Wisconsin State Cartographers Office
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park St., Madison WI 53706
Howard Veregin has worked with computer-based mapping systems since entering grad school in the early 1980s. He earned a PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1991. He served as an Assistant Professor of Geography at Kent State University and a tenured Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota, where he taught courses in computer mapping, GIS, remote sensing, and spatial programming. In 2000, he entered the private sector and spent almost a decade at Rand McNally & Co. in suburban Chicago. There he became Director of Operations for the Geographic Information Services Division, which was responsible for producing the Road Atlas line, the Commercial Atlas, international atlases, and educational map products. He was editor of Goode’s World Atlas for two editions, including the first all-digital edition.
In 2009, he was appointed Wisconsin State Cartographer, a position within the University of Wisconsin System. He directs the activities of staff and students in the State Cartographer’s Office (SCO), which is responsible for geospatial outreach, coordination, and education for government agencies at all levels, as well as the private sector, non-profits, academia, and the general public throughout the state. Recent initiatives of the SCO include statewide data integration (address points, parcels, and land cover), web apps to deliver geospatial data, and collaboration between institutions of the University of Wisconsin System. The SCO promotes the transfer of knowledge between the university and the public in alignment with the “Wisconsin Idea,” which asserts that education should influence peoples’ lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. The mission of the SCO is to foster the development of Wisconsin’s geospatial community by supporting and facilitating the creation and exchange of geospatial data, and promoting their informed use in support of education, innovation, and delivery of services to citizens.