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

ICA Page: Visualising Cartography

Reading these columns you must have noticed by now that the International Cartographic Association (ICA) has many different faces when it comes to maps - not so strange if you imagine the types of maps that exist or the different fields of application in which they are used. More than twenty ICA commissions are tasked with taking an inspiring look at maps. There are commissions dedicated to Mapping for Africa or Atlases, even Children, and, of course, Education. This particular column discusses the activities of the Commission on Visualisation and Virtual EnvironmentCollaborationThis commission has studied the changing and expanding role... (read more)
2007-01-19 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 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

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 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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