2020 ICA-IMIA award winners announced

The winners of the 2020 Esri International Cartographic Association (ICA)/International Map Industry Association (IMIA) Recognition of Excellence in Cartography award were announced at the recent Esri User Conference. This year’s winners are the Indiana Geological and Water Survey for their map “Quaternary Geology of the Indiana Portion of the Elkhart 30- x 60-Minute Quadrangle” and […]

Swiss mapping agency uses new tool to offer customized maps

For 182 years, the Swiss Federal Office of Topography’s Swiss National Maps (swisstopo) have represented precision and quality, embracing the latest available technologies to offer customers useful and accurate maps. The latest offering from swisstopo is an app that provides personalized maps on paper without any specified sheet divisions, individually produced, with numerous options for […]

Esri Virtual User Conference 2020 now has no-cost access

Esri’s 2020 User Conference (Esri UC) will be a completely virtual event. A huge benefit of the virtual conference is that the much noted Plenary Session will be available free for everyone to watch live. Registration for the full program of virtual Esri UC activities is complimentary for all staff of organizations current on Esri […]

The Importance of Institutions

Reprinted with permission from Esri. https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/the-importance-of-institutions/ By Tim Trainor Institutions are important. While there may be a tendency to think of institutions as physical things, such as buildings on a university campus, institutions are also people. Universities and government agencies are examples of crucial institutions that advance the fields of cartography and geospatial science. Professional […]

The GIS community responds to the COVID-19 crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, we’ve all become familiar with stories of social isolation and sacrifice, or the heroic healthcare professionals fighting on the front lines. A less-often told story, though, is that of the legions of mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) professionals, like you, helping to coordinate response efforts. These […]

Benchmark Maps celebrates 25 years

Recreation atlas publisher reflects on mapping the American West and beyond Benchmark Maps is celebrating 25 years of mapping the American West. In 1995, the first edition of the New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas was published, the product of a collaboration between three small map companies in California and Oregon. They shared a common […]

Expanding geographic awareness during home quarantine

Like other businesses, National Geographic Maps has been trying to navigate the new world of COVID-19. When the home quarantines began nationwide in late March, the staff at National Geographic Maps began to think about offering an online resource that could be fun, reduce stress and help kids learn geography. The cartographers at National Geographic […]

How GIS Maps Go Viral

As the situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Esri is supporting its users and the geospatial community at large with location intelligence, geographic information system (GIS) and mapping software, data, services, and materials that Esri’s users are leveraging to help monitor, manage, and communicate the impact of the outbreak. Esri invites the […]

COVID-19 Offers Opportunity For New Product Ideas

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has caused immediate drop in sales for many businesses, with long-term financial impacts yet to be determined. It has also changed the way many are doing business, with a huge increase in video conferencing and meetings via webcam. For Maps International, part of IMIA member Lovell Johns, the recent market interruptions […]