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eCARTO News November 2021

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.

Atlases and other publications

  • 40-year map project, History of Cartography, draws to a close – wisc.edu
  • State of Israel – 70 Years of Statistics, Historical Statistical Atlas 1948-2018 – cbs.gov.il
  • See a selection of fabulous old maps of Newcastle from a new book published this week – Chronicle Live

Environmental Mapping

  • Researchers map the impact of human sewage on coastlines around the world – abc.net.au
  • Infographic: COP26 goals explained in maps and charts – Al Jazeera
  • Three maps that show exactly how climate change has spread across the world in the last 30 years – inews.co.uk
  • Flood-impact map a Canadian first – westernu.ca
  • This map shows exactly where the world’s most important carbon is stored – fastcompany.com
  • We mapped every large solar plant on the planet using satellites and machine learning – theconversation.com
  • Digital Models for Planning and Disaster Management – gim-international.com


  • American Geographical Society Library Research Fellowship – uwm.edu


  • Panorama of the Thames project – Thames project
  • Society for the History of Discoveries – discoveryhistory.org
  • Spanish Armada maps ‘saved for the nation’ – BBC News
  • ‘They deserve a place in history’: music teacher makes map of female composers – The Guardian
  • Stone slab found in France thought to be Europe’s oldest 3D map – The Guardian
  • Pacific maps: From the days when exploration was like setting off in the dark – smh.com.au
  • Beautiful hand-drawn maps reveal Warsaw as it looked over 100 years ago – The First News
  • Piri Reis’ world map on display at Topkapı Palace – hurriyetdailynews.com

Cartographic Inspirations

  • Cómo conseguir un mapa al estilo “Joy Division” con Peak Maps – cursosgis.com
  • QGIS para cartografía digital en censos y encuestas – nosolosig.com
  • Zapotec in 90006, K’iche’ in 90057: New map highlights L.A.’s Indigenous communities – latimes.com
  • 3D Printing Topographic Maps: How to Print Landscapes – All3DP

Cartographic Intrigue

  • Banned map returns home – Mirage News
  • Memory lanes: Google’s map of our lives – The Guardian
  • WSU professor’s book, ‘Detroit in 50 Maps,’ gives cartographer’s view of the city – Wayne State University
  • A Reddit user found a ‘black hole’ on Google maps, and users couldn’t figure out what it was – businessinsider.com
  • The long lost Lancashire village which was ‘wiped off the map’ without a trace 40 years ago – LancsLive
  • The Greek region too remote for maps – BBC Travel

Viewpoint – Cartography

Just Maps

  • Human Development Index evolution in Brazilian states between 1990-2015 – zoom-maps.com


Lite Cartography

  • Cartographers puzzle-y fun – Marietta Times
  • MAP: the one attraction you have to visit in each province in Spain – thelocal.es
  • Zwift Neokyo map open from today | Full details of each of the 8 new routes – BikeRadar


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.

Call for Participation: LBS 2021, 24-25 November 2021, online

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and the University of Glasgow are pleased to invite you to the 16th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2021), which will take place fully online on 24—25 November 2021.

Note that the preliminary program of LBS 2021 has been published online. It features five keynotes:

  • Michael Batty, University College London, “More Than One Digital Twin”
  • Urška Demšar, University of St Andrews, “Studying migratory bird navigation with spatial data science”
  • Matt Duckham, RMIT University, “LBS and Indigenous Data Sovereignty”
  • Anita Graser, Austrian Institute of Technology, “Open LBS Research: Why (not)?”
  • Ross Purves, University of Zurich, “Location, place and language”

The conference also features a “Best paper session” on the 2nd conference day, and five oral sessions on “Wayfinding and Navigation Systems”, “Positioning”, “Location tracking and systems”, “Mobility and Activity Analytics”, and “Visualization, Perception and Analysis”.

Please note that registration for the conference is free, but required. The registration will close on 20 Nov 2021.

More information regarding LBS 2021 can be found at lbsconference.org

President’s Blog #11: ICC Day-Long Program for National Mapping, Geospatial, and Statistical Agencies – and Updates for Florence…

Dear ICA Colleagues,

We have added a NMA day to the ICC schedule for National Mapping, Geospatial and Statistical Agencies. On Thursday, December 16 a special hybrid program has been organized to present and discuss national efforts toward the transformation of agencies in response to the opportunities posed by the evolving data ecosystem.  The agenda is available here on the ICC website. We encourage you to share this information with your national agencies so that they are aware of this all-day event.  Selected topics are offered by representatives from the United Nations who will share current information on the UN Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF). The IGIF builds on earlier NSDI efforts while filling in the gaps for what is needed for a sustainable national geospatial program, which includes cartography as an important component.

Updates for Florence…

Other updates to help you in planning a successful experience in Florence include:

  1. A full schedule of ICA Commission workshops,
  2. Orienteering,
  3. ICC Congress Gala Dinner,
  4. Tours and Experiences for you and partners and families.

For those planning an in-person experience in Florence, take note of the November 15 deadline to change your registration preference. This is also a good time to finalize travel plans and to regularly monitor requirements for travel to Italy so your are sure to meet the entry requirements.  In my recent experience in traveling internationally, patience and being prepared for the unexpected are suggested!  As I noted in a previous blog, the ICA Executive Committee, 10 individuals from 10 different countries, successfully traveled to Florence in early September to conduct the site visit for the conference.  Florence is an amazing venue for our discipline.  I look forward to your participation in the International Cartographic Conference.

See you in Florence!

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News October 2021

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.


Viewpoint – Cartography

Interactive Mappin

  • Multilingual, interactive mapping site to guide tourists on culture walk – Times of India
  • This Interactive Map Lets Users Explore England’s Hidden Archaeological Landscape – Smithsonian Magazine
  • The vaccination rate for every suburb in New Zealand on an interactive map – thespinoff.co.nz

Environmental Mapping

Deep Cartography

  • Scientists create most detailed map of Uranus’ mysterious auroras to date – Space
  • HawkEye 360 wins radiofrequency mapping contract with intelligence agency – defensenews.com
  • Study demonstrates lunar composition mapping capabilities of spectrograph instrument – phys.org
  • Divers on historic quest to map cave, spring – emissourian.co
  • Astronomers get a 3D look at nearby stellar nurseries – astronomy.com


  • Nebra Sky Disc: British Museum to display world’s ‘oldest map of stars’ – BBC News
  • Mapping with the stars: Nuns instrumental in Vatican celestial survey – catholicnews.com
  • mexican duo creates first cartography with all the architectural heritage of mexico city – designboom.com

Atlases and other publications

Relief Maps

  • Bartholomew Revised Half-Inch Map Skye and Wester Ross – View map
  • 3D Design: Terrain and Sky Component in Mapbox Studio – 3D Design

Industry News


  • The Incredible Life of Hubert Wilkins – booktopia.com
  • Volcano Watch — The Canary Islands “mega-tsunami” hypothesis, and why it doesn’t carry water – usgs.gov
  • How cartography helped the Grand Canyon become grand – news.asu.edu
  • The Future Is Bleak. Pondering Pangaea Gives Me Hope – wired.com


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 Pre-ICC Online Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities of Cartography and Geospatial Information Education in the Classroom and in the Cloud

Online workshop on October 28, 2021

Cartography and geospatial information education has always gradually been changing its contents, as well as corresponding effective approaches to deliver resilient education. COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented impact on every aspect of society since December of 2019. According to UNESCO monitoring, more than one billion students have experienced school closure. Cartography and geospatial information education is no exception. With the help of rapidly improving online meeting tools, some institutions have set teaching and learning onto digital platforms, though some may choose other ways to continue sharing knowledge. Shifting from typical classroom lecturing and face-to-face meeting to online and hybrid learning poses challenges for us, but it also offers opportunities.

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is organizing an online workshop “Challenges and Opportunities of Cartography and GIS Education: in the Classroom and in the Cloud” on October 28, 2021. The workshop will be scheduled 12.30–16.30pm GMT.

A preliminary workshop program as well as details on how to join our workshop is available on our ICA-CET website: education.icaci.org/pre-icc2021-cet-workshop/

The workshop is free of charge and open to all interested with cartography and geospatial information education. We hope the workshop can be a platform for educators and researchers to exchange and share best practices and experiences.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you during our online workshop.

Kind regards
Tao and Stefan

Invitation to Pre-ICC Joint Workshop on Cartography Connecting Schools

The Commissions on Cartography and Children and Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People have the pleasure to invite all interested colleagues to participate in the Joint ICA Workshop Cartography Connecting Schools on December 2-3, 2021.

General Information

The participation in the online event is free, but previous registration is needed. Both commissions plan to organize the event using the Google Meet platform. More detailed information will be published on the workshop website.

A special session will be dedicated to Latin-America with presentations in Spanish language. However, interested colleagues should submit their registration, as well as their abstracts or papers in English for its publication in the proceedings.

Digital proceedings with ISBN code will be available for all the registered participants.


  • Deadline for the submission of papers and abstracts with registration form: October 31, 2021
  • Notification of the authors: November 12, 2021
  • Deadline for the submission of the registration form (without full paper, only participant): November 29, 2021

Please, send your submission and/or registration form to the following e-mail address: jointica2021 [at] gmail.com

Organizing Committee

  • Carla Cristina R. G. de Sena, Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children (Brazil)
  • Waldirene Ribeiro do Carmo, Chair, ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People (Brazil)
  • José Jesús Reyes Nunez, Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children (Hungary)
  • Alejandra Coll Escanilla, Vice-Chair, ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People (Chile)
  • Barbara Jordão, ICA Commission on Cartography and Children (Brazil)


Please find more information on the symposium website: jointica2021.elte.hu/

President’s Blog #10: Promoting Mapping for a Sustainable World at the UN World Data Forum

Dear ICA Colleagues,

The ICA is promoting the recent publication Mapping for a Sustainable World at the UN World Data Forum in Bern, Switzerland, the city of ICA’s origin in 1959. The hybrid event is hosting 700+ in-person registrants where representatives of governments, NGOs, companies, donors and philanthropic organizations and academic institutions and researchers are meeting to advance efforts toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the topics are varied, some common themes focus on leaving no one behind; understanding the world through data; and building trust in data and statistics. Discussions are both challenged and stimulated in responding to the questions “how far have we come?” Discussions continue on ideas and plans toward success.

Thomas Schulz and Tim Trainor at the UN World Data Forum

Thomas Schulz and Tim Trainor at the UN World Data Forum
promoting the publication Mapping for a Sustainable World

The ICA in producing the publication in collaboration with the UN, experienced several challenges in working with statistical and geospatial data associated with the SDGs. While these kinds of challenges are not foreign to cartographers, they worked through them in organized and logical ways so that users can benefit from the value offered through effective map design options.

For those of you still having to decide on if you should venture to Florence for the 30th ICC: Many at this Forum are from Africa and Asia, in addition to substantial attendees from Europe. Travel and health protocols are followed while allowing attendees to meet, share, discuss and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues.

I look forward to seeing you in Florence.

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

International Journal of Cartography: Special Issue ICC2021, Florence, Italy – part 1, published on-line

Cover International Journal of CartographyThe Special Issue of the International Journal of Cartography: Issue 7.3, 2021 Special Issue ICC2021, Florence, Italy – part 1, is now published on-line. The print version of the issue will follow this.

Two Special Issues will be published to coincide with the conference: Issue 7.3 2021 (this issue) and Issue 8.1 2022. As the conference will take place in December 2021, all Special Issue papers will be published on-line before the Conference takes place, with print issues to follow.


Editorial: The International Cartographic Conference 2021 – Firenze, Italy: a truly wonderful occasion to celebrate the outcomes and advances of international collaboration and the resilience of Italian Cartographers

The international Cartography and GIScience community were gratified to receive news that the 2021 International Cartographic Conference would take place in Firenze, Italy between 14-18 December, in spite of the many hurdles that had to be overcome by the Associazione Italiana di Cartografia to ensure that this important event took place in this time of global disruption and uncertainty due to COVID-19. Our Italian colleagues are to be congratulated on their dedicated and diligent endeavours to ensure that the International Cartographic Association’s community will be able to meet and advance the theory and praxis of Cartography and GIScience.

The Journal editors worked closely with the Conference Publications Chair, Professor Paola Zamperlin of the Università di Pisa to progress papers for review and potential publishing. Selected papers submitted for the ‘Advances in Cartography’ publishing route for ICC2021 were considered for publication in the Special Issues of the Journal. Ninety-nine full papers were submitted to the ‘Advances’ publishing route. These papers were reviewed initially by the conference LOC, and evaluated by both national and international reviewers. After these reviews were complete and the outcomes considered by the LOC, selected papers were recommended to us for consideration for further review, with the potential of publishing in the Journal. Twenty-four selected papers were recommended by the LOC to the IJC editors. From these papers, sixteen papers were identified for consideration and a further two blind reviews were conducted on these papers. The papers published in Issue 7.3, 2021 and Issue 8.1, 2022 were realised by this process. We thank all LOC reviewers and Journal reviewers for their support of the review process, the Journal and, more broadly, the researchers whose work that advances the research goals of the International Cartographic Association are reported upon in these Special Issues of the Journal.

The papers herein begin with a contribution by Radek Barvir and Vit Vozenilek, with their contribution entitled Graphic map load measuring tool – development and verification. They explain that ‘Map load’ is a map property quantifying the amount of map content in cartographic products. This paper presents information about an easy-to-use and freely available tool GMLMT (Graphic Map Load Measuring Tool) that applies a metric averaging of the amount of visible structures in a map using an edge-detection approach to measure graphic map load of raster representations of maps. The process of designing the tool is described and the outcomes of their experiments is reported.

This is followed by the paper Spatial thinking in cartography teaching for schoolchildren by Sônia Maria Vanzella Castellar and Barbara Gomes Flaire Jordão. The paper provides the results of a study that investigated school teaching practises that relate spatial thinking with the learning of maps from a cartographic education perspective. The study was undertaken to support further research on school cartography and the use of digital cartographic resources in formal and informal teaching situations.

David Fairbairn, Georg Gartner and Mike Peterson examine the distinctiveness of the discipline of cartography and the success of the human endeavour that has produced maps. This paper is entitled Epistemological thoughts on the success of maps and the role of cartography. The authors argue that not only that cartography is a coherent and distinctive discipline, but that human society cannot function without maps. The paper concludes with pointers to the functional definition of the map.

Evaluating a location-based game to support citizens situated reflection on history: A mixed method approach is contributed by Catherine Jones. Catherine’s paper describes the process and findings of a critical evaluation conducted for a custom-made Location Based Game, designed to support reflection on social history. A ‘Think-aloud’ protocol was used in an evaluation in Valletta, Malta and adapted to the ‘Remind study’ protocol to explore participant experience in Luxembourg.

All of the issues of the International Journal of Cartography include a Column, entitled MAPS IN HISTORY, contributed by Imre Demhardt. In this issue, Professor Demhardt provides a timely column on the Renaissance frescoed map of Tuscany. This article describes the first 31 of 54 map-decorated cabinet fronts of the then known world in the Sala della Carte Geografiche in Palazzo Vecchio painted by Egnazio Danti in 1563–1575.

The International Journal of Cartography, since its launch some 7 years ago, has been committed to realising the publication of selected research papers submitted to the review stream of International Cartographic Conferences. As the conference will take place in December 2021, the two Special Issues are to be published to coincide with the conference are Issue 7.3 2021 (this issue) and Issue 8.1 2022. All on-line versions of the papers were published in 2021. The print version of Issue 7.3 will be published in 2021 and Issue 8.1 in 2022. (As is the case with all of our issues, the on-line versions of papers are published first, then the print versions.)

The international Cartography and GIScience community are indebted members of the Associazione Italiana di Cartografia and the conference team, led by Professor Giuseppe Scanu, for their unwavering commitment to ensure that ICC2021, a truly wonderful occasion, will take place in Firenze in December 2021.

William Cartwright, Anne Ruas and Paola Zamperlin
Melbourne | Paris | Pisa

Category: General News

eCARTO News September 2021

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.

Mapping Nature

  • Mapping shows how great Barrier Reef is impacted by major weather events – themandarin.com.au
  • New Tool Maps Birds, Fish In Offshore Wind Areas – wbur.org
  • What Will Climate Change Feel Like? New Tool Provides Granular Estimates – bloomberg.com
  • Entrepreneurs recognized for innovations in flood mapping technology – news.asu.edu
  • City mulls new landslide and avalanche maps – juneauempire.com
  • How to make mapping and monitoring zero-deforestation commitments effective – eco-business.com

Network Maps

Atlases and other publications

Mapping Tools and Data

  • Aerial mapping tool helps local government plan for disasters – governmentnews.com.au
  • Open Maps For Europe project releases first datasets created from official, national geospatial data – geospatialworld.net

Cartographic Cooperation

  • USGS and the Republic of Peru Sign an Agreement for Remote Sensing Operations and Technological Development – usgs.gov

3D Maps

Cartographic Opinion

  • Your Map Is Lying to You – outsideonline.com
  • Analysis unlocks secret of the Vinland Map — it’s a fake – news.yale.edu
  • The world probably doesn’t look like you think it does — and that matters, a lot – deseret.com
  • A growing problem of ‘deepfake geography’: How AI falsifies satellite images – washington.edu
  • Researchers explore ways to detect ‘deep fakes’ in geography – sciencedaily.com
  • Art review: Fluid Cartographies looks at people and maps – canberratimes.com.au

Cartographic Resources and Opportunities

Websites Selection

On a Lighter Note

  • Keen spirit: Australian cyclist uses GPS to recreate Nirvana’s Nevermind cover – theguardian.com
  • Marvel Maps Charted in an Atlas of the Comic Universe – screenrant.com
  • All the World in a ‘Slice’ of Art – nytimes.com


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.

President’s Blog #9: Greetings from Florence – the site of the 30th ICC (December 2021)!

Dear ICA Colleagues,

This past week, the ICA Executive Committee (EC) met for the first time in person in Florence, Italy since the beginning of the pandemic. It was so wonderful to be in the company of our friends on the EC and also meet with the local organizers of the next International Cartographic Conference. Please note that even in these challenging times for traveling, all 10 members of the EC were in Florence.

A main reason for our meeting was to conduct a site-visit on the plans, program, and facilities for our upcoming 30th International Cartographic Conference in Florence (ICC) in December. Our hosts, Paola Zamperlin, Margherita Azzari and other members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) provided an extraordinary introduction for what all of us will experience in December. The program is very strong, and the facilities for sessions take advantage of a modern university environment. Given that the 30th ICC will have a first-time option for remote participation, the technical requirements are a significant added responsibility for our hosts to which they have responded commendably to accommodate the need.

Remember that the venue is Florence, the seat of the Renaissance, and the EC was treated to a sample of the rich history, beauty, and cuisine that only Florence can offer. The LOC is intertwining the program with some of the most precious sites offered by Florence. Special technical visits and an extraordinary setting for the Opening Ceremony extend your opportunities toward a full conference experience.

While there are many more details that we learned, I wanted to share a few encouraging observations and experiences from our task in conducting the site visit on your behalf. I will follow-up with more details in the coming weeks. This is the time to begin your planning for being with us in December to share what will be a great 30th International Cartographic Conference! Please register now for the conference starting at 14 December. Early-fee registration will close at 17 September.

The photo below of the ICA Executive Committee was taken on September 3 at the Galileo Museum, where the history of science is on display with over 500 books, maps, and atlases on cartography – one of the conference venues.

ICA Executive Committee on September 3 at the Galileo Museum

ICA Executive Committee on September 3 at the Galileo Museum

– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association

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