into thematic sessions of 10-15 min. oral presentations ending with open discussion.

Submit abstracts in topics including but not restricted to:

  • Vectorisation
  • Automatic text recognition
  • Symbol recognition
  • Pattern recognition (pattern fill, dashed lines, etc.)

All presented papers will be published on-line in the workshop proceedings. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of e-Perimetron.

Important dates

  • 20 December, 2019 – Send abstracts (500 words max.) to avhm.workshop@gmail.com
  • 10 January, 2020 – Notification of acceptance
  • 10 February, 2020 – Full paper deadline
  • 25 February, 2020 – Free registration deadline

 

For more information about the workshop please visit lazarus.elte.hu/avhm

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Invitation to Workshop in Munich by the ICA Commission on Atlases

As decided in Tokyo, the ICA Commission on Atlases wants to discuss the idea of a UN Sustainability Atlas, and some other relevant issues of our Commission on Atlases.

WHEN: 12. / 13. December 2019
WHERE: TU Munich

We would like to organize the workshop as follows:

1st day (2–5 pm): UN Sustainability Atlas – Kickoff Workshop

  • 17 Sustainability Goals
  • Previous work (poster, book; World Bank Atlas 2018)
  • Data (World Bank)
  • Publication form (digital, print)

2nd day (9–12 am): Atlas Definition / Atlas Cookbook / Varia

  • Atlas Definition: Criteria
  • Atlas Cookbook: Cover, layout, text, figures, references; doi/ISBN; schedule
  • Varia: CoA Meeting 2020 in Madrid

As you can see, it should be possible to arrive in the morning of the first day, join the meeting, have a beer or two in the evening, and leave Munich in the early afternoon of the following day.

If you are interested to join the workshop, please send an email to sieberr@ethz.ch until 10. November 2019.

René Sieber
Chair of the Commission on Atlases

Call for Participation: LBS 2019, 11-13 November 2019, Vienna, Austria

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and Technische Universität Wien are pleased to invite you to the 15th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2019), which will take place in Vienna on November 11-13, 2019.

lbs2019The peer-reviewing process has been completed, and we have selected a list of interesting oral presentations for LBS 2019, which can be found at https://lbsconference.org/. A list of posters and showcases will be also presented at the conference. In addition, a special session will be organized to discuss the open research challenges in “mobile cartography”. We are also trying to fix the keynote speakers in the coming weeks.

You can register for the conference at lbsconference.org/registration

For more details of the conference, please refer to lbsconference.org

Looking forward to meeting you at LBS 2019.

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Call for Papers for the 8th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping the Ottoman Realm / Proceedings

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography will be holding its 8th International Symposium from 21 to 23 April 2020 in Istanbul. We have teamed up with the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) – Istanbul Department to host this conference on the theme of ‘Mapping the Ottoman Realm: Travelers, Cartographers and Archaeologists’ and look forward to receiving your contributions. 

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

We are delighted to announce that professor Celâl Şengör from the Istanbul Technical University will deliver a keynote address on “Geological mapping in the Ottoman Empire and in the early years of the Turkish Republic. What do they teach us about science in the periphery of Europe.”

You can find the abstract of the keynote, the CfP and more information on the symposium by visiting the symposium website at history.icaci.org/istanbul-2020. Please note the paper deadline is 1 November 2019.

In further news, the proceedings of our previous symposium on ‘Mapping Empires: Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea’ which was held in Oxford in September 2018 have recently been published by Springer. You can find them here: springer.com/us/book/9783030234461

Soetkin Vervust
Secretary ICA Commission on the History of Cartography

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Honorary Fellowship for Miljenko Lapaine

During ICC 2019, Miljenko Lapaine received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Lynn Usery‘s laudation:

It is an honor and pleasure to address Prof Dr Sc Miljenko Lapaine on the occasion of awarding the Honorary Fellowship of the International Cartographic Association. This award is given to a cartographer of international reputation who has made special contributions to ICA.

Professor Lapaine is internationally recognized for his work in geodesy and map projections and he has made special and significant contributions to the ICA. He is a cartographer who understands the fundamental basis of mathematics and computer science for geodesy, map projections and cartography in general. His international reputation is among the best in the world and he has made numerous special contributions to ICA through his work at International Cartographic Conferences, his support of ICA commissions and activities and his chairmanship of the Map Projection Commission.

He was born in 1952 in Zagreb. In his college education, he studied mathematics graduating in 1976 from the University of Zagreb, Department of Theoretical Mathematics. He received a master’s degree in 1991, with a thesis entitled Contemporary Approach to Cartographic Projections and a Ph.D. in 1996 with a dissertation under the direction of Prof Dr Sc Nedjeljko Frančula, on Mappings in Cartographic Projection Theory also from the University of Zagreb. While still studying mathematics, he started working, first as a teacher at a primary school then high school in Zagreb. At the Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, he was assistant professor, associate professor and awarded full professor status in 2003. He teaches courses in Cartography and GIS, Multimedia Cartography, Transformations in Cartography and History of Geodesy. At the postgraduate study of the Faculty of Geodesy University of Zagreb he taught Approximation Theory, Computer Graphics in Surveying, Surveying Cartography and Cartographic Heritage; at the postgraduate study of Geography at the University of Zadar he taught the application of digital cartography in the geography of littoral; and in graduate studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo Geodetic Cartography.

His scientific work is primarily in the application of mathematics and computer science in geodesy and cartography. He collaborated with surveyors where he worked on a variety of practical and engineering tasks in geodesy, equalization calculus, mechanics, hydrography, photogrammetry and cartography. One highlight is his computer system Kartomatika for removing deformities from drawings, plans or maps. He has published more than 450 articles in proceedings of scientific conferences and journals.

In working with students, he is particularly committed to introducing them to scientific research, so he is expert in assisting in the preparation of diploma and seminar papers successfully leading some twenty students who received The Rector’s Award.

He is the Project Manager of the State Border of the Republic of Croatia at Sea, Drawing in Science, Official Proposal cartographic projections of the Republic of Croatia, Cartography and new technologies. He is the head of the Department of Cartography of the Faculty of Geodesy 1999/2000; Vice Dean for Geodetic Studies Faculties 2003/05. For ten years he was the library manager at the Faculty of Geodesy. He is an associate of the Lexicographic Institute “Miroslav Krleža” since 1999. He has been an Associate of the Croatian Academy of Engineering since 1998 and major secretary since 2003; a member of the Croatian Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers since 2002. He is founder and first President of the Croatian Cartographic Society and editor-in-chief of the journal Kartografija i geoinformacije (Cartography and Geoinformation) published in Croatian and English. He is a member of the Croatian Mathematical Society, the Croatian Society for Structural Geometry and Computer Graphics, Croatian Geodetic Society Croatian Geographical Society and associate member of the International Association of Geodesy.

Prof Dr Sc Lapaine has been a corresponding member of the ICA Spatial Data Standards Commission since 1995. He has participated in all International Cartographic Conferences since 1987. He was elected chair of the Map Projections Commission of the ICA in 2011 and successfully led that commission until 2019 with numerous workshops around the world; developing and publishing the book, Choosing a Map Projection. He graciously agreed to continue with the Map Projections Commission as vice-chair from 2019-2023.

Prof Lapaine has labored to address misconceptions about map projections and distortion properties. He maintains a clear perspective that all map projections are mathematically based and understanding map projection concepts requires understanding the mathematics. He is truly a leader in the theory and development of map projections and continues to mentor students and others in the field with his knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Sc Miljenko Lapaine is an outstanding scientist, teacher, mathematician, cartographer, and friend and a true contributor to cartography and the ICA.

My sincere congratulations on a well-deserved award for an outstanding scholar and person!

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