Volume 19, Number 3
Spring, 1999
  • Words from the Chair
  • CSG Election Results
  • Proposed Bylaw Changes
  • Call for Participation in Pittsburgh, 2000
  • Winners of the CSG Student Honors Competition
  • Winners of the NGS Map Design Contest
  • Masterís Thesis Grant Program
  • Thirteenth Annual Honors Competition for Student Papers
  • Request for Research Information

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  • GIS/LIS Series: Mission Accomplished
  • Minutes of the Business Meeting
  • Financial Statement
  • Calendar
  • Newsletter Deadlines
  • CSG Web Site
  • Address Changes
  • 1999-2000 CSG Officers
  • Return to Other Newsletters

    IMPORTANT NOTICE!
    This is the last newsletter that will be mailed to the entire CSG membership through the US Mail. To receive notice of future newsletter postings on the CSG Website  (http://www.csun.edu/~hfgeg003/csg/)
    Make sure to maintain your email address with the AAG Membership Director, Kevin Klug (kklug@aag.org). The last global CSG emailing resulted in 70 undeliverable mailings. That is 19% of the membership. Donít be left out!

    If you do not have an email address on record, you will continue to receive the newletter in the traditional way.

    Words from the Chair

    The past year has been a busy one for the CSG, and this year is shaping up to be another one. We have a number of issues that we need to reckon with as a group. The list includes moving to an electronically distributed newsletter (paper copies will still be mailed to members without e-mail), promoting the student paper competition, further discussion of a potential name change for the group, and the issue of declining membership. I encourage your participation. A specialty groupís health depends upon an active membership.

    Our discussions at the board and business meetings in Hawaii have begun us down the pathway for some interesting and necessary discourse this year concerning our identity. The issue of declining memberships is of concern, since it may impact our ability to support students and their work in the future. Financially we are currently stable, but the decline in our membership (428 to 364 members) for the fourth year in a row should be of concern to all of us. What has happened and what does a specialty group such as ours offer its members?

    AAG Meetings

    One of the things that I enjoy most about membership in the CSG is that I always return from AAG meetings with a renewed excitement for cartography (and geography). The meetings, in spite of their size, do provide us with a chance to meet and discuss new ideas with like-minded individuals. The sub-community that we create makes a large meeting seem more personal and relevant to our existence. (Also, cartographers are more fun to socialize with than most other geographers).

    This past year the CSG sponsored or co-sponsored fourteen paper sessions and two workshops. As a group, we are among the more active in the AAG. We had a good diversity of sessions covering topics from analytical cartography to visualization. I would like to thank all of you who organized sessions for helping make the meetings a success. The student paper competition had three excellent and extremely varied papers.

    James Lowry will be handling the arrangements for the Pittsburgh meetings. Please contact him should you have ideas for a paper session or even a cartographically oriented paper that is in need of a session. Also, please remember to encourage your students to participate in the student paper competition this year; Liz Nelson and Aileen Buckley will be arranging these sessions.

    The Change Thing

    In the haze of my millennial crystal-ball, I predict change. I too, as Scott Freundschuh and Jeremy Crampton commented in last yearís columns, am amazed at the rate of change in the discipline of cartography over the past decade. What we do as cartographers has changed dramatically. This change has impacted not only how our jobs are classified and what we must teach, but also how we self-identify and identify ourselves to others. And to be quite honest, I find this invigorating. We have an identity in what we do yet we can change and have to change because of the technologies that we employ. Computers have been at the heart of this transformation.

    Change is scary good. Change is good in that it allows us to do things we have not been able to do in the past. Could any of us have really predicted the impact that mapping, GIS, and visualization technologies have had on our discipline? Do any of us really miss the processing chemicals that we used in the past? Change is good in that it keeps us active and learning new things. It is scary in the frenetic pace and the distractions it introduces into our lives. The distractions often come at the cost of keeping focus on the essential nature of our discipline. We are at a stage with the specialty group where we have been distracted by change and now need to step back in and focus on who we are.

    The Name Change Thing

    A recent cartoon in the New Yorker showed two firemen hosing down a burning house with the punch line of Ďmaybe we should try visualization.í Some people donít get it, either the cartoon or the idea of a name change for the specialty group. Would the idea of adding visualization to our name better encompass what we do? Changing our name is one way in which we may be able to help return some focus to what we currently do as cartographers, both for ourselves and for non-cartographers. And in this world, image has become more important than we would like to admit. There are good reasons for maintaining the current name and good reasons for changing the name. What do you really think?

    A second possibility that has been suggested is a merger with the GIS Specialty Group. Again, this has both advantages and disadvantages. Could we maintain our identity within a larger group? Would a merger alienate those of us who are interested in historical and cognitive aspects of cartography? On the other hand, it might reinforce that cartography, and I might add good cartography, is fundamental to GIS. Ninety percent of the so-called GIS questions that I answer these days are still basic cartography. There is a need for our input; just think of the default color schemes and maps generated with any GIS software, and this just scratches the surface.

    In the next several months, we will be contacting you via e-mail or mail to elicit your ideas on a name change, the identity of cartography, and the role of the CSG. We will keep you informed of the discussion as it evolves.

    The Relevance of Cartography

    What is it that attracted you to cartography? I often wonder what I would be doing now if it was not cartography. The relevance of cartography still does seem to center around the study of maps in all their aspects. We are at a time when maps are becoming standard fare with the proliferation of GIS, mapping, and visualization products and with the Web, maps are more widely distributed now than in any time in the past. Just wait until the people in Redmond release MapPoint 2000 if we want to really understand the impact and importance of this transformation. There is a need for good solid cartographic literacy and we do have a role to play here in helping people to understand the world through maps. Yet we have very little idea of the impact of these new representational forms available through visualization tools and the impact of the democratization of mapping technologies. Stay tuned, Iíll come back to these thoughts in the fall newsletter.

    In closing, I would like to thank all who served on the CSG board this past year and all who organized and participated in sessions at the AAG meeting in Hawaii. I look forward to the next year working with the continuing and new board members, and remember, it is not too early to think about participating in next yearís meeting. Special thanks to Ann Goulette for keeping us on track and to Frank Boscoe who will be editing the newsletter with the fall issue and overseeing its transition to electronic form. Please contact me should you have any comments concerning the specialty group and the idea of a name change. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Charlie Rader
    Chair

    CSG Election Results

    In this springís election, votes were cast for the offices of Vice Chair, Academic Director, Non-academic Director and Student Director. The winners are listed below. Congratulations!

    Vice Chair: James Lowry, Dept of Geography, East Central University
    Academic Director: Aileen Buckley, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
    Academic Director: Lawrence Handley, US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Student Director: Julie Rice, Department of Geography, Kent State University

    Proposed Bylaw Changes

    During the past year, the CSG Board has reviewed the specialty group's By-laws. At the business meeting in Hawaii, the Board recommended the following changes to the CSG membership. We are putting these changes before the membership for a vote.

    Proposed change #1
    Under Article IV Officers
    Item 1.

    Current By-laws:

    The CSG will be governed by an elected board of directors consisting of the following seven voting members all of whom must be members of the CSG: a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary/Treasurer, three Directors and one Student Director.

    Proposed Change:

    The CSG will be governed by an elected board of directors consisting of the following eight voting members all of whom must be members of the CSG: a Past Chairperson, a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary/

    Treasurer, three Directors and one Student Director.

    Will add the following text describing the role of the Past Chair:

    Sub-Item 3. The Past Chairperson will serve for a term of one year.

    Sub-Item 3. The Past Chairperson will chair the Nominations Committee.

    Sub-Item 4. The Past Chairperson will write the annual report per the AAG Central Officeís policies and procedures.

    Rationale for proposed change:

    The Past Chairperson, in addition as serving in an advisory role to the Board of Direction, currently serves as chair of the Nominations Committee and is the author of the CSGís annual report. In spite of these important roles within the CSG, the present board believes that the position of Past Chairperson should be recognized as an official position on the CSG Board.

    Proposed change #2
    Under Article IV Officers
    Item #5

    Current:

    Item 5. c. The Secretary/Treasurer will make all required informational reports of CSG activities to the AAG Council and AAG Central Office.

    Proposed Change:

    Item 5. c. The Secretary/Treasurer will make all required informational reports of CSG activities to the CSG Board and the Past Chair will submit these reports to the AAG Council and AAG Central Office with the annual report.

    Rationale for proposed change:

    To bring our by-laws into agreement with our practices.

    Proposed change #3
    Under Article IV Officers
    Item #9

    Current:

    3. The elected CSG members will assume office at the beginning of the AAG annual meeting each year. Their terms of office end just prior to the beginning of the AAG annual meeting.

    Proposed Change:

    3. The elected CSG members will assume office at the end of the CSG Business Meeting at the AAG annual meeting. Their terms of office end at the end of the annual CSG Business meeting.

    Rationale for proposed change:

    To bring our by-laws into agreement with our practices.

    Proposed change #4
    Under Article V Committees
    Item #9

    Current:

    1. The Goals Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and two additional members, all appointed annually by the Chairperson of the CSG.
    1. The Vice-Chairperson of the CSG will also serve on this committee.
    2. The Goals Committee shall annually solicit from the membership suggestions for future activities of the CSG.
    3. The Goals committee shall annually submit a report with the recommendations to the Board of Directors of CSG. Such report will contain specific suggested long-term goals for the CSG.
    Proposed:
    1. The Goals Committee will convene every third year. This committee shall consist of a Chairperson and two additional members, all appointed annually by the chairperson of the CSG.
    1. The Vice-Chairperson of the CSG will also serve on this committee.
    2. The Goals Committee shall solicit from the membership suggestions for future activities and direction of the CSG.
    3. The Goals committee shall submit a report with the recommendations to the Board of Directors of CSG. Such report will contain specific suggested long-term goals for the CSG.
    Rationale for proposed change:

    At the present time, the Goals Committee is not struck every year. The board believes that convening a Goals Committee every third year would be a more effective structure for planning and guiding the CSG.

    Proposed change #5
    Article VI. Dues and Fees
    Item # 2b.

    Current:

    2. b. Annual reports of income and expenditures shall be made by the Secretary/Treasurer of the CSG to the AAG Central Office.

    Proposed change:

    2.b. Annual reports of income and expenditures shall be made by the Secretary/Treasurer of the CSG to the Board of Direction. These reports shall be included in the Past Chairpersonís annual report to the AAG Central Office.

    Rationale for proposed change:

    Under current practice, the AAG Central Office stipulates that financial information be submitted by the Past Chair with the annual report.

    Proposed change #6
    Article VII. Meetings
    Item # 2

    Current:

    The Board of Direction will hold at least one Board Meeting annually. The annual report of the CSG activities and finances will be submitted by April 1 each year to the AAG Central Office.

    Proposed change:

    The Board of Direction will hold at least one Board Meeting annually. The annual report of the CSG activities and finances will be submitted to the AAG Central Office four weeks after the annual AAG meeting.

    Rationale for proposed change:

    The AAG central stipulates that the annual report is submitted by the Past Chair to the AAG Central Office within four weeks of the annual meeting.

    Proposed change #7
    Article VIII. Amendments

    Current:

    Changes to this constitution must be approved by at least five votes of the Board of Direction and ratified by a letter ballot of the CSG membership. Approval by 60% of those CSG members voting shall be required.

    Proposed change:

    Changes to this constitution must be approved by at least five votes of the Board of Direction and ratified by a letter or email ballot of the CSG membership. Approval by 60% of those CSG members voting shall be required.

    Rationale for proposed change:

    The CSG is transitioning from mailing newsletters, to sending newsletters via both email, and snail mail to members who do not have access to email.
     
     
     

    Call for Participation in Pittsburgh, 2000

    It's not too early to begin preparations for the Pittsburgh meeting. As Vice Chair, I am responsible for arranging sessions and workshops. Several ideas have already been mentioned including cartographic humor, women and/in cartography, and either a session or a round table discussion of who we are as cartographers (this is related to our discussions about a possible Specialty Group name change). Additionally, a workshop on map design principles for GIS has been suggested. If you have any ideas concerning topics or workshops, or if you would like to arrange a session or workshop, please contact me or one of the other Program Committee members listed below.

    If any cartographer from the Pittsburgh area who would like to be a member of the Program Committee, please contact me. We need a member from the region to help with local arrangements for workshops, etc.

    Also, as Vice Chair, I am responsible for our the CSG Goals Committee. One of our first tasks is to consider the possibility of a CSG Service Award. The Board would like input from members about the desirability of such an award, and to whom such an award should go. If we make such an award, this could very well become a session itself as we honor the recipient.

    You may contact me at:

    jlowry@mailclerk.ecok.edu,
    (580) 310-5397 voice, or
    (580) 332-4616 fax.
    Other Program Committee members for the Pittsburgh meeting are:

    Ute Dymon, (udymon@kent.edu)
    Sharron Macklin (Sharron.J.Macklin@williams.edu)

    James Lowry, CSG Vice Chair
    Assistant Professor and Chair
    Department of Cartography and Geography
    East Central University

    Winners of the CSG Student Honors Competition

    The Twelfth Annual CSG Student Paper Competition session was held at the AAG Annual Meeting on March 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Three students participated in the competition; two presented papers, the other entry was an illustrated poster presentation.

    Jill Hallden, a Ph.D. student from Michigan State University won first prize of $500 for her paper, "Developing Three-Dimensional Cartographic Animations to Visualize Population Data". The second prize of $250 went to Mark Harrower, a Masterís candidate from Pennsylvania State University for the paper, "Beyond the Single-Best Solution Map: A Conceptual Framework for Mapping Spacetime".

    Chad Shuey, a Masterís candidate from the University of Maryland, was able to receive points only on the written portion of the submission because he did not present a paper at the meeting. His illustrated poster was titled, "Interactive Visualization of Map Projection Distortion".

    All three students will receive $65 toward the registration fee of the Annual Meeting.

    The CSG thanks Jeremy Crampton, George Mason University, for organizing and chairing the session and judging.

    Winners of the NGS Map Design Contest

    The 1999 National Geographic Society Award in Cartography, sponsored through the Cartography Specialty Group, was split between two entries this year. Jacqueline Shinker, a graduate student at the University of Oregon, and Wesley Hellevik, an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, share this very prestigious award. A panel of judges appointed by the CSG Awards Chair, Elisabeth Nelson, ranked these two students highest of the 21 applications received. Jacequeline produced several animations of global climate variables, designed within a web page environment. Wesleyís entry was a multimedia CD-ROM entitled "Minnesotaís Changing Agriculture". Both students received $600, a certificate, and map products from National Geographic Society. Matthew Ramspott of Southwest Texas State University received an honorable mention for his entry, a poster-sized rendition of the Colorado Plateau.

    The Cartography Specialty Group and National Geographic Society would like to recognize the effort of the other students who applied for the award, as all entries were very strong this year. Following is a list of the students who applied for the award and their university affiliation:

    Brent Baur, Kent State University
    Isaac Brewer, Oregon State University
    Nyon Yong Chik, Iniversiti Teknologi Malaysia
    Helia Espinoza, Universidade do Vale do Itajai
    Shaun Faith, Pennsylvania State University
    Shawn Greenwood, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
    Rafael Gutierrez, Portland State University
    Wesley Hellevik, University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Betsy Herrmann, Georgia State University
    Benjamin Hollis, Michigan State University
    Greg Hughes, University of Oregon
    Lee Kemp, Illinois State University
    Alvin Monroe and Charles Brady, East Central University
    Matthew Ramspott, Southwest Texas State University
    Jacqueline Shinker, University of Oregon
    Christopher Smith, University of Northern Alabama
    Jenny Tankersley, Kent State University
    Christopher Welchhans, Kansas State University
    Larry Williams, California State University-Chico
    David Wrubel, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
    Chunguang Zhang, University of Alabama
     

    Masterís Thesis Grant Program

    Announcement of 1999-2000 Award Applications

    The Cartography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 1999-2000 Masterís Thesis Research Grants. These grants are available to masters students working on cartographic research and who are enrolled in a geography degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $300 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees. Deadlines for applications are November 1st, March 15th, and June 15th.

    Fundable Research. Fundable research must be cartographic in nature. Cartography must be the central focus of the research, and not merely a tool used in support of some other research.

    Review of Proposals. Research proposals will be judged based upon (1) their originality, (2) their research design or plan of work, and (3) their budget and its justification. Proposals are reviewed in a non-blind process by a committee of three people selected by the Non-Academic Director in consultation with the

    CSG Chair.

    Date of Awards. Awards will be made two months after the review date for which the proposal was submitted.

    Application Form Required for Submission. An application form may be obtained from the Non-Academic Director. Fill the form out completely. Note that the applicant and the advisor are jointly responsible for the accuracy and validity of all information on the application. Be sure to complete the budget and justification on the back of the application form. List the requested items from highest to lowest priority and include price quotations for these items. Below, provide a brief justification of why the items you are requesting are necessary to your thesis. Finally, state whether you will accept partial funding should the entire amount requested not be granted.

    Description of the Research Plan. A description of your research plan is also required. Place your name and the title of your thesis at the top of the first page. State the research objectives and the specific aims of the research. Describe concisely the methods for achieving these goals. The research plan should not exceed three pages. Please note that human subject clearance must be obtained before grant money can be awarded, if the research involves human subjects.

    All applications must be typewritten or completed on a word processor. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for funding. Submit the original signed application form and research plan, along with two copies, to:
     

    Lawrence Handley
    CSG Non-Academic Director
    U.S. Geological Survey
    National Wetlands Research Center
    700 Cajundome Blvd.
    Lafayette, LA 70506
    P: 318-266-8691
    F: 318-266-8513
    E: larry_handley@usgs.gov


    Thirteenth Annual Honors Competition for Student Papers

    The Cartography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 1999-2000 Honors Competition for Student Papers on cartographic topics to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 4-8, 2000.

    Rules for Submission. Papers must be based upon original work relevant to the field of cartography and current cartographic research. Papers must be based upon work done as an undergraduate or graduate student, and the research must have been completed within the past academic year. Topics are not restricted to work derived from theses or dissertations. Papers must be written entirely by the applicant. Applications must submit the usual short abstract and appropriate program participation fee as required by the AAG, as well as the AAG applicaton form, to the CSG. Students who are selected as finalists will be placed in a special session at the national meeting.

    Eligibility. The competition is open to students at all academic levels.

    Awards. A $500 prize will be awarded to the first place paper. A $250 prize will be awarded to the second place paper. Additionally, the registration fee for the Annual Meeting will be covered for up to five entrants.

    Judging. Judging will take into account the academic level of the entrants. Both the written and the oral version of the papers will be judged by a committee including the current Academic and Student Directors of the Cartography Specialty Group.

    Guidelines for Papers. Guidelines for papers may be obtained from the Academic or Student Directors of the CSG. (See officer list in this newsletter for addresses.)

    Submission of Abstracts and Papers. Abstracts should be submitted in both paper and digital format following the guidelines of the AAG (see the May issue of the AAG Newsletter for detailed instructions). Abstracts are due September 3, 1999. All submissions should be sent to:
     

    Elisabeth Nelson
    Department of Geography
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27402


    Request for Research Information

    Julie A. Rice, CSG Student Director and a first year masters degree student at Kent State University, has chosen the American Indian and oral cartography as dual topics of her masterís thesis and requests information from the CSG membership on these areas. Her interests are in maps relayed in an oral tradition by way of stories, songs, verses, verbal descriptions, etc. She specifically would like to answer the question, "What maps did the Lakota Sioux people construct, through oral means, to guide them to those physical places they considered spiritually significant?"

    Julie has sufficient sources involving Lakota spirituality and cultural practices, but is lacking some good resources concerning the overall topic of "oral cartography", American Indian or otherwise. She also requires good references and resources on stellar cartography.

    Julie is working on an MA in Cartography under the direction of Dr. Ute J. Dymon.

    If you have ideas concerning other topics/sources that she may find useful in her research, or have any helpful comments or suggestions, please contact her at:
     

    Julie A. Rice
    Kent State University
    Department of Geography
    Kent, Ohio 44242
    (330) 672-2045
    janegrey@rocketmail.com


    GIS/LIS Series: Mission Accomplished

    Recognizing that the annual GIS/LIS conference series has fulfilled the purpose for which it was created, the Directors of GIS/LIS, Inc. have taken steps to terminate the current conference series. The move came at the conclusion of GIS/LIS '98, held November 10-12, 1998, in Fort Worth, Texas.

    The GIS/LIS series pioneered education and networking in geographic information systems (GIS) and land information systems (LIS), beginning with the first conference in 1986. Since 1990, the conference and exposition has been conducted under the auspices of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA, formerly AM/FM International), and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). It was designed to provide a common forum for all sectors of GIS and related specialties, and throughout its history has consistently brought individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds together.

    ASPRS Executive Director Jim Plasker, noting that in the early years the GIS/LIS conference was the "only national venue for information exchange among a broad range of geospatial professionals," observed that the conference evolved to serve primarily as a source of general information and education for GIS professionals. In the meantime, many other conferences, both local and national, have developed to address focused topics, including vendor-specific tools, specific application areas, or local geography issues. While there are many practitioners who have yet to embrace GIS as a tool, they are generally in disciplines that do not participate in the activities of the sponsoring associations. Plasker said, "The GIS/LIS conference has provided an excellent forum for the profession since its inception, but the overall context has changed."

    AAG Executive Director Ron Abler said, "Over the years, GIS/LIS has educated tens of thousands of professionals, for whom GIS technology has now become ingrained in their daily work." He said that the conference's focus on technology has become less of an attraction for the constituencies that have historically supported GIS/LIS.

    "In the '80s, we focused on exploring GIS technology," Abler said, "and in the '90s we transitioned to hardware and software issues. It's time for another shift; I believe the trend in the next decade will be on improving techniques to obtain and manage geographic data to more effectively solve real-world problems."

    According to GITA Executive Director Bob Samborski, some members of the former GIS/LIS consortium felt that a more issue-oriented, highly focused multi-disciplinary conference would be a good successor to GIS/LIS. Samborski said, "One of the primary benefits of GIS/LIS was that it provided a venue where representatives of academia, government, utilities and other professionals like surveyors could interact. These professionals would have had more difficulty crossing paths had it not been for the GIS/LIS conferences, and that will be an important element in our future discussions." He went on to say that planning meetings have been scheduled to further explore interest in these ideas.

    For additional information on the discontinuance of the GIS/LIS conference series, contact any of the five sponsoring organizations.
     
     
     

    Minutes of the Business Meeting

    Call to Order. The meeting was called to order at 6:55 PM by Scott Freundschuh, Chair. Eighteen people signed the sign-in sheet for the meeting.

    Approval of Agenda. The agenda for the Business Meeting was distributed and approved.

    Minutes. The 1998 Business Meeting minutes were distributed and approved as written (Ute Dymon moved, Donna Schenstrom seconded).

    Election Results. Ute Dymon reported the election results as follows:

    James Lowry, Vice Chair
    Aileen Buckley, Academic Director
    Lawrence Handley, Non-Academic Director
    Julie Rice, Student Director
    Julie Rice is in the process of joining the CSG and cannot assume her office until she is a member. Frank Boscoe will continue as Student Director until Julieís membership is confirmed. (Note: Julieís AAG/CSG membership was confirmed in mid-April, 1999.)

    Treasurer's Report. The Treasurerís Report was distributed and discussed. The total treasury funds were reported as $1,686.35. Ann Goulette reported that $2,098 for the membership rebate and $141.04 from a workshop at the Boston meeting were received after the closing date of the report. Aileen Buckley moved to approve the Treasurerís Report, Charles Rader seconded the motion and the report was approved.

    Membership Report. Ann Goulette reported that there are 364 members of the CSG, down from 428 at the same time last year.

    Newsletter Report. Ann Goulette reported that there were three newsletters last year. Barbara Kinne resigned as newsletter editor after the last issue. Barbara received a certificate of appreciation and a National Geographic Society Historical Atlas for her service to the CSG. Ann Goulette will edit the next newsletter and Frank Boscoe volunteered to take on the editorial position after that.

    Ann reported that the CSG can no longer afford to send newsletters through the mail to every member. She recommended that next newsletter be mailed as usual, but that issues following that be posted on the CSG website. An e-mail message would be sent to notify members that the issue is ready and members without an e-mail address would receive the traditional newsletter through the mail. Members will be responsible for keeping their e-mail address current with AAG headquarters.

    Awards Programs. Ann Goulette reported for Anna Williams on the CSG Masterís Grant Award. There was one application approved for funding this year. Claire Gomersall received the award.

    Elisabeth Nelson reported that the National Geographic Society award had 21 entries from across the world, including South America and Malaysia. The deadline was extended, which yielded six additional entries. Most entries were traditional cartography, but there were several animations and multimedia entries. The $1,200 award will be split between a graduate student and undergraduate student award. Jacqueline Shinker, a graduate student from the University of Oregon, and Wesley Hellevik, an undergraduate student from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, were the winners. Each winner will receive $600.00, an award certificate, and a National Geographic Society Atlas of the World. Matthew Ramspott, Southwest Texas State University, received Honorable Mention.

    Jeremy Crampton reported that there were three entries for the CSG Student Paper Competition: two Masters candidates and one Ph.D student. Jill Hallden of Michigan State University won first prize of $500. Mark Harrower of Pennsylvania State University won the second prize of $250. The other entry by Chad Shuey of the University of Maryland was an illustrated poster, which received points only on the written portion of the submission. All three students will receive $65 toward the registration fee of the Annual Meeting.

    CSG Name Change. Scott Freundschuh explained that the Board is investigating the idea of changing the name of the specialty group to "Cartography and Visualization" or "Cartography and GIS" to reflect a perceived change of focus in our profession and to encourage membership by individuals who do not consider themselves to be cartographers. He opened the topic for discussion among the membership. An additional proposal from Ted Steinke was to merge with the GIS Specialty Group to reinforce the cartographic background of the GIS group, but retain our CSG-sponsored awards and activities. There was no consensus among those members present, but it was agreed that the name of the group is an important issue and needs further analysis. Patricia Gilmartin suggested that a membership survey be prepared. Charles Rader, Larry Handley, Nancy Winter and Sharon Macklin agreed to work on this.

    Bylaw Committee. Scott Freundschuh outlined the recommended bylaw changes which will require a vote of the membership to take effect. Most changes are minor and reflect actual practice. However, Item 4 (Officers) will be reworded significantly to add the Past Chair to the voting members (total of eight voting members). Also included in Item 4 will be a description of the Past Chairís duties (Chair of the Nomination Committee and responsibility for writing the Annual Report to the AAG). Scott will work on rewording the items as suggested by the Board. The changes will be presented to the membership for a vote later this year.

    Installation of New Officers. Scott Freundschuh passed the gavel to Charles Rader and installed the remaining officers. Charles thanked the out-going officers and presented them with certificates of appreciation for their efforts.

    Liaison with ACA, NACIS, ICA. Ute Dymon reminded members that the ICA meeting will be in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in August; Canadian Cartographic Association members are eligible for 50% off the conference registration fee. Patricia Gilmartin reported that the NACIS meeting will be in Williamsburg, Virginia this October; the call for papers will be out in April. No one provided information on the ACA.

    Program for 2000 Annual Meeting. James Lowry asked for suggestions/volunteers for sessions and workshops at the Pittsburgh meeting. He also asked for volunteers for the local program committee for the Pittsburgh and New York City meetings. Matt McGranahan suggested a session on "Who Are We?" based on our proposed name change.

    New Business and Announcements. Ute Dymon asked for information for a studentís thesis research. Scott Freundschuh, as Nominations Committee Chairman, asked for volunteers to run for offices on the CSG Board, particularly the Secretary/Treasurer position. He also stated that the CSG is looking into presenting a CSG Recognition Award next year. Among the suggested names for the award were Jenks, Sherman, Snyder and Petchenik.

    Adjournment. Scott Freundschuh moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:13 PM; the motion was seconded, and the meeting was adjourned.

    Financial Statement

    Treasurer's Report for Calendar Year 1998
    Report Period: January 1, 1998 - December 31, 1998
     
    Beginning Balance
    January 1, 1998
    $2,694.02
         
    Income  
      AAG Dues Rebate
    $1,835.00
      Interest (Checking Account)
    $31.72
      Workshop Rebates (Boston)
    $0.00
      TOTAL
    $1,866.72
         
    Expenses  
      Student Honors Comp. Awards
    $750.00
      AAG Awards Luncheon
    $93.00
      MA Thesis Grants
    $900.00
      CSG Sponsored Travel to Annual Meeting
    $120.00
      Remote Sensing SG Poster Competition
    $75.00
      Newsletters
    $816.39
      Banking Fee
    $120.00
      TOTAL
    $2,874.39
         
    Ending Balance
    December 31, 1998
    $1,686.35

    Calendar

    1999

    May 17-21. 1999 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. Contact: ASPRS, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: (301) 493-0290 Ext. 109 WWW: www.asprs.org

    May 24-27. A/E/C Systems Ď99, Los Angeles, California. Contact: GeoExpo, 415 Eagleview Blvd., Suite 106, Exton, PA 19341-1153. Phone: (800) 451-1196 WWW: www.aecsystems.com

    July 26-30. 19th Annual ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, California. Contact: ESRI. Phone: (909) 793-2853, ext. 1-1363. E-mail: uc99@esri.com WWW: www.esri.com

    August 14-21. 19th International Cartographic Association General Assembly and Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Contact: ICA Ottawa 1999, 615 Booth St., Room 500, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E9 CANADA. Phone: (613) 996-2817. E-mail: sdi98@ccrs.nrcan.gc.ca WWW: www.ccrs.nrcan.gc.ca/ica1999/

    August 21-25. URISA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois. Contact: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 1460 Renaissance Dr., #305, Park Ridge, IL 60068, USA Phone: (847) 824-6300 Fax: (847) 824-6363 E-mail: info@urisa.org

    September 24-27. International Map Trade Association 19th Conference and Trade Show, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA. Contact: Linda Mickle, IMTA, PO Box 1789, Kankakee, IL 60901. Phone: (815) 939-4627. E-mail: imta@maptrade.org WWW: www.maptrade.org

    October 20-23. NACIS XIX, Williamsburg, Virginia. Contact: James O. Minton, Map Library, University of Tennessee, 15 Hoskins, Knoxville, TN 37996-4006. Phone: (423) 974-4315 E-mail: jim-minton@utk.edu

    2000

    February 4-5. International Map Trade Association of Europe, Africa and the Middle East Seventh Annual Conference and Trade Show, Heidelberg, Germany. Contact: Sue Cranidge, IMTA EAME, 5 Spinacre, Becton Lane, Barton on Sea, Hants BH25 7DF ENGLAND. Phone: 44-1425-620532 E-mail: imtaeurope@compuserve.com

    March 20-23. American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Annual Convention, Little Rock, Arkansas. Contact: ACSM Phone: (301) 493-0200. WWW: www.survmap.org

    April 4-8. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: AAG, 1710 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20009-3198. Phone: (202) 234-1450. WWW: www.aag.org

    2001

    February 27-March 3. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, New York. Contact: AAG, 1710 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20009-3198. Phone: (202) 234-1450. WWW: www.aag.org
     

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    1999-2000 CSG Officers

    Chair (1999-2000)
    Charles Rader
    Department of Geography
    University of Wisconsin - River Falls
    410 South 3rd Street
    River Falls, WI 54022-5001
    715-425-3264
    charles.p.rader@uwrf.edu

    Vice Chair (1999-2000)
    James Lowry
    Dept of Geography / ECU Box Q2
    East Central University
    Ada, OK 74820
    580-310-5397
    jlowry@mailclerk.ecok.edu

    Secretary/Treasurer (1998-2000)
    Ann Goulette
    Booz Allen & Hamilton
    8283 Greensboro Drive
    McLean, VA 22105
    703-902-5152
    goulette_ann@bah.com

    Academic Director (1998-2000)
    Elisabeth Nelson
    Department of Geography
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27402
    Academic Director (1999-2001)

    Aileen Buckley
    Department of Geography
    University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-1251
    541-346-4160
    aileen@darkwing.uoregon.edu

    Non-Academic Director (1999-2001)
    Lawrence Handley
    U.S. Geological Survey
    National Wetlands Research Center
    700 Cajundome Blvd
    Lafayette, LA 70506
    318-266-8691
    larry_handley@usgs.gov

    Student Director (1999-2000)
    Julie Rice
    Department of Geography
    Kent State University
    Kent, OH 44242
    janegrey@rocketmail.com

    Past Chair (1999-2000)
    Scott Freundschuh
    Department of Geography
    University of Minnesota
    Duluth, MN 55812
    218-726-6226
    sfreunds@d.umn.edu

    Newsletter Editor
    Ann Goulette (Spring 99)

    Frank Boscoe (afterward)
    PO Box 653
    State College, PA 16804
    814-865-6421
    fpb100@psu.edu

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