Cartographers to Converge in Washington, DC

One week before the 2017 Esri User Conference (Esri UC) gets under way in San Diego, California, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) will host the 2017 International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Washington, DC. With the events being held in relative proximity (just a domestic flight apart) and in two consecutive weeks (July 2–7 for the ICC and July 10–14 for the Esri UC), mapping buffs and GIS aficionados from around the world have the opportunity to attend both conferences in one trip.

At the ICC, a biennial event organized on behalf of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), about 2,000 conference participants from more than 80 ICA member countries will take part in workshops; go on specialized tours; and see hundreds of presentations on cartographic techniques, algorithms, products, and theories. In addition to engaging in interactive learning experiences, attendees will be able to see exhibits that include the following:

Keynote speeches and technical sessions will cover a variety of topics, including interactive maps, dynamic cartography, spatial analysis, big data, sensor networks, virtual and augmented reality, and 3D mapping. Sessions will also explore historical cartography, web cartography, open-source mapping, and innovations in cartography and GIScience.

Special events on the schedule include an exhibit by internationally renowned artist Mary Edna Fraser, who flies, hikes, and boats—consulting maps, charts, and satellite imagery—to create stunning images of earth on pieces of dyed silk in the ancient art form of batik. The Library of Congress, which has one of the world’s largest map collections, will also present an exhibition of historical maps.

Attendees will have the chance to go on tours of the United States Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The social program will feature several receptions, a gala dinner, and an orienteering competition.

For more information on the 2017 ICC or to register, head to the website.