Dear ICA Colleagues,
We have added a NMA day to the ICC schedule for National Mapping, Geospatial and Statistical Agencies. On Thursday, December 16 a special hybrid program has been organized to present and discuss national efforts toward the transformation of agencies in response to the opportunities posed by the evolving data ecosystem. The agenda is available here on the ICC website. We encourage you to share this information with your national agencies so that they are aware of this all-day event. Selected topics are offered by representatives from the United Nations who will share current information on the UN Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF). The IGIF builds on earlier NSDI efforts while filling in the gaps for what is needed for a sustainable national geospatial program, which includes cartography as an important component.
Updates for Florence…
Other updates to help you in planning a successful experience in Florence include:
- A full schedule of ICA Commission workshops,
- ICC Congress Gala Dinner,
- Tours and Experiences for you and partners and families.
For those planning an in-person experience in Florence, take note of the November 15 deadline to change your registration preference. This is also a good time to finalize travel plans and to regularly monitor requirements for travel to Italy so your are sure to meet the entry requirements. In my recent experience in traveling internationally, patience and being prepared for the unexpected are suggested! As I noted in a previous blog, the ICA Executive Committee, 10 individuals from 10 different countries, successfully traveled to Florence in early September to conduct the site visit for the conference. Florence is an amazing venue for our discipline. I look forward to your participation in the International Cartographic Conference.
See you in Florence!
– Tim Trainor
President of the International Cartographic Association