History

On 13 July 2005, a group of about 30 interested participants of the International Cartographic Conference met in A Coruna, Spain, to discuss the feasibility of establishing a forum to work together on use and user issues in cartography and geo-information processing and dissemination under the ICA umbrella. The meeting agreed that:

  • in cartography, there is a great interest in use, users and usability;
  • it would be very useful to share and develop knowledge on use and user issues in an ICA Working Group;
  • the subject of study should not just be map use, but the scope should be broadened to the use and users of, for instance, hardware, software and information systems, interfaces, geographic data and databases; *therefore, the name of the Working Group should not be “Map Use”, but, preferably, “Use and User Issues”.

The 13th ICA General Assembly agreed with this and established the Working Group on 16 July 2005. Since then, several successful Working Group activities took place (a.o. seminars in Manchester, Moscow and Warsaw).

On 9 August 2007 in Moscow the 14th ICA General Assembly decided to upgrade the Working Group to an ICA Commission.

After its first term as a commission, the 15th General Assembly (2011, Paris) rewarded the commissions’ commitment for the (map) user with an additional term. During this term, the commission has again been very active to tackle research challenges and user issues in cartography and geo-information processing and dissemination.

Based on this success the 16th General Assembly (2015, Rio de Janeiro) voted in favor of the continuation of the commission, under a new name: ICA Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues.

This approval is the result of the hard work of the Commission’s core team and members during the past term (2011–2015). Therefore, we would like to start with a special thank you to: Corné van Elzakker, the Chair of this Commission from 2011 to 2015. He is the founder of this Commission and managed to raise it to its current excellent status. During the ICC in Rio he received a “Diploma for outstanding services to ICA”, which of course includes the recognition of his ‘outstanding services’ to this Commission.

  • Corné van Elzakker, the Chair of this Commission from 2011 to 2015. He is the founder of this Commission and managed to raise it to its current excellent status. During the ICC in Rio he received a “Diploma for outstanding services to ICA”, which of course includes the recognition of his ‘outstanding services’ to this Commission.
  • Vice-Chairs David Forrest and Alexander Pucher, whose engagement in the Commission have made it possible to reach out to a largely interested crowd with many different successful activities.
  • There are too many other people to thank for their active involvement (such as David Schobesberger, Jenny Harding and many others.) but it would lead us too far to thank them all individually. Therefore, we just would like to express our sincere appreciation to all Commission members; This approval would not have been possible without an active involvement of our many enthusiastic members!