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Updates by the Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

First announcement of the 13th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

The 2018 edition of the Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage – an event annually organized by the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital – will be held in Madrid, 18–20 April 2018 and kindly hosted by the National Geographical Institute of Spain. Details will follow.


The new issue of e-Perimetron is now available at e-perimetron.org. It contains the following papers:

  • T. Čelkis, V. Karpova-Čelkienė (Vilnius) Reading signs: manuscript cartography sources of the 16th-19th century from the Vilnius University Library
  • G. Mihalakopoulos (Corfu) Alexandros Massavetas’s “Going back to Constantinople-Istanbul: A City of Absences”: mapping the past and the present through literature
  • Ch. J. J. Thiry (Golden CO) GIS-based discovery interface to paper map sets
  • K. Kozica (Warsaw) Different states of the sea chart of the Gulf of Riga by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (1534-1606) from his first sea atlas Spiegel der Zeevaert (1583 / 1585) in the Niewodniczański Collection Imago Poloniae at the Royal Castle in Warsaw
  • N. B. Piekielek (State College, PA) Best practices for georeferencing large scale historical fire insurance maps of the USA

More news can be found on the commission website.

Invitation to the 7th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

7th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

7th International Conference on Cartography & GIS and the Seminar with EU cooperation on Early Warning and Disaster Management will be held during 18–23 June 2018 in Sozopol, Bulgaria. A special session “Digital Earth for Smart Solutions” supported by the International Society for Digital Earth will be part of the conference.

The event will be held during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, 2018.

Please find all details and important dates on the conference website: iccgis2018.cartography-gis.com

Welcome to Sozopol, Bulgaria


Welcome to ICC2017 in Washington, D.C. #icc2017dc

Today, the 28th International Cartographic Conference is opened in Washington, D.C., USA!

ICC 2017

After busy days with twelve well-attended pre-conference workshops, the main conference will be opened today with keynotes by Robert Cardillo, Tom Patterson, Dr. Lee Schwartz and Mikel Maron. More than 450 presentations in 160 sessions will follow in the next five days. You can download the conference program app by searching for “ICC2017” in the apple App store or on Google Play. The interactive online schedule is available at eventscribe.com/2017/ICC.

Later today, also the Exhibit, the International Cartographic Exhibition and the Children’s Map Exhibition will open. ICC2017 also hosted an Extraordinary General Assembly of the ICA, which took place yesterday. The results will be published on the ICA website soon.

To share your experiences and to stay up-to-date with everything happening at the conference, please use hashtag #icc2017dc.

Enjoy the conference!

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ICA News 68 now online

ICA News 68

We are pleased to announce that the 68th issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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Predictably, the ICC 2017 features strongly in this issue of ICA News, complemented by the 17th General Assembly announcement. We are invited to the world cartographic forum and celebrate another volume of Children Map the World book. I hope you find the content interesting.

– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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eCARTO News June 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.

ICA Facebook Posts


  • The battle for territory in digital cartography – economist.com
  • The map that fills a 500-million-year gap in Earth’s history – abc.net.au
  • Connecting Citizen Science, GIS, Community Partnerships, and Education – citizensciencegis.org

Just Maps

Map Design

Representations of Place

Map Editing and Map Conservation

Cartographic Resources


Characteristics of Countries

  • The first scientific mapping of the Straits of Magellan, and the first voyage of Charles Darwin – bostonraremaps.com
  • Where Pirates and Cannibals Meet: Exploring Colonial Dutch Brazil – harvard-cga.maps.arcgis.com
  • Portolan chart of the Mediterranean and connecting seas – loc.gov
  • Blaeu Atlas Maior 1662-5, Volume 1 – maps.nls.uk
  • New map reveals ships buried below San Francisco – citymaus.com
  • 1550, Map of the known world commissioned by Henry II of France – bl.uk

“Time on my hands” cartography


Obituary: Don Pearce

Don T. Pearce

It is with great sorrow that ICA received the sad news that Mr. Don Pearce passed away.

Don Pearce set off his cartographic career in 1947 as a cartographic draftsman.

In 1978 he began his involvement in the international cartographic community by preparing and successfully negotiating Australia’s bid for the Seventh General Assembly and Twelfth International Cartographic Conference, which was held in Perth in 1984.

Don Pearce became the Secretary-General of the ICA in 1984 and served in that position until 1992. He remained one of the Vice Presidents of the ICA and continued to represent Australia with distinction until 1995. In 1995, he received the award of Honorary Fellow of ICA in recognition of his participation in the Executive Committee as Secretary-General and Treasurer.

In 1987 he established Promaco Conventions, he has served as Chairman of the Perth Convention Bureau and was responsible for the establishment of the Meeting Industry Association of Western Australia and subsequently the National Association.

In 2002 the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia awarded its highest honour, the Gold Medal, to Don Pearce who has made a significant contribution to the development of the profession in Australia.

Don Pearce has demonstrated a level of enthusiasm and commitment rarely observed in people holding honorary positions.

The International Cartographic Association shall remember him forever.


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Programme of the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data is available


The ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services are organizing a pre-ICC2017 symposium on location-based social media and tracking data.

The programme has just been published on the symposium at lbs.icaci.org. In total, we have accepted 27 oral presentations for the symposium. These presentations will be organized into 6 oral sessions, covering

  • theories and data models,
  • participation and user tasks,
  • traffic modelling,
  • analyzing human dynamics,
  • research applications using location-based big data and
  • place modelling.

After the symposium, a special issue of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS) is planned.

For more details regarding the symposium, please refer to http://gam.icaci.org/symposium2017/.

Looking forward to seeing you at the symposium.

– Huang Haosheng (LBS)
– Angela Yao (GAM)

President’s blog: ICA’s external relations

Some of you might be aware that ICA is a member of the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS).

It is a coalition of the Presidents, Secretary-Generals or equivalent office bearers or their nominees that lead recognized international organizations involved in the coordination, development, management, standardization or regulation of geospatial information and related matters. Currently there are nine members. The chair is rotating among the societies.

The Joint board has always been our voice toward the UN. The UN-GGIM has now formally recognized us as one of their thematic groups.

The other groups are an academic network and a private sector network. Because of this recognition we have changed our name from JBGIS to UN-GGIM: Geospatial Societies (UN-GGIM GS).

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association