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Welcome to IMIA’s resource of map industry organizations, associations, societies, and institutes. The organizations listed here offer a vast array of specialties and opportunities both to those in the professional trade and to enthusiasts. If you would like your map industry-affiliated (non-profit or not-for-profit) organization or association to be listed here, please contact IMIA.

The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) is a coalition of leading international geospatial societies, which can speak on behalf of the geospatial profession at the international level, especially to the United Nations and other global stakeholders. Its second goal is to coordinate activities within the geospatial society and organizations. The JBGIS is a co-operation network and there are no obligations to the membership neither does the JBGIS collect any membership fees. The current members of the society are IAG, ICA, FIG, IHO, IMIA, ISCGM, and ISPRS. To download the publication “Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management, Examples and Best Practices” in a PDF format, please visit: To download the publication “The Value of Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID) Benefit Analysis and Stakeholder Assessment” in a PDF format, please visit:

Association for Geographic Information The AGI represents the interests of the geographic information industry, including users in the public and private sectors, suppliers of software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. By providing this forum, AGI can give unparalleled opportunities to communicate with the GI community for significant business ends.

Geographical Association

Furthering the Learning and Teaching of Geography The GA is an independent subject association whose membership crosses academic divides in formal education and can truly claim to be a specialist community of practice. It produces an extensive range of support materials for geography teachers and students at all levels, including its three highly acclaimed journals. It is involved in a range of leading edge CPD initiatives and also organises a variety of other events aimed at raising the profile of geography and stimulating better teaching e.g. GA Awards, Worldwide and its Annual Conference & Exhibition.

www.geoplace.comlogo-geoplace has been developed into a vast GIS Industry resource center, with an archive of useful and constantly updated GeoWorld and GeoReport content. For example, all of the current GeoWorld articles are featured on the site as Feature Articles. While the most recent articles rotate randomly on the front page, they are also listed on our Feature Articles page for you to freely browse. Even when they are replaced by newer Feature Articles, the GeoWorld search function still allows you to search our entire archive of GeoWorld articles (which date as far back as 1995) by keywords.

International Cartographic Association

www.icaci.orglogo-ica ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination and study of maps. It exists to promote the use of cartography in decision-making processes; foster dissemination of environmental, economic, social and spatial information through mapping; provide a global forum for discussion of the role and status of cartography; facilitate the transfer of new cartographic knowledge; carry out cartographic research; enhance cartographic education; promote professional and technical standards. The Association works with national and international governmental and commercial bodies and with other international scientific societies to achieve these aims.

The British Cartographic Society

Promoting the Art; Science of Mapmaking The British Cartographic Society (B.C.S.) is a dynamic association of individuals and organisations dedicated to exploring and developing the world of maps. Members include mapping companies, publishers, designers, academics, researchers, map curators, individual cartographers, GIS specialists and members of the public with an interest in maps. The B.C.S. is regarded as one of the world’s leading cartographic societies and its main publication, The Cartographic Journal, is recognised internationally.

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society logo-rspsoc The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society is a registered Charity and exists to promote educational activities in remote sensing and photogrammetry to the public. The Society also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to earth observation. It is managed by its Council and has its own office, based in Nottingham University in the United Kingdom. The Society is the UK’s affiliating body to the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and it fosters links between international, commercial, industrial and academic organizations.

The Royal Geographic Society

www.rgs.orglogo-rgs The Royal Geographic Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the Learned Society for Geography and Geographers. Founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical science, it continues to be among the most active of the learned societies. The largest geographical society in Europe, and one of the world’s largest, it operates at a regional, national and international scale. The Society supports research, education and training, together with the wider public understanding and enjoyment of geography.

The Royal Institute of Navigation The Royal Institute Of Navigation (RIN) is a learned society with charitable status; it was formed in 1947. Its objects are to unite in one body those who are concerned with or who are interested in navigation and to further its development. In this context the term navigation covers motion of all kinds as well as command and control; it embraces subjects traditionally associated with navigation such as astronomy, mathematics, cartography, electronics and information technology.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors(RICS)

www.rics.orglogo_rics The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) founded in 1868) is regulated by its Royal Charter with the objective of promoting the public good. This allows RICS to comment independently on matters that it perceives to be relevant to its profession. RICS numbers are over 11,000 members who work in both the public and private sector, including areas of commercial and residential property, taxation, information technology, geomatics and geographic information and valuation advice on land, property and construction matters.

U.S. Geological Survery

www.usgs.govlogo-USGS Created by an act of Congress in 1879, the USGS has evolved over the ensuing 120 years, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. Today, the USGS stands as the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior. It is sought out by thousands of partners and customers for its natural science expertise and its vast earth and biological data holdings. The USGS is the science provider of choice in accessing the information and understanding to help resolve complex natural resource problems across the Nation and around the world.


www.cartotalk.comlogo-cartotalk CartoTalk is a public forum for cartography and design.

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