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 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
email: abuckley@esri.com

ICA NEWS

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USNC ACTIVITIES

USNC Meetings

A meeting of the USNC will take place during the AAG annual meeting in Washington, DC, April 3-7. Details on the meeting time and location will be made available soon.

 



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/.

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. Submission of the U.S. National Report
  2. U.S. 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 U.S. institutions attend the ICC
  5. Proposals for ICA commissions with U.S. chairs
  6. Nominations for the ICA Executive Committee
  7. U.S. entries in the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Drawing Competition

1. The U.S. National Report

Every four years, the U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the International Cartographic Association (ICA) publishes the U.S. 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 U.S. cartographic and GIScience community. We are now in the process of compiling the 2019 U.S. report, and we invite you to contribute!

Submissions for he U.S. 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.

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.

Please indicate your interest in contributing to the U.S. National Report by sending an email to Aileen Buckley, USNC Chair (abuckley@esri.com) no later than March 1, 2019, indicating the following:

  • Draft title
  • Names and affiliations of all the authors
  • Contact information for the primary author

Final submissions are due no later than April 1, 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 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.

2. International Cartographic Exhibition (ICE)

The USNC is soliciting maps and other cartographic items for the United States entries in the 29th International Cartographic Exhibition to be 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 .

This 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 International Cartographic Exhibition and in the conference app available to attendees. All submitted items will be judged by a cartographic jury during the ICC, and winners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony.

Submissions require the following:

  1. An item description – due May 10, 2019
  2. A PDF image of the item or, for digital cartographic products, the URL link to the short video and the tabloid-sized poster– due May 10, 2019
  3. The cartographic item – due June 10, 2019

Details about each of these follows.

  1. Item Descriptions

To submit an item to be considered for entry into the United States exhibit, a description of the item must first be submitted (see Instructions for Description Submissions below). Item descriptions should be submitted as email attachments to the USNC chair (abuckley@esri.com) no later than May 10, 2019.

  1. PDF Images of Items

PDF images of all entries must be submitted in advance of the conference—these will be included in the digital Exhibition Catalogue. For maps and charts on panels, a full PDF image of the product must be submitted. For digital products, please see Special instructions for Digital Cartographic Products below. For other types of products, please submit a photograph saved in PDF format. The PDFs must be submitted as email attachments to Aileen Buckley (abuckley@esri.com) no later than May 10, 2019. Note: Users will not have access to the original PDF’s—images will be viewed within a constrained, protected view-and-pan window which prevents users from obtaining all or portions of the cartographic product.

  1. Cartographic Items

Hardcopy items to be exhibited, such as paper maps and charts, atlases, books, globes and other physical materials, must be delivered to Aileen Buckley at the address below. All hardcopy items must be submitted no later than June 15, 2019.

Aileen Buckley
Esri, Inc.
380 New York Street
Redlands, CA 92373
abuckley@esri.com

Questions concerning submissions can be directed to Aileen Buckley via email at abuckley@esri.com or by phone at 909-793-2853, ext. 2997. Complete instructions for submissions will be available on the ICC 2019 web site at http://icc2019.org/.

By submitting an entry, the item and the use of the winning items in analog or digital form, is granted to ICA for further promotional use. After the International Cartographic Exhibition, the analog and digital winning items remain available to ICA for further use and archiving.

Instructions for Description Submissions

  1. For each item a brief abstract must be included with the entry. The abstract should state the purpose, content and cartographic method applied in the creation of the cartographic item, in very few words. This information will be used to plan the exhibition, prepare the Exhibition Catalogue, and prepare the identification labels to be placed by each object in the exhibition. The abstract is limited to 100 words in English or French.
  2. Also for each item, please include keywords descriptive of the entry. Each keyword should not contain more than two compound words, and each keyword phrase should start with an uppercase letter. When selecting the keywords, think of them as terms that will help someone locate your chapter at the top of the search engine list using, for example, Google. Very broad terms (e.g., ‘Case study’ by itself) should be avoided as these will result in thousands of search results but will not result in finding your item.
  3. In addition to the abstract and keywords, for each item, the following information will also be required:

Maps on panels

This category includes not only paper maps, but also all non-paper cartographic products suitable for poster board display, such as relief models or tactile cartography for the visually handicapped.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Type of material (paper / plastic / other – specify)
  • Scale, if relevant
  • Dimensions of the sheet (in millimeters, width by height)
  • Dimensions of the sheet (in inches, width by height)
  • Author(s)
  • Published by
  • Date published
  • Language(s) of the legend

Charts on panels

This category includes not only paper nautical and aeronautical charts, but also all non-paper navigational products suitable for poster board display.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Type of material (paper / plastic / other – specify)
  • Scale, if relevant
  • Dimensions of the sheet (in millimeters, width by height)
  • Dimensions of the sheet (in inches, width by height)
  • Author(s)
  • Published by
  • Date published
  • Language(s) of the legend

Atlases

This category is for all non-digital atlas products, whether composed of maps or charts.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Number of pages
  • Dimensions of the sheet (in millimeters, width by height)
  • Dimensions of the sheet (in inches, width by height)
  • Author(s)
  • Published by
  • Date published
  • Language(s) of the text

Digital Products

This category is for all digital cartographic products except Spatial Data Infrastructures (Digital Services), whether composed of maps or charts.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Type (app, DVD, web map, and/or other)
  • File format (please describe image file format, audio file format, video file format, and/or other format information, limited to 10 words)
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX, Android OS, iOS, and/or other
  • Author(s)
  • Published by
  • Date published or most recently updated
  • Scale, if relevant
  • Language(s) of the presentation

Digital Services

This category is for exhibition of Spatial Data Infrastructures only.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Type of service (WMS, WCS, WFS, WPS, or other service interface standard of the Open Geospatial Consortium)
  • Format (file type, structure of coverages/themes, etc.)
  • Software platform in which it is managed
  • Author(s)
  • Published by
  • Date published or most recently updated
  • Scale if relevant
  • Language(s) of the presentation

Educational cartographic products

This category includes both digital and non-digital educational cartographic products.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Author(s)
  • Type (paper map, digital product, other – specify)
  • Dimensions (for all types except digital, in millimeters, width by height)
  • Dimensions (for all types except digital, in inches, width by height)
  • Published by
  • Date published
  • Language(s) of the product

Other cartographic products

This category is for all products unsuitable for vertical panel display, or which otherwise do not fit into the previous categories, including globes and tactile maps.

  • Title (in English or French)
  • Author(s)
  • Material (paper, plastic, other – specify)
  • Published by
  • Date published
  • Language(s) of the product

Special Instructions for Digital Cartographic Products

Posters describing the digital cartographic products will be displayed at the special digital cartographic entry area at the Cartographic Exhibition. Visitors will be able to browse the posters to see which video they would like to view, then either choose the video URL link at a computer in the display area, to view in YouTube or Vimeo, or to enter in their smart device and watch it on their own.

  1. For digital cartographic entries, please create a video of 2−4 minutes in length. This video should describe the product, provide a visual tour of its features and functionality, and if possible, include a URL at the end for viewers to link to the actual product. An audio component is encouraged although not required.
  2. Post this video to a URL which will navigate a viewer directly to your demo video. These URLs will then be accessible at the conference via YouTube or Vimeo. The URL link to the short video should be submitted along with the tabloid-sized poster (explained below) to Aileen Buckley at abuckley@esri.com no later than May 10, 2019.
  3. Create a tabloid (279 mm x 432 mm)-sized poster for your product, which includes the title, authors, a screenshot, and the video URL. In addition, a QR code pointing to your video URL is highly recommended. (A QR code is a matrix barcode generated by an online QR code generator which, when scanned, links to a URL. By including one in your layout, visitors with QR code scanners on their phone will be able to link to your website directly on their phones.) These posters should then be saved in PDF format and sent, along with their corresponding video URL, to Aileen Buckley at abuckley@esri.com no later than May 10, 2019.

3. ICA 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 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.

4. USNC TRAVEL FUNDING

Applicants for USNC Travel Funding will be notified after acceptance decisions have been made by the ICC Organizing Committee. USNC funding decisions are expected to be sent by March 1, 2019.

5. ICA COMMISSIONS

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 U.S. will submit proposals for ICA commissions with U.S. 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 ChairCo Chair
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 RobinsonArzu Çöltekin

6. ICA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The USNC submitted a proposal for a U.S. nominee, Mr. Tim Trainor, for the position of President on the ICA Executive Committee. The USNC also submitted a proposal for a U.S. 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 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

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)
  • ** February 20, 2019: Expected notification by the ICC 2019 Organizing Committee of acceptance of conference presentation and publication submissions
  • * March 1, 2019: Letter of interest to the editor to contribute to the US National Report
  • * March 1, 2019: Submission to the U.S. organizer of descriptions of entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • * March 15, 2019: Expected notification of decisions about USNC Travel Funding
  • * May 10, 2019: Deadline for descriptions and PDFs of U.S. entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • * 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 U.S. National Children’s Map Competition
  • * April 2019: Meeting of the USNC at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
  • * May 10, 2019: Deadline for the submission of U.S. entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • * May 1, 2019: Reviews to authors of submissions to the US National Report
  • * 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: Revisions of contributions to the US National Report to the editor
  • * June 1, 2019: Submission to the ICA of applications for the ICA scholarship to attend ICC 2019 pre-conference workshops
  • * June 15, 2019: Deadline for the submission of hardcopy items for U.S. entries in the International Cartographic Exhibition
  • * 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

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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