Upcoming commission activity:
The GAM commission was established in August 2007, following an official approval in the 14th General Assembly of the ICA. This commission has secured a third term (2015-2019) to continue its well-received academic activities.
While retaining their significant roles in collecting geospatial information from various sources by various means, current Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been shifting to the quest of geospatial knowledge from massive geospatial information. This shift is triggered mainly by significant advances of GIS and location-based technologies involving the Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, digital mapping, and more recently location-based social media platforms and location-sensing technologies. We are overwhelmed by massive information, most of which can be referenced to the Earth, forming what is commonly called geospatial information. However, it is geospatial knowledge, in the forms of patterns, structures, relationships, and rules, rather than the assembled spatial data, that would significantly contribute to advancing our understanding and to solving real world problems. It is in this context that the ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling has found its unique position in the international academic society.