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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.

Just Maps

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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


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