U.S. National Committee for the International Cartographic Association

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) is the U.S. adhering body to the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the ICA is a standing committee of CaGIS and acts as the liaison between ICA and CaGIS, as well as the larger the U.S. cartographic community.

Please contact the Chair (2016-2020) of USNC with any questions about the committee and its activities:

Dr. Aileen Buckley
Esri, Inc.
380 New York Street
Redlands, CA 92373-8100
phone: 909-793-2853 ext. 2997
email: abuckley@esri.com

ICA NEWS

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USNC ACTIVITIES

USNC Meetings

A meeting of the USNC took place at the AAG annual meeting in New Orleans on April 11, 2018. There, it was decided that the USNC will put Tim Trainor forward as a candidate for president of the ICA at the next International Cartographic Conference (ICC) to be held in 2019. We also discussed the U.S. National Report (see details below) and the upcoming 2019 ICC. The next meeting of the USNC will be held during the AAG annual meeting in Washington, DC, April 3-7.

 



The 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 15-20, 2019. Important dates are posted here: https://icaci.org/icc2019/. Interested participants should take note of the December 5 deadline for full manuscripts and the December 19 deadline for abstracts and publication in the proceedings. More details can be found at http://www.icc2019.org/papers.html.

Please note that the following are requirements for travel entry to Japan:

  • Passports to enter Japan must have 6 months of validity remaining (that is, they must be valid at least until January 2020)
  • Visas are required for U.S. Government employees on official travel; non-U.S. Government employees are not required to have a visa, as long as they have a round-trip ticket (see https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html)
  • An onward/return ticket is required for stays less than 90 days
  • One passport page is required for the entry stamp

The USNC will support the following activities at the 2019 ICC (further details are below):

  1. USNC Travel Funding to help American and international scholars at U.S. institutions attend the ICC
  2. Nominations for ICA awards, including the ICA Honorary Fellowship, the Diploma of Outstanding Service to the ICA, and ICA Scholarships
  3. Proposals for ICA commissions with U.S. chairs
  4. Nominations for the ICA Executive Committee
  5. Submission of the U.S. National Report
  6. U.S. entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  7. U.S. entries in the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition

IMPORTANT DATES

Although many details about the 2019 ICC are still forthcoming, these are some important dates relating to the conference and various conference activities. See also https://icaci.org/icc2019/.

  • Passports to enter Japan must have 6 months of validity remaining (that is, they must be valid at least until January 2020)
  • Visas are required for U.S. Government employees on official travel; non-U.S. Government employees are not required to have a visa, as long as they have a round-trip ticket (see https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html)
  • * USNC Travel Funding: Same as the dates for the submission of ICC papers and abstracts
  • * November 5, 2018: Opening of the U.S. Children’s Map Competition announced on the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) web site
  • ** December 5, 2018: Submissions for conference presentation and publication in Advances of the ICA
  • * December 15, 2018: Submission to the USNC Chair of nominations for the ICA Carl Mannerfelt Award, the ICA Honorary Fellowship, and the Diploma for Outstanding Service to ICA
  • ** December 19, 2018: Submissions for conference presentation and publication in ICA abstracts and proceedings
  • * December 31, 2018: Submission by the USNC Chair to the ICA of nominations for the ICA Carl Mannerfelt Award, the ICA Honorary Fellowship, and the Diploma for Outstanding Service to ICA
  • * January 15, 2019: Submission to the USNC Chair of proposals for ICA commissions with U.S. chairs
  • * January 15, 2019: Submission to the USNC Chair of nominations for positions on the ICA Executive Committee and honorary auditors
  • * January 25, 2019: Deadline for requests to the USNC Chair for letters of support for applications for ICA scholarships to attend ICC 2019
  • * February 1, 2019: Submission to the ICA of applications for the ICA scholarship to attend ICC 2019
  • * February 15, 2019: Submission to the U.S. organizer of entries in the U.S. National Children’s Map Competition
  • * February 15, 2019: Submission by the USNC Chair to the ICA of proposals for ICA commissions with U.S. chairs
  • * February 15, 2019: Submission by the USNC Chair to the ICA of nominations for positions on the ICA Executive Committee and honorary auditors
  • ** February 20, 2019: Notification by the ICC 2019 Organizing Committee of acceptance of conference presentation and publication submissions
  • * March 1, 2019: Expected notification of decisions about USNC Travel Funding
  • * March 1, 2019: Expected deadline for the submission of U.S. entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • ** April 3, 2019: Submission of final papers for publication in Advances of the ICA and the ICA proceedings
  • April 3, 2019: Conference registration deadline for presenters and authors
  • April 3, 2019: Deadline for Early Bird fees
  • * April 3, 2019: Selection of winners of the U.S. National Children’s Map Competition
  • * April 2019: Meeting of the USNC at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
  • * May 25, 2019: Deadline for requests to the USNC Chair for letters of support for applications for ICA scholarships to attend ICC 2019 pre-conference workshops
  • * June 1, 2019: Submission to the ICA of applications for the ICA scholarship to attend ICC 2019 pre-conference workshops
  • * June 15, 2019: Submission of the U.S. National Report to the ICA

* Details about USNC-related activities can be found on the USNC web page: https://cartogis.org/usnc-ica/

** Details about ICC paper and abstract submissions can be found on the ICC website: http://www.icc2019.org/papers.html

1. USNC TRAVEL FUNDING

Travel funding is available through the USNC to help American and international scholars at U.S. institutions attend the 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Tokyo, Japan, July 15-20, 2019.

Support is based on a competitive evaluation of submitted materials, including an abstract and a short curriculum vitae. The number of scholars supported, and the amount of support, is contingent upon available funds. Preference is given to early career scholars (graduate students and those completing their Ph.D. in the last 5 years). Of these, single-authored abstracts will be given preference. Support for non-early career scholars is also available, with preference given to CaGIS members.

Travel funding is contingent upon acceptance of abstracts by the ICC 2019 organizing committee. Notification of travel funding will therefore be made in after the abstracts accepted for conference presentation have been determined.

To apply, submit a copy of your ICC abstract and a one-page vitae clearly indicating your career status (early career scholar or not). Include both of these in a single PDF or Word document titled “Lastname ICC 2019 Abstract.pdf” (or .doc or .docx), where Lastname is the last name of the first author. Only one abstract per author will be considered, including co-authorship. Send the abstract/vitae document to Aileen Buckley, (abuckley@esri.com), Chair of the USNC-ICA, at the same time you submit your abstract to participate in ICC 2019 (http://www.icc2019.org/papers.html). Note the December 5 deadline for full manuscripts and the December 19 deadline for abstracts and publication in the proceedings. Applicants for USNC Travel Funding are expected to be notified about funding decisions by March 1, 2019.

2. ICC Awards

The USNC will support applications/nominations for these ICA awards:

  • ICA Scholarships
    The ICA offers scholarships to support individuals in advancing their career in cartography and GIScience to the benefit of the ICA community. ICA scholarships for young scientists or professionals in cartography and GIScience can be used to participate in ICA events (International Cartographic Conferences, Regional Cartographic Conferences, or ICA Commission workshops). Details are available at http://icaci.org/scholarship/. Applicants must send their applications materials to the USNC Chair in advance of the submission deadline so that the required letter of support can be provided as part of the applicant’s submission. The deadline for the submission of applications to attend ICC 2019 is February 1, 2019, with the deadline of January 25, 2019 for requests to the USNC Chair for letters of support for applications for the ICA scholarship. The deadline for the submission of applications to attend ICA Commission workshops held in conjunction with ICC 2019 is June 1, 2019, with the deadline of May 25, 2019 for requests to the USNC Chair for letters of support for applications for the ICA scholarship.
  • ICA Honorary Fellowship
    The ICA Honorary Fellowship, which includes a bronze medal, is awarded to cartographers of international reputation who have made special contributions to the ICA. The USNC will submit nominations for this award to the ICA. A nomination must be accompanied with publication and other citations for the nominee. Please contact the USNC Chair by December 15, 2018 with nominations for this ICA award.
  • Diploma of Outstanding Service to the ICA
    The ICA Honorary Fellowship is awarded for outstanding service to the ICA and to Cartography in general. The USNC will submit nominations for this award to the ICA. Please contact the USNC Chair by December 15, 2018 with nominations for this ICA award.

3. ICA COMMISSIONS WITH U.S. CHAIRS

ICA Commissions perform the majority of the substantive and apparent work of the ICA. The on-going interests and strengths of the ICA are reflected in the operational fields of its current commissions. Continuing and new commissions are proposed at the ICA General Assembly (held every four years, with the next in conjunction with ICC 2019) where delegates from the ICA member nations vote on whether to approve the proposals. Proposals must include terms of reference and short biographies for the commission chair and vice-chair (for examples, see the current ICA commissions). Proposals for ICA commissions with U.S. chairs to be considered at the next ICA General Assembly should be submitted to the USNC Chair by January 15, 2018. Further details about ICA commissions can be found in Article 24 of the ICA statutes.

4. ICA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The USNC is developing materials for a U.S. nominee for the ICA Executive Committee.

5. U.S. National Report

At each ICA General Assembly (held every four years, with the next in conjunction with ICC 2019), ICA member countries provide a national report describing cartographic and GIScience activities in the country during the previous four years. The 2019 U.S. National Report will be published as an open-access article in Volume 46, Issue 3, June 2019, of the Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS) journal, in addition to a one-page, open-access editorial explaining that the article is the substance of the U.S. National Report. Here are details about the article:

  • Title: Contemporary Cartographic Research: A Review and Prospective
  • Authors: Keith C. Clarke, J. Michael Johnson, and Tim Trainor
  • Abstract: We review recent developments in cartographic research in North America, in the context of informing the 29th International Cartographic Conference, and 18th General Assembly in 2019. The titles of papers published since 2015 in four leading cartographic journals yielded a corpus of 245 documents containing 1,109 unique terms. These terms were analyzed using Latent Dirichlet Allocation and by visual analytics to produce 14 topic groups that mapped onto 5 classes. These classes were named: information visualization, cartographic data, spatial analysis and applications, methods and models, and GIScience. The classes were then used as themes to discuss the recent cartographic literature more broadly first to review recent trends in the research and to identify research gaps, and secondly to examine prospects for new research over the next 20 years. A conclusion draws some broad findings from the review, suggesting that cartographic research in the future will be aimed less at dealing with data, and more at generating insight and knowledge to better inform society about global challenges.

6. International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE)
The 29th International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE) will be held in conjunction with ICC 2019. The USNC will coordinate the entry of maps and other cartographic items to be included in the ICE. The call for participation is open to all U.S. map makers and others to submit their cartographic products, including paper maps and charts, atlases, digital products, digital services, educational cartographic products, and other cartographic products (including globes and tactile maps). All submitted items must have been produced or modified after August 2017 (the date of the last ICC). Submissions will be displayed in the ICE and in the online conference app. All submitted items will be judged by a cartographic jury during the ICC, and winners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony. The USNC Chair will spearhead the coordination of U.S. entries. The first call for participation will go out as soon as details are released by the ICC 2019 Organizing Committee, which is expected to be in late 2018 with a final deadline expected to be in early March 2019.

7. Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition
The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children whose aim is to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. The competition is organized every two years and maps are exhibited at each ICC. In a national round in all participating ICA member countries, the national winners are selected, which are exhibited during the ICC, where the international winners are selected. USNC Committee Members, Rob Edsall and Dierdre Bevington-Attardi, are spearheading the coordination U.S. entries in the 2019 Children’s Map Competition. The following schedule has been developed by Dierdre, the U.S. National Children’s Map Competition organizer:

  • November 5, 2018 – National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) web page (http://ncge.org/Map2017) announces the U.S. Children’s World Map Competition and provides the rules and forms for teachers and parents
  • February 15, 2019 – U.S. National Children’s Map Competition entries are due
  • April 3-7, 2019 – U.S. National Winners, chosen by expert panel of judges at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, are announced
  • May 1, 2019 – Six National Finalist Maps (four first place winners plus two second place winners) are sent to the International Competition for scanning and entry into the Barbara Petchenik International Children’s World Map Competition
  • July 15-20, 2019 – Member country finalists and international winners are exhibited at the Petchenik International Children’s World Map Competition, held in conjunction with the ICC


USNC MEMBERS

Academia

  • Dan Cole (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Michael Leitner (Louisiana State University)
  • Patrick Kennelly (Long Island University)
  • Sunhui Sim (University of North Alabama)

Government

  • Dierdre Bevington-Attardi (Census Bureau)
  • Rob Edsall (Idaho National Laboratory)
  • John Nyberg (NOAA)

Industry

  • Aileen Buckley (Esri), USNC Chair and Lead U.S. Delegate to the ICA
  • Jim Fulmer (Retired KEYW Corporation)
  • Mike Lane (Hexagon Geospatial, Head, Educational Partner Program)

Ex-officio Member

  • Harold Moellering (Ohio State University)

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