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

eCARTO News November 2020

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 Relationships

  • “Understanding a map creates a new sort of relationship with the outdoors” – theguardian.com
  • Ireland’s mapping grid in harmony with GPS – irishtimes.com

Cartography as an Indicator

  • The maps that show life is slowly getting better – theguardian.com
  • The intriguing maps that reveal alternate histories – bbc.com
  • Indigenous cartographers work to decolonize mapping of traditional lands – miragenews.com
  • What Would It Look Like to Decolonize Cartography? A Volunteer Group Has Ideas – hyperallergic.com
  • More than 49,000 miles of paths lost from maps in England and Wales – theguardian.com
  • The first step to bridging the urban ‘canopy gap’? Counting and mapping trees. – grist.org
  • Everything you need to know about the US – in maps – aljazeera.com
  • Precision ag maps — what went wrong? – producer.com

Cartography Hubs

  • Center for Geospatial Solutions – lincolninst.edu
  • Alaska Geospatial Council helps state know ‘where it’s at’ – adn.com

Cartographic Forums

Mapping Applications

  • Mapping Landslide Hazards in Central America – nasa.gov
  • Mapping Michigan’s Most Climate-Resilient Landscapes – wxpr.org
  • Getting the long view: New map project identifies big game migrations across the West – magicvalley.com


Cartographic Industry News

  • Roads to Nowhere Cost Baidu $10 Million in Mapping Dispute – caixinglobal.com
  • Google Maps can now show real-time transit ‘crowdedness’ info, live food delivery status – 9to5google.com

Cartographic Relief

  • Imhof-ish cartography: now everywhere can look like Switzerland – esri.com
  • Cartographer Transforms Vintage Maps Into 3D Relief Maps Showing Elevation – mymodernmet.com
  • Contemporary Elevation Data and Historical Maps Merge in Scott Reinhard’s Digital Works – thisiscolossal.com
  • Volcano Watch: How has topography been modeled at Hawaii’s volcanoes? – hawaiitribune-herald.com
  • 3D Mapping and 3D Modelling Market – cheshire.media

Cartography Sources & Resources

  • Independent Map Sellers – docs.google.com
  • Analogue Meets Digital: History and Present IT Augmentation of Europe’s Largest Landscape Relief Model in Villach, Austria – mdpi.com
  • How Google Maps Gets Made – pittwire.pitt.edu

Cartographic Transition

Cartography – A World View

  • Seosat-Ingenio: Preparing to Fly an Earth-Observing Genius – scitechdaily.com
  • Which Countries are Mapping the Ocean Floor? – visualcapitalist.com
  • Global map of bees created in conservation first – bbc.com
  • NASA Uses Powerful Supercomputers and AI to Map Earth’s Trees, Discovers Billions of Trees in West African Drylands – scitechdaily.com
  • SpaceX launches advanced ocean-mapping satellite for NASA and Europe, nails rocket landing – space.com
  • Ocean mapping satellite to help UK scientists tackle climate change – miragenews.com

Citizen Cartography

  • Locate marker with your messages on a map or satellite image. – mapit.us
  • Community Maps Editor App Updated! – esri.com
  • Dawn of OSM Daylight in ArcGIS – esri.com


  • Norman Thrower – theguardian.com
  • Students’ success with data mapping to be honored at Geographic Information Systems Day – udel.edu
  • From concrete to jungle: cartoonist puts Mumbai’s wildlife on the map – theguardian.com

Thinking Creatively

  • Putting Manchester On The Map: Artist Plots Conversations And Moods Of City’s Residents – nhpr.org
  • Spotted: Amazon robot maps sidewalks north of Seattle, laden with cameras and sensors – geekwire.com
  • To own an AR future, Niantic wants to build a smarter map of the world – techcrunch.com
  • Drone Mapping In Real Estate: Here’s What Every Agent Should Know – lakeexpo.com