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Get to know the new ICA Executive Committee for the term 2023-2027

eCARTO News March 2015

eCARTO News capture 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.

General News

  • Adventure Beckons, part of the IMIA Blog Series Part “What is a Map?” – imiamaps.org
  • See the World Through a Self-Driving Car’s Map – core77.com
  • Lost copy of famous geological map found – sciencemag.org
  • Kids in India Are Sparking Urban Planning Changes by Mapping Slums – citylab.com

Mapping Applications


  • US Chief Geographer to speak at PIVOTAL – spatialsource.com.au
  • Joint workshop with IC Commission on Maps and the Internet – elte.hu
  • Newest Mapping Software Free to All K-12 Schools – mauinow.com

Industry News

  • Geomatics Offers Portable Surveying and Mapping System – gpsworld.com
  • Map Moves: Uber Buys deCarta, Maponics Grabs UMI, Google Ends Maps Engine – searchengineland.com
  • Optech showcasing latest coastal mapping technology at Coastal GeoTools 2015 – directionsmag.com
  • Nokia relaunches Here maps for iPhone, bringing offline mode to put a dent in Google’s mapping crown – venturebeat.com
  • Citymaps Raises $6M As Its Mapping App Goes Global – techcrunch.com
  • New Apple Maps streaming patent could prove useful in travel – tnooz.com
  • Uber heads in new mapping direction – skynews.com.au
  • Google Maps API Checker Uncovers Mapping API Problems – programmableweb.com
  • Uber buys mapping startup deCarta: Mashable – businessinsider.com
  • Apple granted patent to use wireless strength map data for vehicle navigation – gigaom.com


  • This Artist Spent 3 Years Mapping Every Brooklyn Block—With Garbage – citylab.com


  • What will happen if Google and Microsoft leave the mapping world? – information-age.com
  • A Milestone in Digital Mapping – gpsworld.com
  • Why Most Twitter Maps Can’t Be Trusted – citylab.com
  • Mapping The Future: Esri founder and Richard Saul Wurman speak at aquarium – pe.com
  • The Inaccuracies of South Asian Maps – thediplomat.com

Cartographic Education & Resources

Technically Speaking

  • The LAS format, the ASPRS, and the “LAZ clone” by ESRI – rapidlasso.com
  • The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps – bgr.com
  • Dot wants to be the Wikipedia of location mapping – thenextweb.com
  • Here – the free mapping app that could replace your sat nav – bt.com
  • Startups leveraging the power of maps – yourstory.com
  • Open source offline map tool for Android – opensource.com

Cartographic Products

  • Brooklyn, All Over the Maps – citylab.com
  • These maps look real. But look again – here.com
  • Awkward! German foreign minister given gift of map of France by mistake – thestar.com
  • Minecraft map of Cambridge among the ideas produced at Collusion’s Maker Challenge – cambridge-news.co.uk

Animated Maps

  • Travel to the Wetlands Centre – quickmap.com
  • Hypnotic video visualizes half a million journeys on the London Underground – mashable.com
  • This site transforms Earth into a ‘Tron’ map of the world – mashable.com
  • 3D mapping the Christ the Redeemer statue – bbc.com


  • Airbus D&S releases TC Pam imagery – spatialsource.com.au
  • 3D Satellite Mapping of Coral Sea Reefs – hydro-international.com
  • Gates asks PTI to use mapping technology in anti-polio efforts – dawn.com
  • Making a thermal heat map of the US – bbc.com
  • Russia to launch its first digital mapping satellite – sen.com
  • Princeton University geologists mapping the Earth’s mantle in 3D – enn.com
  • Mercury’s Odd Surface Features Mapped by NASA Spacecraft – space.com
  • Explore MARS from your armchair: Incredibly detailed maps let you navigate the surface of the red planet to visit famous features – dailymail.co.uk
  • Google Earth Pro – Best Way To Download – thefusejoplin.com

Historical Cartography