ICA eCARTO News December 2015

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.

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This month's Table of Contents include:

Land Cover Mapping

Corrigendum: Mapping tree density at a global scale – nature.com
MapBiomas: New mapping platform will track annual deforestation in Brazil – mongabay.com
Queensland botanists near end of epic mapping project started in late 1990s – abc.net.au
Low-flying plane will be mapping Missouri conservation areas – news-leader.com
Mapping tools chart path towards sustainable urban food supply – cordis.europa.eu

Mapping for Transport

Making green commutes safer using mapping – directionsmag.com
Audi, BMW, Daimler close on Nokia’s mapping business – autoblog.com
Mapping Chicago’s Subway in the Style of Frank Lloyd Wright – citylab.com

Frontier mapping

SNew XPRIZE Challenge: Map Ocean Floor – scientificamerican.com
Mapping the Ganges – harvardmagazine.com
What mapping L.A. through its music history tells us about our city – latimes.com
WWII wrecks and Darwin’s ice age history unveiled by start-of-the-art technology – abc.net.au
Why mapping the galaxy will be child’s play – theguardian.com
What Does Sound Look Like?: The Audible Rendered Visible Through Clever Technology – openculture.com
Atlas for the Blind, 1837 – cartographicperspectives.org
Printing Raised Land Masses – instagram.com
Kartograph – quadrature.co
A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert – theatlantic.com

Mapping Applications

The USGS Mapping the National Parks and inspire works of art – gisuser.com
Bluesky Partners with FATMAP to Create Interactive 3D Ski Maps – amerisurv.com
Mapping 65 Years of Explosive Urban Growth – citylab.com
Mapping the State: Ireland as you’ve never seen it – irishtimes.com
Scientists Are Mapping the World’s Largest Volcano – nationalgeographic.com
Mapping 65 Years of Explosive Urban Growth – citylab.com
Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines – wsj.com

Mapping Technology

Forget Pizza Delivery, Drones Mapping High-Altitude Glaciers Now – ndtv.com
Here mapping team plans to use real-time driver data for autonomous cars – theverge.com
UAS mapping the top goal for Topcon and Agisoft – spatialsource.com.au
New Mapping Technology Helps Arctic Communities “Keep on Top” of Sea Ice Changes – smithsonianmag.com
Drones offer cheap mapping from the sky – bbc.com
Mapbox Fast building tracing with JOSM – mapbox.com

Cartographic Resources & Education & Opportunities

Red Cross Australia Seek Mapping Volunteers – spatialsource.com.au
The Times World Atlas – timesatlas.com
USGS Maps, Images and Publications – usgs.gov
Best of the Blogs 2015 – spatialsource.com.au
QGIS Python Plugins Repository – qgis.org
Five Type of Territorial Morphology – zoom-maps.com
The Map Book – amazon.com
Society of Cartographers – soc.org.uk
Mapping European Empire – 3dvisworld.com
The Cartographer Who’s Transforming Map design – wired.com
Map, Exploring The World – longitudebooks.com
Maps Across The World – wdl.org

Indoor Mapping

German 3D Indoor Mapping And Navigation Startup NavVis Locates €7.5M Funding – techcrunch.com

Social Media and Crowd Sourced Mapping

Mapping the Entire Known Web – hacked.com
These Are The 5 Best Offline Mapping Apps – roadwarriorvoices.com
3 open source alternatives to Google Maps API – opensource.com
Crowd-Mapping Jakarta’s Flood Problem Via Twitter (Because Jakartans Love To Tweet) – fastcoexist.com
Improve OSM Improved – and now with Turn Restrictions – openstreetmap.org

Just Maps

10 Maps That Will Change How You View The World – iflscience.com
World Events 2015 – mapsofworld.com
The Curious Map Book – britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk
Global Historical Emissions map – carbonbrief.org
World – Solar Energy Map – industryabout.com
Europe: The Human Footprint Index – vividmaps.com
Searchable Roman map – pelagios.org
Scratch Map of the World – amazon.com
Source of the Amazon – zoom-maps.com
Map of placename etymologies – zoom-maps.com
100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015 – visualoop.com
They Don’t Make Maps Like this Anymore – huffingtonpost.com.au
Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping Out the Modern World – stanfords.co.uk

Cartography to the Rescue

Mapping for Niger, as Told by One of the Project’s Volunteers – globalvoices.org
Herts County Council increases mapping of Rights of Way – hertfordshiremercury.co.uk
From Washington to Rwanda: Let the Mapping Begin – ifrc.org

Politics and Cartography

Maps track spread of U.S. social movements – latinalista.com
Online Map Service Providers Asked to House Data on China-based Servers - yibada.com
Mapping the history of U.S. state politics – mit.edu
Mapping the World’s Territorial Disputes – huffingtonpost.com
Where U.S. Metro Economies Are Growing or Shrinking – citylab.com
China Cracks Down on Politically Incorrect Maps – citylab.com
Court of International Justice – zoom-maps.com
Tuvan – zoom-maps.com

Data and Mapping

The Motherlode Of Australian Mapping Data Is Being Released – gizmodo.com.au
Storing large volumes of imagery and rasters in the cloud – esri.com
Geocoded national address data to be made openly available – dpmc.gov.au

On a Lighter Note

Santas Around the World – arcgis.com
Sad Topographies – booooooom.com
Digital Map of the Roman Empire to play with – citymetric.com

Invitation to the 6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS

6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS & Seminar with EU cooperation on Early Warning and Disaster/Crisis Management - Albena, Bulgaria, 13–17 June 2016

After very successful events in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, the 6th edition of the International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICC & GIS) is organized in Bulgaria.

The aim of the conference is to collect knowledge and share experience about the latest achievements in the field of cartography and GIS. Particular attention is paid to the important European region – the Balkan Peninsula. Last conferences were very influential for public administrations and we would like to enhance this trend also in 2016, when the situation in Europe and especially in Balkan countries is very complicated, e.g. facing the immigrant crises could be improved with support of our technologies.

The ICC & GIS conference is organized by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria.

As a part of the conference several other events will be held during 13–17 June:

  • Interactive workshop on “Designing and Conducting User Studies” targeting at PhD students
  • COST Action TD1202 meeting that seeks to enhance the role of citizen sensors in mapping
  • ICA commissions will hold their annual meetings:
  • Commission on Cartography and Children
  • Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management
  • Commission on Map Projections
  • Commission on Use, User and Usability Issues


Deadline for abstract submission: 10 January 2016
Payment of early registration fee: 29 January 2016
Final full paper submission and payment of regular registration fee: 1 May 2016

Proceedings will be registered in SCOPUS and Web of Science.

Conference website

The Call for Papers can be found on iccgis2016.cartography-gis.com, including information on registration, programme and accommodation.