The Cartography and Geographic Information Society is the U.S. adhering body to the International Cartographic Association (ICA).
Countries are members of ICA. Individual cartographers working in the U.S. do not need to be ICA members to participate in ICA's ICC conferences, commissions, and working groups because CaGIS has paid that membership for all of us with our country membership.
The Chair of U.S. National Committee is Dr. Lynn Usery, Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, U.S. Geological Survey, 1400 Independence Road, Rolla, MO 65401-2502; phone: 573-308-3837, fax: 573-308-3652, firstname.lastname@example.org [2008-2012]
The U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the International Cartographic Association (ICA) supported 36 Americans to attend the 26th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Dresden, Germany, August 25-30, 2013. 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, a daily newsletter, speed presentations for young scholars, and sessions devoted to national mapping organizations. The conference also hosted the Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition and a display of more than 500 maps 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.
At present, the following ICA commissions have chairs or co-chairs from the United States:
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 of the U.S. National Committee is Dr. Lynn Usery, Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science, U.S. Geological Survey, 1400 Independence Road, Rolla, MO 65401-2502; phone: 573-308-3837, fax: 573-308-3652, email@example.com [2007-2015]
Funding the U.S. national participation in each ICC is a major part of the work of the USNC. Professional cartographers and geographic information scientists who are just getting started in the field are especially encouraged to apply for funds since the largest travel awards are reserved for early career scholars. The USNC attempts to organize funds to cover most travel expenses for this group. 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.