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 –
MapBiomas: New mapping platform will track annual deforestation in Brazil –
Queensland botanists near end of epic mapping project started in late 1990s –
Low-flying plane will be mapping Missouri conservation areas –
Mapping tools chart path towards sustainable urban food supply –

Mapping for Transport

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

Frontier mapping

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

Mapping Applications

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

Mapping Technology

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

Cartographic Resources & Education & Opportunities

Red Cross Australia Seek Mapping Volunteers –
The Times World Atlas –
USGS Maps, Images and Publications –
Best of the Blogs 2015 –
QGIS Python Plugins Repository –
Five Type of Territorial Morphology –
The Map Book –
Society of Cartographers –
Mapping European Empire –
The Cartographer Who’s Transforming Map design –
Map, Exploring The World –
Maps Across The World –

Indoor Mapping

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

Social Media and Crowd Sourced Mapping

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

Just Maps

10 Maps That Will Change How You View The World –
World Events 2015 –
The Curious Map Book –
Global Historical Emissions map –
World – Solar Energy Map –
Europe: The Human Footprint Index –
Searchable Roman map –
Scratch Map of the World –
Source of the Amazon –
Map of placename etymologies –
100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015 –
They Don’t Make Maps Like this Anymore –
Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping Out the Modern World –

Cartography to the Rescue

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

Politics and Cartography

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

Data and Mapping

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

On a Lighter Note

Santas Around the World –
Sad Topographies –
Digital Map of the Roman Empire to play with –

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:


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, including information on registration, programme and accommodation.