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View our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

eCARTO News January 2018

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.

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Cartographic Opportunities


  • Here acquires Micello to add indoor mapping as part of its IoT business unit – techcrunch.com
  • An Opensource Startup Dies As Mapping Gets Hotter Than Ever – wired.com
  • Apple Maps Gains Indoor Airport Mapping To Make Travelling Less Stressful – independent.co.uk
  • TomTom announces mapping technology that will revolutionise how driverless cars operate on our streets – news.com.au
  • Bosch joins Intel, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes, buys stake in mapping company Here – arstechnica.com


  • Inaccurate Environment Agency flood maps distort house prices, claim locals – telegraph.co.uk
  • Nobody Lives Here: Mapping Emptiness in the U.S. and Beyond – bigthink.com
  • Ocean Mapping Expedition Tracing Magellan’s Voyage Reaches the Philippines – globalvoices.org

Cartographic Resources

Cartographic Reveals

The world from above

Cartography Lite

Invitation to the 11th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop

In partnership with the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy, the ICA Commission on Mountain Cartography is organizing its 11th ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop on the island of Hvar, Croatia. From May 21–25, 2018, we invite you to this beautiful venue in the Adriatic Sea and welcome you for numerous interesting excursions. The workshop will be hosted in hotels Pharos and Amfora in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia – the city of Hvar.

The ICA Mountain Cartography Workshop brings together cartographers, geographers and others who want to discuss the current developments in mountain cartography and spatial data analysis and representations related to mountain environments. Main conference topics are (but not limited to):

  • Mapping for outdoor activities in mountains
  • Mapping and GIS of mountainous areas
  • Physical and topographic mapping
  • Relief representation
  • Visualisation of mountain dynamics
  • Interactive atlases
  • New media applications
  • Glacier movement
  • Rock representation

Different presentation types are possible, from classic research papers to live software demonstrations and map discussions. With visits to the Hvar Observatory, St. Nikola and Pakleni Islands, the workshop includes outdoor thematic excursions, too.

Along with traditionally interesting scientific and professional programme and exchange of experiences among mountain cartographers from the whole world, there are many options for those interested for hiking and kayaking, local cuisine, charming beaches, historical sites or just strolling through the streets of the ancient Pharos. Our diversified programme with complementary activities will meet everyone’s interests.

Submit your abstract and take advantage of discounted early registration until February 28, 2018.

Find more information on the workshop web-site: science.geof.unizg.hr/cmc2018.


eCARTO News December 2017

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.

Cartography Lite

  • Quiz: can you identify these cities from their historic maps? – theguardian.com
  • Airplane draws one-of-a-kind Christmas tree in the sky – edition.cnn.com
  • Scare Yourself With Google Maps’ List of the Scariest Places in the Country – nymag.com
  • Extremely Petty Neighbor Exacts Revenge Via Google Maps – nymag.com
  • You Can Play Ms. Pac-Man in Google Maps for April Fools’ Day – nymag.com
  • How Stranger Things Made the Sprawling Tunnel Maps in Will’s House – vulture.com
  • Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus – techcrunch.com
  • 10 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Map Lovers – news.nationalgeographic.com

Cartographic Gatherings

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Rare Maps


  • For the Good of Society — and Traffic! — Delete Your Map App – nymag.com/selectall
  • Using Google Maps Too Much Really Does Mess With Your Sense of Direction – thecut.com
  • Kiwi cartographer’s ‘Nobody Lives Here’ map shows how sparse New Zealand’s population is – nzherald.co.nz

Cartographic Resources

Cartographic Reveals

Cartographic Challenges


  • Between cartography & creativity – freeskier.com
  • Creative Conversations: the Christchurch cartographer redefining the country – stuff.co.nz

President’s Blog: Season’s Greetings

Dear colleagues and ICA friends,

2017 has been again a successful year for cartography. We had a wonderful 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington DC (USA). Most Commissions and Working Groups organized many smaller events in conjunction with our main conference. During the conference, we also formally closed the International Map Year, which initiated local events on a global scale. It is obvious that cartography is very much alive!

This is also the moment to thank all of you who have been active for ICA in 2017. All your activities are very much appreciated, especially if we realize that we all do this as volunteers.

2018 promises to be yet another interesting year for ICA. Many (joint) commission activities have already been planned. 2018 will also be the year of our collaborative effort to realize the follow up of our 2016 cartographic poster exhibition on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the UN headquarter in New York. This will be our book ‘Mapping for sustainability’ which will offer guidelines and best practices for mapping the UN SDG indicators. The book will allow ICA to transfer knowledge and expertise, and organize various training related activities.

With all these plans ahead of us, I would like to wish you all a prosperous and ‘mapable’ 2018.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association


The ICA Executive Committee wishes Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

eCARTO News November 2017

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.

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Just Maps


Cartographic Training

Cartography Publications & Resources

Cartography and Place

Fringe Thinking

  • The Flat Earth – bbc.com
  • New Public Transit Map Series Launches with London Underground – archdaily.com

Digital Cartography

  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • Global Electronic Cartography System Market 2017- Honeywell Aerospace, Jeppesen, Navionics – dailycommercenews.com
  • ArcMap 10.2: Landsat Band Composite and NDVI Calculation – youtube.com
  • How to convert Excel to GIS data in QGIS using Spreadsheet Layers plugin – monde-geospatial.com
  • Electronic Cartography System Market Analysis In Electronics Segment 2017 – technopow.com
  • Garmin® announces the ultimate connected boating experience with the introduction of the ActiveCaptain mobile app – businesswire.com
  • Avenza Releases MAPublisher 10 For Adobe Illustrator – gisuser.com/2017


  • Inside the Invention of the the Modern News Illustration and Infographic Map – time.com
  • The cartographers – dukechronicle.com
  • Workshops hope to inspire Indigenous youth to get involved in mapping – cbc.ca
  • This 20-Year-Old Designs Some of the Internet’s Best Maps – inverse.com

Cartographic Change

  • The CIA Is Celebrating Its Cartography Division’s 75th Anniversary by Sharing Declassified Maps – smithsonianmag.com
  • The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before – npr.org

Invitation to the 13th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital, continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, is organising the 13th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) in Madrid, Spain, 18-20 April 2018, in partnership with the IGN – Instituto Geográfico Nacional, supported by the SECFT – Sociedad Española de Cartografía, Fotogrametría y Teledetección, by the AUTH CartoGeoLab – Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis, and the MAGIC – Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.

The Conference programme is organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the Conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2015-2019) and the topics treated by its Working Units. In this conference a special interest is reserved to the contribution of Cartoheritage to Digital Humanities:

  • Digitisation – Georeference.
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity.
  • Landscape change studies based on map-archival sources.
  • Visualisation of Cartoheritage, including thematic portals.
  • Interconnection of cartographic archival sources, especially map and textual data.
  • Historical terrestrial and aerial photography, including photo-related post-cards and relevant material – cartographic parametrisation.
  • Cartoheritage web providing issues.
  • Interaction of cartoheritage with map and geoinformation curatorship of cartodiversity.
  • Development of catoheritage as a cultural issue, within the context of GLAM, addressed to education and to the general public.
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage.
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities.
  • Other relevant issues of Cartoheritage ecosystem.

The Conference is kindly hosted by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional of Spain (see venue), in cooperation with the Spanish Society of Cartography, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SECFT).

For more information about the conference please visit cartography.web.auth.gr/ICA-Heritage/Madrid2018.


eCARTO News October 2017

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.

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Maps – Specific Themes

Cartographic Resources


  • Electronic Cartography Market to Witness Comprehensive Growth by 2026 – findmarketresearch.org
  • Cartographers, Rejoice! Rising Ocean Levels Are On Track To Turn Australia Into An Easy-To-Draw Rhombus – clickhole.com
  • Distance Decay: How Far Are You Willing to Travel? – gisgeography.com
  • Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere – nytimes.com
  • What is the difference between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality? – geospatialworld.net
  • How Maps are Powering the Tech Revolution – bbc.com
  • Your Next Job: Map The Streets For Self-driving Cars – wired.com
  • What’s at stake in the most important Supreme Court case of the year – qz.com

Cartographic Miscellanea

Cartography and Society

  • When Cartography Meets Disaster Relief – citylab.com
  • Stanford senior wins international award for research on 19th-century cholera maps – news.stanford.edu
  • Group issues Jakarta’s integrated transit map – thejakartapost.com
  • The Crowdsourced Maps Guiding Puerto Rico’s Recovery – wired.com

People into Cartography

Fringe Thinking

  • Nearly every country on Earth is named after one of these four things – msn.com
  • Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague – nytimes.com
  • These Are the Cleverest, Weirdest Mapping Ideas Ever Patented – news.nationalgeographic.com

History through maps

Cartography Beyond The Land

  • Navigational Maps of the Five Arctic Seas will be Reissued, According to the Results of the OIS “Admiral Vladimirsky” Expedition – maritimeherald.com
  • Cartography of the Cosmos – sciencedaily.com


A n Eclectic Collection of Maps

Invitation to the 7th International Symposium on the History of Cartography: Mapping Empires Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford are happy to invite you to their joint international symposium Mapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. This is already the 7th event in a series of two-yearly symposia on the History of Cartography.

  • Date: 13–15 September 2018
  • Place: Weston Library, Oxford, UK

To explore the city, its surroundings and its cartographic heritage, optional technical and social tours are planned.

Call for Contributions

The organizers invite contributions (papers and posters) investigating the cartography of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas as influenced by cosmopolitan exploration and imperialistic activity during, but not limited to, the ‘long nineteenth century’ (mid-18th to mid-20th centuries). The rise of European hegemony coincided with a scientific turn that underpinned the evolution of topographic mapping and hydrographic charting, and  led to the emergence of thematic mapping. These colonial cartographies brought forth a rich legacy of mapping that continues to influence the aesthetics and authority of mapmaking today.

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2018

As with previous international symposia the organizers plan to publish accepted and presented papers and posters in the ICA series “History of Cartography” by Springer (Heidelberg et al.); for the recently published Proceedings of the previous 6th International Symposium held in Dubrovnik in October 2016 please see www.springer.com/us/book/9783319615141

For more information on the symposium and for the submission of abstracts please visit mappingempires.icaci.org

Atlases, Cognition, Usability: ICA Commissions Workshop in Olomouc, Czech Republic

The ICA Commission on Atlases in cooperation with the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization and the ICA Commission on Use, User and Usability Issues invite to a Joint Workshop in Olomouc, Czech Republic on April 27-30, 2018.

Although every atlas is intended for its users, cartographers should pay attention to the fundamental cognitive and usability issues of the product. The joint workshop addresses strengthening existing research on topics related to atlases, cognitive and usability issues and provides a platform for joint cooperation between cartographers dealing with atlases, cognitive, and user issues that will lead to new collaborations, new ideas and new friendships.

The workshop sessions will be managed as either oral presentation of research contribution or discussion motions where cartographer from each commission can present their ideas to the members of all three commissions and other workshop participants and invite further discussion from the audience.

Participants may also choose from some practical workshops. Optional guided tours to the romantic water cruise on the underground Punkva River and visit the Macocha Abyss, the largest gorge in the Central Europe, or a visit to the Moravian Cartographic Center.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open for submissions of abstracts on any topic of merit addressing at least one of the subjects of Atlases & Cognition & Usability. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2018.

For more information, please consult the workshop website: spring2018.upol.cz

eCARTO News September 2017

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.

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About Maps

Maps – The Digital Realm

Cartographic Resources


  • Is Aerial Image Company in South Jordan the new Google Earth? – ksl.com
  • New study: Global geographic information system market to witness +10% CAGR and estimated to reach 9+billion USD during 2017 – 2022 – whatech.com

Cartographic Publications

Industry News

Historical Atlases and Globes

People into Cartography

Cartography and the Environment

On a Lighter Note