Disseminating Cartography

ICA takes its worldwide remit seriously: the executive committee has representatives from every continent; the newsletter is an excellent publication, sent by post across the globe and accessible on the web; the ICA website extends our reach to all cartographers and interested people worldwide; biannual International Cartographic Conferences take place in exciting international locations (please join us in Santiago de Chile this November, see 1 for details). Promoting Ourselves Commissions and Working Group meetings in 2009 have been held in venues from Prague to Bishkek, from Nottingham to Teheran, from Venice to Gavle, and from Chengdu to Gent (and most... (read more)
2009-07-17 12:00:00

Subversive Cartography

The ICA General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new Commission on Maps and Society. The aim is to facilitate and encourage the use of social-scientific and critical approaches to mapping, and to encourage more active engagement between cartographers and other social groups engaged in mapping activities. It thus has a twofold remit, to examine the nature of mapping activity from a theoretical-critical point of view, and to assess the state of such mapping activities as undertaken by non-traditional and non-expert groups. Shift The next formal meeting of the commission will take place at the annual conference of the... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00

Cartography and GI

Cartography, in connection with geoinformatics, is responding to one of today’s most important questions: how can we help solve disaster-reduction requests in general, and early-warning (EW) and crises management (CM) in particular? Cartography has changed much in response to new opportunities offered by Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Intelligent access to databases and interactive user support can be applied not only in locating suitable maps on the internet, but also for map creation and modification according to individual requirements. Instead of just using maps previously created by someone else, these new technologies allow interactive use of cartography on the basis... (read more)
2008-03-06 12:00:00

CPD in Cartography

ICA, as part of its international remit, recognises there may be many cartographers in member nations who are not exposed to the educational and training facilities and opportunities appropriate for professional certification and development. The ICA Commission on Education and Training (CET) has developed guidelines for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme which allows individuals to accumulate professional development points, potentially leading to national certification. Such a programme could help people gain employment or promotion, and show that a cartographer has been actively involved in improving his/her cartographic education and skills despite lack of a formal programme.Cartographic activity is often... (read more)
2010-05-10 12:37:32

History of Cartography

The ICA Commission for the History of Cartography forms a scientific community dealing with the development of cartographic ideas, theory, methods, design, and technology of map reproduction, as well as with advances in Geographical Information Systems and their applications in cartography. We are currently concentrating on topics essential to the understanding of recent cartography, recognising that cartographic practice and traditions do vary among different countries and cultures. Many of these topics are closely related to the ongoing History of Cartography project (www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/index.html), which is currently tackling volumes Four (Cartography in the European Enlightenment) and Six (Cartography in the Twentieth Century).... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

Significance of Collaborative Cartography

  It is well recognised that mapping has perhaps changed more profoundly in recent years than in any previous era. In the past map production was reserved for professional cartographers and dissemination was radial: users were amateurs who consumed professional products. The revolutions in digital cartography, initiated in the 1980s, did little to alter expert control over mapping, and GIS if anything exacerbated the power of the producer. Now, however, websites such as Google Earth offer everyone the chance to produce their own individual maps, in many cases without the need of any professional qualification. Never before has such democratisation... (read more)
2011-05-25 03:52:39

Cartography for the Young

Cartography for the young The last ICA column in this magazine discussed the exhibitions associated with each International Cartographic Conference (ICC), including the ICC 2013 to be held in Dresden this August. Among the exhibitions are entries for the biennial ‘Childrens Map’ contest, organised by the ICA Commission on Cartography and Children, and named the ‘Barbara Petchenik Competition’ after the late ICA vice-president and eminent American cartographer. This year, ICA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first Barbara Petchenik Competition which was organised in Cologne, Germany, to coincide with the ICC 1993. The decades since then have revealed an extraordinary... (read more)
2013-07-12 02:08:01

The Language of Cartography

Despite the homogenising effect of the adoption of English as a common language by international scientific and technical communities, there are probably more scientific practitioners now working solely within their own native language environment than those with fluency in the ‘international’ discourse. It is essential, therefore, to ensure that information is conveyed to such people in alternatives to English. For example, many governments of Spanish-speaking countries downgraded the significance of offering English-language classes at primary and secondary-level education, resulting in their academic communities, including students and professors, facing great difficulty in communicating using English. This means that research, reliant on... (read more)
2008-09-23 12:00:00

Cartography in the Classroom

The ICA has long held the view that a commitment to cartographic education is needed to ensure the continuing vibrancy of the discipline. A Commission on Education and Training has existed for almost as long as ICA itself: its work will be reported in a future column. This month we offer a more reflective commentary on education. As one of the five main pillars of activity which contribute to ICA’s work (Art, Education, Professional Practice, Science & Technology, Society) it is clear that education has a high profile. The ongoing development of cartographic syllabi, both on-line and in formal programmes,... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00
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