Welcome to the International Cartographic Association
Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic AssociationView our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
View our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

eCARTO News July 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.


Cartographic Resources

Industry News

  • Esri launches indoor mapping solution – geospatial-solutions.com
  • Introducing Apple Maps 2.0: Has Google met its mapping match? – istart.com.au
  • Facebook is recruiting mapping experts to help map the world – cnbc.com
  • Smartwatch review: rugged Garmin Fenix 5 Plus a worthy upgrade with great functionality and offline music playback – scmp.com

Cartography & Emergency Management

Mapping The Environment

  • New magnetic anomaly map helps unveil Antarctica – phys.org
  • Dalhousie researchers track right whales by mapping food sources – cbc.ca
  • Mapping climate corridors – sciencedaily.com
  • Mapping species range shifts under recent climatic changes – sciencedaily.com
  • Pulse of the polar vortex revealed: A key to mapping future storms – sciencedaily.com



  • An Ingenious Way To Hide A Map  bbc.com
  • The Melbourne Map – mailchi.mp
  • Maps of Scotland by Commercial Map Makers – maps.nls.uk
  • OS Maps of Scotland now online – maps.nls.uk
  • Mapping China’s frontline: the Yangtze at 100km intervals – a photo essay – theguardian.com
  • Pluto and Charon Shine in Most Detailed Topographical Maps Ever – space.com
  • The Football Atlas: the illustrations putting the World Cup on the map – theguardian.com

Investment in Cartography

  • Pooh’s original Hundred-Acre Wood map sells for auction record – reuters.com


  • Ucayali River (Peru), 1985-2013 – youtube.com
  • Human Population Through Time – youtube.com
  • Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities – bbc.com
  • Introducing EarthTime: animations which show how our planet is changing – weforum.org


eCARTO News June 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.


Cartography’s Support Structure

  • EuroGeographics Signs Production Agreement with Germany’s Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy – gim-international.com
  • A Thorough Documentation Of China Electronic Cartography System Market Through 2018 To 2025 – sportsalexa.com
  • Indonesia Electronic Cartography System Market Analysis 2018-2025: Questale Report – bitzradar.com
  • Belarus, Russia team up for scientific projects in geodesy, cartography – eng.belta.by

Cartographic Resources

Cartography Fixes

  • ‘Nobody puts Shetland in a box – bbc.com
  • ‘Alternative Maps’ challenges everything you thought you knew about cartography – mashable.com
  • Radio 4 asked where the North began and people got quite worked up – inews.co.uk
  • Don’t Be Duped, This Is The True Size Of Africa – face2faceafrica.com
  • Almost half of Portugal’s students can’t find country on map – theportugalnews.com

Mapping the World

  • Facebook is recruiting mapping experts to help map the world – cnbc.com
  • Mapping the Price of Beer Around the World – visualcapitalist.com
  • Mapping the Acoustic Environment Two Hearing Aids at a Time – iotevolutionworld.com
  • Origins of ordinary things: Maps – newtimes.co
  • Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities – bbc.com
  • FATMAP Puts The Whole World In High Definition With Beautiful 3D Maps – forbes.com



  • The Urban Good – London National Park City map – urbangood.org
  • Thomas Guide Maps: The Rise And Fall of LA’s Directional Holy Grail – laist.com
  • Oldest map of Ireland puts us on the edge of the world – irishtimes.com
  • World’s first atlas sheds light on cartography – hurriyetdailynews.com
  • Michael Raisch Talks The Illustrated Football Atlas – thesefootballtimes.co
  • A beautiful collection of rare maps shows how the world viewed India over the centuries – qz.com
  • In a Novel, Mystical Maps and Intertwined Journeys Through Syria – nytimes.com

ICA Publications and Publication Policy — first Publication Volume is online

In 2017 the EC introduced a new publication policy, which focuses on the conference proceedings. In order to give them an adequate visibility and reputation, a conference publication series has been established, which is adminstrated and hosted by a professional publisher. There are three publication options, depending on the review and the extent of the papers: ICA Advances, ICA Proceedings and ICA Abstracts.

The benefits will be manyfold:

  • Visibility: one single point of contact for the publications of ICA events
  • Reliability: the publications will be available at the time of the conference
  • Open Access: the publications are published online and under the Creative Commons licence
  • Reputation: the publisher will suggest the ICA Advances and Proceedings for inclusion in several data bases and indices (e.g. Scopus, Web of Science)
  • Standardization: one standardized format of the publications

This new policy will not interfere with publications in ICA related journals; in contrast, it will provide an excellent basis for developing high-level journal publications.

New ICA conference and events publications

Starting in 2017, the ICA records the outcomes of their Conferences like ICC, RCC as well as all other ICA events in three official publication outlets, which are hosted by a commercial publisher, Copernicus GmbH:

  1. Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the International Cartographic Association (short: Advances of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2084): single-blind peer review based on a full paper – termed Advances in the following;
  2. Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association (short: Proceedings of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2092): single-blind peer review based on submitted abstracts, developed to full paper – termed Proceedings in the following;
  3. Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association (short: Abstracts of the ICA, eISSN 2570-2106): single-blind peer review based on submitted abstracts; publication of abstract only – termed Abstracts in the following.

With these three series, the ICA can offer excellent opportunities for their authors to present their work – full papers for more research-oriented work, abstract based full papers for advanced work-in-progress, as well as abstracts for practically oriented work or artwork, which typically are not adequately represented in a full paper.

For the ICC and for the RCC, Advances and Proceedings are published; for other ICA events, either Advances or Proceedings are published. Exceptions from this general rule require prior approval by EC. All event formats have the option to also publish the Abstracts.

These publications are generated from all ICA events. Organisers will be required to provide Copernicus with camera-ready manuscripts in pdf format, together with the respective metadata, four to six weeks prior to the scheduled meeting, depending on the size of the event. For each published paper a moderate APC (article processing charge) has to be paid (as of January 1st it is €17,50). This sum should be included in the event fees.

Role of International Journal of Cartography (IJC)

In order to promote the International Journal of Cartography (IJC), there is a special option for the International Cartographic Conferences (ICCs): the IJC can select 8–12 papers from the full paper peer-review track for a special issue published at the event.

In addition to the regulations above, all event organizers are expected to seek high quality papers at the conferences and meetings to be published in the Journal of Cartography. Furthermore, they do always have the option to approach the IJC for a special issue.

Main changes in a nutshell …

  • one visible location (at Copernicus) and structure for publication of all ICA events
  • no longer the need for event organizers to organize their own publications because all go into one of our series
  • no longer Springer books from our bi-annual International Cartographic Conferences (ICCs)
  • Springer ICA books will be available for special events (old agreements will be honoured)
  • conference papers may be extended and handed in for a journal publication after the event

First proceedings volume

Journal Website Proceedings of the ICA

The first papers published in the new series are the papers from the ICC in Washington, which appear in the “Proceedings of the International Cartographic Association“ as Volume 1. They are accessible via www.proc-int-cartogr-assoc.net


Monika Sester
– Chair of the ICA Publication Committee

Category: General News

eCARTO News May 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.

Investigative Cartography

  • The Dutch City With A Constantly Changing Name – bbc.com
  • The Surprisingly Simple Apps Pilots Use To Make Your Flight Better – wired.com
  • This Prohibition-era map is a love letter to alcohol – bigthink.com
  • This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating – theverge.com
  • Apparently, All Roads Do Lead to Rome – archdaily.com
  • The History Of Mapping Australia – indonesiaexpat.biz
  • World’s largest collection of ocean garbage is twice the size of Texas – usatoday.com

 Cartography’s Deep Dark Secrets

  • Conspiracy to keep New Zealand off world maps  – nzherald.co.nz
  • MapLab: The Cartography of Chaos – citylab.com
  • Communism, Cartography and the Creation of Thai Identity – international.thenewslens.com
  • The Road to Prohibition Was Due North of the Gulf of Wretchedness, According to These Maps – vinepair.com
  • Mapping Out Missing and Murdered Native Women: ‘I Would Want My Story to Have Meaning’ – rewire.news
  • Why Nigeria’s Next Population Census May Be Hampered- Investigation – newsghana.com.gh
  • ‘We Do Not Have The Right To Condone Or Ignore The Distortion Of Historical And Geographical Truth’  memri.org
  • Why Ancient Mapmakers Were Terrified of Blank Spaces – news.nationalgeographic.com

Cartographic Snippets

  • Sign Language – thereader.com
  • ‘Alternative Maps’ challenges everything you thought you knew about cartography – mashable.com
  • A study of our domestic space – timesofmalta.com
  • Vladimir Putin is Redrawing The Map of The World to Reflect How Russia Sees It
  • Gap apologizes after Chinese netizens slam it for T-shirt with incomplete China map – globaltimes.cn
  • A Few of My Favorite Spaces: The Moser Spindle – blogs.scientificamerican.com
  • Relief Model of Switzerland – srf.ch
  • What’s the Longest Straight Path You Could Sail without Touching Land? – newsweek.com
  • What is the longest distance a person can travel (on Earth, on land) in a straight line without having to cross a sea or ocean? – quora.com

 Cartography Bringing People Together

 Mapping Archives

 Cartography in its infancy

  • Newtown boy shows impressive cartography skills – ulsterherald.com
  • Shoestring cartography: Family creates ‘best map ever’ of Denali’s summit – newsminer.com
  • Google made some poor soul run a crab gauntlet for Street View – cnet.com

President’s Blog: New Working group – Cartographic Body of Knowledge (CartoBoK)

Education and Research go hand in hand. Research is necessary to make sure our discipline remains relevant. Education disseminates this new knowledge and trains future generations. Each domain has common or basic knowledge, sometimes typified as a domain’s Body of Knowledge. Wikipedia says: “A body of knowledge (BOK or BoK) is the complete set of concepts, terms and activities that make up a professional domain, as defined by the relevant learned society or professional association”.

In this context ICA sees it as its duty to help educators by defining such BoK for cartography. To do so the Executive Committee has decided to establish a new working group Cartographic Body of Knowledge (CartoBoK), to be chaired by vice-president Lynn Usery, supported by past President Georg Gartner. Both are in the process to add a few more members. The working group will report in Tokyo.

Based on the terms of reference the working group will start with an inventory of existing Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs) from UCGIS, AGILE, NGA/USGS, ACM, and others that have cartographic elements and extract those parts relevant to CartoBoK. The next step will include top down / bottom up process to define an initial set of topics to capture cartographic knowledge and concepts for the CartoBoK. This will be followed by a process to solicit, review, and publish individual contributions to the CartoBoK and to develop a procedure for update and refinement of CartoBoK, beyond the initial delivery so that it becomes a dynamic, living document changing as the discipline of cartography changes. A close link with the ICA research agenda will be maintained. On our website a dedicated page for the working group will be created to keep all of us informed.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

eCARTO News April 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.

Investigative Cartography


Cartographic Opportunities and Resources


  • NavVis Marks Breakthrough in Reality Capture Technology with New Indoor Mobile Mapping System – satnews.com
  • Carmera to provide live mapping services for Renovo’s automated mobility ecosystem – traffictechnologytoday.com
  • A Geo-Odyssey of UAS LiDAR Mapping – insideunmannedsystems.com
  • Map Maker Aims to Be Silicon Valley Conduit to China’s Car Market – bloomberg.com
  • Mapbox Hires Former Tesla Autopilot Designer to Rethink Driverless-Car Maps – wsj.com
  • EarthSense adds PM2.5 to MappAir pollution map – airqualitynews.com
  • MRTouch Turns Any Physical Surface Into A Mixed Reality Touch Screen – tomshardware.com
  • Better-performing mapping system searches the streets – newatlas.com

Mapping Beyond Terra-firma

  • Constellations of State Fragility – die-gdi.del
  • How a Star Mapping Satellite Could Find Alien Life – popularmechanics.com
  • Galactic Archaeology and the key to Mapping Star DNA – edgylabs.com
  • It’s Full of Stars: New 3-D Milky Way Map Could Settle Debate over Who Discovered the First Exoplanet – scientificamerican.com
  • Map of Arctic Claims – cor.europa.eu
  • Mystery shipwreck found off West Australian coast a thrill for mapping team – abc.net.au
  • The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor – bbc.com
  • Behind The Quest To Map The Seabed by 2030 – newsdeeply.com
  • Seafloor map shows why Greenland’s glaciers melt at different rates – sciencenews.org

Cartography Projects

Cartography of the Untamed

Invitation to Workshop on New Directions in Geovisual Analytics

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a pre-conference workshop to be held in conjunction with GIScience 2018 on August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

New Directions in Geovisual Analytics: Visualization, Computation, and Evaluation

The workshop focuses on eliciting and sharing nascent challenges in visual design, evaluation, and computation related to geovisual analytics. The core concept of this workshop is to focus on exploring ideas for new approaches – not simply to recap what has already been accomplished. Toward that end, workshop participants will be asked to submit extended abstracts that describe new research directions in visualization, evaluation, or computation (and may synthesize across these areas as well). We especially encourage high-risk ideas that have a potentially high-return in terms of scientific and social impact. Potential topics may include:

  • New visual representation types in geovisual analytics
  • Novel computational and visual methods for handling massive, streaming, spatiotemporal data
  • Opportunities for integrating immersive environments and geovisual analytics
  • Artistic approaches for expressing or interacting with big spatial data
  • New approaches for integrating users in the design of geovisual analytics systems
  • Ideas for integrating sensemaking into geovisual analytics

This workshop will have a discussion-centric format. Accepted talks will be given in short formats (10min or 5min in length) with an emphasis on having ample discussion and networking time connected to each series of talks.

The workshop will be held August 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.


The deadline for submitting extended abstracts (no longer than six pages using the GIScience 2018 format) has been extended to May 11, 2018.

A dedicated workshop website can be found at viz.icaci.org/GVIZ2018

Tag: ,

IJGI Special Issue on Human-Centered Geovisual Analytics

The ICA Commission on Visual Analytics and the ISPRS Working Group on Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality are excited to announce a special issue of IJGI.


Guest Editors: Dr. Arzu Çöltekin, Dr. Sidonie Christophe, Dr. Urška Demšar, Dr. Anthony Robinson

This special issue seeks papers on geovisual analytics and visuospatial display design with human-centered approaches.

Human abilities, limitations and attitudes are defining factors for adaptation of technological solutions, such as visuospatial displays used in geovisual analytics software environments. Human-centered issues (and associated solutions) can be complex to understand, model, and, importantly, generalize from individual experiments. Therefore, it is important that we continue asking new questions, or answer the old questions again with fresh perspectives to advance and solidify our knowledge. In addition to fundamental knowledge, technical solutions that are informed by fundamental knowledge (e.g., on the perceptual and cognitive factors) are still rare, even though it is understood that they could benefit users.

With this Special Issue, we intend to create a compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge on human-centered approaches to creating and using geovisual analytics environments; and the design of the visuospatial displays that are of core importance in visual analytics processes. We welcome contributions that feature technical solutions informed by human-centered user research; experimental studies demonstrating new knowledge in human visuospatial information processing, spatial perception and cognition, and studies focusing on usability engineering. Furthermore, we welcome literature reviews and theoretical papers that consolidates knowledge on any of the listed topics, or topics related to the scope of the Special Issue.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

  • User-centered techniques for representing and interacting with big spatial data
  • Usability and utility evaluation of geovisual analytics
  • Cognitive studies of geovisualization
  • Personalization and customization of visuospatial displays
  • Ageing and visuospatial displays
  • Perceptually informed design principles for geovisual displays
  • Design and evaluation of virtual environments and augmented reality approaches for geovisualization
  • What about time? User-centered visual analytics for spatio-temporal data
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for movement and dynamic phenomena
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for environment and climate change
  • Geovisual analytics solutions for sustainability (from local to global scales)

Submission details

An expression of interest with a 200-word abstract should be sent to the editorial team latest by 15th of August 2018 at the email address human.isprs.ijgi@gmail.com. Please also mention if you will need a discount or waiver on the open access fees. If your institution has funds for open access publications, please consider that others might not, before asking for the waiver or discount.

Deadline for full paper submissions: 15 November 2018


Tag: ,

eCARTO News March 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.

Cartographic Products and Components

Our World


  • Waldo R. Tobler – edhat.com
  • This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating – theverge.com
  • The Dutch Invented Global Logistics: A History Lesson – forbes.com


  • Why Experts Can’t Agree on the Lengths of the World’s Coastlines – mentalfloss.com

Cartographic Opportunities and Resources


Cartography and Politics

  • India’s New Map Restriction Policy 2017 is an old wine in a new bottle – geospatialworld.net
  • The Problem With America’s New National Broadband Map – citylab.com
  • Ecological citizenship encourages transcending of territory, says expert – tribuneindia.com

Cartography Untamed

Cartography Lite

  • Strava art: Perth cycling group Fight Club at it again with map of numbat – .abc.net.au
  • Cutest Cartography Project Ever: Google Maps Launches ‘Pup View’ – observer.com

eCARTO News February 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.

ICA Facebook Posts

Cartographic Opportunities and Resources


History through Cartography

The Politics in Cartography

Cartographic Analysis

Cartographic Products

  • Strava heatmap: Fitness activity data shows someone cutting laps around Pyongyang – abc.net.au
  • UKHO Produces ENC with One Meter Depth Contours to Support Navigation in the Bristol Channel – maritime-executive.com
  • Dutch UAV First to Map Remote Tropical Island in 50 Years – gim-international.com
  • Minimalist City Street Maps Made From Layers of Laser-Cut Wood – mymodernmet.com
  • Scaling Law and Tobler’s Law for Charaterizing Asymmetries in Geography – researchgate.net

People in Cartography

Cartography – Going once, twice –sold!

Cartography Lite

  • Colourful cartography: Studio MUTT creates homage to Ordnance Survey in the Lake District – architectsjournal.co.uk
  • The Maps From Your Favorite Fantasy Novels Are On Display Now At This Special Exhibition At Harvard – bustle.com
  • Defense Ministry confirms discovery of new island by school students – arctic.ru
  • 10 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Map Lovers – news.nationalgeographic.com