U.S. National Committee for the International Cartographic Association (ICA)

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society 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.

As the U.S. representative to the ICA, CaGIS pays the annual dues for the United States so that all U.S. cartographers and geographic information scientists can participate in ICA activities.

The Chair (2016-2020) of U.S. National Committee is Dr. Aileen Buckley. Please contact Aileen with any questions about the USNC and its activities.

380 New York Street
Redlands, CA 92373-8100

phone: 909-793-2853 ext. 2997
email: abuckley@esri.com.



28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2017)

The Twenty-Eighth International Cartographic Conference (ICC) was held July 2–7, 2017, in Washington, DC, with attendees and exhibitors representing an international assembly of governments, academia, and private industries. As the official conference of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), the ICC takes place every two years in one of the ICA member countries, where it is organized and sponsored by national societies or agencies. This year’s conference was sponsored by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). The Local Organizing Committee (LOC)—consisting of 40 people and chaired by Lynn Usery with the support of co-chairs Aileen Buckley and Tim Trainor—worked on this event for over six years, ever since the United States first bid for the 2011 ICC at the ICA General Assembly in Paris. After losing the bid for the 2015 ICC to Rio de Janeiro, the United States was awarded the 2017 ICC.

Here are some highlights of ICC 2017:

  • Just over 900 registrants from 57 countries, including 316 registrants from the United States
  • 28 student volunteers from 9 countries
  • 496 scientific paper presentations and 205 poster presentations, of which, respectively, 116 and 27 entries were from the United States.
  • The International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE), with 475 maps, atlases, globes, and other cartographic works, including 66 entries from the United States, of which 2 were from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and 18 were from Esri.
  • The Children’s Map Competition, with 193 entries from 34 countries, including 6 entries from the United States
  • 12 preconference workshops with 271 attendees
  • 10 technical tours with 230 attendees

The ICC 2017 website (http://icc2017.org) provides additional information about the conference and these events. Note that some of the numbers in this article may change, as the conference data continues to be collated.  ICC 2017 Final Report.

28th International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE)

The USNC has organized all US entries for the 28th International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE) to be held in conjunction with ICC 2017. More than 50 entries will be exhibited, including maps, charts, atlases, and digital products and services. Cartographers and non-cartographers alike will be displaying works with a diverse and interesting range of themes and styles. With the help of USNC members, Aileen Buckley and Dan Cole, the entries are now being checked for accuracy and PDF images of the entries are being input. These will be used to create an online catalog of entries. Watch the ICC 2017 web site for publication of that catalog. Dan and Sunhui Sim, also a USNC member, will be organizing the entries on site in Washington, DC.

Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition

Report from Dierdre Bevington-Attardi

The USNC is also responsible for US entries in the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition to be held in conjunction with ICC 2017. A total of 91 entries were received with all age groups well represented (under 6, 6-8, 9-12, and 13-15). Under the leadership of USNC members, Rob Edsall and Dierdre Bevington-Attardi, the entries were narrowed to 30 potential final entrants which were displayed at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Boston in March. Based largely on the public vote there, a final decision has now been made on which six entries will move on to the International competition. See the winners and their entries at the bottom of this page.

Some of the children’s maps exhibited at the Annual Meeting of the AAG, from which six were chosen to compete as finalists for the international judging of the Barbara Petchenik Children‘s World Map Drawing Competition at ICC 2017.

ICC 2017 Travel Funding

The USNC was awarded $18,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the participation of early career scientists at the 2017 ICC. USNC member, Dr. Michael Leitner submitted the proposal to NSF and will administer it through his institution, Louisiana State University. With the additional $18,000 left over from the previous NSF travel grant (Rio de Janeiro), the USNC is able to fund all of the 32 early career scholars who applied for travel funding to attend ICC 2017. In addition, with contributions from CaGIS, Esri, and Intergraph, the USNC is also able to fund 19 non-early career scientists who will be attending ICC 2017. Congratulations to all 51 people who will be able to attend ICC 2017 with financial support from the USNC.

ICA Scholarships

Congratulations to the three US applicants that were selected to receive ICA scholarships to attend ICC 2017. Jorge Chen from University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB), Song Gao also from UCSB, and Amber Bosse from the University of Kentucky will each receive a 100 Euro award by the ICA to support their attendance at ICC 2017. Jorge will be presenting a paper titled “Rapid integration of indoor and outdoor coordinate reference systems using 3D point cloud data”. Song will be presenting “Identifying Geographic Features through Map Interpretation: A Case Study of Craters Using Controlling Variables”, and Amber will be presenting “For the Essentially Subjective Elements of Cartography, 1953-1995”. Be sure to see these if you attend the ICC!

ICA Honorary Fellowship

The USNC has nominated Tim Trainor for the ICA Diploma for Outstanding Service. The recipients of this honor will be announced that UICC 2017 on Thursday, July 6, at 1:30 prior to the plenary presentation that day.

USNC Meetings

A meeting of the USNC and the Local Organizing Committee for the ICC 2017 Conference was held during the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference. The purpose was to discuss what to expect at ICC 2017 and how the US will be represented at the conference. The next meeting of the USNC will be held during the 2017 ICC on Monday, July 3, immediately following the group photo which will be taken at the end of the Opening Ceremony. Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend.

ICA News

ICA Commissions

The following ICA commissions have chairs or co-chairs from the United States:

Other ICA News

For additional news from the ICA, see their web site at http://icaci.org/. Note that the ICA publishes a quarterly newsletter (http://icaci.org/ica-news/) and a monthly e-newsletter (http://icaci.org/ecarto-news-archive/).

About the USNC

The members of the USNC include the following. We are pleased to welcome Vince Smith to the committee —he is replacing Jonathan Thies who is no longer able to serve.


  • 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), Deputy US Delegate to the ICA
  • John Nyberg (NOAA)


  • Aileen Buckley (Esri), USNC Chair and Lead US Delegate to the ICA
  • Jim Fulmer (Retired KEYW Corporation)
  • Vince Smith (Hexagon Geospatial)

Ex-officio Member

  • Harold Moellering (Ohio State University)

US Children’s Map Competition Winners

These are the finalists who will compete in the international judging of the 2017 Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition at ICC 2017:

Molly Rascon, Chicago, IL: Colorful Earth Puzzle

Ewa Bodzianowski & Kaia Vazquez, Chicago, IL: A Bird’s Eye View

Amy Marie Doval Valdes Rodriguez, Hialeah, FL: Earth—A Fascinating Place, Deep, Deep Inside the Milky Way

Cheyanne Ligutan, Chicago, IL: Painting the World a New Picture

Shivani Patel, Mashpee, MA: We Love Maps: Food for Thought

Champ Turner, Austin, TX: Maps: Our Path For Exploration

This is the list, by age category, of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Honorable Mentions and Participant Awards were presented to all other entrants.

Under Age 6

  • Molly RasconColorful Earth Puzzle, Chicago, IL: First Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Sara KaelinCrazy Earth, Chicago, IL: Second Place Award
  • Erin CorpinFacing the World, Chicago, IL: Third Place Award

Ages 6-8

  • Ewa Bodzianowski & Kaia VazquezA Bird’s Eye View, Chicago, IL: First Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Sophia WyattUnder the Sea Map, Chicago, IL: Second Place Award
  • Sophia PolecThe Map Full of Adventures, Chicago, IL: Third Place Award

Ages 9-12

  • Amy Marie Doval Valdes RodriguezEarth—A Fascinating Place Deep, Deep Inside the Milky Way, Hialeah, FL: First Place Award and International Competition Finalist Award
  • Cheyanne LigutanPainting the World a New Picture, Chicago, IL: Second Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Emila MuchaAnimals Love the Earth, So Should You, Chicago, IL: Third Place Award
  • Grace PfeifferFlight of the Butterflies, Chicago, IL: Third Place Award

Ages 13-15

  • Champ TurnerMaps: Our Path for Exploration, Austin, TX: First Place and International Competition Finalist
  • Shivani PatelWe Love Maps: Food for Thought, Mashpee, MA: Second Place Award and International Competition Finalist
  • Julio J. LopezOrlando Tour, Miami, FL: Third Place Award
  • Anna LaunderLove Makes the World One, Cottonwood, CA: Third Place Award

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