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What is CaGIS?

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.

Mission Statement

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society supports 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.

CaGIS members are scholars, practitioners, and policy makers who rely on and care about the quality of mapping and geographic information. They include researchers, professionals, and students in Cartography and GIScience.

The major goals of CaGIS are to:
  1. Represent mapping and geographic information activities in the U.S. to the International Cartographic Association (ICA).
  2. Bridge the activities of academia, government, and private industry to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and data between and within these sectors.
  3. Promote research and educational practices in Cartography and GIScience.
  4. Collaborate with governments and organizations at the national, state, regional, and local level that use mapping and GIScience.
  5. Promote the scholarship and professional career development of students in mapping and GIScience.
  6. Promote best professional practices, standards, and tools to create, use, and visualize geographic information.

Statement on Diversity, Empathy, and Inclusion (DEI)

CaGIS is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and empathy throughout the cartographic and GIScience research, education, and professional communities. We strive to maintain an environment in which all are welcome to collaborate, contribute and support the advancement of GIScience. We strongly reject all forms of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, queerphobia, religious intolerance, ableism and any actions that infringe on the dignity of any individual.* Recognizing the importance and power of maps and GIS and acknowledging that every map involves choices that reflect particular perspectives and biases, we take responsibility as cartographers and GIScientists to ethically address the challenges of our time, respect the viewpoints of others and create an open community that is inviting and inclusive for all.

*This sentence was taken with permission from the DEI statement developed by the North American Cartographic Information Society. The CaGIS statement was also informed by policies and statements from other organizations in the geospatial community.

Five Things to Know About CaGIS

  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.

For a full history of CaGIS, please see this recent report from the ICA News.

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