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2019 was a great year for mapping and for the International Map Industry Association! Throughout this year we accomplished several goals including the successful joining of our international regions into a single body, which broadens our membership engagement and is adding more collaborative international events to the association’s future.

Our Meetups in Washington, D.C. and Denver were very successful. These educational events allowed attendees a valuable first look at emerging products and new technologies, along with several opportunities to engage with industry leaders and expand business networks and activity. Our collective stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair was very successful again this year, with members from several continents exhibiting their mapping businesses and coordinating a beehive of business meetings and social events. At all of these events IMIA gained several new and returning members and sponsors.

Looking ahead to 2020, there is much on the horizon. We have revamped our Meetups and are looking forward to kicking off our first D.C. Mapping Leaders Forum at the Esri R&D Center on January 30. On March 9, we are hosting a reception for members and recruits at the world-renowned Stanfords London. Our Denver Mapping Leaders Forum is set for June 18 at The Source Hotel, a new and fascinating venue. In October, we will return to the Frankfurt Book Fair, a favorite hub for international map and publishing activity and offering our members another opportunity to showcase their companies at our collective stand. We are also growing our affiliations with like-minded organizations, so keep an eye out for IMIA engagement at other mapping events.

Thank you again to our dedicated members, sponsors, board, and committees for making 2019 a successful and transformative year for IMIA.

Seasons greetings and safe travels to all!

New Member Profile – Cordee Ltd.

Cordee is celebrating doing business for over 45 years! Having started life as a sole distributor for rock climbing guidebooks published by the largest climbing clubs in the UK, the business now includes distribution of titles encompassing all outdoor activities. Owned and managed by Chris Balic and Jim Wilson, with lots of support from the team, Cordee has a unique and world-renowned catalogue of books and maps that is used by the recreation and book trade throughout the UK and the world – our challenge is to support our publishers by keeping the market supplied with their unique books and maps.

Learn more about Cordee

New Member Profile – U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. The Census Bureau is dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Geography is central to the work of the Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination.

The Census Bureau maintains a nationwide geographic database that includes boundary information for legal, statistical, and administrative areas. The Census Bureau also maintains physical features such as streets and rivers, as well as a national address file, to support censuses and surveys. The Geography Division plans, coordinates, and administers all geographic and cartographic activities needed to facilitate the Census Bureau’s statistical programs throughout the United States and its territories.

For more than 13 years, Mapgears has been working with organizations from a wide variety of industries, ranging from the maritime industry to smart cities, forestry and smaller off-road trails organizations.

Learn more about the U.S. Census Bureau

Call for Submissions – AutoCarto 2020

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) is pleased to announce the 2nd call for the submission of extended abstracts for AutoCarto 2020 . The conference will take place on the Esri campus in Redlands, CA, May 20-22, 2019. Workshops will take place on May 19.

The deadline to submit extended abstracts, January 10, 2020 , is fast approaching! Click here for details . A call for posters will be announced at a later date.

The theme of AutoCarto 2020 is WhereNext. We welcome submissions of extended abstracts for research presentations and workshop proposals with a topical or technical emphasis related to WhereNext. We are not only looking at where we are and where to go next, but we challenge the ideas of where and next in terms of meaning, communication, visualization, and reasoning in the new age of automation, robotic revolution, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Industry News

Improving the 2020 census with GIS technology |…

Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, discusses the role that geographic tech plays in government, and how new technologies will help the census.

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Farming for the future

Harness the power of maps to tell stories that matter. ArcGIS StoryMaps has everything you need to create remarkable stories that give your maps meaning.

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Potential Growth: 3D Mapping and Modeling Market 2020|…

New York City, NY: December 17, 2019 – Published via (Wired Release) – Research Outlines 2020: Outstanding Growth Expected for 3D Mapping and Modeling Market With Futuristic Demand Analysis, Business Boosting Strategies, Upcoming Advancement,…

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Shedding light in the dark: radar satellites lead the way

Spare a thought this Christmas for researchers hunkered down on their Polarstern icebreaker, adrift in the frozen Arctic Ocean. Subjected to temperatures as low as -45°C and the perpetual darkness of the polar winter, they are willing…

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Upcoming Industry Events

IMIA Mapping Leaders Forum
January 30
Esri R&D Center, Arlington, VA
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IMIA Reception
March 9, 2020
Stanfords, London, UK
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AutoCarto 2020
May 20 – May 22
Redlands, California, USA
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IMIA Mapping Leaders Forum
June 18
The Source Hotel, Denver, CO
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Frankfurt Bookfair 2020
Oct 14, 2020 – Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Frankfurt, Germany
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