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
380 New York Street
Redlands, CA 92373-8100
phone: 909-793-2853 ext. 2997
Use these links to find out the latest news from the ICA:
- ICA website: https://icaci.org/
- Monthly online newsletter identifying the latest cartographic news and developments from around the world: https://icaci.org/ecarto-news-archive/
- Biannual online newsletter documenting the activities of the ICA and its members and commissions: https://icaci.org/ica-news/
Over 80 participants from the US attended the conference, many of which are shown in the photo below.
The USNC supported the following activities at the 2019 ICC:
- Submission of the US National Report
- US entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
- US entries in the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition
- Nominations for the ICA Executive Committee
- Proposals for ICA commissions with US chairs
- Nominations for ICA awards
- USNC Travel Funding to help American and international scholars at US institutions attend the ICC
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.
The 2019 US National Report also consists of an open-access article by K.C Clarke, J.M Johnson, and T. Trainor 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 by A. Buckley explaining that the article is the part of the US National Report.
The USNC displayed maps and other cartographic items for the United States in the 29th International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE) held in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference (ICC – icc2019.org) in Tokyo, Japan, from July 15–20, 2019. Details about the ICE can be found at http://www.icc2019.org/cartographic_exhibition.html.
3. 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, spearheaded the coordination US entries in the 2019 Children’s Map Competition.
The United States Children’s Map Competition is sponsored by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) and the National Council for Geographic Education. In April 2019, the six finalists for the United States were chosen at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. These maps were displayed in the Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition at ICC 2019.
The national finalists and winners of the 2019 international competition at the ICC in Tokyo, Japan, are listed at https://icaci.org/petchenik/. Winners from past competitions (from 1993), are available from the Winner Map Collection at the Carleton University Library website (http://children.library.Carleton.ca/).
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. Both of these nominees won in their positions. See the winners of the Executive Committee election here.
5. ICA Commissions
The USNC submitted proposals for the following ICA commissions with U.S,. chairs or co-chairs. all of which were approved by the General Assembly:
|Geospatial Analysis and Modeling||Xiaobai Angela Yao||Bin Jiang|
|Geospatial Semantics||Dalia Varanka||Francis Harvey|
|History of Cartography||Imre Demhardt||Mirela Alti|
|Map Design||Ian Muehlenhaus||Ken Field|
|Map Projections||Lynn Usery||Miljenko Lapaine|
|User Experience||Rob Roth||Amy Griffin|
|Visual Analytics||Anthony Robinson & Arzu Coltekin|
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.
6. ICA Awards
The USNC supported a number of applications/nominations for ICA awards at ICC 2019.
- ICA Scholarships
Nick Lally, Carolyn Fish, Harrison Cole, Ross Thorn, Xiao Huang, and Lei Zou were awarded ICA scholarships at the 2019 International Cartographic Conference.
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/.
7. USNC Travel Funding
The USNC supported 24 early career scholars and 14 non-early careers scholars to attend ICC 2019.
|Early Career Scholars||Non-Early Career Scholars|
|Cary Anderson, Penn State U||Rex Cammack, U Nebraska|
|Nick Lally, U Kentucky||Alberto Giordano, Texas State U|
|Carolyn Fish, U Oregon||Jeffrey Howarth, Middlebury College|
|Lourdes Avelar, U Southern California||Patrick Kennelly, Long Island U|
|Xiang “Peter” Chen, Arkansas Tech U||Barry Kronenfeld, Eastern Illinois U|
|Harrison Cole, Penn State U||Alan MacEachren, Penn State U|
|Emily Domanico, Penn State U||Rakesh Malhotra, N Carolina Centrl U|
|Amariah Fischer, U Iowa||Hal Moellering, Ohio State U|
|Song Gao, U Wisconsin||Michael Peterson, U Nebraska|
|Xiao Huang, U S Carolina||Robert Roth, U Wisconsin|
|Morteza Karimzadeh, Purdue U||Alex Sorokine, Oak Ridge Natl Lab|
|William Limpisathian, U Oregon||Dalia Varanka, USGS|
|Ting Liu, Northern Illinois U||Xiaojun Yang, Florida State U|
|Shane Loeffler, U Minnesota||Angela Yao, U Georgia|
|Andong Ma, Texas A&M U|
|Lois Park, U Southern California|
|Alisa Pettitt, George Mason U|
|Paulo Raposo, U Tennessee|
|John “Jack” Swab, U Kentucky|
|Jim Thatcher, U Washington|
|Ross Thorn, U Wisconsin|
|Wangshu Mu, Arizona State U|
|Lei Zou, Texas A&M U|
|Colin Flynn, George Mason U|