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Honorary Fellowship for William Cartwright

William Cartwright receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipWilliam Cartwright receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, William Cartwright received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Georg Gartner‘s laudation:

It is with great pleasure that I write in recognition of Professor Cartwright’s international status in the world of cartography and beyond.

Professor Cartwright has achieved an undoubted exceptional international reputation for his work with cartography and is highly regarded as a world leading expert on the field of cartography and GIScience in general. As a president and past-president of the International Cartographic Association he has significantly contributed to the self-understanding and the respected position of modern cartography. The definition of sustainable subject cores in relation to quickly changing innovations needs internationally recognized and accepted experts, being able to give orientation in this respect, of which Professor Cartwright is one of the leading ones.

As we have been both members of the international expert group in the “Cybercartography and the new economy” project, the Editorial Team of the Book Series “Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography”, the Scientific Adivsory Board of various Conferences and Symposia I had the opportunity to get into close contact with the expertise of Professor Cartwright in many respects, which lead also to Guest Professorships at Vienna, joined projects and joined scientific publications. It was not only remarkable to see, how Professor Cartwright’s guides scientific developments to international visible and significant outcomes but also to witness Professor Cartwright’s devotion to his work and discipline. I was impressed especially by the general understanding of science and research of Professor Cartwright. He literally “lives” interdisciplinarity and cross-subject knowledge finding, which makes Professor Cartwright an outstanding person and researcher.

As Vice-President (2003–2007), President (2007–2011) and Past-President (2011–2015) Professor Cartwright has steered the International Cartographic Association into a modern international organisation. He has established a number of innovative instruments and changes which prove to be a benefit for the international community. His exceptional acceptance by the scientific community helped essentially to reach out to neighbouring disciplines, where through the work of Professor Cartwright the respect and acceptance of cartography and ICA has been lifted. As chair of the Joined Board of Geospatial Information Sciences (2011–2013) he was actively involved in the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management and has been adopted to the UN Committee of Experts.

In summary, I have deep respect for the scientist, the cartographer and the person Professor Cartwright. He is an exceptional researcher and scientist, he is an extraordinary ambassador of Australia in a unique and positive way and he has contributed to the International Cartographic Association in a most relevant way.

It is a great pleasure for me to hand over the ICA Honory Fellowship in person to Professor Dr William Cartwright.

Honorary Fellowship for Timothy Trainor

Timothy Trainor receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipTimothy Trainor receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, Timothy Trainor received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Laszlo Zentai‘s laudation:

Mr. Trainor began his ICA experience in 1987 as an active member of the Commission on National and Regional Atlases and has participated in the meetings, seminars, and workshops of the Commission. In 1995, he was selected as the Chair of the Commission and completed his term in 2007 in Moscow.

In 2007, Mr. Trainor proposed and became Chair of the ICA Census Cartography Working Group.

He also completed two terms as Vice President of the ICA in 2015. Since his term as Vice President ended, Mr. Trainor has continued to serve the ICA as a member of the Statutes and By-Laws Committee. In preparation for the 2015 ICC and General Assembly, Mr. Trainor encouraged the U.S. National Committee for the ICA to prepare a bid to host the conference in the United States. He has been an active participant of the Local Organizing Committee.

Timothy Trainor is the Chief of the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. As the Census Bureau’s chief geographer, he is responsible for directing all aspects of the division’s work related to development and implementation of geographic and cartographic activities for the United States and its territories.

He actively represented the ICA with the United Nations. Currently, Mr. Trainor represents the ICA by participating on the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management. He was elected for the co-chair of the UN GGIM Bureau in 2016.

Mr. Trainor is a member of the Geography Commission of the United States National Section of the Pan American Institute for Geography and History. He has also cultivated a close collaboration with the International Geographical Union leadership which has helped to strengthen collaboration between the two associations.

Honorary Fellowship for Anne Ruas

Anne Ruas receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipAnne Ruas receiving the ICA Honorary FellowshipDuring ICC 2017, Anne Ruas received the ICA Honorary Fellowship. Below you can read Menno-Jan Kraak‘s laudation:

Dear Ann,

It is a great pleasure to address you for this occasion to hand you the ICA Honorary Fellowship. This award is for cartographers of international reputation who have made special contribution to the ICA.

You fit this category well because during a long ICA career you have been active as Co-chair of the Commission on Generalization and Multiple representation (2003–2007), as Vice-President (2007–2015), but also you have been President of ICC 2011, Paris. And you are still committed to ICA because currently you are one of the two Editors of our International Journal of Cartography (2015–).

But what many people do not know is that you have other talents too. You are a good football player. I remember we both played in the red-team during a legendary ICA Commission match in Leicester many years ago.

Ann, I congratulate you with this honor and would like to hand you the medal and certificate now.

eCARTO News July 2017

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.

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Representations of Place


  • Finding the Date on a Map Image – nytimes.com
  • When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone – nytimes.com
  • Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust – nytimes.com
  • Snapchat Launches ‘Snap Map’ So You Can Track Your Mates On A Map – huffingtonpost.com.au

Cartographic Resources


  • International Cartographic Conference much more than just cartography – gpsworld.com
  • Print Maps Give you the Big Picture-There’s Nothing like It Online – imiamaps.org
  • Geology, biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates – sciencedaily.com
  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • Slovakia fines media firms for mentioning Britain, rather the UK, during Brexit – bbc.co.uk
  • Angola: IGCA to License Cartography Companies – allafrica.com/
  • Collector analyses depiction of Holy Land under Ottomans by cartographers, travellers – .jordantimes.com
  • How Looking Back Will Help Us Predict And Prepare For The Future – lifehacker.com.au
  • The Lost Art of Natural Navigation – radiowest.kuer.org


  • Who needs GPS and Google? Minneapolis map publisher is ‘master of cartography’ – startribune.com
  • Persuasive cartography: an interview with map collector PJ Mode – artstor.wordpress.com
  • The Regchats to Ordnance Survey’s chief data wrangler – theregister.co.uk
  • iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise – techcrunch.com
  • Google Maps pioneers explain what’s next, with predictive mapping in real time – afr.com
  • New York Today: Color Coding the Subway – nytimes.com
  • Anna Beek and the War of the Spanish Succession – blogs.loc.gov
  • Capucine Gros Exhibits ‘Implicit Borders: A Cartography of Free Will’ – wwd.com
  • Transplants: Highlighter cartography – dailyprogress.com
  • 2017 Alexander Dalrymple Award for Adam Greenland – hydro-international.com
  • Meet the scientist who made the beautiful maps for The Lands of Ice and Fire – winteriscoming.net

Industry News

  • Mapdiva releases Ortelius 2 – Pro Map Design Software for the Mac – prmac.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Growth, Trends And Demands Market Report 2022 – equityinsider.org
  • INTERGEO – bridge to a digital future – gisuser.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Key Players, Product and Production Information analysis and forecast to 2022 – military-technologies.net


Survey Assistance requested by Erin Koletsis, PhD student at RMIT University, Melbourne / University of Twente, Enschede

“The focus of Erin’s research is map literacy, and identifying the challenges map users experience when undertaking route planning, navigation and wayfinding activities. The overall aim is to develop guidelines on how maps should be designed to mitigate the challenges identified.” Erin requires your assistance in developing a global baseline of map literacy, by completing the Santa Barbara Sense of Direction Scale (SBSODS). The survey consists of three (non-identifiable) questions about your background, and the fifteen SBSODS statements. The survey will take no longer than five minutes to complete. As this is intended to be a global study, any individual above 18 years of age can participate. Therefore, if you could please pass the link to the survey on to anyone you think would be happy to complete it, it would be greatly appreciated. – surveymonkey.com/r/7HQKZC7

Welcome to ICC2017 in Washington, D.C. #icc2017dc

Today, the 28th International Cartographic Conference is opened in Washington, D.C., USA!

ICC 2017

After busy days with twelve well-attended pre-conference workshops, the main conference will be opened today with keynotes by Robert Cardillo, Tom Patterson, Dr. Lee Schwartz and Mikel Maron. More than 450 presentations in 160 sessions will follow in the next five days. You can download the conference program app by searching for “ICC2017” in the apple App store or on Google Play. The interactive online schedule is available at eventscribe.com/2017/ICC.

Later today, also the Exhibit, the International Cartographic Exhibition and the Children’s Map Exhibition will open. ICC2017 also hosted an Extraordinary General Assembly of the ICA, which took place yesterday. The results will be published on the ICA website soon.

To share your experiences and to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the conference, please use hashtag #icc2017dc.

Enjoy the conference!

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ICA News 68 now online

ICA News 68

We are pleased to announce that the 68th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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Predictably, the ICC 2017 features strongly in this issue of ICA News, complemented by the 17th General Assembly announcement. We are invited to the world cartographic forum and celebrate another volume of Children Map the World book. I hope you find the content interesting.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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eCARTO News June 2017

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.

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  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • The map that fills a 500-million-year gap in Earth’s history – abc.net.au
  • Connecting Citizen Science, GIS, Community Partnerships, and Education – citizensciencegis.org

Just Maps

Map Design

Representations of Place

Map Editing and Map Conservation

Cartographic Resources


Characteristics of Countries

  • The first scientific mapping of the Straits of Magellan, and the first voyage of Charles Darwin – bostonraremaps.com
  • Where Pirates and Cannibals Meet: Exploring Colonial Dutch Brazil – harvard-cga.maps.arcgis.com
  • Portolan chart of the Mediterranean and connecting seas – loc.gov
  • Blaeu Atlas Maior 1662-5, Volume 1 – maps.nls.uk
  • New map reveals ships buried below San Francisco – citymaus.com
  • 1550, Map of the known world commissioned by Henry II of France – bl.uk

“Time on my hands” cartography


Obituary: Don Pearce

Don T. Pearce

It is with great sorrow that ICA received the sad news that Mr. Don Pearce passed away.

Don Pearce set off his cartographic career in 1947 as a cartographic draftsman.

In 1978 he began his involvement in the international cartographic community by preparing and successfully negotiating Australia’s bid for the Seventh General Assembly and Twelfth International Cartographic Conference, which was held in Perth in 1984.

Don Pearce became the Secretary-General of the ICA in 1984 and served in that position until 1992. He remained one of the Vice Presidents of the ICA and continued to represent Australia with distinction until 1995. In 1995, he received the award of Honorary Fellow of ICA in recognition of his participation in the Executive Committee as Secretary-General and Treasurer.

In 1987 he established Promaco Conventions, he has served as Chairman of the Perth Convention Bureau and was responsible for the establishment of the Meeting Industry Association of Western Australia and subsequently the National Association.

In 2002 the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia awarded its highest honour, the Gold Medal, to Don Pearce who has made a significant contribution to the development of the profession in Australia.

Don Pearce has demonstrated a level of enthusiasm and commitment rarely observed in people holding honorary positions.

The International Cartographic Association shall remember him forever.


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eCARTO News May 2017

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.



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Promoting the MAP

Antique Maps



  • The History of Cartography, the “Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever,” Now Free Online – openculture.com
  • History of the World in Maps: The Rise and Fall of Empires, Countries and Cities – amazon.com
  • Jonas Moore’s Mapp of the Great Levell of the Fenns: 1658 – ousewashes.org.uk

Cartographic Resources and Events

On a Lighter Note



World Cartographic Forum: A forum for leaders of national cartographic societies

The President of the British Cartographic Society proposes establishing a forum for leaders of national cartographic societies. The forum would operate within the ICA, but be open to all national cartographic and geospatial information societies. We will discuss common issues such as membership retention and organisational change, and to share management expertise and build international links. An initial exploratory meeting is planned for ICC2017 in Washington, DC to which leaders of national mapping societies (i.e. presidents and/or their representatives) are invited. Membership of the forum will be open to any broadly national cartographic society and up to two senior representatives from any national society open to individual membership are welcome, regardless of their ICA membership status.

To register your interest in joining the forum, please contact Dr Alex Kent (President of the British Cartographic Society) via email.

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