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

Art and Cartography

  Contemporary methods of depicting the earth and its attributes use graphic and non-graphic formats, maps and map-related artefacts to visualise geography and for building virtual landscapes and environments. In designing and creating these products cartography has traditionally applied art (design), science and technology. The latter two have been embraced by cartography as a means of ensuring scientific correctness; products are considered to ‘work’ if they are scientifically ‘elegant’, technologically ‘capable of being built’ and ‘deliverable’ by modern communication. Incorporating art into the design and production process makes available to it a wider methodology ‘palette’ for better visualising geography. Art... (read more)
2008-05-20 12:00:00

Cartography and Emergency

We live in a world in which both natural and manmade disasters, including those triggered by terrorism, tend to occur with increased frequency. Politicians, decision-makers and the general public are becoming more and more aware of the importance of Early Warning (EW) and Emergency Management (EM). Good maps are proven to be fundamental prerequisites for tackling disorder after tragedies such as hurricane ‘Katrine’, the Christmas 2004 tsunami, and the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Cartography deals with the delivering of true, understandable, attractive and user-friendly visual information in the form of a great variety of maps. Ongoing developments in methodology and... (read more)
2009-06-30 12:00:00

History of Colonial Cartography

The idea of a Working Group (WG) on the History of Colonial Cartography came up in 2003. During the ICA Conference in Durban, South Africa, a group of delegates felt that sufficient interest existed in the colonial cartography of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to justify the formation of an interdisciplinary WG. Not only is this period considered the ‘second age of exploration’ but it also constituted the formal foreign dominance of most continents and the beginning of the cartographic unveiling of those territories. The WG exists separately from the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and has... (read more)
2006-01-25 12:00:00

Cartography and LB Technology

International activities have increased over recent years concerning applying cartographic presentations on mobile devices (TeleCartography) and developing innovative services wherein the location of a mobile device becomes a 'variable' of an information system (Location Based Services: LBS). From the beginning, the Department of Geoinformation and Cartography of Vienna University of Technology has been interested in these developments, leading to various research projects, students’ activities, multidisciplinary co-operations and the organisation of two symposiums on TeleCartography and LBS in Vienna, Austria. In modern cartography the main focus is on understanding the processes and methods of 'how to communicate spatial information efficiently'. In... (read more)
2006-01-10 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

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

Cartography and GIS Conference

Supporting Research in the Balkan Peninsula
The first international conference on Cartography and GIS took place at the ski-resort of Borovets in Bulgaria from 25th to 28th January 2006. The main goal was to introduce modern cartographic research in the Balkan peninsula and wider region. Organised by the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy of Sofia in collaboration with the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the conference, which was widely supported by industry and the Bulgarian government, offered an excellent forum for exchange of ideas among researchers. Participants from Eastern European countries were in the majority, but participants also came from South Africa, Hong Kong and... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00
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