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Preconference Workshops

A number workshops have been arranged by commissions. These will take place before and after the conference in and around the Washington, D.C. area.

Commission Workshops Taking Place at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Pre-registration required.

CommissionWorkshop TitleDay(s) Time HoursDescription
Generalisation & Multiple RepresentationGeneralisation & Multiple RepresentationSaturday, July 1
Sunday, July 2
8:00 am – 5:00 pm16The workshop will explore new challenges and solutions in the domain of automated generalisation for on demand mapping and the changing context of map use. Many tasks require us to visualise geographic information at a number of different scales, in a variety of environments, over different devices. Therefore research is concerned with automated methods that enable the creation and display of such geographic information at multiple levels of detail, across a range of technologies. The challenges of this research draws upon researchers and practitioners alike, working in the fields of on-demand mapping, multiple representations, data integration and generalisation of geographic information.

More information on topics, submissions and key dates can be found here
Geospatial Analysis and Modeling

Location Based Services Visual Analytics
Symposium on Location-based Social Media Data and Tracking DataSaturday, July 1
Sunday, July 2
8:00 am – 5:00 pm16The growing availability and use of location-based social media data and tracking data have created unprecedented opportunities for researchers from various disciplines. At the same time, it also challenges researchers with new theoretical, technical, ethical, and social questions. This symposium attempts to bring together researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and findings of their research related to location-based social media data or location tracking and sensing data. The symposium hopes to provide a forum for participants to exchange ideas and research findings, and to explore future research avenues. The symposium website can be found at
Map Production and Geoinformation ManagementSupporting sustainable development with geoinformation management and modern maps: things you hardly consider.Saturday, July 18:00 am – 5:00 pm8The technological perspective of modern map production involves IT architects, programmers, designers, GI professionals and cartographers. The domains and their knowledge accumulate for the use cases of spatial data acquisition, spatial data mining, spatial information creation and processing as well as geodesign. Whenever one is concerned with geoinformation management and map production procedures, questions for appropriate technologies arise. Is an aimed IT structure good for production? Can the sources be used, combined and analysed? Does the resulting geovisualisation reach the communication aim?

Service-Oriented Mapping is one possible paradigm to embed big data and distributed sources in modern map production, without owning the sources. This architecture requires specific tools and procedures in order to be stable and reliable. Beside the technological structures, the aspects of supply chain and GIS capability maturity provide powerful tools to make modern geoinformation management successful, but are hardly considered.

The map production path is followed from establishing the production plans and how it fits within the organisation (Plan); identifying the sources of data, the acquisition of the data (Source); the creation of the various maps or geospatial data (Make); and to the final product (Deliver). Faulty data and maps or the maintenance thereof are dealt with the return process (Return). The production path is based on supply chains and supply chain management using the Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model as a guideline. The aim of this part of the workshop is to illustrate the use of supply chains and supply chain management to guide the production of maps or geospatial data.

A program assessment evaluates a program’s operations and helps managers redirect resources to improve performance. The URISA GMI GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM) assessment tool and service enables organization to evaluate, visualize, and compare the capability maturity of their GIS programs and operations and understand which areas need improvement. In this workshop section we will discuss and demonstrate the use and results of the GISCMM tool and service.

This workshop has the intention to enhance knowledge in

– considering Supply Chain perspectives for modern map production,

– using GIS capability maturity models for improving management performances in geoinformation management and

– technological aspects for establishing decentralized service-oriented mapping architectures.

This workshop is a joint activity by the ICA commission on map production and geoinformation management and the Geoinformation Management Institute/URISA.
Cartographic Heritage into the DigitalMapping Tools for Non-Mapping Experts: Incorporating Geospatial Visualization Tools in LibrariesSaturday, July 18:00 am – 3:00 pm6This session will highlight how librarians can easily incorporate user friendly geospatial visualization tools into their work – whether that is instruction sessions, workshops for faculty, graduate students or the community or other projects within your library. A variety of speakers from around the world will discuss how they have incorporated such tools as Carto, leaflet.js etc. into a variety of projects.

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Planetary Cartography
Planetary Cartography, Cartography for Children Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People.
Different fields – One cartographySaturday, July 1 8:00 am – 5:00 pm8We discuss recent developments in GIS-based production of planetary geologic maps, international contributions to planetary mapping, the need for planetary maps in education and public outreach, the possibilities of planetary maps in Atlases, a contest for designing Exploration Zone maps for future human surface operations on Mars, and planetary maps designed for the age group of tweens.

A workshop for colleagues researching on topics related to pre-school and school cartography: teaching of basic map concepts for children and young people, school atlases and other cartographic materials for teaching activities, the role of the new technologies in the school cartography including the use of web-based cartographic solutions for the geovisualization of data as well as the use of GIS in schools. Members of the ICA Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People also participate in the workshop, extending the previously listed topics to the research activities developed for institutions dedicated to the teaching of blind and partially sighted children.
Map Projections1. Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory

2. Standardization in Map Projections
Sunday, July 28:00 am – 10:00 am2Critical Review on Using Developable Surfaces in Map Projections Theory

It is common practice to use developable surfaces in the interpretation of map projections. The author takes a critical approach to this and strongly suggest a more diverse approach. Mapping onto a developable surface has a limited domain of application and the approach can lead to incorrect conclusions about map projecton distortion.

Many textbook authors are aware of the fact that developable surfaces are not used to create projections today, but still insist on using developable surfaces as conceptual aids that help to illustrate the projection process. Yet there are different ways of illustrating the process, and possibilities which are applicable to all map projections, not only to some of them. These methods are presented, and are useful to students for thinking and understanding map projections.

The ICA Commission on Map Projections is preparing a proposal for standardization of symbols in map projections for the ICC2017 to be held in Washington, D.C.

Standardization in Map Projections

Standardization is the process of implementing and developing technical standards based on the consensus of different parties. Standardization can help maximize compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability and quality. Standardization may be due to regulation or it may involve the formal consensus of technical experts.

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement in regard to technical systems. It is usually a formal document which establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. A technical standard may be developed privately or unilaterally, for example by a corporation, regulatory body, military, etc. Standards can also be developed by groups such as committees or associations.

According to the Charter of the ICA Commission on Map Projections, activities of the Commission include recommending canonical names for map projections and recommending map projection terminology and taxonomies. In addition, we would like to standardize symbology in map projections.

The ICA Commission on Map Projections is going to prepare a proposal for standardization of symbols in map projections for the ICC2017 to be held in Washington, D.C.
ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crises Management Disaster Management, Big Data, Services and Cartographic Representation.Sunday, July 28:00 am – 5:00 pm8FINAL PROGRAM

This workshop is organized with support and assistance of Group of Earth Observations (GEO). The intention is to reflect new challenges coming from United Nations activities, especially U.N. Disaster Risk Management conference in Sendai, Japan, 2015.

Call for abstracts on:

1) Dynamic and real-time cartographic visualization concepts and applications for enhanced operational early warning (EW)

2) Control and automation in the domain of sensor data acquisition for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and EW.

3) Potentials and applications of novel Big Data, Smart Data, Volunteered Geographic Environments and Rapid Mapping techniques in DRR.

4) Remote sensing usability for DRR.

5) Social media - from information to visualization for action.

6) Web services -- use and architecture server-side and client-side for disaster

Deadline for Abstracts: April 28 2017

All abstracts will be double-blind reviewed. The selected abstracts will be published as Workshop Proceedings on ICA CCEW&CM web page.

The workshop will be delivered keynote speeches by Mr. W. Craig FUGATE, contemporary Administrator of FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security -DHS), by Mrs. Barbara RYAN, GEO Secretary Director, and other representatives of ICA.

Workshop fee: -$30,- USD

More information here and here


ICA CCEW&CM Commission Chairman or

GEO Workshop Coordinator

Yong Wang
Director of Commission Secretariat

Registration fee: $30

Commission Workshops Taking Place at George Washington University

CommissionWorkshop TitleDay(s) Time HoursDescription
Open Source Geospatial Technologies SDI and StandardsSpatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2017)Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 28:00 am – 5:00 pm16Spatial data infrastructures aim to make spatial data findable, accessible and usable. Open source software and open data portals help to make this possible. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to SDIs, standards, open source and open data in a fun way. The workshop comprises invited presentations to provide an introduction and background to SDIs, standards, open source and open data. A number of hands-on introductions to open source geospatial software together with mapping tasks will give participants the opportunity to explore these tools. The workshop takes place in a computer lab with a limited number of seats. Please book your seat in advance to avoid disappointment.


Saturday (1 July)
8:30 Arrival and registration
Session 1 – SDI & Standards
Chairs: Serena Coetzee & Franz-Josef Behr
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Introduction to the ICA Commission on SDI & Standards. Serena Coetzee, Chair: ICA Commission on SDI & Standards
9:20 Collecting and organizing a Global Address Dataset. Ian Dees, OpenAddresses
9:40 Measuring the Quality of Address Data: Stakeholders, Challenges, and Approaches. Sean Uhl, US Census Bureau
10:00 SDIs in Belorussia and neighbouring countries. Elena Protasevich, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
10:20 Break
Session 2 – Open source geospatial technologies
Chairs: Silvana Camboim & Michael P. Finn
11:30 Introduction to the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies, Silvana Camboim, Chair: ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies
11:40 What is open source and how do pay models for access /use/ upgrade of open source coexist, Danny Sheehan, CartoDB, Inc., USA
12:20 Lunch (at own expense)
Session 3 – SDI & Standards
Chair: Serena Coetzee & Franz-Josef Behr
14:00 OpenStreetMap hands-on session: Its History, Data Structure, License and Ecosystem. Franz-Josef Behr, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
15:30 End
18:45 Dinner (at own expense)
Sunday (2 July)
8:30 Arrival
Session 4 – Open source geospatial technologies
Chairs: Silvana Camboim & Michael P. Finn
8:40 How and why open source software has become mainstream for GIS. Eddie Pickle, DigitalGlobe Radiant (formerly Radiant Blue)
9:00 OSGeo Live introduction. Vaclav Petras, Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University, USA
9:20 Analytical data visualizations with GRASS GIS and Blender. Vaclav Petras, Anna Petrasova, Payam Tabrizian, Brendan Harmon, Helena Mitasova, Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University, USA
10:50 Break
Session 5 – Mapping open data with open source geospatial tools
11:20 Participants interactively visualize open data and design maps with open source geospatial tools including Tangible Landscape system
12:50 Closing
13:20 Lunch (at own expense)

Pre-registration required for this workshop through the ICC 2017 Registration Site, once available by December 1, 2016.

SDI-Open 2017 – Venue details

George Washington University, Washington DC
Spatial Analysis Lab
Department of Geography.

1922 F Street, NW (Old Main)
Washington, DC 20052

Coordinates: 38.897287°N 77.044610°W

Registration fee: $30
Art and Cartography

Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information

Topographic Mapping
Maps & EmotionsSaturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2Saturday: 12:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Commission Workshops Taking Place at the Library of Congress

CommissionWorkshop TitleDay(s) Time HoursDescription
History of Cartography; Toponymy; AtlasesCharting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlasesfrom Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June9:00 am – 5:00 pm24Workshop website
The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases have joined forces with the Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division for an international Workshop: ‘Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases’. This Workshop will be held at the Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC.
Through the presentation and discussion of over 20 peer-reviewed papers, the workshop aims to demonstrate the wealth of maps and charts produced from the early modern period to the – now also historic – 20th century, and the relevance of interpreting them. The history of cartography acts as the overarching motif connecting all the presentations, while toponymy and atlases form its main subthemes. Also included in the programme are two papers which will set the local scene: one on George Washington as a mapmaker and one on surveying the pivotal Mason-Dixon Line. In addition, keynotes will be delivered by Derek Alderman on the relevance of black toponyms and by Mark Monmonier on the motives for patenting map projections.