Welcome to the International Cartographic Association
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Welcome to the website of the International Cartographic Association
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June’s Map of the Month is a world atlas in Polish and Braille
Map of the Month 05/2014: Physical Geography of Ukraine

How to Become a Member

National Membership

Those National Cartographic or Geographical Information Organisations, National Mapping and Cadastral Institutions, or coordinating National Cartographic Committees who wish to represent their nation as a member of ICA are asked to send a formal letter by post to the ICA secretariat in which they state that they adhere to the ICA mission and wish to become members.

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Affiliate Membership

Organisations, Institutions or Companies wishing to support the mission and activities of the International Cartographic Association can become affiliate members. To effectuate this, they have to send the affiliate member application form to the ICA secretariat stating they want to support ICA’s mission and to participate in its activities, indicating the membership categories they would like to adhere to.

All affiliate members are entitled to the following services (see ICA By-Laws):

  • Invitation to all ICA conferences.
  • One free copy of all ICA publications including the ICA Newsletter.
  • Free copies of all ICA national reports presented to ICA assemblies.
  • Free copies of the published conference proceedings. When made available, these are posted to affiliates unable to be present at the conference.
  • Access to Training courses from time to time as the need is demonstrated and the financial support is available.
  • Preferential treatment in exhibitions of ICA.
  • Upon request the ICA may assist in sponsoring conferences, seminars and symposia in conjunction with affiliates. Assistance may consist of the support of members of the Executive Committee of the ICA to attend and participate in the meeting.

In conjunction with the above mentioned entitlements we are currently exploring ways to acknowledge our affiliate members by incorporating advertisements in the ICA directory, in the ICA newsletter and by linking to the websites of our affiliate members from the ICA website.

Affiliate membership categories
Affiliate members support the work of ICA through their annual subscriptions, especially since their contributions are used for the ICA Solidarity Fund which enables young cartographers from developing countries to attend and participate in ICA conferences. There are different subscription categories for affiliated members, consisting of different numbers of subscription units; one unit is presently set at 250 euros per year; this is decided upon every four years by the ICA General Assembly.

  • (Inter)National educational establishments and national cartographic or GIS societies (other than the national ICA representative) pay a minimum of 1 subscription unit per year.
  • National Scientific Organisations and Technical Organisations (These include academic, research or technical institutes or other scientific or technical bodies, governmental or autonomous, that are users of cartographic data and are demonstrably devoted to the discipline of cartography to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee, pay a minimum of 2 subscription units per year.
  • Nationally operating private firms/companies engaged in the development, production or manufacture of cartographic or allied equipment or products and are committed to supporting the interests of the discipline of cartography and GIS to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee pay at least 2 subscription units per year.
  • Internationally operating private firms/companies (These include such organisations that are engaged in the development, production or manufacture of cartographic or allied equipment or products and are committed to supporting the interests of the discipline of cartography and GIS to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee) pay 10 subscription units per year.

Acknowledgement
We acknowledge our affiliate members in our newsletter ICA News, and have advertisements of the highest category affiliate members in colour on the back cover, and of the other categories on the penultimate pages.

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Individual Membership

Please note that individual membership is currently not possible: although ICA’s work is done by interested and dedicated people, their input is directed through their national adhering body or their affiliate member employer. All interested individuals are urged to contact their own national committee (in the list of National Members) to register their interest in ICA activities, membership of Commissions and Working Groups, and their willingness to contribute to the ICA’s mission. If your nation has no direct membership of ICA, it is still possible to contribute: please contact the Secretary-General to register your interest. Attendance at all ICA events, including the International Cartographic Conferences, Commission meetings, exhibitions and workshops is open to all individuals.

  • manojprabhakar says:

    we want to know about How to draw map and we want to know all the countries.

    10 February 2013 at 11:37 am
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Manoj, for answering this question, we would need a little bit more background information: Would you like to draw a paper map? Then you could just use a printed atlas as a drawing pattern. Would you like to create a digital map? Then I would suggest starting with a public domain data set, e.g. Natural Earth: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/

      20 February 2013 at 11:49 am
  • COL Raj kumar Thapa of Nepal says:

    i interested to became individual member of ICA

    31 October 2013 at 2:01 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear COL Raj Kumar Thapa, individual persons can’t become members of ICA, only countries or companies. Best regards, Manuela

      31 October 2013 at 2:17 pm
  • Mbulelo Dwane says:

    Good day

    i’d like to join or be a member of International Cartography Association, please advise on how do i become a member.

    Regards

    Mbulelo Dwane
    +27 76 990 7978
    mdwane@mweb.co.za

    14 January 2014 at 3:21 pm
    • Felix Ortag

      Felix Ortag says:

      Dear Mbulelo Dwane,
      Individual persons can’t become members of ICA, only countries or companies. Please find the details above.

      14 January 2014 at 8:13 pm
  • Javier Acosta-Hernández says:

    I would like to know if there are size restrictions for corporations interested on become an affiliated member

    21 February 2014 at 4:01 pm
  • Ahmed M.Jihad says:

    Good day

    i’d like to join or be a member of International Cartography Association, please advise on how do i become a member.

    Regards
    Dr.Ahmed M.Jihad
    iraq

    14 March 2014 at 7:40 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Please note that individual membership is currently not possible: although ICA’s work is done by interested and dedicated people, their input is directed through their national adhering body or their affiliate member employer. Please find details above.
      Regards, MSchmidt

      14 March 2014 at 7:44 pm

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