US National Committee for the International Cartographic Association

US National Report | International Cartographic Exhibition | US Childrens’ Map Competition | USNC Travel Funding

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) is the US adhering body to the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The US 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 US cartographic community.

Please contact the USNC Chair (2016-2020) 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


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The 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 15-20, 2019. Important dates are posted here:

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 US Government employees on official travel; non-US Government employees are not required to have a visa, as long as they have a round-trip ticket (see
  • An onward/return ticket is required for stays less than 90 days
  • One passport page is required for the entry stamp

The USNC is supporting the following activities at the 2019 ICC (further details are below):

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

1. The US National Report

Every four years, the US National Committee (USNC) to the International Cartographic Association (ICA) publishes the US National Report to summarize cartographic and GIScience activities in the country during the previous four years across all sectors, including academia, industry, government, and others. The report is provided to all members of the ICA, and by extension, its member nations, including the US cartographic and GIScience community. We are now in the process of compiling the 2019 US report, and we invite you to contribute!

Submissions for the US National Report will be editor-reviewed short papers of 500-1,500 words (i.e., approximately 1 to 3 full pages of text) with up to three accompanying graphics (images, maps, graphs, tables, etc.). Contributions may be submitted from one or multiple authors. The template for submitted papers is available here.

Please note that the style for references is different than what is in the template. We will use the The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. See the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide. I find this useful as a quick reference.

Contributions may include achievements and activities of organizations or institutions; methods for the development, management, or dissemination of cartographic data and products; software, web, mobile, and other apps; applications of cartographic and GIS techniques within domain areas; novel cartographic methods and technologies; emerging technologies in mapping; curriculum development, MOOCs, and online courses or programs; and unique interdisciplinary activities in cartography and GIScience.

Final submissions are due by email to Aileen Buckley, USNC Chair (, by June 15, 2019.

The US National Report will also consist of 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 part of the US 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.

2. International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE)

The USNC will be displaying maps and other cartographic items for the United States in the 29th International Cartographic Exhibition to be held in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference (ICC – in Tokyo, Japan, from July 15–20, 2019.  Details about the ICE can be found at .

3. ICA Awards

The USNC is supporting applications/nominations for the ICA awards. Deadlines for these have already passed.

  • 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


Applicants for USNC Travel Funding were notified after acceptance decisions have been made by the ICC Organizing Committee.


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. The US submitted proposals for ICA commissions with US chairs to be considered at the next ICA General Assembly. Further details about ICA commissions can be found in Article 24 of the ICA statutes.

The USNC submitted proposals for the following ICA commissions with U.S,. chairs or co-chairs:

COMMISSIONChairVice ChairCo-Chairs
Geospatial Analysis and ModelingXiaobai Angela YaoBin Jiang
Geospatial SemanticsDalia VarankaFrancis Harvey
History of CartographyImre DemhardtMirela Alti
Map DesignIan MuehlenhausKen Field
Map ProjectionsLynn UseryMiljenko Lapaine
Use, User, and Usability IssuesRob RothAmy Griffin
Visual AnalyticsAnthony Robinson & Arzu Coltekin


The USNC submitted a proposal for a US nominee, Mr. Tim Trainor, for the position of President on the ICA Executive Committee. The USNC also submitted a proposal for a US nominee, Mr. Harold Moellering, for the position of Honorary Auditor to the ICA.

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 US entries in the 2019 Children’s Map Competition. The following schedule has been developed by Dierdre, the US National Children’s Map Competition organizer:

  • November 5, 2018 – National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) web page ( announces the US Children’s World Map Competition and provides the rules and forms for teachers and parents.
  • February 15, 2019 – US National Children’s Map Competition entries are due.
  • April 3-7, 2019 – US 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.


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

  • ** February 28, 2019: Notification by the ICC 2019 Organizing Committee of acceptance of conference presentation and publication submissions
  • * March 15, 2019: Notification of decisions about USNC Travel Funding
  • * April 1, 2019: Submissions to the editor of contributions to the US National Report
  • ** 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 US National Children’s Map Competition
  • * April 2019: Meeting of the USNC at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
  • * May 15, 2019: Submission to the US organizer of descriptions and PDFs of entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • * 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 1, 2019: Submission to the editor of contributions to the US National Report
  • * June 10, 2019: Deadline for the submission of hardcopy items for US entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • * July 1, 2019: Submission of the US National Report to the ICA

* Details about USNC-related activities can be found on the USNC web page:

** Details can be found on the ICC website:

Details can be found on the ICA website:



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


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


  • Aileen Buckley (Esri), USNC Chair and Lead US 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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