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View our poster series as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Invitation to Workshop in Munich by the ICA Commission on Atlases

As decided in Tokyo, the ICA Commission on Atlases wants to discuss the idea of a UN Sustainability Atlas, and some other relevant issues of our Commission on Atlases.

WHEN: 12. / 13. December 2019
WHERE: TU Munich

We would like to organize the workshop as follows:

1st day (2–5 pm): UN Sustainability Atlas – Kickoff Workshop

  • 17 Sustainability Goals
  • Previous work (poster, book; World Bank Atlas 2018)
  • Data (World Bank)
  • Publication form (digital, print)

2nd day (9–12 am): Atlas Definition / Atlas Cookbook / Varia

  • Atlas Definition: Criteria
  • Atlas Cookbook: Cover, layout, text, figures, references; doi/ISBN; schedule
  • Varia: CoA Meeting 2020 in Madrid

As you can see, it should be possible to arrive in the morning of the first day, join the meeting, have a beer or two in the evening, and leave Munich in the early afternoon of the following day.

If you are interested to join the workshop, please send an email to sieberr@ethz.ch until 10. November 2019.

René Sieber
Chair of the Commission on Atlases

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/

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Review of the LBS conference 2015 in Augsburg, Germany

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The 12th International Symposium on Location-Based Services was held in Augsburg, Germany, from 16–18 September 2015. It was addressed at researchers, industry operators and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or affined to Location Based Services (LBS). The conference featured Alexander Zipf from Heidelberg University and Xiaolin Meng from University of Nottingham as keynote speakers. An overview over the program can be found on lbs2015.tum.de. Selected papers are planned to be published in the Journal of Location Based Services.

– Jukka M. Krisp
Vice-chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services

President’s Blog: Education

Cartography is a domain including technology, art and science. In order to be able to fully deploy the capacity of cartography education in all these areas is key. It happens to be that respective university programmes, professional trainings, and job trainings are more and more changing their scopes and names, leaving the unique competence combination of cartographers, being able to deal with big data, modern technologies and artistic design, vacant.

It is of this reason, that programmes dealing with dedicated cartographic education are of growing importance. Let me highlight here two programmes, which ICA is taking significant note of.

  • The International Course on Management and Applied Techniques in Cartography (IC_Cartotechnology), run by the Institut Cartografic i Geològic de Catalunya, has the aim to provide a wide range of geoinformation professionals with a capacity-building instrument that covers the basis of advanced and up-to-date techniques, tools and critical thinking in cartography. It therefore integrates all the disciplines, approaches and techniques used to acquire and exploit geospatial data. Several ICA collegues have contributed to the first successful edition by giving lectures. The second edition starts in September 2014 and enrolment is still possible.
  • Three central european universities, the Technical University Munich, the Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University Dresden, are offering a joint Master Programme on Cartography. This is a 4-semester programme and it leads into a joint master degree of all three universities. Currently four intakes have been accepted and are in different stages of their studies. The programme is competitive, as only a restricted number of students can be accepted and has so far proven to be most successful in achieving the aim of educating experts with capacity in technologies, data handling and design skills.

Second Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2014

– Update: SOMAP 2014 is merged with the LBS 2014 symposium and will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 26–28 November 2014. Please find all details on the SOMAP website: somap.cartography.at –

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to invite you to the Second International Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP) in Potsdam from 6–8 October 2014 in Vienna, Austria from 26–28 November 2014.

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This symposium is coorganised by four ICA Commissions:

The call for papers is ongoing and registration has started at http://somap.cartography.at

Geospatial data and services are the main building blocks for geospatial infrastructures and fundamental to service-oriented mapping and realtime applications. Geospatial infrastructures make use of different paradigms: maintaining, sharing and use (instead of collect and own). Developments in these paradigms are leading to evolutions in availability and accessibility of geospatial data and services coupled with the added value of geospatial products and applications in the modern geospatial production environment.

Geospatial trends are constantly growing and developing such as sensor networks, realtime processing, volunteered geographic information, open governmental data, in-situ geospatial processing and striking visualization techniques creating many new possibilities but also new restrictions and problems based on massiveness, heterogeneity and contextual flexibility. Challenges like handling big data, aggregate different sources, standards for a homogenuous data, and disappearing sources/content are growing.

SOMAP2014 is a venue that brings together experts from research, government, non-governmental organisations, standardization bodies and industry to present, document and discuss trends in service-based mapping, which covers delivery, processing, integration, analysis, collaboration as well as visualization of geospatial data and services.

Markus Jobst
ICA Commission on Map Production and Geobusiness

Commissions at a glance

During ICC 2013 all commission chairs presented their commissions in a speed presentation. You can check out the presentation slides below (or via our ICC 2013 sub-page).

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