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 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

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

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

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

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

The New Face of Cartography

Why Cartography is Relevant, Attractive and Contemporary
Perhaps now more than ever, cartography is affected and advanced by technological innovations and developments. New possibilities have emerged for acquiring, processing, modelling and distributing spatial data. In the context of new technologies, an increasing number of cartographic applications are either already available or in development. Cartographers are being called upon to redefine the role of their scientific discipline and to integrate the theoretical foundations with these technological developments. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) has a crucial role to play in this transition Traditional paper-based cartography is increasingly evolving into a modern discipline that makes use of the latest technologies,... (read more)
2013-07-09 04:37:20
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