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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


ICC2019: Call for abstracts and papers is now open!


The 29th International Cartographic Conference will take place in Tokio, Japan, 15–20 July 2019. The Organizing Committee of ICC2019 invites all interested participants to submit full papers or abstracts for the oral or poster presentations.

All submissions will be reviewed by the International Scientific Committee. All accepted submissions will be published as the Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the ICA, Proceedings of the ICA, or Abstracts of the ICA. Selected papers will also be published in the International Journal of Cartography.

All details and the submission form can be found on the ICC website: icc2019.org/papers.html.

Important Dates


  • Submission of full manuscript for Advances: 5 December 2018
  • Submission of abstracts for Abstracts and Proceedings: 19 December 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 February 2019
  • Submission of final manuscripts for Proceedings and Advances: 3 April 2019


  • Submission interface for International Cartographic Exhibition opens: 12 December 2018
  • Submission interface for International Cartographic Exhibition closes: 6 March 2019


  • Conference registration deadline for presenters/authors: 3 April 2019
  • Deadline for Early-Bird-Fees: 3 April 2019

Conference Topics and Paper Themes

  • T01 Art and Cartography
  • T02 Atlases
  • T03 Cartographic Heritage into the Digital
  • T04 Cartography and Children
  • T05 Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management
  • T06 Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization
  • T07 Education and Training
  • T08 Generalisation and Multiple Representation
  • T09 Geospatial Analysis and Modeling
  • T10 GI for Sustainability
  • T11 History of Cartography
  • T12 Location Based Services
  • T13 Map Design
  • T14 Map Production and Geoinformation Management
  • T15 Map Projections
  • T16 Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People
  • T17 Maps and the Internet
  • T18 Mountain Cartography
  • T19 Open Source Geospatial Technologies
  • T20 Planetary Cartography
  • T21 SDI and Standards
  • T22 Sensor-driven Mapping
  • T23 Topographic Mapping
  • T24 Toponymy
  • T25 Ubiquitous Mapping, Spatial DB and IoT-Based Systems
  • T26 Use, User and Usability Issues
  • T27 Visual Analytics
  • T28 Marine Cartography
  • T29 Digital Humanities and GIS
  • T30 GIS, Remote Sensing and Cartographic Theory, Methodology and Applications
  • T31 Visualization and Analysis of Geographical Process
  • T32 Mapping Cities
  • T33 Design and visual variables: Rethinking Jacques Bertin
  • T34 Geo for All: Open source GIS education
  • T35 Crowdsourced Geospatial Information
  • T36 Transition to Modern and Contemporary Mappings
  • T37 Maps for SDGs
  • T38 Mapping the Environment
  • T39 Theoretical Cartography
  • T40 AI, Robotics, Autonomous Cars and Mapping
  • T41 Maps and Games
  • T42 Big Data and Data Science
  • T43 Others

For more details, please visit the conference website.

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eCARTO News August 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 Products

  • All The Public Saunas In Finland – brilliantmaps.com
  • The Travel Guides That Charted Our World – bbc.com
  • Cartography and Cadastre Bureau launched the English version of “The Walking Routes Map” and the thematic website – gcs.gov.mo
  • The World’s Newest, Most Gloriously Designed Maps – atlasobscura.com
  • Reality Check: Mapping the global heatwave – bbc.com

Industry News

  • Google Maps now zooms out to a globe instead of a flat Earth – engadget.com
  • TomTom reaches mapping milestone: 1.5 billion updates in a single month – automotiveworld.com
  • Mapping Floods in Nghe An Province – Vietnam using DLR TSX-1 Satellite Images – reliefweb.int
  • Edgybees develops augmented reality, 3D mapping solution for militaries – janes.com

Cartographic Guidance

Sharing Cartography

Cartographic Products for Sale

Cartographic Publications


  • See Beauty Through The Eyes Of A Master Cartographer – opb.org
  • A love of maps leads retired St. Peters cartographer to unique collections – stltoday.com
  • A Conversation With Motorcycle Mad Maps Founder Jenny Lefferts – cycleworld.com

Animated and Interactive Cartography


Odd Spot

  • Wind delays launch of European wind-mapping satellite – euobserver.com
  • Google Maps’ strangest objects revealed – including ‘Atlantis, aliens and MH370’ – dailystar.co.uk

Call for Organizers for ICC 2023 is open

The International Cartographic Association invites bids from national members to organize the 31st International Cartographic Conference in 2023 (ICC2023).

Any member nation may lodge a bid via their national member and until the deadline:
15 February 2019, 24:00 GMT

Accepted bids will be made available on the ICA website.

For details, please check out our ICC 2023 page and the call in PDF format.

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ICA News 70 now online

ICA News, Number 70, June 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 70th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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The new ICA Publication Policy is an important development reported in this issue of ICA News. We also learn about ICC 2019 preparations and are reminded about the beginnings of the Barabara Petchenik Children’s World Map Awards. Thanking all contributors and readers for your continuous support.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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eCARTO News July 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 Resources

Industry News

  • Esri launches indoor mapping solution – geospatial-solutions.com
  • Introducing Apple Maps 2.0: Has Google met its mapping match? – istart.com.au
  • Facebook is recruiting mapping experts to help map the world – cnbc.com
  • Smartwatch review: rugged Garmin Fenix 5 Plus a worthy upgrade with great functionality and offline music playback – scmp.com

Cartography & Emergency Management

Mapping The Environment

  • New magnetic anomaly map helps unveil Antarctica – phys.org
  • Dalhousie researchers track right whales by mapping food sources – cbc.ca
  • Mapping climate corridors – sciencedaily.com
  • Mapping species range shifts under recent climatic changes – sciencedaily.com
  • Pulse of the polar vortex revealed: A key to mapping future storms – sciencedaily.com



  • An Ingenious Way To Hide A Map bbc.com
  • The Melbourne Map – mailchi.mp
  • Maps of Scotland by Commercial Map Makers – maps.nls.uk
  • OS Maps of Scotland now online – maps.nls.uk
  • Mapping China’s frontline: the Yangtze at 100km intervals – a photo essay – theguardian.com
  • Pluto and Charon Shine in Most Detailed Topographical Maps Ever – space.com
  • The Football Atlas: the illustrations putting the World Cup on the map – theguardian.com

Investment in Cartography

  • Pooh’s original Hundred-Acre Wood map sells for auction record – reuters.com


  • Ucayali River (Peru), 1985-2013 – youtube.com
  • Human Population Through Time – youtube.com
  • Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities – bbc.com
  • Introducing EarthTime: animations which show how our planet is changing – weforum.org


eCARTO News June 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.


Cartography’s Support Structure

  • EuroGeographics Signs Production Agreement with Germany’s Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy – gim-international.com
  • A Thorough Documentation Of China Electronic Cartography System Market Through 2018 To 2025 – sportsalexa.com
  • Indonesia Electronic Cartography System Market Analysis 2018-2025: Questale Report – bitzradar.com
  • Belarus, Russia team up for scientific projects in geodesy, cartography – eng.belta.by

Cartographic Resources

Cartography Fixes

  • ‘Nobody puts Shetland in a box – bbc.com
  • ‘Alternative Maps’ challenges everything you thought you knew about cartography – mashable.com
  • Radio 4 asked where the North began and people got quite worked up – inews.co.uk
  • Don’t Be Duped, This Is The True Size Of Africa – face2faceafrica.com
  • Almost half of Portugal’s students can’t find country on map – theportugalnews.com

Mapping the World

  • Facebook is recruiting mapping experts to help map the world – cnbc.com
  • Mapping the Price of Beer Around the World – visualcapitalist.com
  • Mapping the Acoustic Environment Two Hearing Aids at a Time – iotevolutionworld.com
  • Origins of ordinary things: Maps – newtimes.co
  • Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities – bbc.com
  • FATMAP Puts The Whole World In High Definition With Beautiful 3D Maps – forbes.com



  • The Urban Good – London National Park City map – urbangood.org
  • Thomas Guide Maps: The Rise And Fall of LA’s Directional Holy Grail – laist.com
  • Oldest map of Ireland puts us on the edge of the world – irishtimes.com
  • World’s first atlas sheds light on cartography – hurriyetdailynews.com
  • Michael Raisch Talks The Illustrated Football Atlas – thesefootballtimes.co
  • A beautiful collection of rare maps shows how the world viewed India over the centuries – qz.com
  • In a Novel, Mystical Maps and Intertwined Journeys Through Syria – nytimes.com

ICA Publications and Publication Policy — first Publication Volume is online

In 2017 the EC introduced a new publication policy, which focuses on the conference proceedings. In order to give them an adequate visibility and reputation, a conference publication series has been established, which is adminstrated and hosted by a professional publisher. There are three publication options, depending on the review and the extent of the papers: ICA Advances, ICA Proceedings and ICA Abstracts.

The benefits will be manyfold:

  • Visibility: one single point of contact for the publications of ICA events
  • Reliability: the publications will be available at the time of the conference
  • Open Access: the publications are published online and under the Creative Commons licence
  • Reputation: the publisher will suggest the ICA Advances and Proceedings for inclusion in several data bases and indices (e.g. Scopus, Web of Science)
  • Standardization: one standardized format of the publications

This new policy will not interfere with publications in ICA related journals; in contrast, it will provide an excellent basis for developing high-level journal publications.

New ICA conference and events publications

Starting in 2017, the ICA records the outcomes of their Conferences like ICC, RCC as well as all other ICA events in three official publication outlets, which are hosted by a commercial publisher, Copernicus GmbH:

  1. Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the International Cartographic Association (short: Advances of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2084): single-blind peer review based on a full paper – termed Advances in the following;
  2. Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association (short: Proceedings of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2092): single-blind peer review based on submitted abstracts, developed to full paper – termed Proceedings in the following;
  3. Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association (short: Abstracts of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2106): single-blind peer review based on submitted abstracts; publication of abstract only – termed Abstracts in the following.

With these three series, the ICA can offer excellent opportunities for their authors to present their work – full papers for more research-oriented work, abstract based full papers for advanced work-in-progress, as well as abstracts for practically oriented work or artwork, which typically are not adequately represented in a full paper.

For the ICC and for the RCC, Advances and Proceedings are published; for other ICA events, either Advances or Proceedings are published. Exceptions from this general rule require prior approval by EC. All event formats have the option to also publish the Abstracts.

These publications are generated from all ICA events. Organisers will be required to provide Copernicus with camera-ready manuscripts in pdf format, together with the respective metadata, four to six weeks prior to the scheduled meeting, depending on the size of the event. For each published paper a moderate APC (article processing charge) has to be paid (as of January 1st it is €17,50). This sum should be included in the event fees.

Role of International Journal of Cartography (IJC)

In order to promote the International Journal of Cartography (IJC), there is a special option for the International Cartographic Conferences (ICCs): the IJC can select 8–12 papers from the full paper peer-review track for a special issue published at the event.

In addition to the regulations above, all event organizers are expected to seek high quality papers at the conferences and meetings to be published in the Journal of Cartography. Furthermore, they do always have the option to approach the IJC for a special issue.

Main changes in a nutshell …

  • one visible location (at Copernicus) and structure for publication of all ICA events
  • no longer the need for event organizers to organize their own publications because all go into one of our series
  • no longer Springer books from our bi-annual International Cartographic Conferences (ICCs)
  • Springer ICA books will be available for special events (old agreements will be honoured)
  • conference papers may be extended and handed in for a journal publication after the event

First proceedings volume

Journal Website Proceedings of the ICA

The first papers published in the new series are the papers from the ICC in Washington, which appear in the “Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association“ as Volume 1. They are accessible via www.proc-int-cartogr-assoc.net


Monika Sester
– Chair of the ICA Publication Committee

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