Geospatial Summi was a great success!

The 2014 Geospatial Summit, held last Thursday at UW-Madison, attracted over 150 attendees from locations around the state. Attendance was at an all-time high this year, surpassing the mark of 136 set in 2013.

The table below shows the affiliations of attendees. While primarily an academic conference, there is strong interest on the part of government agencies, private companies, non-profits, and the general public. Representatives from various UW system campuses were also present.


This is the fifth annual Geospatial Summit. The event began in 2010 as a small gathering at UW-Madison to discuss the future of the Geospatial Alliance– or “SIAC” as it was then known – a group of Madison faculty, staff and students involved in the field of GIS.

This year the Summit was expanded to an all-day program rather than a half-day. Program highlights included:

  • Eighteen research presentations by faculty, staff, students, and members of the state’s geospatial community. For a taste of what was discussed, you can view the full program and abstracts here.
  • Three keynote addresses by Professors Steve Ventura, Annemarie Schneider, and Eric Compas. Videos of these addresses can be found on the SCO’s YouTube channel.
  • A presentation and discussion with Len Kne, Associate Director of U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota. This session is also available as a video.

We want to take this opportunity to thank Professors Ventura, Schneider and Compas, Len Kne, and all conference presenters, whose time and efforts helped make the event a success. Likewise we would like to thank the event sponsors who helped offset the cost of the event for the SCO. This year’s sponsors were the Robinson Map Library, the UW-Madison Cartography Lab, the UW-Madison Department of Geography, and a special thanks to the GIS Certificate Program for providing the refreshments. 

For those of you unable to attend this year, we hope to see you at the 2015 Summit. Relevant information will be posted on the Geospatial Alliance and SCO websites as the date draws closer.

International Cartographic Association announces upcoming events

The next International Cartographic Association (ICA) conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2015. See the website at The call for papers is posted along with the venue and schedule of fees.

The 28th International Cartographic Conference of the ICA will come to Washington, DC, July 2 to 7, 2017. See more at

CaGIS (Cartography and Geographic Information Society) is the US member of the ICA and represents all aspects  of cartography and GIScience in ICA activities. The US National Committee (USNC) for the ICA is always working to build support for US participation in ICA  meetings through papers, map exhibits, and the children’s map exhibit. For more information on the ICA visit their website at