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ICC 2003


The 21st International Cartographic Conference
took place in Durban, South Africa, 10–16 August 2003.



Proceedings of the conference can be found here (external link) (only works when opened within the browser).


General Assembly

The conference hosted the 12th General Assembly of the ICA.

Minutes (in English an French)


International Cartographic Exhibition

The jury reviewed 825 maps and atlases, including 37 multimedia items, to pick what they thought were the best in the various categories. The cartographic materials were produced over the past two years, since the previous conference held in Beijing, China, in 2001. The number of maps submitted by countries ranged from two from Portugal to 84 from Russia with Spain and the United Kingdom close behind with 82 each. The only other countries exhibiting more than 40 maps were Poland (46) and the United States (58). In addition to the jury vote there was also a public vote. The international jury consisted of:

  • William Cartwright, Chair (Australia)
  • Magda Roos, Secretary (South Africa)
  • Anne Hegner (Sweden)
  • Cindy Brewer (USA)
  • Kira Shingareva (Russia)
  • Takashi Morita (Japan)
  • Chris Board (UK)
  • Li Li (China)
AtlasesJury: Atlas of Prague – integrated city transport, Czech Republic
Public: Atlas of the contemporary history of China China
MultimediaJury: Atlas of Oregon, USA
Jury+Public: Atlas of Switzerland – interactive 2, Switzerland
Parks and RecreationJury: Cycle map Usedom/Wollin, Germany
Public: Alps without frontiers no. 16 “Petit St. Bernard/Mont-Blanc”, Switzerland
Relief ModelsJury+Public: Relief map of Iberian Peninsula, Balearics and Canarys Islands, Spain
Jury: True 3D Map of Granatspitz Massif, Salzburg Alps, Austria, Germany
Satellite Image MapsJury: Satellite Image of Australia – Landsat 7, Australia
Public: Nighttime lights of the World 1994–1995, USA
Scientific MapsJury: International Metallogenic Map of Africa, France
Public: European-Mediterranean Seismic Hazard Map, Spain
Topographic MapsJury: County map of Rogaland, Norway
Jury: Map of the Autonomous region of Valencia, Spain
Jury+Public: Guide map of Sierra Nevada – “Las Alpujarras”, Spain
Urban MapsJury: Urban Topographic Cartography, Spain
Public: Berlin, China
Tactile MapsJury: Tactile map of Ljubljana city, Slovenia
OtherJury: Map of Russia, Russia


Barbara Petchenik Award

Too see all exhibited maps, please visit the Winner Map Collection at the Carleton University Library.

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Travel Awards

Prem ChhetriIndiaMapping the potential of scenic views for the Grampians National park
Etien KouaCôte d’IvoireUsing self-organised maps for information visualization
Giedre BeconyteLithuaniaTwelve years of thematic cartography in Lithuania
Nnabugwu O UluochaNigeriaInterfacing indigenous knowledge and GIS for suitable rural mapping and development
Felicia I AkinyemiNigeriaMapping selected human development indicators in sub-saharan Africa
Henrik HargitaiHungaryPlanetary maps for public and educational outreach
Tatiana Delgado FernándezCubaService-centric approach to discover spatial information in GSDI
Rafael Cruz IglesiasCubaDevelopment of a platform for storage and handling of geographical information in the Internet


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