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March 2016

IMIA is an international organization where mapmakers, publishers, geospatial technology companies, location-based services, content producers, and distributors come together to both connect and to conduct business in the spatial information and map related industry. It is a global organization and welcomes members from every corner of the globe. The Association is made up of three regions: IMIA EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East), IMIA Americas (North America, South America, Canada, and Mexico) and IMIA Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific).


The IMIA Report reports the current issues of the worldwide mapping industry giving members information on new products, member news, plus items of interest to those in the industry. We encourage all members to send to IMIA Headquarters their new product information and press releases for distribution. Advertising is available.   

Fascinating Maps Show the Different Places
Locals and Tourists Go in 19 Major Cities
Eric Fischer, "Locals and Tourists"
If you want to find tourists snapping pictures, you probably know where to go -- Times Square in New York City, the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. abound with posing families, amateur photographers and selfie sticks. But what locals think is picture worthy in these cities is often substantially different.
Data artist Eric Fischer has turned that discrepancy into a beautiful series of maps. He used geotagging data from Flickr to map out the areas in major cities around the world in which locals take photos, and the areas where tourists take photos. In the maps, photos taken by tourists are shown as red dots, while photos taken by locals are shown as blue dots. The yellow dots are cases where Fischer couldn't determine whether the photographer was a tourist or a local.
For example, above is what Fischer's map of New York City looks like. Times Square, Central Park, the World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty are all obviously tourist hotspots. In contrast, locals tend to snap their photos along more ordinary city streets, or scenic areas along the rivers. To read more...

By Ana Swanson - March 21, 2016
The Washington Post
Ignite Ideas Fund
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The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America  
The first part in a series exploring little-seen
contributions to cartography
 Marie Catherine Haussard, engraver. Partie de l'Amérique septent? qui Comprend la Nouvelle France ou le Canada, by Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, 1755.
(Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library)
In the 1970s, early in her career as map librarian at the New York Public Library, Alice Hudson started researching women mapmakers throughout history. With few other women in her chosen field, she wondered how many had come before her. "I thought I might find 10," she tells CityLab.

But over the years, as she combed through maps, censuses, newspapers, and tips from colleagues, she was amazed by how many women there were in the early days of mapmaking. By the late '90s, she'd found over a thousand names of women who had drawn, published, printed, engraved, sold, or traded maps prior to 1900 alone.
Reading mainstream history books, or even CityLab's coverage of old maps, you might never know that women historically had much of a role at all in cartography. But really, they've been involved in mapmaking about as long as any man has. This week, I'll present a selection of maps, profiles of mapmakers, and stories that testify to this history. Women have made maps to chart territories, educate students, sell propaganda, convey data, argue policy, and make art. In other words, women have made maps, period. And they continue to, as this century's geospatial revolution turns.

Which women, and when? Mapmaking spans genders, centuries, cultures, and technologies. A complete history of women in cartography would require many volumes of pages, and possibly a graduate degree. To make this series sensible for online readers, I've narrowed my selection to works by women mapping North America over the past 300 years. Within this "small" range is a diversity of stories, styles, and approaches that, collected together, should provoke curiosity about the many more ways women have mapped the world. To read more...

By Laura Bliss
USGS Partners with European Space Agency
to Deliver Copernicus Earth Data
Part of broader US-Europe science agreement

The U.S. Geological Survey and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established an innovative partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites

The ESA-USGS collaboration will serve scientific and commercial customers who are interested in the current conditions of forests, crops, and water bodies across large regions and in the longer term environmental condition of the Earth. Data acquired by the European Union's Sentinel-2A satellite launched in June 2015 are highly complementary to data acquired by USGS/NASA Landsat satellites since 1972. 

"Landsat and Sentinel data will weave together very effectively," said Dr. Virginia Burkett, USGS Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change. "Adding the image recurrence of two Sentinel-2 satellites to Landsats 7 and 8 will increase repeat multispectral coverage of the Earth's land areas to every 3 to 4 days. With more frequent views of the Earth, we will significantly improve our ability to see and understand changes taking place across the global landscape." 

The agreement is part of a broader understanding between the European Union and three U.S. federal science agencies - NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and USGS - that was signed in October 2015. All parties are committed to the principle of full, free and open access to Earth observation satellite data produced by the European Union's Sentinel program and by the respective U.S. agencies. An ESA article further describes the cross-Atlantic collaboration. 

"Free and open access to Landsat and Sentinel-2 data together will create remarkable economic and scientific benefits for people around the globe," said Dr. Suzette Kimball, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey. "At the outset of our partnership we can only imagine the synergies between our two perspectives from space. But I'm confident that the final product of our partnership will be an enriched knowledge of our planet." 

Sentinel data are available at no cost from the Copernicus Scientific Data Hub. Additionally, in order to expedite data delivery around the globe, users may also download both Sentinel-2 and Landsat data at no charge in a familiar digital environment from USGS access systems such as EarthExplorer. Presently, only selected Sentinel data are available from the USGS in an early testing phase. Timely access to all Sentinel data will follow as the procedures for data transfer, user access, and data delivery continue to be optimized at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.
The MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI) sensor on board Sentinel 2A acquires 13 spectral bands that parallel and contrast to data acquired by the USGS Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+). Unlike the Sentinel-2 satellites, Landsat satellites also include a capability to collect thermal infrared data which is used in a variety of water and agricultural monitoring applications. NASA has published an online comparison of Sentinel-2A and Landsat bandwidths. 

For technical details such as data availability, geographic coverage, acquisition frequency, and resolution, visit the Copernicus and Landsat websites. 

The Landsat program is a joint effort of USGS and NASA. First launched by NASA in 1972, the Landsat series of satellites has produced the longest, continuous record of Earth's land surface as seen from space. Landsat data were made available to all users free of charge by the U.S. Department of the Interior and USGS in 2008. 

Contact: Jon Campbell / joncampbell@usgs.gov

Conserving Tasmania's Disappearing Species
With Avenza's PDF Maps App
Digital Map App Helps to Keep Tasmanian Land Conservancy
 Sustainable for Rare and Endangered Species in Australia
Globally, there are well over 41,000 species listed as endangered. The Tasmanian devil and the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle -- both of which are not found anywhere else in the world outside of zoos -- share the unfortunate designation of 'endangered' as well. Located on the island of Tasmania, which is the southern-most state of Australia, both species share a unique biodiversity that supports a mix of habitats for endangered plants such as the Grassland Paper-daisy, endemic species like the Ptunarra brown butterfly, and other rare and endangered marsupials and birds distinct to Tasmania. With declining numbers of certain flora and fauna, groups such as the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) are working to ensure a sustainable future for a threatened and unique ecosystem.
Starting with $50 in the bank and a few committed staff members in 2001, the TLC set out to protect a unique ecoregion that had fallen to outside threats like deforestation, logging, and mining over the decades. By using science and an entrepreneurial approach to conservation, their efforts continue to protect land for biodiversity by: 1) creating permanent reserves via purchasing or covenanting and on-selling properties through its revolving fund and 2) working with private landowners to protect ecological values on their own properties. Sixteen year later, TLC now manages more than 77,000 acres through covenanting partnerships, which protects more than two percent of Tasmania's privately owned land and secures habitat for all of Tasmania's 33 species of land mammals and many bird species as well.
With such massive tracts of lands to survey, TLC was using handheld GPS devices. However, because of issues such as poor screen resolution and difficulties in uploading tailored maps, the group found it cumbersome and problematic when information about data points weren't adequately being recorded. Data was being collected but it was often lost when transferring it off the device. Notepads were used as a backup to write details, but working in inclement weather frequently resulted in unreadable, soggy notes. Returning from the field, staff would then have to painstakingly manually input the detailed information based from memory or handwritten reports. Although the group did the best with what they had, the results were maps with incomplete information, with staff having to recollect data or rely on memory when out in the field. It was then that a staff member suggested Avenza's PDF Maps app.
Since using Avenza's PDF Maps app didn't require the TLC to purchase any additional equipment, staff members with an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet could download the app, load a map of the area being surveyed and easily input notes directly onto the digital map. To read more...
Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii Photo: Matthew Newton
Panatan Reserve on Tasmania's north coast Photo: Heath Holden
Wedge-tailed eagle chic on a TLC reserve Photo: Heath Holden
Esri User Conference  
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    Esri User Conference
      June 27 - July 1, 2016 
    San Diego, California

Learn, network and share your experiences with 16,000 other Esri GIS users. Whether you are an analyst, a manager, or a developer, there are hundreds of sessions, training classes and seminars to help you learn skills and workflows, get familiar with new software and data, and discuss best practices.
Take part in one-on-one sessions with Esri trainers, professional service staff, product developers, and Esri partners to get specific questions answered. Network with others who hold your interests from around the world. Whatever you choose to do at the Esri UC, it will be time well spent. Uncover the expert in you - come to Esri UC!
Money In Maps: Can A UK Startup Revolutionize Digital Navigation?
Satellite navigation is a wonderful thing. You key in a postal code, press go, and as you relax into the driver's seat a reassuring voice guides you to your destination. Simple.
That's the theory. But sometimes - and this is particularly true in rural areas - a single post/zip code might cover a long stretch of country road or an expanse of land. And in these cases, your satnav companion may well announce that you have arrived at your chosen destination when the reality is that the house or office block you're looking for is nowhere to be seen. As a result, you spend the next half an hour driving up and down looking for a building that is hidden behind a high fence or at the end of a long drive.
Is there a better and more effective way to ensure that travelers, delivery drivers or first responders can find their way quickly to a given point on the map?
UK mobile technology and mapping company What3Words says the answer is yes. By assigning a three word address to every three metre squared segment of the earth's surface, the company has created an addressing system that effectively sidesteps the limitations of a postcode/zip-driven satellite navigation system. For instance, while a postcode might take a delivery driver the junction of a long rural road, the What3Words system enables the navigation system to identify an exact point on the map. To read more...
By Trevor Clawson
Forbes / Entrepreneurs
IGNITE - Create the M.App of the Future

For hundreds of years, maps have provided one of the best ways to communicate information about location and relationships. From the power of the paper map to the recent proliferation of digital maps on mobile devices, we have seen some amazing technological advancements.

By their very nature, maps are static pictures of the world at a point in the past, incapable of being rapidly updated. Even though they are delivered in digital format, they describe what was and not what is or what can be. Today, the geographic picture is not enough; what we desperately require is dynamic illustrated business information.

It's time to change the way the world thinks about maps with the Hexagon Smart M.App. We are inviting innovators from around the world to come up with a creative method to examine and understand real world issues in a smart, fresh way.

Hexagon Geospatial has launched a global competition, IGNITE, to plan and build an innovative Hexagon Smart M.App, a cloud based dynamic information experience that transforms geospatial information into 360° business analytics and meaningful visualizations. The Hexagon Smart M.App provides the understanding that leads to world-changing solutions.
You may submit ideas in any of the six core challenge themes - Finance, Food, Safety, Infrastructure, Health, and Conservation.
Challenge Phases:
1. Ideation Phase
2. Execution Phase
Timeline: The last date for registration for the ideation phase is May 1, 2016. Top 20 finalists from the ideation phase will then be selected for the execution phase where they will have approximately 3 months, until August 31, 2016, to build their Hexagon Smart M.App.
Prize Details: The top 3 finalists of the execution phase will be awarded cash prizes of $100K, $50K and $25K for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The remaining 17 finalists will each receive $5,000 prizes for their submissions.
You may visit the IGNITE challenge page to find out more and to register as an innovator, either as an individual or as a team. No entry fee is required.
For a hands-on experience with the Hexagon Smart M.App development environment, we invite you to attend a free IGNITE Session.

Collections / Oxford Digital Library (ODL )
Maps on the Web is a project of the Oxford Digital Library (ODL) that hosts images of approximately 450 of the Bodleian's maps, including many early and rare items. All of the maps selected are out of copyright, and all of the initial photography was undertaken by the Bodleian's Imaging Services Department.

Portolan Charts
Portolan charts are maps of coastal areas intended for maritime navigation. They are derived from mariners' observations of compass bearings and estimated distances between given points on the Earth -- typically ports. The term 'portolan' originates from the Italian 'portolano,' meaning 'related to ports or harbours.' During the Age of Exploration, portolan charts were closely guarded secrets, especially among the main European naval powers.

The Bodleian's collection comprises 22 individual portolan charts and 10 portolan atlases. These span the period from the 15th century to 1741, including work by Dutch, English, Italian, Portugese, and Spanish mapmakers.

The Todhunter Allen Collection
The Todhunter Allen Collection of maps and county atlases dating from 1573 to 1900 acts as a microcosm of three centuries of British cartography. It was put together early this century by Hugh Todhunter, and later George Allen, and came to Bodley in 1987. The listing phase of the project was completed in 1997, and the online cataloguing onto OLIS finished in June 1999, increasing access to the Collection, which contains several rare or unique editions of atlases.

Ordnance Survey Maps
Members of the university can access OS map data through the Digimap service (see 'Making Maps') and Bodleian readers can view similar digital versions of OS maps on a dedicated PC in the Map Room.

WWI Trench Maps
The Bodleian has approximately 2,500 maps of the Western Front, at scales of 1:10,000, 1:40,000, and 1:80,000. The GSGS published several editions of these maps throughout the war, although most are from late 1915 onwards. The series include both standard and 'secret' versions -- the secret maps showed British trench systems in addition to German ones. These sheets were individually numbered and it was forbidden to take them close to the front lines in case of capture. The 1:10,000 series indicate individual trenches and their names or numbers.

Other Map Collections in Oxford
The Commonwealth and African Aerial Photograph Archive at Rhodes House holds a part copy of the Ordnance Survey's International Collection. This comprises approximately 1.5 million aerial photographs of countries in Eastern, Sourthern, and Western Africa, as well as parts of Asia and the Americas. These images were taken by the Directorate of Overseas Surveys (DOS) mainly in the 1940s-1970s, to enable them to produce maps at ground scales of 1:30,00 to 1:50,000. Enquiries about this collection should be directed to the archivist ( lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

Brilliant Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The colorful, dancing lights of Alaska's aurora borealis shine in this stunning video by filmmaker Alexis Coram ... visit: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/brilliant-time-lapse-of-alaskas-northern-lights  

Sarah Parcak says satellite remote sensing could uncover millions of unknown archaeological sites across the globe.
Space-based Approach to Archaeology Focus of Talk by Yale Alumna Sarah Parcak

"Like a modern-day Indiana Jones, Sarah Parcak uses satellite images to locate lost ancient sites," according to TED, where she first gave a talk in 2012, introducing the field of "space archaeology."

Parcak, a 2001 graduate of Yale College, will return to Yale to discuss "The Future of Archaeology: Space-based Approaches to Ancient Landscapes" at a lecture on Wednesday, April 6, at 5 p.m. at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The event is sponsored by the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Timothy Dwight College.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is the first in a series of public events on the preservation of cultural heritage to be held in conjunction with the eighth U.N. Global Colloquium of University Presidents.

Parcak is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and founding director of the UAB Laboratory for Global Observation. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, she uses satellite imagery combined with ground-based excavation and survey to uncover new tombs, settlements, forts, and potential pyramids in various world regions. Her research represents the first large-scale landscape archaeology approaches to the field of Egyptology. To read more...

By Michael Morand
Yale News

Google Waze vs. Google Maps: Which Navigation App Is Better

People may be tempted to think every navigation application is the same because their primary function is to get you from point A to point B. However, Google owns both Waze and Maps with features that are make them distinctly different from each other.

Waze allows drivers to share information with application users on road traffic accidents, road closures and police officers asking to drivers to pull vehicles over.

Google Maps has more features, transportation options and includes an array of information such as important locations like businesses, hotels, monuments, etc. What are the differences?

Google Maps offers voice navigation options, regardless of whether you're in a car, bike or walking. It offers live traffic conditions as well as alternative
routes when there are closed roads. It also offers navigation options for driving, walking, biking and public transportation. It includes Google Street View and has an offline mode supporting navigation for turn-by-turn. It lets you know if you're going to be late for your destination, recommends the lane for which you should drive in and track and save the location information.

Waze has social network integration, allowing users to report live traffic. It also provides celebrity voice navigation possibilities. It learns the desired destinations and routes, and looks for the cheapest gas stations along your route.

By Neurogadget
The Future of the Map - the Map of the Future
Prof Dr Georg Gartner
Research Group Cartography, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Past President, International Cartographic Association
In the geospatial domains we can witness, that more spatial data than ever is produced currently. Numerous sensors of all kinds are available, measuring values, storing them in databases which are linked to other databases being embedded in whole spatial data infrastructures, following standards and accepted rules. We can witness also that we are not short of ever more new modern technologies for all parts of the spatial data handling processes, including data acquisition (e.g. UAVs currently), data modelling (e.g. serviceoriented architectures, cloud computing), data visualisation and dissemination (e.g. Location-based Services, augmentedreality). So, where are we now with all those brave new developments?

Obviously we are not short of data in many ways. Clearly we can state, that it is rather the opposite. The problem is often not that we don't have enough data but rather too many. We need to make more and more efforts, to deal with all those data in an efficient sense, mining the relevant information and link and select the appropriate information for a particular scenario. This phenomenon is being described as "big data". Often application developments start there. Because we have access to data, we make something with them. We link them, we analyse them, we produce applications out of them. I call this a data-driven approach.

We are also not short of technologies. It is rather the opposite, while just being able to fully employ the potential of a particular data acquisition, modelling or dissemination technology new technologies come in and need to be considered. New technologies become available quicker and quicker and need to be evaluated, addressed and applied. Often application development starts there. Because we have a new technology available, we make something with it. I call this a technology-driven approach.
However, the particular need, demand, question or problem of a human user is often taken into account only when the data-driven or technology-driven application, product or system has been built. Often this causes problems or leads to products, systems and applications which are not accepted, not efficient or simply not usable. By starting from the question what are the demands, questions, problems or needs of human users in respect to location we could eventually apply data and technology in a sense, that they serve such user-centred approaches rather than determine the use.
But how can we unleash the big potential of geo information in such truly interdisciplinary approaches better? How can we make sure, that spatial data is really applicable for governments, for decision makers, for planners, for citizens through applications, products, systems which are not forcing them to adapt to the system but are easy-to-use and efficiently support the human user?
In this respect maps and cartography play a key role. Maps are most efficient in enabling human users to understand complex situations. Maps can be understood as tools to order information by their spatial context. Maps can be seen as the perfect interface between a human user and all those big data and thus enable human users to answer location-related questions, to support spatial behaviour, to enable spatial problem solving or simply to be able to become aware of space.

Today maps can be created and used by any individual stocked with just modest computing skills from virtually any location on Earth and for almost any purpose. In this new mapmaking paradigm users are often present at the location of interest and produce maps that address needs that arise instantaneously. Cartographic data may be digitally and wirelessly delivered in finalized form to the device in the hands of the user or he may derive the requested visualization from downloaded data in situ. Rapid advances in technologies have enabled this revolution in map making by the millions. One such prominent advance includes the possibility to derive maps very quickly immediately after the data has been acquired by accessing and disseminating maps through the internet. Real-time data handling and visualization are other significant developments as well as location-based services, mobile cartography, augmented reality.

While the above advances have enabled significant progress on the design and implementation of new ways of map production over the past decade, many cartographic principles remain unchanged; the most important one being that maps are an abstraction of reality. Visualization of selected information means that some features present in reality are depicted more prominently than others while many features might not even be depicted at all. Abstracting reality makes a map powerful, as it helps to understand and interpret very complex situations very efficiently.
Abstraction is essential
Disaster management can be used as an example to illustrate the importance and power of abstract cartographic depictions. In the recovery phase quick production of imagery of the affected area is required using depictions which allow the emergency teams to understand the situation on ground from a glance at the maps. Important on-going developments supporting the rescue work in the recovery phase are map derivation technologies, crowd sourcing and neo-cartography techniques and location-based services. The role of cartography in the protection phase of the disaster management cycle has always been crucial. In this phase risk maps are produced which enable governors, decision makers, experts and the general public alike to understand the kind and levels of risk present in the near and distant surroundings. Modern cartography enables the general public to participate in the modelling and visualizing of the risks their neighbourhood may suffer from on a voluntary basis. Modern cartography also helps to quickly disseminate crucial information.

In this sense cartography is most relevant. Without maps we would be "spatially blind". Knowledge about spatial relations and location of objects are most important to learn about space, to act in space, to be aware of what is where and what is around us or simply to be able to make good decisions. Cartography is also most contemporary, as new and innovative technologies have an important impact into what cartographers are doing. Maps can be derived automatically from geodata acquisition methods such as laser scanning, remote sensing or sensornetworks. Smart models of geodata can be built allowing in-depth analysis of structures and patterns. A whole range of presentation forms are available nowadays, from maps on mobile phones all the way to geoinformation presented as Augmented Reality presentations.

Where are we heading to?
What we can expect in the near future is, that information is available anytime and anywhere. In its provision and delivery it is tailored to the user's context and needs. In this the context is a key selector for which and how information is provided. Cartographic Services will thus be wide spread and of daily-use in a truly ubiquitous manner. Persons would feel spatially blind without using their mapbased services, which enable them to see who or what is near them, get supported and do searches based on the current location, collect data on site accurately and timely. Modern Cartography applications are already demonstrating their huge potential and change how we work, how we live and how we interact. In that sense the role of the map has changed. Maps used to be artefacts, they had to look beautiful, well-designed, they had to store information for a long time because it needed to be used over a long period of time. In modern cartography there is an increasing number of functions to a map. Besides its old function of an artefact, a modern map is also an interface that gives human users access to information stored in the map and beyond the map in databases. The map has therefore the function of a table, structuring information through spatial attributes. And if a modern map is such an interface, giving access to structured information, then the concept of modern cartography in one sentence would be 'efficient communication of geospatial information'.

What is changing is then how maps are derived and produced. We can summarize the characteristics of modern maps as follows:
1. Real time: The world is permanently changing. To depict, communicate and display the world means to depict, communicate and display what is there right now, thus to find ways to shorten the time between data acquisition and data representation through maps. This is already true in real-time maps and rapid mapping approaches.
2. Ubiquitous: The accessibility and availability of maps need to be considered in an ubiquitous context, thus maps must be accessible and available anytime and anywhere.
3. Media-adequate: Maps are to be displayed and disseminated through various media. This can include paper, screens of all kind of formats, resolutions and sizes, or multimedia environments. This might also include in future smart watches, wearable devices, augmented reality devices etc. Whatever medium is used, the map needs to be tailored particular for this medium to fit its needs and constraints.
4. Personalized: Map are interfaces between geoinformation and human users, thus a mean of communication. From human communication we can learn, that we usually adapt what and now we communicate to our communication partner. Modern maps will do the same, thus being adaptive, reactive and anticipative on the context, the user and the use.
5. Well designed: Whatever map is used in whatever context on whatever medium for whatever reason there is a dogmatic attribute which has to be followed always when using maps: A map has to be readable! This simply means that is has to be visually perceivable. And this means that we need to avoid graphical confl icts. And we can do even more: we can not only make it readable but design it in a way, that it is pleasing to the eye, thus do more then conveying information.

The successful development of modern cartography as the discipline dealing with the development of such modern maps requires integrated interdisciplinary approaches from such domains as computer science, communication science, human-computer interaction, telecommunication sciences, cognitive sciences, law, economics, geospatial information management and cartography. It is those interdisciplinary approaches which make sure that we work towards human-centred application developments by applying innovative engineering methods and tools in a highly volatile technological framework. A number of important technology-driven trends have a major impact on what and how we create, access and use maps, creating previously unimaginable amounts of location-referenced information and thus put cartographic services in the centre of the focus of research and development.
To summarize
Modern Cartography is key to human mankind. Without maps we would be "spatially blind". Knowledge about spatial relations and location of objects are most important for enabling economic development, for managing and administering land, for handling disasters and crisis situations or simply to be able to make decision on a personal scale on where and how to go to a particular place.

New and innovative technologies have an important impact into what cartographers are doing. Maps can be derived automatically from geodata acquisition methods such as laser scanning, remote sensing or sensornetworks. Smart models of geodata can be built allowing in-depth analysis of structures and patterns. A whole range of presentation forms is available nowadays, from maps on mobile phones all the way to geoinformation presented as Augmented Reality presentations.
Maps and other cartographic products are attractive. Many people like to use maps, to play around with maps for instance in the Internet or simply want to look at them. We can witness a dramatic increase in the number of users and use of maps currently.

IMIA Asia Pacific New Members
Dr. Brendan Whyte
Assistant Curator of Maps
National Library of Australia
Parkes Place, Canberra, ACT 2600 Australia
The National Library map collection includes over 600,000 maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form. All online maps are now freely available http://www.nla.gov.au/what-we-collect/maps.


Jason Clark
Spatiali Pty Ltd
11 Black Teak Court
Brookwater, Queensland 4300 Australia
Spatiali provides spatial services and products to the construction / engineering sectors.
IMIA Asia Pacific MeetUp 
21st of April 2016
Brisbane, Australia

Street Directory Map Production Custom Mapping

Bruce McGurty, Hardie Grant Explore


Following the great success of the first IMIA Asia Pacific MeetUp in January in the city of Melbourne, Australia, IMIA Asia Pacific is planning a second such event on 21st of April, 2016 in Brisbane at the Landcentre. The number of invitees is being limited to 50 so that the principals, decision makers, influencers, and opinion leaders in their respective organisation as well as the spatial industry can be targeted. It will also include all IMIA members so please inquire and sign-up early. There will be an opportunity for these high level delegates and IMIA members to network and build productive relationships, which is expected to translate into something fruitful for all concerned. Please contact

Sudarshan Karki for all details.

Sudarshan Karki
Principal Project Officer (QFMP)
Land and Spatial Information
Telephone: 07 3896 3339
QNet: 63339
Podium 3, Landcentre
867 Main Street
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102 Australia
GPO Box 2454
Brisbane QLD 4001 Australia

Here's Everything Apple Announced Today
For a quick recap of all the big announcements, watch this video. For more in-depth information about each new produce, please click on the link below:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ljJLNfFDVE&feature=youtu.be   


 2016 Calendar of Events
IMIA Asia Pacific Brisbane MeetUp
21st April 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Landcentre, Level 1, Department of Natural Resources & Mines

Esri User Conference
June 27 -  July 01, 2016
San Diego, CA USA

IMIA Americas Annual Conference
November 29 - December 02, 2016
Omni Hotel San Diego
San Diego, CA USA
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