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Invitation to the 16th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2020)

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and University College London (UCL) are pleased to invite you to the 16th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2020), which will take place in London, UK on 11–13 November 2020.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2020 aims to offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is currently open. We call for full papers, work in progress, and showcases. High-quality full paper submissions are intended to be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. The best full and work in progress papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the Journal of Location Based Services and Journal of Navigation.

Important Dates

  • Pre-conference workshop and exhibition proposal: 15 March 2020
  • Full paper submission: 15 May 2020
  • Work in progress submission: 14 June 2020
  • Notification of full paper acceptance: 10 July 2020
  • Notification of work in progress acceptance: 01 September 2020
  • Camera-ready full paper (for the Springer book): 01 September 2020
  • Showcase submission: 13 September 2020
  • Early registration ends, author registration deadline: 13 September 2020
  • Camera-ready work in progress: 01 October 2020

More information regarding LBS 2020 can be found at lbs2020.lbsconference.org. We are looking forwards to your contributions and to meeting you in London!

ICA workshops at AutoCarto 2020

AutoCarto 2020 will take place on the Esri campus in Redlands, CA, May 20–22, 2020. In advance of the conference, workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 19th. They range from 90 minutes to full-day workshops. Three of them are associated to ICA commissions:

Geospatial Semantics Modeling and Visualization; the First Workshop of the International Cartography Association Commission on Geospatial Semantics

Geospatial ontologies formalize representations for sets of interrelated concepts based on their semantics from theoretical and applied perspectives. The representation and reasoning of geographic knowledge must be cohesive with many interrelated disciplines, including: language, logic, cartography, social theory, geospatial analysis, and programming. To advance research in geospatial knowledge representation and reasoning, the International Cartography Association (ICA) is sponsoring a Commission on Geospatial Semantics (CGS). The CGS will solicit abstracts for presentations on both theoretical and applied aspects of geospatial and cartographic ontologies for the First Workshop of the CGS. This half-day workshop will bring together expert and newly interested specialists and technologists from across geospatial informatics to network and develop an agenda to advance the broad role of semantic technologies in geographic information science.

Prior to the meeting we encourage prospective attendees/participants to examine the agenda and guidelines at the CGS web site (to be provided with the announcement). A range of potential topics will be suggested for the workshop and opportunities will be provided for those interested in the day’s agenda to register a topic or an issue to be included. We will accept and cover complex issues for discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to develop papers within this framework for publication by the ICA prior to the International Cartography Conference in Florence, Italy in 2021. A secondary activity immediately before the research workshop is to offer participants a hands-on tutorial addressing basic concepts of geospatial semantics with the aim of expanding the community of scholars interested in the field. This workshop will also offer an opportunity for semanticians to formalize concepts using a compatible technology where more widespread forms of geographic information systems (GIS) are inflexible.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper or participating in the session as a discussant will be able to submit their abstract through the standard submission procedures whose guidelines will be provided. The CGS will cooperate and correlate all activities with the AutoCarto 2020 organizers.

For a proposed agenda, download this PDF.

Please submit abstracts for this workshop through EasyChair.

  • Organizers:
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Participants: The tutorial is open to everyone attending AutoCarto 2020.

Map Projections – Practical Selection and Use with Current Research Directions: Workshop of the International Cartography Association

Map projections are a critical part of any map design and creation. The plethora of projections that exist allow a user to select an appropriate map projection to preserve the global characteristics that are critical to the map design. Unfortunately, many users of maps and geospatial information have little understanding of map projection concepts and are not able to determine a correct map projection for the type and purpose of the map being created. This workshop will thus include a brief tutorial on map projection concepts, selection, and use. The tutorial will also include presentation of existing tools to aid in selecting the correct map projection. The workshop will conclude with several presentations of current research in map projections.

Prior to the meeting we encourage prospective attendees/participants to examine the agenda and guidelines at the Commission on Map Projections web site. Participants will have the opportunity to develop papers within this framework for publication by the ICA prior to the International Cartography Conference in Florence, Italy in 2021.

For a proposed agenda, download this PDF.

  • Organizers:
    • E. Lynn Usery, U.S. Geological Survey, usery@usgs.gov, Chair Projections Commission
    • Miljenko Lapaine, University of Zagreb, mlapaine@geof.hr, Vice-Chair Map Projections Commission
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Participants: Anticipated number of attendees, 10; maximum 20.

Cartographic and Geospatial Information Education: from Classroom to Anywhere

Conventionally, cartography has been mostly taught in classrooms with lectures and exercises, aiming to enhancing peoples’ map reading capabilities and map making skills. Nowadays, the general public has access to the wide spread of web map services, navigation apps on smart phones and open source software and datasets at no cost. Background knowledge of students entering professional training on cartography today is very different from those ten years ago. The body of knowledge for cartography and GIS has been transforming continuously by incorporating new ideas from applications and interdisciplinary research. Suites of online courses incorporate some of the new concepts and technologies and make teaching cartography and GIS more flexible and practical. Educators have been conducting reflections on these changes, which can be observed from publications in many conferences and journals.

This workshop serves as a forum to share the latest practices and insights on cartographic and GIS education in a rapidly changing landscape. The topics can include but limited to new course contents, curricular design, incorporation of online courses, education resources using open source software and datasets, teaching experience to non-specialists.

Please use the AutoCarto 2020 template and contact the organizers for submissions and detailed information.

  • Organizers:
    • Tao Wang, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, wangt@cnu.edu.cn
    • Terje Midtbø, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, terjem@ntnu.no
  • Duration: 90–100 minutes (~6 presenters)
  • Participants: We expect 20–30 attendees to join the session.

 

An overview over all workshops at AutoCarto 2020 can be found here.

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Atlases in Time – Invitation to Joint Commission Meeting in Madrid 2020

Please note: Due to the very uncertain situation caused by the emergence of the Corona virus, the local organizing committee together with the commission chairs decided to postpone the meeting in Madrid. The new date of the Joint Commission Meeting in Madrid will be 14.–17. October (Wed – Sat).

Further information is available through the Madrid2020 conference website: https://map-service.de/madrid2020/

On the occasion of 150 year anniversary celebration of the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN) – the publishing institution of the National Atlas of Spain – the ICA Commission on Atlases and the ICA/IGU Commission on Toponomy together with the IGN organize a symposium on Atlases and Toponomy from the 21 to the 25th April 2020 in Madrid. During three sessions questions concerning evolving dissemination concepts and techniques for atlases, recent development and examples of National Atlases as well as related important toponomastic issues will be discussed.

Date: 22.–25. April 2020
Venue: Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), Madrid, Spain
Good to know: The Symposium is FREE OF CHARGE!

Call for Abstracts

Presentations will be held in a classic 20 min format of 15 min talk and 5 min discussions, and also in a 5 min lightning format, where you can bring in specific challenges (not solved yet) or new ideas. A publication of the contributions as papers or abstracts will be realized.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15. February 2020
The abstract should not exceed 500 words and can be submitted as .docx or .pdf-file.

Abstract submission, a preliminary timetable and further information can be accessed via the symposium website: map-service.de/madrid2020

Online Registration will open in February 2020.

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eCARTO News January 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.

Tomorrow and beyond

  • Using artificial intelligence to enrich digital maps – news.mit.edu
  • Collaborative simultaneous localization and mapping technique uses available Wi-Fi networks – techxplore.com
  • This map app will navigate you from your office chair to your airport gate and more – techradar.com
  • Uber begins autonomous mapping of Washington D.C. – intelligenttransport
  • CEO Spotlight: Amir Farhand of Soar Talks About His Vision to Build the World’s ‘Living’ Map Using Drones and Satellite Imagery – ceoworld.biz
  • Mobile mapping market to exceed $40bn by 2024 – spatialsource.com.au
  • Florida City Opens Mapping Data Hub for Public Use – govtech.com
  • App maps water fountains and refill stations across NZ – nzherald.co.nz
  • MIT Uses AI to Create Updated Street Maps from Satellite Imagery – extremetech.com
  • Priya Natarajan on Black Holes and Mapping the Universe – quantamagazine.org

Cartographic Memories

Mapping for Humanity

  • Intel, Red Cross: Mapping For Disasters With AI – crn.com
  • Maps show where coronavirus started and why officials are so worried – washingtonpost.com
  • Mapping the Global Flow of Foreign Aid – visualcapitalist.com
  • How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don’t Exist – wired.com
  • Budgetary support sought to map unprotected monuments in State – thehindu.com

Cartographic Applications

Indexes and Catalogues

Cartographic Industry News

Cartographic Technology – Reflection

  • Technology changing how people use maps, how they’re created – wtvr.com

Cartography – Opportunities

  • Special Issue: Fractal Geometry in Cartography and Geographic Information Science – utpjournals.press
  • 6th International Conference on Risk Information Management, Models and Applications – rimma2020.org
  • Maps Season – events – bl.uk
  • MoU inked for surveying, mapping jobs of Islamabad – thenews.com.pk

Cartographic Dreams

Cartographic Resources & Publications

Cartography – fringe

Outcome of the first meeting of the new ICA Executive Committee in Gent

On 22 November the newly elected Executive Committee met for the first physical meeting during the 2019‒2023 term in Gent (Belgium).

A full day of intense discussions and a huge list of work items on the desk set out the agenda for ICA for the next four years. Following ICA’s Strategic Plan and the President’s motto, that «Maps make a difference» and that «Cartography is more relevant than ever today in an increasingly complex world», the EC discussed next steps and necessary actions in order to reach these goals and make our discipline and society visible and heard by decision makers and a larger audience.

The Executive Committee at the commission meeting in Ghent, Belgium

The Executive Committee at the commission meeting in Ghent, Belgium

Achieving the goals of the next term is of course a collaborative project that the EC, national members, affiliate members and ICA commissions need to undertake together. Every member of the Executive Committee has an important role to play in this context as a coordinator, enabler and facilitator. Hence, each EC member were given specific tasks and roles for the next four years. And all Vice-Presidents were assigned a liaison with commissions and working groups. The list of Liaisons for all current ICA commissions can be found here: https://icaci.org/executive-committee/

4 new Working Groups for the term 2019‒2023

As some of the strategic tasks that the new Executive Committee wants to tackle during the next term are very specific or transversal in character and not fully covered by existing commission work, four new Working Groups were set up by the EC during the meeting:

  • Cartography and Sustainable Development (Philippe De Maeyer)
  • Cartographic Body of Knowledge (Terje Midtbø)
  • History of ICA (László Zentai)
  • New Research Agenda in Cartography (Liqiu Meng)

The respective EC members (in brackets) will help with startup and organization, find members and supporters, and lay out the work schedule for the next 4 years.

Nominations of Heads of Committees and ICA Officers

Furthermore, the EC nominated the new Heads of ICA Committees and Officers to the ICA Secretariat who will help to keep the society running and inform members and the public in the best possible way through the various channels. Congratulations to the following nominations for the next term 2019-2023! It is a pleasure to work (or continue to work) together with this excellent team!

  • Publication Committee – Georg Gartner (AT)
  • Statutes and By-laws Committee – Derek Clarke (SA) & Christine Zanine (FR)
  • Selection of Award Recipients Committee – Ferjan Ormeling (NL)
  • eCarto Newsletter Editor – David Fraser (AU)
  • ICA News Editor – Igor Drecki (NZ)
  • ICA Webmasters – Manuela Schmidt & Felix Ortag (AT)
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AutoCarto 2020: 2nd Call for Submissions

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) is pleased to announce the 2nd call for the submission of extended abstracts for AutoCarto 2020. The conference will take place on the Esri campus in Redlands, CA, May 20–22, 2020. Workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 19.

The deadline to submit extended abstracts, January 10, 2020, is fast approaching! See https://cartogis.org/autocarto/call-for-submissions/ for details. A call for posters will be announced at a later date.

The theme of AutoCarto 2020 is WhereNext. We welcome submissions of extended abstracts for research presentations and workshop proposals with a topical or technical emphasis related to WhereNext. We are not only looking at where we are and where to go next, but we challenge the ideas of where and next in terms of meaning, communication, visualization, and reasoning in the new age of automation, robotic revolution, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Cartography and Geographic Information Science (the journal of CaGIS) will publish a special issue following the conference. Authors who would like to submit a full manuscript to the CaGIS journal can indicate their interest in their extended abstract. The conference program committee will consider all submissions and select for publication those abstracts most likely to be accepted as manuscripts for the journal. Due dates for the full manuscripts will be announced after the conference.

Keynote speakers announced

AutoCarto 2020 will feature daily vision plenaries. Keynote speakers include Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop (U.S. Census Bureau), Laura Bliss (CityLab), and Bernhard Jenny (Monash University). A variety of preconference workshops will also be offered. See https://cartogis.org/autocarto/autocarto-2020/program/ for details.

Student assistantships

Student assistantships of $750 are available on a competitive basis. See details at https://cartogis.org/autocarto/student-assistantships/.

Registration

Registration for AutoCarto 2020 is now open. We are offering a special registration rate for attendees who are not already members of CaGIS. This rate includes full conference registration plus a complimentary one-year membership in CaGIS, including access to its premier scientific journal, Cartography and Geographic Information Science.

Important dates

  • Workshop decisions: December 10, 2019
  • Extended abstracts due: January 10, 2020
  • Extended abstracts decisions: February 10, 2020
  • Student assistantship applications due: February 14, 2020
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eCARTO News December 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.

Information from Maps

  • European Borders In 1914 vs Borders Today – brilliantmaps.com
  • NSW bushfires are the EU’s largest emergency mapping operation of 2019 – sbs.com.au
  • Breaking the Ice: Mapping a Changing Arctic – visualcapitalist.com
  • Momentum Grows for Mapping the Seafloor – eos.org
  • Mapping Africa’s ‘high-speed urbanization’ to manage growing infrastructure: Africapolis – sociable.co

Cartographic Challenges

Online Maps

Opinion

Industry News

  • Apple has completed the rollout of the new Apple Maps – imore.com
  • Google Maps for spectrum? Start-up seeks to deliver dynamic spectrum mapping – rcrwireless.com
  • Mitsubishi and NTT to buy 30% of self-driving mapping company Here – ft.comb
  • HERE adds two big investors on road to Reality Index mapping – slashgear.com
  • Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic – wired.com

Cartographic Resources, Education & Employment

Conferences

 Cartographic Reminiscing

  • 12 years of Google Street View mapping by car, boat and goat – irishtimes.com
  • Map quest sends Nova Scotians to attics, basements in search of old charts – cbc.ca
  • The Maps That Made You, Dear Readers – citylab.com

Related Technologies, Disciplines & Geographies

Cartographers

  • At 19, this engineer built India’s first interactive digital map portal – yourstory.com

Announcement of Seminar on Intelligent Emergency Surveying and Disaster Risk Reduction Mapping Service

Since the countries in Asian regions are currently facing the challenges of frequent disasters, it is more important to fast and intelligent surveying and mapping. In order to improve the capability of emergency mapping support of Asian countries in response to sudden disasters, the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping organizes the Seminar on Intelligent Emergency Surveying and Disaster Reduction Mapping Service, which focuses on exploring new theories, technologies, methodologies and products for intelligent emergency surveying and disaster reduction mapping services because of the significance of rapid perception, accurate measurement, intelligent analysis and forecasting and warning of geospatial information in the process of natural disasters and urban emergency response management. This seminar would provide a technical exchange platform for improving intelligent emergency surveying and disaster reduction mapping in developing countries in Asia.

Time and Location

  • Time: December 10–12, 2019
  • Location: Huandao Tide Hotel, Haikou, Hainan, China

Conference Theme

  • Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness, Prevention, Alert, Response and Mitigation
  • Multi-Dimension Disaster Information Processes Intelligent Modelling, Applications and Services
  • Geospatial Analysis and Data Mining
  • Intelligent and self-adaptive Disaster Cartography
  • Disaster Risk Analyses and Mapping Using Social Big Data
  • Mobile Disaster Cartography
  • Disaster Big Data Processing and Sharing
  • Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications for Disaster-related Cartography
  • Adaptive Emergency Positioning
  • Intelligent Management of Disaster Models

Participants

Nearly 50 experts from China, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, and Japan will attend the seminar of Intelligent Emergency Surveying and Disaster Reduction Mapping Service (five foreign experts are planned).

Organization

The event is organized by the ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crises Management and the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping.

Co-organized by the Hainan Administration of Surveying Mapping And Geoinformation, Chinese Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography Instrument and Equipment Committee

Schedule

  • 10 December: Registration
  • 11–12 December: Opening Ceremony, Report Exchange, Technical Visit
  • 13 December: Return

Contact

eCARTO News November 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.

Feature

Why We Love Maps

Information from Maps

Practical Cartographic Assistance

Cartographic Intrigue

  • Atlas Miller: Cartographic fake news and the Magellan expedition – historyextra.com

On Thin Air

Opinion

  • The edge of the map: the steady decline of topographical cartography – smh.com.au
  • Predicting the Future of Surveying & Mapping for the Drone Industry in 2020 with Lewis Graham – commercialuavnews.com
  • A Researcher Explains Why Those Beautiful Infographic Maps Can Be So Misleading – sciencealert.com

Industry News

Cartographic Resources, Education & Employment

Really?

Cartographers

Invitation to the 8th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

The 8th International Conference on Cartography and GIS will take place in Nessebar, Bulgaria on 15–20 June 2020.

The ICCGIS is a biannual conference that started in 2006 and since then it welcomes scientists from all over the world to its very successful and fruitful events in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. For those 12 years of experience, the conference had attendees from more than 60 countries and has published more than 600 scientific papers in its proceedings.

The ICC & GIS conference is organized by the International Cartographic Association, the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy.

The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2020.

The Call for Papers and further information can be found on iccgis2020.cartography-gis.com.

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