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Invitation to Pre-ICC Workshop on Role and structure of national place-name boards

The Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy cordially invites you to the ICC pre-conference workshop “Role and structure of national place-name boards” Tokyo, 15th July 2019.


  • 14.00–14.15: Opening – Peter JORDAN (ICA Chair, Joint Commission)
  • 14.15–14.45: Poland’s national place-name commissions – Maciej ZYCH (Warsaw)
  • 14.45–15.15: Korea Committee on Geographical Names. Achievements and challenges – Sungjae CHOO, Hyo Hyun SUNG (Seoul)
  • 15.15–15.45: Austria and StAGN (German-speaking countries) – Peter JORDAN (Vienna)
  • 15.45–17.00: General discussion and closing

Venue: Room “Mercury”, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Organizers: Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy represented by Peter JORDAN and Kohei WATANABE

Time: Monday, 15th July 2019, 14.00-17.00

Free admittance (no registration for the International Cartographic Conference requested)

Conference language: English

(Co-chairs Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy)

eCARTO News June 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.

Industry news

Cartographic Education

Cartographic Advances

  • Using high-tech cartography to count fruit trees 6,000 times faster than we can – abc.net.au

Cartographic Products

  • The Ngai Thu Atlas – kahurumanu.co.nz
  • Mapping Out art show takes inspiration from cartography, exploring – newtimesslo.com
  • Greenland map captures changing Arctic in fine detail – bbc.com
  • 41 years later, a new map of wild Atlantic salmon rivers unveiled – cbc.ca
  • Tabletop Globe Bar Wine Stand Wood – vidaxl.com.au
  • MapLab: Underwater Worlds – citylab.com


Cartographic Insights

  • Leading historian lectures on Dr. Rizal, cartography – businessmirror.com.ph
  • Drawing lines on the internet: Border conflicts and the politics behind digital maps – orfonline.org


Cartographic Curatorship

Cartographic Conundrums

  • Russia finds U.S. decision on spelling of Kyiv to be not obligatory – 112.international

Cartographic Investments

  • Colonial Map Reaches $125.000 at Swann – finebooksmagazine.com
  • Rare Globe of Mars Portraying Early Theory of Life on the Red Planet Goes Up for Auction – geek.com
  • Rare, historical maps will be sold in Crescent City’s two-part, online-only auction, June 14 and 21 – artfixdaily.com

Inspiration from History

  • Science history: Huygens, the horological hero – cosmosmagazine.com
  • Elizabethan map goes on display at Bodleian Libraries – bbc.com
  • Early cartographers helped put Sydney on the map – smh.com.au
  • Incredible Online Archive Lets You Download Hundreds of Ancient Maps for Free – mymodernmet.com
  • Hand-drawn maps imitated the printed maps in the first days of Hispano-American cartography – phys.org

Cartographic Applications

  • WaterLore: what might drylands teach us about living with less water? – foreground.com.au
  • The inbis channel: The most complete submarine cartography – sciencedaily.com

Cartographic Art

Invitation to Pre-ICC Workshop on Map Projections

The Pre-Conference Workshop on Map Projections will be held on Sunday, 14 July 2019, 16:00-19:00 local time, in Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd. premises which is located three-minute walk from Exit A1 of Jimbocho Station on TokyoMetro Hanzomon line, Toei Shinjuku line or Toei Mita line. The latitude and longitude of the place is about 35 deg 41 min 40 sec and 139 deg 45 min 20 sec.

Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd is a leading company that publishes school atlases and textbooks on geography. The website of Teikoku-Shoin Co., Ltd is https://www.teikokushoin.co.jp/en/information/ A map and nearest station information are available on this site.

If you will be able to actively participate at the Workshop, with a short lecture or presentation, please let me know.

Everybody is welcome!

Thank you,
Miljenko Lapaine
Chair of the ICA Commission on Map Projections

Invitation to Pre-ICC Workshop on Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other

The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping take pleasure in inviting you to their jointly organised workshop held before the 29th International Cartographic Conference on 15 July 2019.

Location: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Room Uranus


The workshop programme is provisional and might be subject to change. Check the workshop website for updates.

  • 10:00–10:15 Walk in with coffee/tea
  • 10:15–10:30 Opening address by the organizers 

Session I – Eastern Cartographic Practices and their Echo in the West

  • 10:30–11:05 World image of early modern Japan, Professor Hirotada Kawamura
  • 11:05–11:40 Early modern maps of Japan as sources of Western cartography of East Asia during the 18th and 19th century, Professor Shigeru Kobayashi
  • 11:40–12:15 Early Chinese Bronze Ritual Vessel Cartography: How Trees, Mounds, Spirals, and Ponds Were Used to Document Early China’s Landscape, Bruce Jones

12:15–13:30 Lunch break (on your own)

Session II – From Tradition to Modernity: Diverse Cartographic Cultures in India

  • 13:30–14:05 Cartographic history of India: Mapping India from the early modern ages till 20th century, Ankita Medhi
  • 14:05–14:40 The role of cartography in tiger conservation of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, India, Bhanwar Vishvendra Raj Singh

14:40–15:00 Coffee break

Session III – Between the Old and The New World: A Cartographic Encounter

  • 15:00–15:35 How East and West Cartographic Studies Influenced the Most Important 16th Century Ottoman Cartographer of Piri Reis and His World Maps, Aytaç Yürükçü
  • 15:35–16.05 Jesuit View of Americas: A Cultural Encounter in the New World, Mirela Altić
  • 16:05–16:15 Closing remarks


Map Exhibitions

Two exhibitions concerned with the history of cartography are being held during the ICC in Tokyo. The first is an exhibit at the National Diet Library (NDL) located in the central part of Tokyo. On display are seven sets of maps which were selected from the collection of NDL as notable examples of Japanese early modern maps. Second is a special exhibition of maps of Japan by Sekisui Nagakubo (1717-1801) focusing on the role of his maps in the transition of the Western geographical image of Japan when they were brought to Europe. The exhibit is being held at the Koga Historical Museum, Koga City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Both exhibitions are announced on the ICC homepage as Technical Visits on Wednesday 17 July as T-Course B. For more information on the exhibitions see http://www.icc2019.org/technical_visits.html


Please find more information on the workshop website: history.icaci.org/tokyo-2019

ICA News 72 now online

ICA News, Number 72, June 2019

We are pleased to announce that the 72nd issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

This issue features the final President’s Report by Menno-Jan Kraak, who in a truly cartographic fashion summarised his term
in office. We are reminded about the upcoming General Assembly and treated to another update on ICC 2019 in Tokyo.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

Igor will step down from his role as the editor of ICA News this year and we need to thank him for the wonderful work he did, but also for his efforts to preserve ICA’s past!

Category: General News

Invitation to GeoNames19 Symposion on Place Names and Migration

The Joint ICA/IGU Commission on Toponymy invites you to attend the GeoNames19 Symposium Place names and migration in Vienna, Austria from 6–8 November 2019.

Migration is a global and all-time phenomenon. Ever since humankind exists, people were migrating – individually or in groups. Concerning place names people can migrate to rather scarcely named areas but also to areas that have a densely and established namescape. Especially in the latter case it is interesting to look on how people – often with a different linguistic and cultural background – deal with the situation. Recent research shows that place names are clearly connected to personal and group identity. But research on how exactly migrants use, adapt and maybe change place names is a desideratum.

Related to place names, this prompts a number of delicate questions: How do migrants deal with place names? Do they accept the place names they find? Do they adapt them to their own language by translation, morphological or phonetic adaptation? Do they create new names of their own for already named places? And how do long-term residents of the place react to these attitudes?

Some of these questions get addressed already in traditional fields of onomastics. Additionally recent fields of study like “critical onomastics” and “colonial onomastics” give a new view on the same questions. The symposium intends to highlight in this respect various historical situations as well as recent migration events in all parts of the world.

Subthemes (with no claim to be exhaustive):

  • Place-name use in historical situations of migration
  • Place-name use in recent situations of migration
  • Reactions of long-term residents to the place-name use by migrants
  • Attempts (by migrants or the resident community) of integrating migrant place names into the official namescape
  • Place-name use of migrants by feature categories
  • Place-name use by kinds of migration
  • Transfer of place names from the former home to the new place
  • Use of exonyms of the local community by migrants

No participation fee is requested.

Symposion language: English

Venue: Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying), Schiffamtsgasse 1-3, 1020 Vienna

For more details and registration visit ortsnamen.at/ako50


Call for Participation for the Pre-ICC Workshop Reclaiming Through Mapping: The Olympic Sites of Tokyo

The ICA Commission on Art & Cartography invites you to participate in their Pre-Conference Workshop “Reclaiming through Mapping: Olympic Sites of Tokyo.” Some of these spaces, including the main conference venue, are on reclaimed land or artificial islands in Tokyo Bay built out of waste landfill. This workshop investigates the question of how place is constructed and mapped, using an experimental methodology developed by the artist-research collective Hamilton Perambulatory Unit, who will lead a participatory mapping walk in Tokyo that looks to uncover the layers of urban development history of the 2 Tokyo Olympics and the high-growth (1964) and post-growth (2020) periods they represent. This interdisciplinary workshop uses hybrid spatial and sensory ethnography and intermedial approaches to map a site and distinguish the layers of time, history, materiality, and digital city-image. Participants will be asked to contribute to the final multi-media strata-map of Tokyo’s Olympic sites.

To begin this two-day workshop, we will meet at the Tokyo Metropolitan University for short presentations to contextualize our experimental and sensory mapping methodologies, before continuing the discussion on the trains while heading towards the Toyosu fish market for lunch (45min from Akihabara). We will then visit the nearby construction site of the Athlete’s Village on Harumi Island while we give some background on the area, and spend some time mapping the site. On the second day, we will meet at one of the 1964 Olympic sites to further explore mapping methodologies before heading back to Tokyo Metropolitan University to share results. The data collected will help answer the following research questions: How does the official Olympic narrative affect the sites? How do experimental cartographies work to investigate how place is constructed?


The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in sensory 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 Taien Ng-Chan taien [at] yorku.ca or Sharon Hayashi hayashi [at] yorku.ca. Please include a short bio and indicate your interest in the workshop.

Invitation to AGSE 2019: Digital Landscapes – Chances for Development

This year’s AGSE (Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment) conference will take place September 11–14, 2019, at HFT Stuttgart. It is organized by the ICA Commission on SDI and Standards, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences and the Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards (HFT ICA-OSGeo-Lab).

Due to the developments in the recent years it will focus the following fields:

  • Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and Crowdsourcing,
  • Earth Observation,
  • Geo-portals and Geodata Infrastruktures, collaborative data custodianship,
  • other related topics are welcome as well.

The conference will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Master Programme “Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics“. The Master of Science program started with the first batch 20 years ago, meanwhile there is a global network of about 500 alumni graduated from the program.

More information can be found on the conference website: http://applied-geoinformatics.org/


eCARTO News May 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.


Industry news

Cartography for Social Change

  • Using Maps as a Weapon to Resist Extractive Industries on Indigenous Territories – resilience.org
  • Cartographers for Social Equality – The West Wing – youtube.com
  • Maps show how CNN lost America to Fox News – bigthink.com
  • Counter-mapping: cartography that lets the powerless speak – theguardian.com

Cartographic Resources & Opportunities

  • Book Review – Sun and Moon: A History of Astronomy, Photography, and Cartography – outerplaces.com
  • Best virtual cartography apps and software – en.softonic.com
  • Astonishing Growth: Electronic Cartography Market by Types, Functions, Applications, and Geography: Trends, Forecasts and Market Estimates 2019-2024 – gizmoposts.com
  • Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books – finebooksmagazine.com

Cartographic Products

  • Moon landing marked by new Ordnance Survey map – bbc.com
  • U of A Geosciences Professor Discovers Rare Original Maps – news.uark.edu
  • The inbis channel: The most complete submarine cartography – sciencedaily.com


Cartographers & Dabblers

  • Prize-winning PhD candidates examine the gig economy and Indigenous cartography in documentary films – concordia.ca
  • The boy who draws the world in minutes: Seven-year-old can map the globe after memorising every country and capital – dailymail.co.uk
  • Cartographic technician job in Anchorage, Alaska – Department of the Interior – lemonwire.com
  • Green and Grand: John Wesley Powell and the West That Wasn’t – eos.org
  • How Leonardo da Vinci made a “satellite” map in 1502 – vox.com

Kindred Disciplines

Cartographic editing

  • ‘Mistake Creek’ declared a mistake after 165 years, scrubbed from maps – msn.com

From the Archives

  • The future of maps: Cartography in the 21st century – edition.cnn.com
  • Start with the Map – newyorker.com
  • Incredible Online Archive Lets You Download Hundreds of Ancient Maps for Free – mymodernmet.com
  • Hand-drawn maps imitated the printed maps in the first days of Hispano-American cartography – phys.org
  • World’s Largest Early World Map Stitched Together for the First Time – mymodernmet.com

Cartography in Art

  • Artist Merges Cartography with Ink and Pencil Drawings to Create Beautiful Portraits – mymodernmet.com

Invitation to Pre-ICC Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Standards, Open Source and Open Data for Geospatial (SDI-Open 2019)

SDI-Open 2019, the pre-conference workshop on spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial will be held on 15 July 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, immediately before the 29th International Cartographic Conference. The workshop is jointly organized by the Commission on SDI and Standards, the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and the Commission on Map Production & Geoinformation Management.

Mr Reese Plews from Japan, who chairs the ISO/TC 211 Terminology Maintenance Group, will make a special contribution with a presentation about the standardization and harmonization of geospatial information terminology in ISO standards, including the maintenance of a multi-lingual register of terms.

Other presentations on the program cover topics, such as international geospatial information standards and interoperability, UN-GGIM Europe and GeoSTAT requirements for spatial data integration, academic SDIs and open science, open source components for service-oriented mapping, and supply chains.

The day is concluded with an interactive and collaborative mapping session in OpenStreetMap. Delegates should bring their own laptops! Details, including a link for registration, are available on the website of the Commission on SDI & Standards at http://sdistandards.icaci.org/

The detailed program can be found on https://sdistandards.icaci.org/program-sdi-open-2019/.