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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

eCARTO News May 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


Just Maps

Promoting the MAP

Antique Maps



  • The History of Cartography, the “Most Ambitious Overview of Map Making Ever,” Now Free Online – openculture.com
  • History of the World in Maps: The Rise and Fall of Empires, Countries and Cities – amazon.com
  • Jonas Moore’s Mapp of the Great Levell of the Fenns: 1658 – ousewashes.org.uk

Cartographic Resources and Events

On a Lighter Note



World Cartographic Forum: A forum for leaders of national cartographic societies

The President of the British Cartographic Society proposes establishing a forum for leaders of national cartographic societies. The forum would operate within the ICA, but be open to all national cartographic and geospatial information societies. We will discuss common issues such as membership retention and organisational change, and to share management expertise and build international links. An initial exploratory meeting is planned for ICC2017 in Washington, DC to which leaders of national mapping societies (i.e. presidents and/or their representatives) are invited. Membership of the forum will be open to any broadly national cartographic society and up to two senior representatives from any national society open to individual membership are welcome, regardless of their ICA membership status.

To register your interest in joining the forum, please contact Dr Alex Kent (President of the British Cartographic Society) via email.

Category: General News

News on the Barbara Petchenik competition

The ICA Commission on Cartography and Children is happy to announce updates from the Barbara Petchenik competition:

New edition of Children Map the World

Esri published a new book using map drawings sent to the competition in 2015.

Children Map the World: Commemorating the International Map Year, volume 4, presents 50 maps created by children ages 5 to 15 for the 2015 International Cartographic Association map design competition, held in Brazil. These drawings convey powerful messages and emotions that reflect the competition’s theme, “My Place in Today’s World.” This volume includes a special atlas of 50 additional maps selected from previous competitions. Featured in part two of this book, the atlas reflects a worldwide celebration of these outstanding maps and their unique role in our world.

Editors José Jesús Reyes Nuñez (Hungary), Carla Cristina R. G. de Sena (Brazil), Necla Ulugtekin (Turkey), and Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez (Spain) are university-level educators. Their collective expertise encompasses the fields of geography, cartography, map design, 3D cartographic modeling, map projections, and education as it relates to children and mapping.

ISBN: 9781589484788    2017   150 pages   $29.99

Reports about the Petchenik competition in National Geographic and Canadian Geographic

We are thrilled that National Geographic published an article written by Betsy Matson about the book and the competition itself.

Also the Canadian Geographic magazin reports about the competition and showcases its 10 favorite submissions from the archive.

Invitation to the ICC Joint Pre-Conference Meeting on Disaster Management, Big Data, Services, and Cartographic Representation

Click here to download the program as PDF

The ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crises Management (CCEW&CM) and GEO (Group of Earth Observations) are organizing a joint workshop within the activities of the 28th International Cartographic Conference.

  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Date: Sunday, July 2, 8.30am–6pm
  • Cost: 30 USD
  • Registration: via icc2017.org; also on-site registration starting at 7.30am in front of the workshop room

The final program can be downloaded here.

Milan Konecny, ICA CCEW&CM Commission Chairman, sent us the following details on the event:

You can see that in cooperation with GEO we arranged topic speakers leaded by Ms. Barbara Ryan, The GEO Secretariat Director, and Mr. Craig Fugate, former FEMA (USA) administrator. Keynotes deal with better, faster and smarter solutions in Big Data Era and also with international collaboration and hyper-partnering for Disaster Risk Reduction. Also research agenda of  the ICA CCEW&CM will be presented by commission chairman.

We also invited  specialists and experts in cartography and GI sciences and remote sensing, investigating various topics connected with workshop agenda, such as: problems with help of  geospatial information for disaster risk management, investigation on positioning technologies for emergency rescue, cartographic generalization and visualization  for disaster  management response, isaster risk, impact and recovery mapping supported by data and information from  Space, geodisasters for capacity building dealing with  Big Data, from satellites, drones and others, to products, attempts of  new Paradigm to access and interact with disaster related data services, and last but not least using data and creating and designers of new approaches inside the research frontiers efforts like Smart Cities or Big Data, from Japan, USA, P.R. of China, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Chile, South Africa.

As inspiring are expected also speeches from important organizations dealing with early warning, crises management and civil protection, like NASA, World Bank and U.S. Geological Survey.

All research agenda of the workshop would like to contribute to the agenda defined by Sendai U.N. Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).


eCARTO News April 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.

Industry News

  • Coast Survey’s Certification Programme in Nautical Cartography Approved – hydro-international.com
  • Occipital’s Bridge Headset for iPhones Has Magical Spatial Mapping Abilities – mixed.reality.news
  • Google Maps Supercharges Location Sharing, Begins Drooling Over Your Data – wired.com
  • DroneDeploy integrates with agX on UAV mapping flights – gpsworld.com
  • World first geospatial mapping – for nearly every building, nearly every little detail – thefifthestate.com.au
  • Google Maps removes one of its most popular features – thesun.co.uk
  • what3words Extends Middle East Presence with the Launch of Addressing System in Arabic – directionsmag.com

Mapping Projects

ICA Facebook Posts


  • Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion – theguardian.com
  • How 4D mapping could change the way we live and work – marketwatch.com
  • There’s a Big Problem With Uber’s Heralded Mapping Technology – inverse.com
  • How Government’s Data Can Be Truly Useable – govtech.com
  • How Do We Map The Earth’s Gravity? – forbes.com
  • Grayson Perry “response” to Mappa Mundi questions heaven’s existence while featuring obscene language – herefordtimes.com
  • Who Drew The First Geological Map? – forbes.com
  • The world is changing; shouldn’t our maps? – star2.com

Just Maps


Cartographic Resources and Events


  • Why Cartographer Jobs Are Still Relevant in the 21st Century – gisgeography.com
  • Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer receives the Sarton Medal – ugent.be
  • Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer receives Tianshan Award – ugent.be
  • The stories maps tell – thehindu.com

On a Lighter Note


  • Locating hotspot biomass could accelerate sector growth – canadianbiomassmagazine.ca
  • Satellites map carbon sequestered by forests, with accuracy of up to ten metres – sciencedaily.com
  • A seismic mapping milestone – sciencedaily.com
  • The UK’s most dramatic landscapes as you’ve never seen them before – telegraph.co.uk
  • EPFL photo-mapping project reveals 1960s Switzerland – thelocal.ch
  • The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake – citylab.com
  • Data project provides a wider view of homelessness — and offers solutions – mashable.com
  • Facebook’s new developer SDK lets users capture 360 photos and videos in-app – venturebeat.com
  • Google Earth’s new feature shows lost civilisations from space – abc.net.au
  • The dark side of Earth: Nasa releases the clearest images yet of our glittering planet at night – dailymail.co.uk
  • Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before: Stunning 3D ice map made up of 250 million satellite readings reveals the continent’s jagged surface – dailymail.co.uk