International Map YearThe International Map Industry Association endorses the International Map Year 2015 – 2016 as proposed by the International Cartographic Association as a valuable means to promote the importance of maps and Geoinformation.

International Business Networking and Education are the Key Foundations of IMIA

The International Map Industry Association (IMIA) is a truly global organization that represents the world of maps. IMIA is where mapmakers, publishers, geospatial technology companies, location-based services, content producers, and distributors come together to conduct the business of maps. IMIA connects you to colleagues, customers and business partners and keeps you abreast of developments in the mapping industry. With worldwide business networking and education conferences, committee and discussion groups, exchange of business information, IMIA membership is a proven global leadership opportunity.

Additionally, IMIA works in collaboration with other organizations around the globe. The following pdf document outlines one example of how IMIA works with nine other international organizations through the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. More details…

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Government Forum at Americas Conference

IMIA Americas Conference & Member Showcase
‘International Map Year 2015 – 2016’
September 27 – 29, 2015
Washington, D.C. USA

An Invitation to Attend the Government Forum

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to attend the International
Map Industry Association IMIA Americas Conference & Member Showcase, including
the Government Forum occurring during this event. This year’s conference will be held
September 27 – 29, 2015 at the Washington Hilton in historic Washington, D.C. USA.

IMIA consists of members that specialize in the multiple disciplines that make up the
mapping and spatial information industry worldwide. IMIA is an international association,
where mapmakers, publishers, geospatial technology companies, location-based
services, content producers, and distributors come together to both network and
conduct business. Changes within our industry are always causing us to rethink the
importance of location and how business is done, resulting in this year’s conference
theme… ‘International Map Year’. This year’s conference sessions include: the
Government Forum, Lightning Talks, Business Connect Session, Educational
Presentations, and lots more. The 2015 IMIA Americas Conference will offer networking
opportunities, panel sessions, exhibits, and social events.

As a government agency representative, you may be interested in attending the
Government Forum held on Tuesday September 29, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The
forum will feature a keynote presentation by Mr. Jerry Johnston, Geospatial Information
Officer for the U.S. Department of Interior. His keynote will focus on the evolution of
government map products and services to support the recreation market, government
interaction with the private sector and opportunities associated with crowd sourcing.
This year’s forum will be moderated by the U.S. Geological Survey, Director of the
National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, Ms. Kari Craun. Government invitees
will include the U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management; National Park
Service; Census Bureau; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Department of Natural Resources and Mines,
Queensland, Australia, and UK Ordnance Survey.

Presentations and discussions will allow presenters and attendees to talk about their
mapping programs, funding, partnerships with other government organizations and the
private sector. This session will focus on current topics including the changing role of
government in providing geospatial data, the opportunities and challenges associated
with crowd sourcing and new technologies that are changing how geospatial information
is disseminated and consumed. Topics may also include discussion on trends and
issues facing government mapping organizations and will provide an opportunity to seek
answers to questions that others may have resolved. We hope to provide an interesting
roundtable discussion and a unique networking opportunity with this forum.

You can obtain information on this event by visiting the IMIA Conference Site at or by contacting Mr. Brian Fox ( at 303.
202.4141 or Ms. Betsy Kanalley ( at 414. 297-3520. I sincerely
hope that you will be able to attend this year’s event and join IMIA in making the
Government Forum and Conference in Washington, D.C. a tremendous success.


David Watkins
IMIA Americas President
IMIA Headquarters
23052 – H Alicia Parkway #602, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 USA
Tel: 949.458.8200