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eCARTO News January 2019

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.


  • Why paper maps still matter in the digital age – stl.news
  • Are paper maps making a comeback? – ft.com
  • Who among us can live without digital maps? But paper maps feed our brains (and they don’t need Wi-Fi) – chicagotribune.com

Cartographic Memories

Mapping Topography

  • Historic Topographic Maps Pushed Into 3D – kottke.org

Cartographic Applications

Cartographic Complications


  • His artwork is typically thrown away. Now people raised $590K to put it on their coffee tables. – denverpost.com
  • The Man Behind Most of the Ski Maps in America – outsideonline.com
  • “Cartography for Peace“: Suzana Queiroga expõe sobre a paz, no Porto – infocul.pt
  • The little-known story of how one man turned the Grand Canyon into an icon – azcentral.com

Cartographic Resources and Opportunities

Industry News

  • Tom Tom, Navman and Garmin forced to remove ‘lifetime’ claims from advertising campaigns – mumbrella.com.au
  • Garmin updates cartography, introduces transducer – tradeonlytoday.com
  • Global Electronic Cartography System Market 2019 by Segment Forecasts – fmrblog.com
  • Mapillary puts 186 million AI-generated map features on the map in their latest push to make maps more detailed and up-to-date globally – directionsmag.com

Cartographic Interactives

Cartographic Opinion

  • Google Maps vs Apple Maps – Which app is truly the best for getting around? – express.co.uk
  • Is RTK the Future of Drone Mapping – heliguy.com
  • Google Maps unreliable on our country roads – thewest.com.au
  • Were the British really the first Europeans to sight Australia? – news.com.au
  • Crowdsourced maps should help driverless cars navigate our cities more safely – technologyreview.com
  • Video games could teach spatial skills lost to a society dependent on devices – theconversation.com
  • Scottish stone circle isn’t so ancient after all, archaeologists say – arstechnica.com

eCARTO News December 2018

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.


Cartographic Memories

  • 19 Amazing Vintage Photos That Show How People Worked Before AutoCAD – boredpanda.com
  • Ancient Astronomical Alignments: Reading and Mapping the Stars at Early Advanced Civilization Sites ancient – ancient-origins.net
  • Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral – arstechnica.com
  • How a Doomed Arctic Voyage Presaged Transpolar Flights – maritime-executive.com

Mapping Topography

  • Researchers made 3D laser maps of Northern Nevada and the data is available to anyone online – rgj.com
  • Nasa’s IceSat space laser makes height maps of Earth – bbc.com

Cartographic Applications


  • Every significant military facility in Israel and Turkey was just exposed by a Russian mapping service – qz.com
  • How to submit corrections for Apple Maps labels – macworld.com
  • This interactive map shows how wrong we picture the world – fastcompany.com
  • Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us – theguardian.com

Cartography and Transport

  • Grad is messing up the world’s largest community’s data in Southeast Asia – techcrunch.com
  • Porsche wants you to use maps for exploration – not navigation – wired.com

Industry News

  • This Startup is Challenging Google Maps – and It Needs Your Help – wired.com
  • Apple patent shows off immersive AR maps projected from iPhone – 9to5mac.com

Cartographic Resources

Cartography – related technologies

  • Rock star Brian May revives Victorian virtual reality – bbc.com
  • Drone mapping tech changes disaster assessments – krcrtv.com
  • 2019 Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry with Michael Singer – expouav.com
  • GPS may be foiling one-way Blackfriars Bridge – lfpress.com
  • The global distribution and trajectory of tidal flats – nature.com

ICA News 71 now online

ICA News, Number 71, December 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 71st issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

An update on ICC 2019 in Tokyo provides another incentive to attend this ICA flagship event. We are reminded about the upcoming General Assembly and treated to a number of reports from cartographic events around the globe.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

ICC2019: Paper and Abstract Submission Deadline Extended!

We are pleased to inform you that in response to the overwhelming demand the deadline for the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC2019) for full paper submission was extended to December 12, 2018. The deadline for abstract submission was also extended to January 8, 2019. International Cartographic Association (ICA) encourages submissions from all interested participants from across the globe.

Visit the ICC2019 website for the details.

ICC2019 Local Organizing Committee
If you have any enquiries, please contact: icc2019@issjp.com

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eCARTO News November 2018

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.

Mapping Technologies

  • Google wants to improve your smart home with iRobot’s room maps – theverge.com
  • Hovermap drones dive underground to autonomously map mines and tunnels – newatlas.com
  • USGS: Airplane to map geology of southeast MO, southern IL – kfvs12.com

Investigative Cartography


Thematic Maps

Crowd Source Mapping

  • Crowd-mapping gender equality – a powerful tool for shaping a better city launches in Melbourne – theconversation.com
  • How volunteer cartographers are mapping epidemics and atrocities – economist.com

Cartographic Anomalies

  • A Journey to a Morrocan Village Frozen in Time – bbc.com
  • Four ‘invisible countries’ that could redraw the world map – abc.net.au
  • Google Maps: Wrong directions leave young woman stranded in Arizona desert for FIVE days – express.co.uk
  • I got lost in the New West crime map rabbit hole – newwestrecord.ca

Industry News

  • Google adds indoor positioning to Android’s Find My Device – arstechnica.com
  • Apple confirms pedestrian-level Maps data collection, initially limited to California – appleinsider.com
  • 5 Startups Doing HD Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles – nanalyze.com
  • New quantum technology to counteract GPS hacking – financialexpress.com
  • Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep – techcrunch.com
  • Garmin redefines marine cartography with the introduction of BlueChart g3 and LakeVü g3 with Navionics integration – businesswire.com

Cartographic Resources

  • Map Section of the Statistical Abstract of Israel – cbs.gov.il
  • An Atlas of Literary Maps Created by Great Authors: J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island & More – openculture.com
  • Christmas all mapped out – theguardian.com
  • The History of the World Map by Map – geekdad.com

Cartographic uncertainty

  • Ireland’s border: mapping the emotional landscape of the across and in-between – theconversation.com


  • Call: Special issue on Interactive 3D Cartography – mdpi.com

Information about the 2019 ICC and General Assembly

We invite you to the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) and to the 18th General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association. The conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 15 to 20 July 2019, and all those active in cartography and geographic information sciences in your country are warmly invited to participate. In addition, the 18th General Assembly of the ICA will take place at the same venue.

We are looking forward to celebrating this unique event of Mapping Everything for Everyone, something which is most relevant, attractive, and modern to our societies and economies. We encourage as many cartographers and GI scientists as possible from your country to be present in Tokyo to participate in this wonderful occasion.

Information and deadlines for national members concerning paper submission, the International Cartographic Exhibition, the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition, ICA Scholarships and the General Assembly can be found in the following document:

László Zentai
Secretary-General and Treasurer of the ICA

Category: General News

eCARTO News October 2018

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.

Cartographic reveals

Cartographers and Users


The Power of Maps

Cartographic Developments

  • Like Uber, but for Cartographers – citylab.com
  • Google Maps will now navigate to your favorite electric car charging station – qz.com
  • Seafloor mapping XPRIZE final will be in the Mediterranean, off Greek coast – bbc.com
  • Man Wearing Apple Maps Backpack Surveying San Francisco on Foot – macrumors.com
  • Adding the third dimension to marine conservation – uq.edu.au
  • There’s no Google Maps for self-driving cars, so this startup is building it – technologyreview.com

Cartographic Applications

Cartographic Accountability

  • Google and Apple taken to task over inaccurate travel estimates – abc.net.au
  • Banning the box: Why Scotland’s Shetland Islands declared war on ‘lazy’ mapping practices – nationalpost.com
  • Why Does Google Maps Not Recognize Palestine or its Roads? – albawaba.com
  • Are you sure that digital map is accurate? – afr.com

Industry News

  • FOSS4G State of Map Conference – Oceania – foss4g-oceania.org
  • Geo Dubai street mapping car to do 3D mapping of Dubai – gulfnews.com
  • Phantom 4 RTK Launched Globally Today: DJI’s Ultimate Mapping Solution – dronelife.com
  • TomTom shares slide 13 percent after Volvo contract loss – reuters.com


  • Sensors on top of Bendigo garbage trucks mapping the strength of free Internet of Things signal – bendigoadvertiser.com.au
  • Wizards, Moomins and pirates: the magic and mystery of literary maps – theguardian.com

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2019

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Cartographic Association and the Commission on Cartography and Children, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the next Barbara Petchenik Map Competition 2019, an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

The theme for the 2019 competition remains the same one that in 2017: “We love maps”. Entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2019. [All details can be found in the rules document.]


We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)

1st place >12 years, 2017: We Love Maps by Ioana Larisa Guriţǎ (13)


Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 29th International Cartographic Conference in Tokyo, Japan, from 15–20 July 2019. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Additionally, there will be a prize issued based on a public vote by the conference participants, as well as a Creativity Award issued by the ICA Commission on Art and Cartography.

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.


Maps – Our Path for Exploration by Champ Turner (15)

Winner of the public vote 2017: “Maps – Our Path for Exploration” by Champ Turner (15)


If you are interested in using children maps in your context, e.g. with publications, we would like to encourage you to contact us. The map drawings made by children in the previous competitions can be found in the Archive of the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition, maintained by the Carleton University Library.

ICA assumes we can count on the participation of your country in the competition 2019.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News September 2018

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.

Historical Cartography



Cartographic Insights

Cartographic Developments

  • New World Map That Accurately Shows Earth in 2D Created by Scientists – newsweek.com
  • Robots ahoy! Mapping Earth’s surface – bbc.com
  • Microdrones – Real world BVLOS corridor mapping in Germany – suasnews.com
  • The USGS Is Now Mapping Space To Mine Extraterrestrial Resources – forbes.com

Cartographic Guidance

Cartographic Research

  • Researcher explores what causes maps to go viral on the web – phys.org

Industry News

Curious Cartography

250 years ago: Cook – Navigator and Cartographer

  • Captain Cook set sail for Australia 250 years ago. Who was he and was he eaten by cannibals? – news.com.au