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President’s Blog: Africa

Visit to Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping

Visit to Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping

National Delegate of Botswana to ICA Lucy Phalaage and ICA President Georg Gartner in Goborone, June 2014

National Delegate of Botswana to ICA Lucy Phalaage and ICA President Georg Gartner in Goborone, June 2014

Given the fact, that I had the opportunity to recently visit Africa several times I am eager to share my experiences with you in terms of finding a continent with severe constraints but also significant opportunities. In this respect the importance of geospatial information management and cartography is recognized by more and more proponents within Africa and seen as a most important technology, capacity and instrument for the further development of societies and economies.

It is in this context that I was so impressed by getting in contact with many ambitious, motivated and excellent colleagues like from the Botswana Department of Survey and Mapping, which I was able to visit in July 2014 and give a half-day workshop on modern cartography, or with colleagues from South Africa and other African countries at the most successful AfricaGEO 2014 conference in July 2014, where a lot of surveyors, remote sensing experts, GI scientists and cartographers gather and shared their results, problems, methods and experiences on a high level, or with colleagues from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tunesia and other African countries, which are contacting ICA for several reasons, including their willingness to fully participate in the developments of modern cartography and GIScience.

It is without doubt, that for the International Cartographic Association Africa is and remains a major focus.

President’s Blog: Geo4All

Prof. Chen Jun (ISPRS President), Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President) and Prof. Georg Gartner (ICA President) during their meeting at AfricaGEO in Cape Town in July 2014 to discuss future collaboration for GeoforAll

Prof. Chen Jun (ISPRS President), Jeff McKenna (OSGeo President) and Prof. Georg Gartner (ICA President) during their meeting at AfricaGEO in Cape Town in July 2014 to discuss future collaboration for GeoforAll

The “Geo for All” Initiative has developed out of the Memorandum of Understanding Activities between ICA and OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation). So-called “ICA-OSGeo Labs” have been founded in unexpected high numbers in the last months (http://www.geoforall.org/locations/), demonstrating the great interest and demand for evaluating and using Open Source Software in the area of Cartography, GI Science and Geospatial Information Management.

In order to direct the development of this initiative an Advisory Board has been found, co-chaired by the Presidents of ICA (Georg Gartner) and OSGeo (Jeff McKenna). Due to the inclusive character of this initiative and a strong interest being expressed several times from the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is now joining this initiative.

We are looking forward to working together in our common aim to expand geospatial education and opportunities to all.

eCARTO News July 2014

eCARTO News capture 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.

General News

Applications

  • Hyperspectral Aerial Survey will Enhance Mapping Capabilities – usgs.gov
  • UAV Mapping of a Landslide – directionsmag.com
  • Snow Where You’re Going: Trace Ancient Inuit Trails With Interactive Atlas – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com
  • Mapping the Santa Monica Fault presents unique challenges – scpr.org
  • This new mapping technology will show whether global warming could drown your town – washingtonpost.com
  • NASA’s Aquarius instrument returns global maps of soil moisture – phys.org

Industry News

  • Microsoft to discontinue vintage mapping services MapPoint and Streets & Trips – winbeta.org
  • Google launches weirdly fun ‘Smarty Pins’ trivia map game – venturebeat.com
  • TripAdvisor for iPhone adds offline support, improves mapping features – betanews.com
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps – searchengineland.com
  • GIS People partners with DigitalGlobe – spatialsource.com.au

New Concepts Cartography

Transport & Mobile Mapping

  • Watch this: Human transforms its app data into striking activity maps – engadget.com
  • Middle East 24 – vimeo.com
  • Maps With Me Lite is an offline mapping app for mobile devices – ghacks.net
  • Living with Google: Google Maps – androidguys.com

Education and Resources

3D Cartography

  • Google’s 3D-mapping Phones to Help Robots on the International Space Station – au.ign.com
  • Malaysia’s new method of mitigating landslides: 3D mapping – futuregov.asia
  • Cartographic Design Principles for 3D maps – A Contribution to Cartographic Theory – icaci.org
  • True-3D in Cartography – springer.com
  • Progress and New Trends in 3D Geoinformation Sciences – springer.com

Maps

Cartographers

  • Redrawing the Earth by committee – wired.co.uk
  • Lake Mendota mapmaker shows depth of her appreciation – news.wisc.edu
  • The First U.S. Map That Was Made By A U.S. Citizen – io9.com
  • From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who’s Challenging Google Maps – npr.org

Historical Cartography

  • The Maginot Line – lostimagesofww2.com
  • Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps – gizmodo.com.au
  • Historic maps in Welsh sold at auction in Colwyn Bay – bbc.com
  • Commonwealth frames: Rescued archive images and maps – bbc.com

Opinion

Indigenous Cartography

Cartography Lite

  • Nanoscale Monet is world’s tiniest masterpiece – newscientist.com
  • Test your knowledge of imaginary cartography with this fictional maps quiz – avclub.com
  • Geoff Nicholson maps out the edges in fiction ‘City Under the Skin’ – latimes.com
  • ‘The Map Thief’ by Michael Blanding – bostonglobe.com

Call: Workshop on Theoretical Cartography and Geo-Information Science

The ICA Commission on Theoretical Cartography and the ICA Commission on Atlases will organise the joint workshop on Theoretical Cartography and Geo-information Science, in conjunction with the Commission of Cartography and GIS, the Chinese Society of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-Information, Commission of Mapping, the Chinese Association of GI Industry on October 17-19, 2014, in the Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing.

Please find all details in the PDF call.

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President’s Blog: Disaster management and cartography

Evacuation of Participants of the 5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS with helicopters throught to flash floods in the region of Varna in June 2014

Evacuation of Participants of the 5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS with helicopters throught to flash floods in the region of Varna in June 2014

The 5th Jubilee International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICCGIS) together with EU Seminar on Early Warning and Crises management was held on June 15–20, 2014 in Riviera, Varna, Bulgaria. The successful conference was attended by 170 specialists from 42 countries around the world and was professionally organised by Prof Temenoujka Bandrova and her team once again.

The ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Disaster Management, chaired by Prof Milan Konecny, has contributed in the past to publications such as the UN-OOSA and JBGIS publication on “Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management”, demonstrating the strong need and demand for profound expertise in such contexts.

It happens to be, that the Conference demonstrated this connection unexpectedly. During the Gala dinner, which was organised in a typical Bulgarian restaurant, strong flash floods struck the region. The floods blocked several cities (in Varna city 12 people lost their lives). The only access to the road back to Riviera was closed due to rise in rivers’ water levels. Unexpectedly, participants had to spend the night in the manor without their personal belongings and medicines and with limited food reserves. Emergency services in Bulgaria and various embassies and medical centres were immediately contacted. Finally, with the help of the Military Geographic Service of Bulgaria all participants were evacuated via helicopters and returned safely back to their hotels.

This real life experience demonstrated, that the topic of “Disaster Management and Cartography” can’t be underestimated in its relevance to all of us.

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ICA News 62 now online

ICA News 62

We are pleased to announce that the 62nd issue of the ICA News is now available for download:

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The International Map Year is a major event in the up-and-coming ICA calendar [...]. An illustrated outcome of the recent ICA survey on definitions concerning our domain is also presented in this issue. Graciela Metternicht shares her story of ICA News editorship, while President Georg Gartner announces the establishment of our own International Journal of Cartography.
– Igor Drecki, Editor ICA News

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eCARTO News June 2014

eCARTO News capture 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.

General News

Applications

  • MH370 search: Dutch survey vessel begins mapping ocean floor – smh.com.au
  • Arctic connections: Mapping historic Inuit trails online – dal.ca
  • Balkan floods: mapping a disaster area with some help from NASA – blogs.redcross.org.uk
  • VIDEO: Affordable Drone Aircraft for Mapping Landfill Void – waste-management-world.com
  • Mapping San Francisco’s Stolen Bike Hotspots Reveals Where Not To Park Your Bike – fastcoexist.com
  • Aquatic habitat mapping “Off-the-Shelf” – peninsulaclarion.com

Industry News

  • Has Apple Maps Finally Found Its Way? – wallstcheatsheet.com
  • Apple goes indoors with their latest mapping expansion as they prepare to detail the inside of buildings – dailymail.co.uk
  • Nokia’s Mapping Unit Buys Predictive Analytics Firm Medio – toptechnews.com
  • Nokia Looks To Bolster Its HERE Maps Business With Recent Buys – forbes.com
  • NOAA innovation creates room for data entrepreneurs – fcw.com
  • Google Flight Search increases interactivity with visual airfare mapping – tnooz.com
  • Google’s secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is – engadget.com
  • Amazon Fire Phone: Bing For Search, Nokia For Maps – searchengineland.com
  • The big mobile weakness Amazon’s smartphone faces: Maps – venturebeat.com
  • TomTom Powers MapQuest’s Core Map Data with New Partnership – directionsmag.com
  • Garmin Releases viago Navigation App For $0.99, Pay In-App to Unlock Features that Google Maps Does for Free – droid-life.com

Technology

  • Japan Launches Satellite with Night-Vision Mapping Radar – space.com
  • Mapping Apps Follow the Crowd – nytimes.com
  • 3D Mapping Solution Identifies CCTV Blackspots – hstoday.us
  • Queensland Police mobile app, 3D thermal mapping feature in state iAwards – cio.com.au /
  • Apple Maps’ hidden ‘City Tours’ feature revealed by developer – itproportal.com
  • IndoorAtlas Raises $4.5 Million in Race To Map The Indoors – blogs.wsj.com
  • senseFly announces the eBee RTK mapping drone – the most flexible survey-grade system on the market – directionsmag.com

Resource Mapping

  • 11 maps that explain the US energy system – vox.com
  • 3D mapping provides specialised services – theadvocate.com.au
  • Carbon-mapping satellite will monitor plants’ faint glow – sciencemag.org

Education and Resources

  • Coordinate Systems Worldwide – new online tool for finding coordinate systems – epsg.io
  • Mapping Hacks – Tips & Tools for Electronic Cartography – shop.oreilly.com
  • GeoCommunity – geocomm.com
  • Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to Use Drones for Mapping – nbcdfw.com
  • Mapping Out a Lesson Plan – issaquahpress.com

Cartography and Health

Society and Cartography

  • Historical maps in libraries around the world – oldmapsonline.org
  • #BBCtrending: mapping ISIS followers around the world – bbc.com
  • T&T Minister: New mapping system to locate children at all times – stabroeknews.com
  • Mapping the city for safety with Safetipin – livemint.com
  • SEMCOG’s interactive map shows commuting patterns – hometownlife.com
  • Enhanced Irish-language placename and mapping tools launched in DCU – dcu.ie

Cartographers

Opinion

  • How 1.5 Million Volunteer Mappers Aim To Beat Google – readwrite.com
  • Maps and their makers … and the pretence of objectivity – thenational.ae
  • A History of the World in Twelve Maps shows that cartography is a matter of perspective – thenational.ae
  • Mapping Company Will Appeal $6.2M Fine – wabi.tv

Cartography Lite

  • What Sheraton’s new 3-D mapping light shows could look like – khon2.com
  • World Cup 2014: Travel through Brazil’s 37 painted streets with Google Maps Street View – ibnlive.in.com

Planetary Cartography for Children

call4papersThe ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography‘s annual meeting will be held in Budapest, on 3 September 2014, one day prior to the 9th ICA Workshop Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage.

The meeting will be accompanied with a one-session workshop on the topic Planetary Cartography for Children.

Read the Call for papers here!

Participation in the meeting and workshop is free.

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