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

President’s blog: Revised ICA posters on “Maps and Sustainable Development Goals”

Last August the posters created by ICA’s Commissions on the Sustainable Development Goals were on exhibit in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York. During the exhibition, we did get many comments. Most were positive, but also critical remarks were made. This prompted an additional internal peer review by our Commission chairs and the Executive Committee members, resulting in a long list of potential improvements. They were related to language, the base map (boundaries), content, cartographic representations and graphic quality. These have now all been processed.

The ICA posters as presented in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York

The ICA posters as presented in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York


As one can imagine, the boundary problem was most sensitive at the UN. It proved difficult to follow the UN guidelines, and therefore we have included the following disclaimer on all posters: Boundaries on maps may seem definitive, but there are often different perspectives on their status and position. This poster series is compiled from many sources by cartographers from different countries. The ICA tries to be neutral in such matters and boundaries shown reflect those found on the ground, in existing maps, or recognized by the United Nations. The ICA acknowledges that there may be different opinions and interpretations.

The revised posters as well as the newly design catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals.

Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

An overview over the ICC2017 Pre-Conference Workshops


Many ICA commissions use the days before the ICC conference for dedicated workshops on their fields of research. This year, the following workshops will take place:

Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases

Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

Mapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in Libraries

Different Fields – One Cartography

Supporting sustainable development with geoinformation management and modern maps: things you hardly consider

Workshop on Maps & Emotions

Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, Standards, Open Source and Open Data for Geospatial (SDI-Open 2017)

Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

Symposium on Location-Based Social Media and Tracking Data

Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory & Standardization in Map Projections

  • Date: July 2
  • Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Involved commission: Map Projections

Disaster Management, Big Data, Services and Cartographic Representation

Preserving Map Production Methodology Information

eCARTO News March 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.

Mapping Applications

  • Using 3D Printer Technology to Represent Survey Information – gim-international.com
  • How Google Is Revealing Unmapped Areas of the World in Virtual Reality – singularityhub.com
  • Your address is now just a short code – thehindu.com
  • Zap Map: Satellite Tracks Lightning for Better Heads Up – voanews.com
  • Mapping Global Happiness In 2016 Through A Quarter Billion News Articles – forbes.com
  • Hidden History – Lidar 3D Mapping – youtube.com

Industry News

  • Coming soon: Oil spill-mapping swarms of flying drones – buffalo.edu
  • Volkswagen Joins Mobileye’s Efforts to Crowdsource Mapping Data – thedrive.com
  • CyArk’s 3D and VR mapping of ancient monuments is going further than Google Earth – goodgearguide.com.au
  • Google Maps Gets More Social With Shared Lists – geomarketing.com

Just Maps

  • It’s time for a makeover of the iconic hand-drawn Melbourne Map – abc.net.au
  • But where is the green sheep? Old maps put the art in cartography – abc.net.au
  • Mapping the Urban Bike Utopias of the 1890s – news.nationalgeographic.com
  • The Mysteries of the First-Ever Map of the North Pole – atlasobscura.com
  • The bike lanes of London: Tube-style map reveals how capital’s web of cycle lanes connect together – dailymail.co.uk
  • This map claims it can predict crimes across London before they happen – wired.co.uk
  • Color to Your Heart’s Delight With These Historic Map Coloring Pages – geolounge.com

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Cartographic Resources


Trains, Planes and Automobiles

  • Qualcomm Teams With TomTom On Maps Powering Self-Driving Cars – geomarketing.com
  • HERE & Pioneer Enter into Strategic Map Partnership – gpsbusinessnews.com
  • Geological Insights from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search – eos.org
  • Professors build AI to help autonomous vehicles locate themselves on maps – phys.org
  • How Google Maps Gets Its Remarkably Accurate Real-Time Traffic Data – gadgets.ndtv.com

President’s Blog: Introducing Regional Cartographic Conferences (RCC)

The ICA Executive Committee at its latest meeting in Budapest, Hungary

The ICA Executive Committee at its latest meeting in Budapest, Hungary

Twice a year ICA’s Executive Committee meets to discuss current affairs and strategic issues. Last February we were hosted by the Secretary-General’s university in Budapest.

Current affairs are related to the day-to-day running of ICA. These can include membership, the activities of the commissions and working groups, our website, relations with sister organization, our financial situation, our next ICC, prepare the (Extraordinary) General Assembly, etc.

The strategic issues we discussed are related to more long term issues. These are managed by the vice-presidents and include our organization (is our structure future proof?), our publication policy (can we improve/upgrade/unify the publication created during conferences and commission and working groups activities?), conference policy (how do we organize our meetings?), capacity building (how do we involve industry?), membership (do we need individual membership?), research (how to update and further develop of our research agenda?), our specific relation to other organizations (what can we do for the UN-GGIM?).

In future blogs we will report in more detail about these strategic issues. However, as a result of our deliberation on our conference policy we have decided to start a series of Regional Cartographic Conferences (RCC). The first call for these conferences can be found here.

Our aim is that RCCs will complement ICCs by providing a regional forum for presentation and exchange of new ideas and approaches to cartography and geographic information science through a mixture of keynote, plenary, technical and poster sessions, as well as workshops and map exhibitions.

– Menno-Jan Kraak
President of the International Cartographic Association

Invitation to the 14th International Conference on Location-Based Services

lbs2018_logoETH Zürich and the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services are pleased to invite you to the 14th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2018), which will take place in Zürich on 15–17 January, 2018.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2018 aims to offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

The Call for Papers is currently open (also available as a PDF). We call for full papers, work in progress, and showcases. High-quality full paper submissions are intended to be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography Series. The best full and work in progress papers will be invited to submit an extended version to the Journal of Location Based Services.

Important Dates

  • 12 July 2017, Submission of full & work-in-progress papers
  • 29 September 2017, Notification of acceptance for full & work-in-progress papers
  • 13 October 2017, Camera-ready full & work-in-progress papers
  • 15 November 2017, Submission of showcases

More information regarding LBS 2018 can be found at lbsconference.org.

We are looking forwards to your contributions and to meeting you in Zurich!


  • General Chair: Martin Raubal (ETH Zurich)
  • PC Chairs: Peter Kiefer (ETH Zurich), Haosheng Huang (University of Zurich), Nico Van de Weghe (Ghent University)

Haosheng Huang
– Chair of the Commission on Location-Based Services

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Invitation to the ICC Joint Pre-Conference Meeting on Maps & the Internet, Ubiquitous Mapping and Education & Training

The ICA Commissions on Education and Training, Maps and the Internet and Ubiquitous Mapping are organizing a joint meeting prior to the 28th International Cartographic Conference.

  • Location: The campus of William and Mary University in Williamsburg, VA USA
  • Date: Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1, 2017

Day 1: Map coding event

Presenters will lead map coding sessions. Participants can bring a laptop and work through coding problems with the presenters.

Day 2: Research presentations

Presentation topics will center on the fields of Cartographic Education, Web Cartography, Internet Mapping, and Ubiquitous Mapping. We encourage individuals to present on their latest research, both completed and in progress. Students and Early Career Faculty and Professional are encouraged to present their work.

Deadline for presentation submissions: April 30, 2017

Please find all information about registration, social events and travel options to Williamsburg on the meeting website: internet.icaci.org/commission-workshop-2017

Workshop organizer: Rex G. Cammack

eCARTO News February 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.

Mapping Developments

  • Mapping: Disruption ahead! – computerworld.com
  • Professors Build AI To Help Autonomous Vehicles Locate Themselves On Maps – manufacturing.net
  • “Revolutionary” New Biodiversity Maps Reveal Big Gaps in Conservation – news.mongabay.com
  • This mapping app will keep you from getting lost even without a network connection – digitaltrends.com
  • Sensorly App Launches Crowdsourcing Feature For Tracking And Sharing Carrier Coverage And Speed – techtimes.com
  • Il sistema innovativo di rilievo mobile mapping STENCIL – rivistageomedia.it

Mapping Applications

  • Faultlines, black holes and glaciers: mapping uncharted – theguardian.com
  • Mapping Countries That Censor the Internet – theatlantic.com
  • Mapping our special places in Wales – satprnews.com
  • Rwanda forges forward with drone mapping – suasnews.com
  • Mapping the World’s Knowledge Hubs – citylab.com
  • El vídeo «mapping» de la Plaza Mayor reunió a 25.000 espectadores en tres días – abc.es

Industry News

Mapping the Past

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Cartography and Society

  • Mapping benefits changes: how GIS can help housing associations – theguardian.com
  • Mapping Cape Town’s Informal Minibus Taxi Network – citylab.com
  • Mapping The Collective Experience of a City – fastcodesign.com
  • Understanding Our Cities, Thanks To Beautiful Maps – forbes.com
  • Poverty Mapped in Near Real-Time Using Mobile Phone and Satellite Data – seeker.com

Mapping Beyond Terra Firma


  • Mapping rainforest chemistry from the air reveals 36 types of forest – sciencenews.org
  • FEMA flood chief: expanding lidar’s reach boils down to cost, quality, and communicating – spar3d.com
  • PIX4D Indoor Mapping Game Plan – suasnews.com
  • High-tech maps of tropical forest diversity identify new conservation targets – sciencedaily.com
  • Visual Geocoding A Quarter Billion Global News Photographs Using Google’s Deep Learning API – forbes.com
  • Lidar used to map ancient Mayan superhighway system – extremetech.com

Mapping Oddities

  • Man checks Google Maps before picking up friend – and sees her standing in SAME spot months earlier – mirror.co.uk
  • What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps? – citylab.com
  • This Robot Will Carry Your Stuff and Follow You Everywhere – entrepreneur.com
  • Sweden uses Minecraft for urban planning – computerweekly.com
  • Tracing (and Erasing) New York’s Lines of Desire – newyorker.com

Invitation to the Joint ICC Pre-Conference Workshop Different Fields – One Cartography

The ICA Commissions on Cartography and Children, Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People and Planetary Cartography have the pleasure to invite you to a one-day workshop on July 1, prior to the 28th International Cartographic Conference.

Key dates

  • 30 March 21 April: Deadline for the submission of full papers with registration form
  • 17 April: Notification of the authors
  • 6 June: Deadline for the submission of the registration form (without full paper, only participant)
  • 1 July: Workshop at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Local Organizer: David Alvarez, JMT Technology Group (USA)

For more information, please visit the conference website: lazarus.elte.hu/~jesus/jointworkshop2017

Invitation to the 20th ICA Workshop on Generalisation and Multiple Representation

In the tradition of pre-conference workshops in association with the International Cartographic Conference (ICC) the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation will organise a workshop in Washington, United States, 1–2 July, 2017.

The workshop will explore new challenges and solutions in the domain of automated generalisation. A special focus will be set on approaches to generalise location-based social media data. The first day (1 July 2017) will be carried out as a regular workshop of the ICA Commission on Generalisation and Multiple Representation. For the second day we have the aim to have combined sessions with ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling and ICA Commission on Location-based Services on topics related to Scalability and Abstraction of Location-based Social Media Data and Tracking Data.

The challenges of research in Generalisation and Multiple Representation draws upon researchers and practitioners alike, working in the fields of on-demand mapping, geovisual analysis, multiple representations, data integration and generalisation of geographic information. Participants of the workshop are invited to submit research papers or positions papers.

Key dates

  • 1 March: Deadline for submission of short papers (limit 3000 words, and 8 pages including figures)
  • 17 April: Notification of acceptance of paper for presentation
  • 31 May: Deadline for submission of revised papers
  • 1–2 July: Workshop

Submission and review of short papers will be managed through EasyChair.

Workshop organizers: Dirk Burghardt, Cecile Duchene

For more information, please visit the conference website: generalisation.icaci.org/index.php/nextevents