The mission of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society is to support research, education, and practice to improve the understanding, creation, analysis, and use of maps and geographic information to support effective decision-making and improve the quality of life. The society serves as a forum for the exchange of original concepts, techniques, approaches, and experiences by those who design, implement, and use cartography, geographical information systems, and related geospatial technologies.
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#1 It is THE international network of developers, researchers and educators in the field of Cartography and GIScience.
#2 It publishes research at the forefront of developments in Cartography and GIScience in the Society's CaGIS Journal.
#3 It hosts AutoCarto, the biennial conference that brings together the international community to present current research developments in Cartography and GIScience.
#4 It is the United States representative to the International Cartographic Association (ICA), and participates in the biennial ICA conference that is hosted by different Countries around the world.
#5 It sponsors an annual map competition that recognizes excellence in map design with recognition awards from National Geographic, ESRI, and Avenza.