Another new name: ‘The Cambridge Conference’. At last formalising the name by which the Conference had actually been known for several years. Although the 1995 Conference had agreed that the format was suitable, the 1999 Conference said that the duration should be reduced to six days, with just five days of actual Conference sessions. 239 delegates attended from 68 countries and, perhaps for the first time, there was not a single mention of military rank in the list of delegates (although at least one senior Army officer was present).

A number of resolutions came out of the Conference, recognising the role of geospatial data in tackling poverty and assisting social, environmental, and economic issues. It was resolved that national mapping organisations would continue to work to improve the quality of geospatial data products and to advance their exploitation for the benefit of all people.