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eCARTO News February 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.

Cartographic Applications

Contributing cartography

  • The drone pilot whose maps are saving lives in Zanzibar – bbc.com
  • This scary map shows how climate change will transform your city – wired.com
  • Making maps to protect fishing villages around Chennai – india.mongabay.com
  • At least 50 ancient Irish monuments discovered during summer using Google Maps – irishcentral.com

Cartographic Conundrums

  • If sea levels rise and Pacific nations go under water — what happens to maritime boundaries? – abc.net.au
  • Why large swathes of countries are censored on Google Maps – abc.net.au

Industry News

  • Monster Map-Making Marriage Gives Birth to Global Standards War – thedrive.com
  • Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying Final U.S. States – macrumors.com
  • Dutch mapping company TomTom explains why it’s betting on Microsoft’s cloud – businessinsider.com.au
  • 3D cm achieved with UAV/van mapping system MapKITE – gpsworld.com
  • Google Maps ‘AR update’ makes sure you’ll never get lost again – news.com.au

Cartographic Resources & Opportunities

  • International Symposium on Applied Geoinformatics – isag2019.sempozyumu.net
  • Global Lake Mapping and Bathymetry Market 2019 – 2023 Industry Dynamics, Segmentation, Regional Outlook and Competition Analysis – slapcoffee.com
  • Global Automotive Digital Mapping Market By 2023: Revenue, Price, Market Share, Product Type, Manufacturers, Growth Rate – b2breportsnews.com
  • Global 3D Mapping And Modeling Market Insight Report 2019 – Blender, Trimble, Apple Inc, Airbus Defence & Space – dailynewsinsights.com


  • University of Cambridge reveals ‘changing face of UK’ in aerial photos – bbc.com
  • Global world view – dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au
  • 220-year-old map from the Hebrides is saved – scotsman.com

Map related

  • New Mapping Software Creates Digital Atlas of Street Signs – govtech.com
  • Magnetic north just changed. Here’s what that means. – nationalgeographic.com
  • Augmented Reality Is The Operating System Of The Future. AR Cloud Is How We Get There – forbes.com

National Mapping

  • Ordnance Survey to launch mapping drone – bbc.com
  • China strengthens map printing rules, forbidding publications printed for overseas clients from being circulated in the country – globaltimes.cn
  • Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map – bbc.com

Cartographic tracks

  • The Strange Sight of GPS Map Art – smithjournal.com.au
  • Adelaide pilot leaves ‘I’m bored’ message and graffiti on flight radar – abc.net.au
  • Strava art: Perth cycling group Fight Club at it again with map of numbat – abc.net.au
  • The most impressive Strava GPS drawings we’ve seen so far – wareable.com
  • Strava introduces new finger-swipe route mapping feature – cyclingtips.com

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