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 that is the liaison between ICA and CaGIS. as well as the larger the U.S. cartographic community.

CaGIS is the U.S. representative to the ICA. As such, 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, Esri, 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373-8100

phone: 909-793-2853 ext. 297

email: abuckley@esri.com.

Please contact Aileen with any questions or comments about the USNC.

Americans in Rio!

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the International Cartographic Association (ICA) supported 36 Americans to attend the 27th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 23-28, 2015. Additional Americans supported by their own organizations or by personal finances also attended. The conference drew more than 1,400 participants, including attendees, exhibitors, and press. The premier world conference for the presentation of cartographic research, the ICC included technical sessions with over 500 papers presented. In addition, there were workshops, poster summaries, short presentations of the work of the various ICA commissions, and sessions devoted to national mapping organizations. The conference also hosted the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition and a display of more than 400 maps, atlases, and digital cartographic products in the International Map Exhibition.

By coordinating fundraising efforts across the community, CaGIS was able to award $42,000 for travel support for early career and mature scholars. Contributions came from the National Science Foundation, CaGIS, Esri, Intergraph, the AAG Cartography Specialty Group, and Digital Globe. This is an important part of CaGIS’s responsibility to promote Cartography and GIScience.

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

Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling, Chair: Xiaobai Angela Yao, University of Georgia

Commission on the History of Cartography, Chair: Imre Josef Demhardt, University of Texas at Arlington

Commission on Map Design, Co-Chair: Ian Muehlenhaus, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Commission on Map Projections, Vice-chair: Keith C. Clarke, University of California - Santa Barbara

Commission on Maps and the Internet, Chair: Rex Cammack, University of Nebraska

Commission on Mountain Cartography, Vice-Chair: Tom Patterson, National Park Service

Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies, Vice-Chair: Mike Finn, US Geological Survey

Commission on Use, User and Usability Issues, Vice-Chair: Rob Roth, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Commission on Visual Analytics, Chair: Anthony C. Robinson, Penn State University


The Members of the USNC are:


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)

Jonathan Thies (Intergraph Corporation)

Ex-officio Member

Harold Moellering (Ohio State University)


Travel Funding

Funding the U.S. national participation in each International Cartographic Conference (ICC) of the ICA is a major part of the work of the USNC. Cartographers and geographic information scientists who are just getting started in the field are especially encouraged to apply for travel funds since the largest awards are reserved for early career scholars. Established scholars receive lesser amounts to augment their other sources of funds. Travel awards are competitive and are based on the quality of abstracts for papers and posters accepted by the ICC program committee.

The next ICC will be held in Washington, DC, from July 2-7, 2017. To be considered for travel funding, you must submit a copy of your paper or poster abstract to the USNC at the same time that you send submit it for ICC 2016. Please send your abstracts to abuckley@esri.com no later than October 26, 2016.

To learn more about the conference, visit www.icc.org. Watch here for further updates on funding to attend the ICC 2016 conference.