Cartography for Everyone - You Too!

GIM International Interviews Dr David Fairbairn, Vice-President ICA Executive Committee
Since June 2004 ICA has been publishing a monthly one-page column in GIM International. Dr David Fairbairn is responsible for ensuring content for the ICA page and is himself a regular contributor. As vice-president he is further responsible for ensuring that ICA keeps an active eye on issues and paradigms affecting the practice of modern cartography. When was the International Cartographic Association (ICA) established and how is it organised in terms of structure? The International Cartographic Association was formally established in June 1959. But in fact it grew out of a series of international conferences addressing issues of common cartographic... (read more)
2005-12-29 12:00:00

Cartography in Southern South America

ICA is committed to engaging with countries throughout the world and promoting and developing the discip­line of cartography at an international level. This month we report on the fourth Argentinean Congress on Cartographic Science and the eleventh National Week of Cartography (IV Congreso de la Ciencia Cartográfica y XI Semana Nacional de Cartografía). It was held from 23rd to 27th June 2008 at the Instituto Geográfico Militar (IGM) in Buenos Aires and sponsored by the Cartographic Association of Argentina (CAC). Assistant director Cnl. Ing. Geóg. Hugo Rubén Bertola welcomed over three hundred participants on behalf of IGM. The event marked... (read more)
2008-11-11 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

Cognitive and User Issues in Contemporary Cartography

In the past, even if they had insights into user behaviour, cartographers often lacked the resources to redesign maps in line with actual needs. Today, however, cartography is dynamic and interactive: maps change when users interact with them on online and mobile platforms. Producing maps is now easier and cheaper than ever before, and technology has opened up new possibilities for conducting better user research. The latter has ‘paid off’ on many occasions already, as illustrated by the design improvements to Google Maps for instance. Ultimately, all activities executed in the fields of geodata acquisition, storage, processing, analysis and dissemination... (read more)
2013-08-23 08:30:00

Educational Cartography: A Significant Commercial Sector

The status and quality of cartography in the school curriculum needs to be raised. Map-related pedagogy is poorly developed in most countries and non-existent in many. There is an increasing gap between how maps are used in the ‘real world’ and how they are taught at school. Research evidence is also patchy. There is a very strong body of literature on young children’s understanding of small, familiar spaces and their ability to use large-scale plans and aerial photographs. Yet there is limited evidence about the thinking of older school students using small-scale maps and ‘new’ forms of spatial representation such... (read more)
2006-01-10 12:00:00

Third International Conference on Cartography and GIS

The third International Conference on Cartography and GIS took place in the Black Sea resort of Nessebar from 12th to 15th June 2010, following that held in January 2008 in the Bulgarian winter resort of Borovets. Despite the attractions of summer, conference participants were eager to follow presentations and the conference hall at the beach hotel Arsena was always full. A view over NessebarIn fact, two conferences were taking place, starting with a weekend of ‘Digital Earth'. The organisers have to be congratulated for bringing all this together. Both conferences were sponsored by ESRI, Eurosense Belgium, Intergraph and Geodis Brno... (read more)
2010-07-30 04:17:35

First ICA European Symposium on Cartography

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Vienna University of Technology are inviting professionals in the broad field of cartography to the 1st ICA European Symposium on Cartography, which will take place in Vienna from 10–12 November 2015. The organising commitee aims at bringing together cartographers and those working in related disciplines with the goal of offering a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and cooperation. More than 70 oral presentations and 20 posters have been accepted for the symposium, which covers various aspects of modern cartography. Registration for the symposium is available at the symposium website. The deadline... (read more)
2015-08-13 10:44:20
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