GeoForum, founded in 1969, is the Norwegian membership organization of ICA. This is the national association for people who work within Geomatics. The mission of GeoForum is to promote the use of geographic information, share information and knowledge, contribute to recruitment, build networks etc. GeoForum is an association consisting of a central secretariat and 15 local organizations. In addition, five centrally organized discipline-oriented groups are included in GeoForum.
Courses and conferences are main activities in GeoForum. Yearly many meetings are arranged within different fields of interests. GeoForum also organizes an annual conference, Geomatikkdagene (Geomatics conference) where various Cartographic works are presented. Contributions to the ICC exhibition are selected from this national “competition”.
A national exhibition of map drawings made by school children is also hosted by this conference. The best contributions are sent to the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition at ICC.
In 2018, GeoForum hosted a Nordic course in Cartography. This took place in Tønsberg, and was a successor of the earlier “Nordic summer school in Cartography”. The arrangement in 2018 gathered almost 30 participants. The course is open for participation from all Nordic countries. While most of the participants were Norwegians, we also hosted some visitors from our neighbours in Sweden.
In addition to the central conference, many of the local GeoForum organizations arrange local conferences annually or every second year.
ICA Commissions with Norwegian representation:
Education and Training: Terje Midtbø
Maps and the Internet: Sverre Iversen (and Terje Midtbø)
Mountain Cartography:Kristoffer J. Kristiansen