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

Obituary: Igor Drecki – A passionate Cartographer

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we remember our friend and colleague Igor Drecki who, with his wife Iwona, met an untimely end in a car accident on July 26.

Igor was the official New Zealand representative at the general assemblies of the ICA since 1999. He was organizer of numerous ICA events in New Zealand, including the ICA Commission on Visualisation and Virtual Environments Meeting “Geovisualisation on the Web” (Taupo 2001), ICA Internet Cartography Seminar (Auckland 2005), ICA Internet Cartography Workshop (Auckland 2006), and ICA Regional Symposia on Cartography for Australasia and Oceania (Auckland 2010, 2012, 2014 and Wellington, 2016). He was also co-organizer of the 8th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop (Taurewa 2012). In addition to being an ex-officio member of the ICA Executive Committee (since 2007), he was probably best known to many within and outside the ICA as editor of the ICA News, the official newsletter of the ICA. For his many notable contributions to the ICA, he received the Diploma for Outstanding Services to the ICA in 2017.

In 2017, Igor received the ICA Diploma for Outstanding Services from then-president Menno-Jan Kraak.

His passion for cartography started with his master studies in geography and cartography at the University of Warsaw, and it continued after he settled with his wife Iwona in New Zealand while pursuing a master’s of science degree at the University of Auckland on “Visualization of Uncertainty in Spatial Data”. His research and work experience included professional positions in academia, industry, public administration and most recently libraries and learning services. He was the responsible curator of cartographic and geographic resources of the University of Auckland Library, then latterly curator, Cartographic and Geospatial Collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library, housed within the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

Igor was instrumental in the success of the New Zealand Cartographic Society (NZCS). He was a member since 1989 and a life member since 2011; president from 2013 to 2018; NZCS’s (as national member) liaison to the International Cartographic Association (ICA); and director of the biennial New Zealand national cartographic conference, GeoCart, since 2001.

Igor Drecki at GeoCart 2022

Despite his impressive professional record and accomplishments, Igor was “authentic”. He had strong opinions and was ready to stand up for them; he was passionate about cartography and maps; and was a staunch advocate for cartography. But more than this, he was a person who could relate to others. He was interested to learn, discuss, exchange as well as interrelate, give, serve, help, and contribute. This was certainly true for his colleagues and his family, but also for those of us who considered Igor a friend. He was a noble man at heart.

We will miss you, Igor.

Aileen Buckley, Anthony Moore, Dusan Petrovic, Georg Gartner

International Journal of Cartography, Issue 9.2, 2023 published

Cover International Journal of CartographyThe new issue of the International Journal of Cartography is now available on the Journal website

The list of papers published is provided below:

  • Editorial – New directions for the state of the art and science in Cartography
    Anthony C. Robinson, Pyry Kettunen, Luciene Delazari and Arzu Çöltekin
  • Potential of eye-tracking for interactive geovisual exploration aided by machine learning (Open Access)
    Merve Keskin & Pyry Kettunen
  • Moving Indoors: A Systematic Literature Review of Locomotion in Virtual Indoor Environments
    Pavel Pospíšil
  • Study about the appropriate number of participants in map user studies
    Vinicius Bergmann Martins, Fabrício Rosa Amorim, Marcio Augusto Reolon Schmidt & Luciene Stamato Delazari
  • Cartography & Geovisual Analytics in Personal Contexts: Designing for the Data Creator (Open Access)
    Jonathan Nelson
  • Eye-tracking in map use, map user and map usability research: what are we looking for? (Open Access)
    David Fairbairn and Jessica Hepburn
  • Missing the City for Buildings? A Critical Review of Pan-Scalar Map Generalization and Design in Contemporary Zoomable Maps
    Maieul Gruget, Guillaume Touya and Ian Muehlenhaus.
  • Using Geovisual Analytics to Enrich Conservation Science: A Review of Interactive Visualization of Wildlife Movement and Environmental Spatial Data Across Ecosystems
    Lindsay Lacey and Jonathan Nelson
  • Minimum Dimensions for Cartographic Symbology – History, Rationale and Relevance in the Digital Age (Open Access)
    Florian Ledermann
  • Incorporating Ideas of Structure and Meaning in Interactive Multi Scale Mapping Environments
    Guillaume Touya, Quentin Potie and William A. Mackaness
  • Cartographic perspectives on spatial and thematic levels of detail in augmented reality: a review of existing approaches
    Niki Anastopoulou, Margarita Kolka, Eleni Tomai, Kostas Cheliotis, Fotis Liarokapis, Katerina Pastra and Marinos Kavouras
  • How we see time — The Evolution and Current State of Visualizations of Temporal Data (Open Access)
    Verena Klasen, Edyta P. Bogucka, Liqiu Meng & Jukka M. Krisp

Also, you may have papers that you might wish to publish in the Journal. We would welcome the submission of appropriate papers.

William Cartwright, Melbourne, Australia
Anne Ruas, Paris, France
Editors, International Journal of Cartography

Category: General News

Invitation to Pre-ICC2023 Workshop: The Future of Atlases

Kindly note that this workshop has been CANCELLED.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The ICA Commission on Atlases is happy to invite you to another interesting Atlas Workshop: „The Future of Atlases“. We want to discuss with you the possibilities and challenges of atlases, perhaps resulting in an innovative, new atlas concept.


In an era dominated by digital technologies and real-time information, the future of traditional atlases has become increasingly uncertain. These once-revered compilations of maps, charts, and geographic knowledge are now facing a myriad of challenges that question their relevance and longevity in the modern world.

One of the primary issues confronting atlases is their rather static nature. Geographic features such as coastlines, borders, and urban development are in a constant state of flux, while political shifts and territorial disputes further complicate the accuracy of conventional maps. As a result, atlases often fail to capture the most up-to-date and accurate information, undermining their utility in today’s dynamic global environment.

Moreover, the climate crisis has introduced an unprecedented level of environmental instability. Rising sea levels, shifting climate zones, and extreme weather events are redefining the very geography we once took for granted. The impact of these changes is significant and demands agile cartographic solutions that can quickly adapt to the new realities.

In addition, the rise of digital mapping platforms and GPS technology has further compounded the predicament of atlases. Online maps like Google Maps and interactive navigation tools on smartphones have revolutionized the way we access and interact with geographic information. With these tools offering real-time updates and personalized directions, the traditional atlas appears cumbersome and outdated in comparison. The ease and convenience of these digital services are gradually overshadowing the once-prestigious allure of physical and digital atlases.

The future of atlases lies in their ability to adapt and evolve. Hybrid approaches, combining physical maps with digital interfaces, might offer a compromise that respects tradition while harnessing the advantages of modern technology. Collaborative efforts between cartographers, geographers, and local communities can help ensure greater accuracy and inclusivity in geographic representation.

The workshop will address these and additional issues publisher of atlases are facing today. Keywords, such as narration and storytelling, openness, participation and transparency that seem to challenge atlas productions will discussed and evaluated.


  • Workshop date: SAT 12. August
  • Workshop time: 09h00-13h00
  • Venue: Stellenbosch University, Chamber of Mines Building
  • Directions from CTICC: https://goo.gl/maps/ikHB9aw6oWdmaNfV8
  • Registration and Contact: Eric Losang (E_Losang [a] leibniz-ifl.de)

In the afternoon, we will participate in a trip to a winery and taste fine wine. The costs for the wine trip and the return trip to Capetown will be 750 Rand (40 Euro), with 15 participants at least.

Please register as soon as possible!

– Eric Losang & René Sieber

Passing of Igor Drecki, Editor, ICA News

Editor ICA News Igor DreckiIt is with a heavy heart that I inform our ICA community of the tragic passing of our dear friend and colleague, Igor Drecki from New Zealand, and his wife, Iwona. Igor served with distinction as the Editor of ICA News. Igor will be sadly missed by all. Our condolences go out to the family of Igor and Iwona. More details to follow as we learn them.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News July 2023

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.


Opportunities & Publications

Education & Training


  • Ce que les papyrus nous apprennent sur la géographie dans l’Antiquité – theconversation.com
  • Most exact version of ‘Daedongyeojido’ map returns from Japan – en.yna.co.kr
  • Heritage: Maps for a lost city – dawn.com
  • 18th Century York Woman’s Diary Inspires New City Map – miragenews.com


  • Harrison Richard Edes – David Rumsey
  • Charting clarity: Furman researchers see 18th Century maps through different lenses – furman.edu
  • New NASA Map Details 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses in the US – solarsystem.nasa.gov
  • Celebrate 400 years of moon maps for Apollo 11’s anniversary (gallery) – space.com
  • Spatial Map of the Human Intestine Created – technologynetworks.com
  • Cosmic Growth Map Backs Einstein’s Gravity Theory – miragenews.com
  • People believe this map was created by flat earthers and shows what lies beyond Earth’s ‘ice wall’ – ladbible.com
  • Seeing with neutrinos: how astronomers are mapping the cosmos without light – nature.com


  • TZ Maps, a new player in the electronic mapping landscape – boatsnews.com
  • Commercial UAV Expo Preview: Ingredients For a Successful Drone Program in Surveying & Mapping – commercialuavnews.com
  • Fugro’s seabed mapping supports Norway’s marine resource preservation – hydro-international.com
  • Google Maps vs. Apple Maps: Which navigation app is best? – tomsguide.com
  • Big Tech coalition challenges Google and Apple’s monopoly on maps – techspot.com
  • Overture Maps Foundation Releases First World-Wide Open Map Dataset – geospatialworld.net

3D, Interactive & Animated Mapping

  • First results of 3D mapping Nessebar’s ancient town revealed – gim-international.com
  • Interactive map shows which US cities will be underwater in 2050 – news10.com
  • 3D Mapping and Modeling Market to grow at a CAGR of 15.24% from 2022 to 2027 prnewswire.com
  • Navigating by touch with 3D maps – geoweeknews.com


Hot Topics

  • Tracking Heat Across the World – nytimes.com
  • Fire map breaks down the location and intensity of every nearby fire – khq.com
  • Imperial researcher awarded £1m for magma-mapping project – imperial.ac.uk
  • FY-4A Satellite Boosts Solar Mapping in China with AI – miragenews.com
  • Google Maps: This free tool shows a heat map of where you’ve been – pcworld.com


  • Global map of wildlife trade reveals true cost to the planet – nature.com
  • The Amazon River in the Sky – Nautilus


  • Scroll through the universe with a new interactive map – phys.org


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

ICA News 80 now online

ICA News, Number 80, June 2023

We are pleased to announce that the 80th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

In this issue we are invited to Cape Town to celebrate cartography at ICC 2023 and conduct important business at the ICA General Assembly. We also farewell Jim Carter, an inspirational academic with an interest in map use (and ice), and are invited to subscribe to ICA News. Thanking all readers and contributors for your wonderful support over the years.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Category: General News

eCARTO News June 2023

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.

Opportunities & Publications

Ancient Maps

  • A map of how Romans saw the world – reddit.com
  • L’ hemisphere meridional pour voir plus distinctement les terresaustrales – loc.gov
  • Sud Polar Karte – twitter.com
  • Image 2 of Susŏnchŏndo – loc.gov
  • Monsoon & trade wind chart of the Indian Ocean – loc.gov
  • The countries round the North Pole – digitalcollections.nypl.org
  • Map of the Crown Prince Islands, Disco [sic] Bay, Greenland – loc.gov
  • Karte von der KôraischenHalbinsel (Kôraïvl. Tsjo-Sjön) nach einem japanischen originale – loc.gov
  • Spanish Armada maps go on display in Portsmouth – bbc.com
  • First results of 3D mapping Nessebar’s ancient town revealed – gim-international.com

Country Specific & World


Just Maps



Software and Apps

The Environment



Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the weblink authors are their own and do not represent the official position of the ICA. The links are assembled for information and education purposes only.

Invitation to the 18th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2023)

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and Ghent University are pleased to invite you to the 18th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2023), which will take place in Ghent, Belgium on 20-22 November 2023.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2023 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 the Journal of Location Based Services. Accepted work-in-progress submissions will be published in the online proceedings of the conference (with a DOI).

We are also pleased to announce two awards at LBS 2023: one Best paper award, and one work in progress award. Meanwhile, travel grants will be available for young researchers whose submissions are accepted. More details will follow.

Important Dates

  • Full paper submission: 15 June 2023
  • Work in progress submission: 15 July 2023
  • Notification of full paper acceptance: 1 August 2023
  • Showcase submission: 10 September 2023
  • Notification of work in progress acceptance: 16 September 2023
  • Early registration ends, author registration deadline: 30 September 2023
  • Conference: 20-24 November 2023


We invite contributions in the following areas (but not limited to):

Geospatial Artificial intelligence (GeoAI) and LBS

  • Geography/GIScience-guided AI
  • Explainable GeoAI
  • GeoAI-enabled LBS

Context modelling and context-awareness

  • Smart environments and ambient spatial intelligence
  • Indoor spatial data modelling and mapping
  • Place modelling and understanding
  • Context modelling, personalisation, and context-aware adaptation

Mobile user interface and interaction

  • Visualisation techniques for LBS
  • Mobile human-computer interaction
  • Augmented reality and mixed reality

User studies and evaluation

  • Evaluation methodologies for LBS
  • User experiences of LBS
  • Mobile spatial cognition

Acquisition, management, and analytics of Location big data

  • Crowdsourcing and internet of things
  • Spatial data science and big data analytics
  • Computational mobility and activity analytics
  • Descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics

Ubiquitous Positioning

  • Outdoor and indoor positioning
  • Multi-sensor system and sensor fusion

Social and behavioural implications of LBS

  • Location privacy
  • Legal, ethical, and business aspects of LBS
  • Biases in location data analytics and GeoAI

Innovative LBS and applications

  • Intelligent navigation systems
  • Smart cities and sustainable mobility
  • Autonomous and connected vehicles
  • Public health
  • Location based social networks and games
  • Digital humanities

More information regarding LBS 2023 can be found at lbsconference.org.

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ICC2023: Early Bird Registration Special Ends May 31st

If you’re planning to attend the 31st Cartographic Conference 2023, now is the perfect time to register as our early bird registration offer ends on May 31st, 2023. Join 800 delegates from nearly 78 countries in Cape Town, South Africa!

We are also proud to announce that the UN-GGIM Africa 9th Meeting of the Regional Committee will be hosted alongside ICC 2023 as well as SDG DATA Hub Workshops that are open for all to attend. Register today on icc2023.org

We look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town!

Category: General News

Invitation to Pre-ICC2023 Workshop Other Cartographies

The ICA Commission on Art and Cartography invites to a workshop prior to ICC2023 in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 11, 2023. 


The ICC2023’s theme is SMART CARTOGRAPHY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. How can this theme be interpreted through Art? The Commission on Art & Cartography’s Terms of Reference include the directive to “advance the field of artistic and experimental cartographies, including but not limited to such subfields as narrative cartography, cinematic cartography, sensory and phenomenological approaches to mapping, locative media, performative and performance-based cartographies, and media archaeological and other research-creation or practice-led processes.” What might “sustainability” mean in terms of these and other such subfields? However the theme is interpreted, one thing is clear: other ways are needed, other points of view, other methodologies, visions, practices. What other cartographies can challenge the status quo?

The goal of this workshop is to provide an intellectual and creative space to share different ideas around artistic methodologies of mapping and engaging with space and place, particularly those that challenge the status quo of capitalism, colonialism, extractive resource development (etc., the list is long). The format of the workshop will be as follows: a morning of lightning presentations from all of the participants, to introduce each other; an afternoon of 3-4 mini-workshops that explore different methodologies or practices related to our theme of Other Cartographies.

The workshop will be hosted by the National Geospatial Information in Cape Town, South Africa on Friday, August 11th from 10am-5pm. A catered lunch is included!

Please submit either a 100-150 word proposal if you are interested in leading a mini-workshop of about 45-60 minutes, or a short bio if interested in attending as a participant.

Submission Process & Registration

The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in alternative and sustainable mapping art practices and experimental cartographies. Registration is required and is free of charge. Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main ICC conference (which requires fees) to be able to attend the workshop. For more information or to register, please contact Workshop Coordinator Sharron Mirsky (see contact details on the workshop website).


  • May 20, 2023 – Call for participants and workshop leaders
  • June 15, 2023 – Deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals (max. 150 words)
  • June 22, 2023 – Successful Applicants notified;
  • July 1, 2023 – Final program released;
  • August 11, 2023 – Workshop prior to the ICC 2023

Please find more information on the workshop website.