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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

Invitation to the Symposium ICA Spring Olomouc 2023

Objectives of the symposium

  • to explore current issues and themes in the theory and practice of three ICA commissions – atlases, map design, and user studies,
  • to exchange professional experiences and discuss problems arising from merging approaches of the commissions‘ domains,
  • to expose cartographers to current developments in atlases, their design and use.

ICA commissions


Palacký University Olomouc, Dept. of Geoinformatics (Vit Vozenilek)


  • cartographic notions (3–5min calls for assistance in research,
    questions to be answered, info about the latest releases, etc.)
  • regular conference contributions (15min)
  • open discussion (after each session)
  • social program
    • Czech pub experience with cartoQuiz
    • short organ concert
  • atlases exhibition


  • includes access to sessions, material, coffee breaks, lunches, social program
  • open from November 1st, 2022
  • deadline for submission: January 31st, 2023
  • fee – 80 Euro


Please find more information at the symposium website: icaspring2023.upol.cz

17th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2022) – A Report

During 12-14 September 2022, the 17th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2022) has been successfully held at TU Munich, Germany. The conference was organized by the ICA Commission on Location Based Services, and hosted by Prof. Liqiu Meng and Prof. Jukka Krisp and their teams at TU Munich and University Augsburg.

The conference featured two keynote presentations of Georg Gartner from TU Wien and Harvey Miller from Ohio State University. A total of 39 oral presentations have been given in 8 single-stream sessions over three days. These oral presentations provide a general picture of recent research activities related to the domain of LBS. Such activities emerged in the last years, especially concerning issues of outdoor/indoor positioning, smart environment, spatial modelling, personalization, context-awarenesss, cartographic communication, novel user interfaces, social media, big data analysis, usability, ethics, and privacy.

Group photo of LBS 2022 participants | Photograph courtesy of LBS 2022

Papers accepted in the category “Full papers” and accepted in the category “Work in progress” (double-blind peer-review based on full papers) are published as online proceedings LBS2022:

  • Krisp, Meng, Kumke, Huang (eds.) (2022) Proceedings 17th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS2022), Munich / Augsburg, Germany, September 12-14.

More details regarding LBS 2022 can be found at http://lbsconference.org/.

The next LBS conference has been planned and will be hosted by Prof. Haosheng Huang and Prof. Nico Van de Weghe at Ghent University (Belgium) in November 2023. We look forward to meeting you there.

Programme published for “Advances in Topographic Mapping”

The ongoing development of technologies and datasets present new challenges and opportunities for producers and users of topographic mapping. In particular, AI and machine learning present new methods for facilitating the design and production of topographic maps, while AR/VR offer new possibilities for users to engage with topographic data. This virtual conference aims to provide a forum for national mapping organisations and academic researchers to discuss the strategic implementation of these technologies and to explore their potential. This includes the  use of open-source data for national mapping and the creation of new topographic products, such as immersive virtual geographic environments. The conference offers a forum for national mapping organisations and academic researchers to address key issues in the utilisation of new technologies and to explore opportunities for collaboration, particularly for establishing best practice and a relevant research agenda.

The conference is organised jointly by the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping, the ICA Working Group on Digital Transformation of National Mapping Agencies and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Conference Topics

  • Topographic Mapping and Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE)
  • Utilising Open-Source Data in Topographic Mapping
  • Developments in Topographic Map Production
  • Enhancing User Experience of, and Trust in, Topographic Maps


The full programme has been published and can be accessed here.


Registration is open here. Deadline for registration is 21 October 2022.

For more information visit the conference website: https://topo.icaci.org/advances-in-topographic-mapping-2022/

Programme published for “The Surveying Turn in Cartography”

From Monday 24 October till Wednesday 26 October 2022 the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin will jointly host the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography. The venue will be the recently renovated old main building of the Staatsbibliothek in the heart of Berlin on the boulevard Unter den Linden (subway stop) within sight of the iconic Brandenburg Gate. To explore the city and its cartographic heritage, tours of the Staatsbibliothek and the Humboldt-forum’s map collections, as well as a guided walking tour of the city are planned.


The full programme has been published and can be accessed here.

It promises to be an exciting event at a wonderful venue! Registration (55 euro) is still possible through the website: https://history.icaci.org/berlin-2022/

We hope to see many of you there!

Soetkin Vervust
Secretary ICA Commission on the History of Cartography


Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2023

Dear friends and colleagues,

It’s a great pleasure and honor to announce the Official Call for the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition 2023.

This year there are no significant changes for the participants in the competition. The theme will be again: 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:

As became usual in the last years, national coordinators will be invited to participate in an e-mail-based voting process to select the winner works in June 2023. By this reason it is very important to send names and e-mails of national coordinators by e-mail for the Chair and Vice-Chair of ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, otherwise we cannot ensure our direct contact for 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

Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children

Call for Papers for the International Virtual Conference Advances in Topographic Mapping

The International Cartographic Association’s Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Working Group on Digital Transformation of the National Mapping Agencies will jointly host the Virtual International Conference on the Advances in Topographic Mapping on 27-28 October 2022.

Conference Topics

  • Topographic mapping and Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE)
  • AI and machine-learning applications in topographic map production
  • Enhancing user experience of, and trust in, topographic maps
  • Developing Augmented/Virtual Reality environments using topographic data
  • Utilising open source data in topographic mapping
  • Developing effective national geoportals in an era of digitalization

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for papers. These need to reach the organisers by the 4 September 2022. You can submit your abstract here.


Registration is open here. Deadline for registration is 21 October 2022

For more information visit the conference website: https://topo.icaci.org/advances-in-topographic-mapping-2022/

News of the ICA Commission on Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management

In the 8th International Conference on Cartography and GIS, June 20-25th June 2022, in Nessebar, Bulgaria, commission members of the ICA Commission on Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management participated in four activities.

In the first keynote of the conference, Prof. Milan Konecny replaced president Timothy Trainor by his keynote speech titled: The United Nations Challenges for SDGs and Sendai Framework: The Role of Cartographers, where U.N. efforts, including Sendai Framework and GGIM and DBAR activities have been strongly highlighted (June 21).

Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction – Solutions and Innovations organized in cooperation with ICA Commission on Cartgraphy in Early Warning and Crisis Management and Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic was based on physical and video presentations (June 21). The seminar began with a keynote by commission vice-chai Milan Konecny (with co-authors Temenoujka Bandrova (Bulgaria), Petr Kubíček, Zdeněk Stachoň, Radim Štampach (Czech Republic). Jie Shen (China), Irina Rotanova (Russian Federation), Jan Brodský and Pavel Špulák (both Czech Republic), titled: Strategies of Disaster Risk Reduction on the Background of U.N. GGIM and Digital Belt And Road Efforts. Keynote was followed by other papers: Krzysztof Pokonieczny (Poland): Methodology of Developing The Dynamic Maps of Passability, Milaim Sylka (Kosovo (video presentation), Pavel Špulák, Bohuslav Ježek and Zdeněk Červenka (Czech Republic): GIS, Big Data and Mapping in Disaster Management Charts and Maps for Statistical Yearbooks of Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, Ekaterina Podolskaia, Anastasia Nekrasova, Tatiana Prokhorova, Aleksey Trubenkov and Olga Selyutskaya (Russian Federation): Web-Gis Projects at the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences (video presentation).

Topics of the seminar were:

  • DRR U.N. Sendai Agenda: Challenges for Cartography and Geoinformatics
  • Cartographic Support for Emergency Evacuation
  • Virtual Reality and Disaster Preparedness
  • VGI Possibilities in DRR
  • Threats Caused by Agricultural Operations

Around 20-25 people particiated in the meeting of the Commission On Cartography on Early Warning and Crisis Management on June 22. They were explained the areas that the commission deals with, especially with regard to the initiatives of the Sendai Framework, but with an emphasis on the scientific and applied development of cartography. The meeting was also attended by ICA vice-president Prof. T. Bandrova, ISDE president Dr. A. Annoni, chairmen of other ICA commissions associate professors O. Čerba, or Jesus Reyes, ESRI representative Dr. N. Land and many others. The discussion results in a recommendation to create a publication on the role of cartography in DRR supplemented by representative outputs promoting cartography itself, unifying terminology or analyzing the potential of cartography in solving a selected disaster.


News of the ICA Commission on Cartography for Early Warning and Crisis Management

The ICA Commission Cartography for Early Warning and Crises Management (CEW&CM) has successfully held a pre-conference workshop and two sessions at the ICC 2021 in Florence.

The workshop aimed at combining and addressing as comprehensively as possible the current Big Data issue, cloud computing, and latest trends and technologies in cartographic visualization in the field of early warning, crisis management and Disaster Risk Reduction.

The growth of Internet-based services and cloud services is leading and has led to a comprehensive view on data characterized by the terms Volume, Variety, Velocity and Veracity. The emergence of very large, unstructured, dynamic, time-varying data sets including associated measures of quality (so-called Big Data) offers considerable challenges for cartography which – if processed and visualized
correctly and appropriately for the target audience – can provide significant new insights for information, situation analysis, decision making and alternative actions. Experts from different, interdisciplinary directions discussed different concerns from the above mentioned topics.

The full report of the workshop can be accessed here: https://rimma.org/cartography-for-early-warning-and-crisis-management-report


Further meetings (virtual, hybrid, physical) are planned within the ICA and within the Commission Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management. Some of them are relevant for LAINAT regarding exchange of ideas, further development of warning platforms, cartography and platforms as communication tools, as well as regarding the composition of the ICA Commission Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management:

  • Eurocarto 2022, 19-21.9.2022 in Vienna Austria, organized by the Austrian Cartographic Commission (ÖKK), the German Cartographic Society (DGfK), the Swiss Cartographic Society (SGK) and the British Cartographic Society
  • 31st ICC 2023, 13-18 August 2023, Cape Town South Africa

Obituary: Eddy Lynn Usery

On March 22, 2022, the world lost a GIS giant and cartography compadre when Dr. E. Lynn Usery, current Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Projections and former ICA Vice-President, passed from this earthly plane. Not even a week earlier, Lynn was busily planning workshops for AutoCarto 2022. He will be sorely missed by ICA and our community, not only for his many research contributions, leadership and vision, and tireless service, but also for his friendship and camaraderie.

Michael Tischler of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) wrote, “On paper, we knew him as the Director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Information Science [CEGIS]. But he was far more than that title would lead one to believe. Lynn leaves a remarkable legacy given his extraordinary scientific accomplishments, presence as a leader in the geographic science community, and impact on individual geographic scientists inside USGS and around the world.”

It’s a challenge to specify the impact that Lynn has had on the field of GIScience because of the breadth and depth of his involvement and contributions. He was centrally involved in many areas of the discipline, including cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. His eclectic research interests included digital cartography, map projections, scale and resolution, image classification, temporal GIS, geospatial semantics and ontology, and high-performance computing for geospatial data. It would be difficult to name a subject in our field about which Lynn could not speak knowledgably and insightfully.

Lynn was unique in that his impact came through his careers in both government and academia. Lynn started working for the USGS in 1977. He was a cartographer and geographer for the USGS from 1978 to 1988 focusing on developing automated cartographic production systems. In 1988, he took on a geography faculty position at the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Madison. In January of 1994, he moved to Georgia to serve on the geography faculty at the University of Georgia (UGA). In May of 1999, Lynn took on a Research Geographer position with the USGS in addition to his academic job at UGA. In 2005, he returned to USGS and ultimately conceived and became Director of CEGIS. In this role, he directed the science program and the visions and plans for topographic mapping research. While at USGS, Lynn also taught remote sensing at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

In all his positions, Lynn was a ground breaker. In his early days at USGS, he began the development of digital mapping systems for the automated production of printed topographic maps. At UW, he helped found a GIS program. At UGA, he helped establish certificate programs in GIScience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. When he returned to USGS, he started a cartography research program that led to CEGIS. For CaGIS, he chaired AutoCarto 2005 to close an eight-year gap and resurrect the symposium series. He also spearheaded the effort to bring the International Cartographic Conference back to the United States for only the second time, the first being in 1978.

Lynn was involved in multiple activities of the ICA:

  • 2004–2008 US National Committee to the ICA member
  • 2007–2011 ICA Map Projections Commission Secretary
  • 2007–2015 US National Committee to the ICA Chair
  • 2011–2012 ICA Technology Outreach Working Group Chair
  • 2011–2015 ICA Map Projections Commission Vice Chair
  • 2011 Bid for ICC 2017
  • 2012–2017 ICC 2017 Conference Organizer
  • 2015–2019 ICA Vice President
  • 2018–2019 ICA Body of Knowledge for Cartography Working Group Chair
  • 2019–2022 ICA Map Projections Commission Chair

That Lynn was so involved in the association is admirable. That he did the same with many other societies, at the same time, makes Lynn exceptional and unparalleled. There is truly no match for him in this regard, and really not even anyone in the running. No other person has been elected vice-president of the ICA, president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), president of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), as Lynn was in 2015, 2002, 2004, and 2015, respectively. Additionally, as with the ICA, in all these associations, he also served in other roles.

On a personal note, Lynn was born in December 1951. He had two children, a son Kelynn, born 1986, and a daughter, Lacy, born 1988. Lynn received his BS in geography from the University of Alabama and MA and Ph.D. degrees in geography from UGA. He died Tuesday, March 22, 2022, after a brief illness.


Tim Trainor, President of ICA &
Aileen Buckley, U.S. national representative to ICA

Call for Papers for the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography

The International Cartographic Association’s Commission on the History of Cartography and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) will jointly host the 9th International Symposium on the History of Cartography on the topic of The Surveying Turn in Cartography: Revolutionizing Maps & Charts in the 18th and 19th Centuries on 24-26 October 2022.


The joint organizers encourage contributions investigating the global “surveying turn” in cartography, hinting to the increasing professionalization and mechanization to gather base data for drawing ‘ever truer to nature’ maps, especially during, but not limited to, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Call for Papers

The organizers invite the submission of abstracts for papers and posters. These need to reach the organisers by the 1st of June 2022. You can submit your abstract here.


Registration will open in the summer of 2022.

For more information visit the conference website: history.icaci.org/berlin-2022/