The 26th International Cartographic Conference

Last week, the beautiful city of Dresden in Saxony, Germany played host to the 26th International Cartographic Conference.

As the conference welcome letter points out, ‘Dresden boasts the highest density of art treasures in Europe. And, for cartographers, the possibility to view one of the top international globe collections. Dresden is also the home of educational and research institutions that have progressed the theoretical and practical elements of Cartography and GI Science.’

Whilst the majority of the population is of German ancestry, the Slavic and Soviet influences along with the city’s geographical location bring a very multicultural feel to the city making it a befitting venue for an international conference.

Ordnance Survey created a significant presence at the conference with three paper presentations, an Ordnance Survey wall in the Cartographic Exhibition, and five posters in the Poster Exhibition, all of which was very much noticed and led to much discussion with peers from field-leaders to new faces.


Paper presentations

Our papers, and many of the others, are all on the conference website:

Ordnance Survey’s cartographic design principles: An approach to promoting good map design

C. Wesson, C. Glynn, P. Naylor

Deriving Products from a Multi-Resolution Database using Automated Generalisation at Ordnance Survey

N. Regnauld, S. Lessware, C. Wesson, M. Plews

Identifying Built-up Areas for 2011 Census Outputs

J. Harding, B. South, M. Freeman, S. Zhou, A. Babington

With over 150 presentation sessions, seven plenary keynotes and many other events, presentations, meetings and awards, there was great variety at the conference and yet the majority of the content was also pleasingly very cartographic. Our presenters and attendees all gained far more than they had hoped from the week and we are now feeding this back into the business.


Poster presentations

The posters served as a wonderful platform for and instigator of discussion and we were delighted with the level of interest.


Cartographic Exhibition

In the map gallery we displayed a representation of current Ordnance Survey mapping showing examples of the OS Travel Map and OS Wall Map series’, Custom Made, OS VectorMap and some of the maps we have produced in support of British architecture and civil engineering… more info.

Although awards were given, we feel that the children’s competition was the stand out category this year. Split into age groups, the winner of the over 12’s category was ‘Big miracle by little hand’ by Karina Balitskaya of the Russian Federation (below left). Our cartographer at the event, Christopher Wesson, liked this as well but his vote went to another Russian entry, ‘We are all children of one planet’ by Anna Bolshakova (below right). We will look to help encourage more British entries in future years.

The International Cartographic Association runs the conference event every two years with the next scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23 to 28 August 2015.

1 Response

  1. It has been for me and Angela, as HTxA, a real pleasure to share the conference with you, and to cover it through Twitter and other social media via #iccDD2013.

    Glad you tagged this amazing blog post on Twitter using the conference hashtag.

    Looking forward to seeing you all in Rio de Janeiro in 2015.

    Best from Dresden – HTxA -team

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