The Cartography and Geographic Information Society supports research, education and practice to improve the understanding, creation, analysis, and use of maps and geographic information to support effective decision-making and improve the quality of life. The benefits of membership include:
CaGIS Journal: This is our flagship publication -- through the publication of authoritative articles and international papers, it serves as a forum for the exchange of original concepts, techniques, approaches, and experiences by those who design, implement, and use geospatial technologies. Log-on to access the journal online via Ingenta.
AutoCarto Conference: In 2004, CaGIS resurrected the long-successful AutoCarto Conference to bring together from around the world researchers and scientists who are working at the interface of cartography and GIScience.
U.S. National Committee to the International Cartographic Association (USNC-ICA): CaGIS is the organization that represents the U.S. to the ICA. The ICA meeting is held every two years. CaGIS helps to fund many of the U.S. members who attend to present papers and posters to our international colleagues.
Awards and Scholarships: CaGIS sponsors a number of student awards, including the Student Map Design Competition, the CaGIS Journal Student Paper Award and the CaGIS Scholarship. In addition we honor our more experienced colleagues through the Professional Map Design Competition (now in its 35th year!), the Fennel Award, the ACSM Fellows Award, and our newly instituted CaGIS Lifetime Achievement Award.
CaGIS participates in a number of activities that influence both legislation and policy at the national level. CaGIS is a member of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO. The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) is an advisory body to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (http://www.fgdc.gov). CaGIS also monitors other issues related to Cartography and Geographic Science at the national, regional, and local levels and is proactive in seeking and representing members' concerns. Your issues are our issues!
A Full Member has voting rights and is any person who:
Possesses a bachelorʹs or higher degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline or area of study which would qualify the person for a professional position in cartography, geographic information sciences or related activities, including but not limited to, compilation and research, execution and production, teaching, interpretation, dissemination and preservation; or
Has four years of active experience in cartography, geographic information sciences or related activities, as described above, or Possesses a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university and has an interest in cartography or geographic information sciences.
An Early Career Member is any person who has completed his or her degree within the last two years and was a Student Member for two years prior to completion of the degree. An Early Career Member has voting rights.
A Lifetime Member shall be any person who applies to the Society for such designation and has been a Full Member for one (1) or more years.
A Student Member is any person pursuing a course of study as a graduate or undergraduate student on a full‐time basis (as defined by the academic institution) leading to a career in cartography, geographic information sciences or related field. A Student Member shall not have voting rights.
An Affiliate Member is any person who does not participate directly in any of CaGIS’ disciplines, yet has an interest in cartography and GIS, and wishes to support the mission and goals of CaGIS. An Affiliate Member shall have all the rights and privileges of membership, except for the right to vote and to hold CaGIS office.
An Organizational Member is any organization (private sector firm, government agency, academic institution, etc.) who provides sustaining support to CaGIS, and supports the mission and goals of CaGIS. See documentation below for organizational member criteria and benefits.
An Organizational Member is any organization (private sector firm, government agency, academic institution, etc.) who provides sustaining support to CaGIS, and supports the mission and goals of CaGIS. This membership category will provide the Organizational Member with:LARGE ORGANIZATION (11 or more employees)