International Cartographic Association

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U. S. National Committee for ICA

ICC 2005 will be in A Caruña, Spain, July 9-16.
Find information about ICC Durban '03 at <>
Reports on the August '01 Beijing Conference are in ICA News, Dec. '01.

Funding update, Durban 2003

Recent contributions to the USNC travel fund, which provides partial support to presenters and other program participants on a competitive basis, have come from:

     Principal granting agency:  National Science Foundation.

    Major contributors:   ACSM/CaGIS, ESRI,   Intergraph.

If your organization can contribute for ICC '05 or other future conferences, please contact the USNC Chairperson.

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USNC thanks the following for contributions to the Beijing ICC '01 Travel Fund, which provided varying levels of support to over 30 U.S. presenters and other program participants on a competitive basis:

     Principal granting agency:  National Science Foundation.

     Major contributors:   ESRI, Intergraph,  and  ACSM/CaGIS.

     Additional contributors: 3001, Inc., Chicago CartoGraphics

Chairperson ['99-03]:

Judy M. Olson
Department of Geography
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-8757
Fax: (517) 432-1671

Committee Members:

Tanya Allison, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD 20850 [e-mail: <>]  [1999-03]

Cynthia Brewer, Dept of Geography, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802-5011 [fax: 814-863-7943, phone: 814-865-5072; e-mail] [2003; replacement]

Ann Johnson, Environmental Systems Resarch Institute, Inc., 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92373-8100 [fax: 909-307-3039, phone: 909-793-2853, e-mail:]   [2001-03; replacement]

John Kelmelis, National Mapping Division, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 22092 [fax:  703-648-5542, phone: 703-648-4792, e-mail:]   [1999-03]

Amy Lobben, Dept of Geography, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 [fax:  989-774-2907, phone: 989-774-4995, e-mail <>]  [2001-2005]

Gail Ludwig, Dept of Geography, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 [fax:573-874-6066, phone: 573-882-3233, e-mail:  ]  [2001-05]

R. Scott Seeley, Intergraph Corp., Mail Stop IW1502, Huntsville, AL 35894 [FAX: 256-730-1213, Phone: 256-730-7726, e-mail:] [2001-2005]

William Thompson, Geography Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC 20233 [fax: , phone: 301-457-1101,
e-mail:]   [1999-03]

U.S. ICA Vice President:

Robert McMaster, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 [fax: 612-624-1044, phone: 612-625-6080, e-mail:]

The USNC represents U.S. cartographers as a liason committee of the Cartography & Geographic Information Society, a member organization of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.

Recent Sponsors of USNC Activity

The USNC is pleased to recognize financial support in recent years from the following organizations. This support is a critical factor in maintaining a strong US presence within the ICA. Please contact Judy Olson [] for information about joining the distinguished corporate donors who support the USNC.

Corporate Donors:

Platinum level donor ($5000)

Visit the Intergraph Mapping and Geoengineering page to check out

their new products 

... and check out their Map Production page

Silver level donor ($1000) 

Visit the Rand McNally WWW site, your guide to travel information on the World Wide Web.

Granting Agencies:

National Science Foundation

Support for travel to ICA meetings has been provided under a travel grant awarded to Robert McMaster, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota

Support for the '99 U.S. National Report:

U.S. Bureau of the Census, Idrisi Project at Clark University, ERDAS,  and  Geographic Data Technology (GDT), Inc.

Information about the ICA and USNC activities


ICA Newsletter

For copies of issues not available on the web, contact the USNC-ICA chair (

For all recent issues--No. 33 forward--go to Newsletters on the ICA page.
No. 32, August 1999 (paper only)
No. 31, Winter 1998-9  (paper only)
No. 30, Summer 1998 (paper and web)
No. 29, Winter 1997 (paper and web)
Nos. 1 through 28 (paper only)

ICA Cartographic Conferences

The next conference will be ICC Durban, South Africa, August10-16, 2003Technical exhibition Information for potential exhibitors interested in displaying commercial mapping, GIS, and other products can be obtained by contacting the organizers.

The most recent ICA Cartographic Confernences were held in Ottawa, Canada, August 14-21, 1999 and Beijing, August 6-10, 2001.

ICA Mission Statement

At the General Assembly in Barcelona, September, 1995, a new mission statement for the organization was approved.

ICA Definitions: map, cartographer, cartography

At the General Assembly in Barcelona, September, 1995, new definitions for "map," "cartography," and "cartographer" were adopted.

ICA Commission & Working Groups - US Participation

At present, The following ICA Commissions have chairs or co-chairs from the US:

Standards for the Transfer of Spatial Data  (Harold Moellering, chair)
Visualization (Alan MacEachren, chair);
Maps and the Internet (Michael Peterson, chair);
National and Regional Atlases (Timothy Trainor, chair)
Planetary Cartography  (Kira Shingareva, Russia, chair; James Zimbelman, co-chair)
Map Projections (Daniel Strebe, chair)

Most other commissions have a U.S. member and many have one or more U.S. corresponding members.

USNC: Meetings

The next meeting of USNC-ICA should be found in the latest meeting notes below.  We generally meet at least twice per year (spring and fall).  Many of our "meetings" are conference calls.  We have also held (open) meetings during AAG annual conferences in recent years to disseminate information as widely as possible.  All interested persons are invited to these open meetings.  There will be an open meeting at ACSM Nashville in April 2004.

USNC: Notes from 1999-2003 (11th-12th General Assembly interval)

Conference Call, Summer '03 meeting, June 23, 2003 (.pdf)
New Orleans, March 2003 (during AAG)
Conference Call (in lieu of Fall'02 meeting) , September 2002 (.pdf)
Los Angeles, March 2002 (during AAG)
Conference Call (in lieu of Fall'01 meeting), October 2001 (.pdf)
Beijing, China, August 2001
New York City, March 2001 (during AAG)
Conference Call (in lieu of Fall'00 meeting), Jan. 2001 (.pdf)
Little Rock, AR, Mar. 2000 (.pdf)
Grand Rapids, MI, Oct. 1999 (.pdf)

USNC: Notes from previous meetings

Barcelona, Sept. 1995
Baltimore, April, 1996
Denver, November, 1996
Stockholm, June, 1997
Cincinnati, October, 1997
Ottawa, August 1999

Travel Funds

Funding our national participation in each International Cartographic Conference is a major part of the U.S. National Committee's work. The U.S. National Committee attempts to provide funding to approximately cover the cost of transportation to the International Cartographic Conference for participants from the U.S. who play an active role in the meeting - primarily through presentation of papers accepted by the program committee.  If funds permit, partial travel support may also be provided to participants contributing to the conference in other ways, such as leadership on the ICA's Commissions, Working Groups, and Executive Committee.  Professional cartographers young in their career are especially encouraged to submit paper abstracts, since funding is often earmarked for "young" scientists.

We welcome support from corporations whose focus is related to cartography and the geoinformation sciences.  Please contact Judy Olson for information on becoming a contributor.

U. S. National Report



U.S. National Reports have appeared every four years and have appeared as special content issues of  Cartography and Geographic Information Science (formerly Cartography and Geographic Information Systems and The American Cartographer) since 1984.   The U.S. National Report for ICC Durban 2003, Transitions in U.S. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, was edited by Francis J. Harvey.  It was published as Vol. 30, No. 2, April 2003.  The previous Report, The State of U. S. Cartography was published as Vol. 26, No. 3, July 1999, Cynthia A. Brewer, editor.

 Financial support for recent U.S. National Reports has come from the U.S. Bureau of the Census,  Idrisi Project at Clark University,  ERDAS,  and  Geographic Data Technology (GDT), Inc.

Barbara Petchenik International children's map design competition

The Barbara Petchenik competition is for maps by children age 15 years and younger.  One of the 120 finalists in the Petchenik Children's Map Competition:

Current Call for Entries

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Judy M. Olson/Department of Geography / Michigan State University / last updated 11/03