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Get to know the new ICA Executive Committee for the term 2023-2027
Get to know the ICA Commissions for the term 2023-2027

President’s Blog: A year full of opportunities

The year 2024 is full of opportunities for Cartography and ICA.

In the advent of artificial intelligence and more and more digitalization in all parts of our lives and societies the functions of maps as instruments which bring some kind of order to complex phenomena, which help us to gain spatial awareness, to understand and attract attention, to provide illustrative information intuitively and to provide trustworthy information is eventually more important than ever.

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is therefore seeking on pro-actively fostering research, education and exchange in the domain of Cartography and GIScience through all its channels, such as the commissions, publication instruments or conferences.

For the later, 2024 brings a number of excellent opportunities to meet, exchange ideas, pre-sent new insights and maps and learn from scholars. You can check out the ICA commissions to participate in one of the commission activities in person.

ICA has taken patronage or expressed endorsement for the following events:



CAGIS + UCGIS Symposium 2024

Jun 3–Jun 6 2024, Columbus (USA)
cartogis.org/conferences/cagis2024/

9th International Conference on
Cartography and GIS
Jun 16–Jun 21 2024, Nessebar (Bulgaria)
iccgis2024.cartography-gis.com

Regional Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2024
Sep 9–Sep 11, Vienna (Austria)
eurocarto2024.org


Regional Cartographic Conference AsiaCarto 2024
Dec 8–Dec 10, HongKong (China)
asiacarto.org/2024/

All of those conferences have their Call for Submission currently open and allow excellent opportunities to network, learn, exchange and simply advance our discipline further.

I am looking forward to meeting you there!

Georg Gartner

Invitation to EuroCarto 2024

The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK), British (BCS) and Czech (ČKS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to invite you to the European Cartographic Conference – EuroCarto 2024, 9-11 September 2024 at TU Wien, Austria.

We aim to bring together Cartographers and those working in related disciplines to offer a platform for discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects.

Call for Submissions

We invite you to contribute to our Call for Submissions – please find all details here: eurocarto2024.org/submissions 

The submission is open from 01.01.2024 – 17.04.2024.

Interested in organizing a pre-conference workshop?

Additionally, we encourage researchers and practitioners to express their interest in organizing pre-conference workshops scheduled for September 8, 2024.

Please feel free to distribute the information to your network and contacts. We are looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna!

For registrations, submissions, sponsoring and comprehensive up-to-date information, please visit our conference website: eurocarto2024.org

Georg Gartner and the EuroCarto2024 organizing team

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Invitation to European Cartographic Conference (EuroCarto) 2022

The International Cartographic Association (ICA), the German (DGfK), Austrian (ÖKK), Swiss (SGK) and British (BCS) Cartographic Societies are pleased to announce that the European Cartographic Conference EuroCarto 2022 will take place at TU Wien, Vienna, Austria on September 19–21, 2022.

Cartographers and those working in related disciplines are offered a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects. Current research or work related to cartography covering all aspects of modern cartography will be addressed. All submitted abstracts are reviewed and if accepted published in the “Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association“. Several Cartographic Journals, including the International Journal of Cartography, Cartographica, Cartographic Journal, CAGIS and Kartographische Nachrichten have expressed interest in selecting submissions and invite full paper submissions to their respective journal thereafter.

Additionally a number of pre-conference workshops (on generalisation, VR/AR, Social Media Data visualisation, Ethics and Cartography, Atlas Cartography, Toponomy etc.) and side-events (visit to the National Library, MapRun, etc.) are planned.

Call for papers is still open

Please note, that the submission of an abstract is still possible until May 7, 2022. Find the details here: https://eurocarto2022.org/call-for-papers/.

Registration & sponsoring

Registration information can be found here: https://eurocarto2022.org/registration/

If you want to sponsor the event and get a chance to present your company, check out https://eurocarto2022.org/sponsoring-packages/.

 

As we still love maps, we are looking forward to your contribution and to meet you in Vienna,

Georg Gartner

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President’s Blog #13g: Nine prestigious ICA Awards presented at the 30th ICC

Dear ICA Colleagues,

It is a long and good tradition to also present a number of prestigious ICA Awards at every biennial International Cartographic Conferences in recognition of special contributions to the ICA and outstanding contributions to the field and science of cartography. ICA knows three kinds of awards – the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal (named after the founder of ICA), the Honorary Fellowship and a Diploma for outstanding services to ICA. The Executive Committee decides on the awards on the basis of a recommendation and assessment by the Committee for the Selection of Award Recipients of the ICA.

During two festive award ceremonies within the opening and closing ceremony of the 30th International Cartographic Conference, altogether nine ICA awards were presented and handed over by ICA President Tim Trainor to the recipients from six countries.

During the opening ceremony, ICA Honorary Fellows Ulrich Freitag (Germany) and Alan MacEachran (United States) received the ICA’s highest and rarely presented award, the Carl Mannerfelt Gold Medal, for their significant contributions of an original nature to the field and science of cartography.

During the closing ceremony, Georg Gartner (Austria, former ICA President), Lysandros Tsoulos (Greece) and Vladimir Tikunov (Russia) were awarded an ICA Honorary Fellowship, including a bronze medal, as cartographers of international reputation who have made a special contribution to the ICA. Read the laudatios and see pictures of the ICA award winners here.

During the closing ceremony, also four ICA Diplomas for outstanding services to ICA were given to Paola Zamperlin, Margherita Azzari, Gilberto Fumarola (all Italy, local organizers of the 30th ICC in Florence) and Manuela Schmidt (long-time ICA webmaster).

The ICA Executive Committee warmly congratulates all the award winners and thanks them for their invaluable and long service to our Association and the cartographic community!

– Thomas Schulz
Secretary General & Treasurer ICA

Apply for the 2021 intake of the Cartography Master programme

The online application for the 2021 intake of the International Joint Master Program “Cartography” between four European Universities is open until May 31, 2021.

All information about the application process can be found here.

The program particularly welcomes applications from ICA member countries or regions!

Let’s go mapping for a sustainable world.

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EuroCarto 2020 – a successful (virtual) ICA Regional Conference

In the week of 21–25 September 2020, the EuroCarto 2020 (including the 68th German Cartography Congress) took place as a virtual event. With 412 registered participants from 57 countries as well as 45 presentations, three keynotes, a CartoHack and a CartoCafé, the event was a great success. The abstracts of all contributions have been published in the Abstracts of the ICA and can be read under the following link: https://www.abstr-int-cartogr-assoc.net/2/index.html. The videos of the presentations can be found in the detailed program on the event website.

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Invitation to the Virtual EuroCarto 2020

State-of-the-art information, together with many interesting discussions all around cartography and its many facets – this is what the 2020 (Virtual) EuroCarto is all about, plus much, much more, so be sure to join us between September the 21st and 25th.

This event, which is co-organized by the German, Austrian and Swiss Cartographic Societies, is also the 68th German Cartography Congress as well as a regional conference of the International Cartographic Association (ICA).

As a direct consequence of the Corona Pandemic, holding the planned event in Vienna was unfortunately just not possible. But this virtual edition of EuroCarto 2020 is more than just a substitute:

From Monday to Friday there will be up to three presentation sessions, held either in the early afternoon or early evening.

You can look forward to an extensive and wide-ranging program – which you will find on the conference website eurocarto2020.org. Among the highlights will be Keynotes by Tim Trainor (President of ICA), Gerd Buziek (Esri Deutschland, on the subject of COVID 19-Dashboard) and Wolfgang Kainz (University of Vienna).

The technical and temporal framework has been arranged in such a way that there will also be many opportunities for discussions with your peers and further to the many presentation sessions there will also be further possibilities for professional and social exchange (e.g. at a “Carto Café extra”).

Thanks to our sponsors – Esri DE/CH, Schubert & Franzke, GeoVille Information Systems and Data Processing and the open access journal publisher MDPI – participation in EuroCarto 2020 is free of charge for all!

The mandatory online registration form can be found at eurocarto2020.org – however due to technical restrictions, the number of participants is limited to 400 – so don’t wait, register now to be sure you can join us!

Wolfgang Kainz, Conference Chair
President of the Austrian Cartographic Commission

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Highlights of EuroCarto 2020

The Central European Cartographic Conference will be held together with the 68th German Cartography Congress in Vienna, from 20–22 September 2020. The organization is jointly carried out by the German Society of Cartography (DGfK), the Austrian Cartographic Commission in the Austrian Geographic Society (ÖKK), the Swiss Society of Cartography (SGK), the University of Vienna, and endorsed by the International Cartographic Association. The conference is also recognized as an ICA Regional Cartographic Conference and will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to exchange knowledge related to cartography.

The planning for EuroCarto 2020 is progressing well. Here are a few highlights of what is to come:

  • Abstracts (up to 800 words) are due by April 15, 2020. For details see: https://www.eurocarto2020.org/abstract-submission/
  • Three exhibitor packages are available. To become one of the premium sponsors, please contact the conference organizers at geographie@univie.ac.at. For details see: https://www.eurocarto2020.org/exhibitors/
  • Preconference workshops and ICA Commission meetings are free to conference participants. Please advise the Commission Chair of your interest to participate.
  • Every day of the conference will have inspiring keynote speakers. Please visit the conference website for updates on the conference program.
  • The registration fee covers all sessions, the exhibition, coffee breaks, and the evening reception at the Vienna Townhall on September 20, 2020. Due to limited space the Townhall reception requires registration and will be honored on a first come basis.
  • There is a special reduced registration fee for members of the three organizing cartographic societies and student groups. For details see:
    https://www.eurocarto2020.org/registration/
  • The conference takes place in the ceremonial halls and the arcaded courtyard of the University of Vienna. The conference starts on Sunday morning, September 20, 2020. Arrival in Vienna on Saturday is advised.
  • Affordable conference lodging is available in the vicinity of the University of Vienna. Numerous restaurants and eateries near the conference venue offer typical Viennese and Austrian meals as well as international cuisine.

For further details see the conference website at https://eurocarto2020.org.

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Call for Participation: LBS 2019, 11-13 November 2019, Vienna, Austria

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and Technische Universität Wien are pleased to invite you to the 15th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2019), which will take place in Vienna on November 11-13, 2019.

lbs2019The peer-reviewing process has been completed, and we have selected a list of interesting oral presentations for LBS 2019, which can be found at https://lbsconference.org/. A list of posters and showcases will be also presented at the conference. In addition, a special session will be organized to discuss the open research challenges in “mobile cartography”. We are also trying to fix the keynote speakers in the coming weeks.

You can register for the conference at lbsconference.org/registration

For more details of the conference, please refer to lbsconference.org

Looking forward to meeting you at LBS 2019.

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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

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