The International Cartographic Association (ICA) commission was established in August 2007, following an official approval of the 14th General Assembly of the ICA. The full name of the commission is the International Cartographic Association Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling. This commission has secured a second term (2011-2015) for the continuation of its activities.
While retaining their significant role in collecting geospatial information from various sources and using various means, current Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been gradually shifting to the quest of geospatial knowledge from massive geospatial information. This shift is triggered mainly by significant advances of GIS technologies involving the Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, digital mapping, and other emerging location sensing technologies. Nowadays, we are surrounded by overwhelming information, most of which can be referenced to Earth, forming what is commonly called geospatial information. For instance, Google Maps and Google Earth have integrated terabytes of satellite imagery, aerial photos, and digital maps, and ordinary people using their regular Internet connected PC can zoom from space right down to street level, and easily pinpoint their individual houses. However, it is geospatial knowledge, in forms of patterns, structures, relationships, and rules, rather than the spatial information assembled, that would significantly contribute to solving real world problems. It is in this context that that the ICA Commission was established, and finds its unique position in the international society.
The commission is currently coordinated by Professor Bin Jiang, University of Gävle, Sweden, and Professor Xiaobai Yao, University of Georgia, USA. Should you have any suggestion about the commission and the activities being carried out, please feel free to contact us.