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International Map Year in Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Map Year in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be celebrated through various events in December 2016. The events are organised by the Institute for Urban Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republic of Srpska, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy and Faculty of Sciences of the University of Banja Luka, with patronage of the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of the Government of Republic of Srpska. The main purpose of the International Map Year celebrations is to point out the importance of maps in everyday life and the importance of cartography in professional life.

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The main activity will be an exhibition of maps, cartographic instruments and GIS, that will be held from December 6–16 in the Grand salon of Banski dvor Cultural Center in Banja Luka. A part of Jelena Stanković’s PhD thesis, consisting of Banja Luka maps found in archives, libraries and museums in Europe, will be presented at the exhibition. The PhD thesis titled „Mapping and Memory in Banja Luka“ was successfully defended at the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom, with mentoring of Lorens Holm and Charles Rattray.

Within the celebration, the XII International Scientific and Professional Conference „Modern theory and practice in building development“ will be organized in Hotel Bosna, Banja Luka, on December 7–8. Additionally, a Solemn academy subject to celebrate 20 years of the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the University of Banja Luka will be held on December 8 in Banski dvor Cultural Center.

In order to reach a wider audience, the exhibition will also be held in other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the following period.

– Mario Miličević
IMY committee Bosnia and Herzegovina

By |November 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Further IMY activities in Bulgaria: Map exhibition and National Map Day

“Bulgarian cartography in the International Map Year” – An exhibition in the National Assembly on November 17, 2016

Vice-chairman of the National Assembly Dimitar Glavchev, chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy and Tourism Petar Kanev and President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA) Temenoujka Bandrova opened an exhibition “Bulgarian mapping in the International Year of the map” in the National Assembly building.

Opening of the exhibition "Bulgarian mapping in the International Year of the map". Photo by Stefan Bonchev.

Opening of the exhibition “Bulgarian mapping in the International Year of the map”. Photo by Stefan Bonchev.

The exhibition in the Bulgarian National Assembly building. Photo by Stefan Bonchev.

The exhibition in the Bulgarian National Assembly building. Photo by Stefan Bonchev.

President of the BCA Temenoujka Bandrova awarded a special diploma to Mr. Petar Kanev, for his contribution to the development of Bulgarian cartography, on the occasion of the International Map Year 2015–2016.

The collection of exhibits contain cartographic works of old maps, military topographic maps, thematic, tourist, educational maps and atlases, panoramic maps made based on 3D models and navigation cartographic products.

Participants in the exhibition: corporate members of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association – DataMap-Europe, Cartographic Studio DavGEO, KartGeo, KartProekt, International Commercial and Cultural Centre GEOPAN, HERE Europe – Bulgaria, Military Geographic Service and the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

National Map Day on November 7, 2016

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The event was held in conjunction with the International Map Year 2015–2016 and was organized by the Bulgarian Cartographic Association, Sofia University and National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography – BAS. A seminar was held on current cartographic topics. The event included an exhibition of Bulgarian cartographic productions.

The president of the BCA Temenoujka Bandrova awarded certificates and prizes to Rumyana Dzhibova from Banichan and Ivaylo Lisichkov, representative of Dryanovo municipality, for their contribution to Bulgarian cartography on the occasion of the International Map Year 2015–2016.

– Temenoujka Bandrova
President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA)

By |November 25th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY in Russia: New planetary maps

Tim Samsonov reported last week about the national cartographic conference »International Map Year in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together« on 25–28 October 2016 in Moscow. Today, Irina Karachevtseva will elaborate on some of the maps exhibited at the conference.

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Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography and MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) took part in the conference and map exhibition at the Russian State Library in Pashkov House. 6 new planetary maps produced by MExLab were presented: the Moon, Mercury and Phobos wall maps. The planetary maps were printed under support of the Russian Science Foundation (project #14-22-00197).

Lyudmila Zinchuk, head of the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library, opens the map exhibition in Pashkov House

Lyudmila Zinchuk, head of the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library, opens the map exhibition in Pashkov House

Left: Pashkov House where the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library is placed. Right: MExLab planetary wall maps and Phobos Atlas presented at the Map exhibition in Pashkov House.

Left: Pashkov House where the Department of Cartographic Publications of the Russian State Library is placed. Right: MExLab planetary wall maps and Phobos Atlas presented at the Map exhibition in Pashkov House.

Poster session at the Russian State Library

Poster session at the Russian State Library

At the cartographic conference Alexander Kokhanov from MExLab team was awarded a special prize of the Russian branch of ESRI for his Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites

At the cartographic conference Alexander Kokhanov from MExLab team was awarded a special prize of the Russian branch of ESRI for his Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites

Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Hypsometric wall map of future Lunar potential landing sites (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of "Luna-17" landing site and the "Lunokhod-1" route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of “Luna-17” landing site and the “Lunokhod-1” route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of "Luna-21" landing site and the "Lunokhod-2" route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

New map of “Luna-21” landing site and the “Lunokhod-2” route (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Wall map of the Lunar relief parameters (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Wall map of the Lunar relief parameters (MIIGAiK, 2016)

The new hypsometric wall map of Mercury (MIIGAiK, 2016)

The new hypsometric wall map of Mercury (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Geomorphological wall map of Phobos grooves (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Geomorphological wall map of Phobos grooves (MIIGAiK, 2016)

Besides MIIGAiK a lot of other universities and organizations from different regions of Russia attended the conference such as: Moscow Lomonosov State University, Saint Petersburg State University, Geography Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Bryansk State University, Voronezh State University, Altai State University, The Institute for Water and Environmental Problems (Barnaul), Institute of Geophysics (Ekaterinburg), Baikal Institute of Nature Management (Ulan-Ude) etc.

The future of cartography was widely discussed at the conference including the problem of planetary mapping.

MExLab team would like to thank the organizers of the conference in Russian State Library for this excellent scientific event and opportunity to present new planetary maps!

– Irina Karachevtseva, Head of MExLab

By |November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together

Russia celebrated the International Map Year by organizing the national cartographic conference »International Map Year in Russia: Bringing Space and Time Together« on 25–28 October 2016.

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The conference was held in Russian State Library (RSL) in the heart of Moscow, the capital of Russia. The RSL is one of the largest libraries in the world, founded in 1862 and now holding more than 45 million units of storage, including the vast cartographic collection (about 250,000 units).

The organisers of the conference were:

  • Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography,
  • Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (IGRAS),
  • Russian State Library (RSL)
  • Russian State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK),
  • The Federal Service of State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography (Rosreestr),
  • The Russian Geographical Society (RGO)

The programme committee received more than 350 contributions from all over Russia, covering the areas of cartography and related disciplines such as geographical information science, remote sensing, geodesy and topography. The most recent cartographic products from universities, institutes and industry were exhibited during the conference and rated by organizers for inclusion in Russian national delegation to ICC2017 in Washington. More details about the planetary maps exhibited at this conference will be published next week.

The conference marked the establishment of a new series of National Cartographic Conferences in Russia, which will be held biannually with the next conference planned for 2018.

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– Timofey Samsonov, Lomonosov Moscow State University

By |November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

New Swiss national maps now available in 1:50,000 scale

Improvements in digital use and the further evolution of the map image are now also being implemented for additional scales following on from the 1:25,000 scale national maps. For the first time, swisstopo is now publishing the 1:50,000 scale maps in the new style.

A click on the map will lead you directly to the new 1:50’000 map on geo.admin.ch

Created from 1938 on, the 1:50,000 scale national maps replaced the time-honoured Dufour and Siegfried maps. Now this series of maps has also come to an end. The complete modernisation of the 1:50,000 scale national maps is starting in north-eastern Switzerland and will include all 78 sheets within the next few years.

The new 1:50,000 scale national map is largely and directly derived automatically from the topographical landscape model, which is an important geodatabase. When the automated processes reach their limits, the cartographers’ skills remain as essential as before. The new production processes also allow the 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scale maps to be prepared in parallel, which helps to keep the maps up-to-date.

The map graphics have been discreetly upgraded and the colours used brought into line with those of the new 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 scale national maps.

More details on the new 1:50’000 national map can be found on swisstopo.ch.

– Urs Isenegger, swisstopo

By |November 8th, 2016|0 Comments

We <3 Geological Maps – An exhibition by the Italian Geological Society

What is a geological map? Which kind of data does it provide? How can it be used for applications with consequences on people’s life? As a contribution to the International Map Year, the Società Geologica Italiana created an exhibition of 18 posters to explain the value of geological maps. The panels, prepared for the exhibition that was organized for the National Geological Conference in Neaples at the beginning of September, can be freely downloaded in Italian and in English.

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The exhibition is divided in six themes, each of them described by three panels:

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  • 1A, B, C – Geological mapping: what a geological map is and how it is made
  • 2A, B, C – Geology of the Alps. Across Valtellina and Alto Adige-Südtirol. From printed geological maps to the digital database.
  • 3A, B, C – Geology of the plains. Po Plain and study of seismically-induced sediment liquefaction.
  • 4A, B, C – Geology of the Central Apennine. The Piana del Fucino and L’Aquila. Seismic microzonation.
  • 5A, B, C – Geology of volcanic areas: the Vesuvio. Volcanic hazards.
  • 6A, B, C – Geology and man: the Gulf of Taranto. Geology of the sea-bottom.

Feel free to download the panels from the website of the Italian Geological Society.

We congratulate and thank our Italian colleagues Fabrizio Berra, Chiara D’Ambrogi and Marcello Tropeano on their wonderful work in explaining the relevance of (geological) cartography!

By |November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY and the Barbara Petchenik competition at the Hungarian Esri User Conference

On October 13, 2016 the GDi Esri Hungary Ltd held their usual annual User Conference. At this occasion, the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at Eötvös Loránd University was represented by Prof. Jesus Reyes. He was asked by the organizers to present a poster on the collaboration by ICA and Esri on publishing a books related to the International Barbara Petchenik Competition during the last years – as well as presenting some of the drawings made by Hungarian children for the last competition in 2015. This opportunity was also used to popularize the International Map Year by dedicating the poster to this international feast event of world cartography.

Delegates and visitors could be observed enjoying the posters displayed in the exhibition hall of the Telekom Headquarters in Budapest.

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By |November 7th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY cake at the International Symposium on the Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge

The International Symposium on the Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge, held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, was a joint symposium by the ICA commissions on the History of Cartography, Map Production and Geoinformation Management and Use, User, and Usability Issues, as well as the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar”. At the conference dinner, organiser Mirela Altic had organised a gigantic We <3 Maps cake, which was subsequently cut and eaten. 

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If you also organized a map cake for International Map Year, please feel free to send us a photo to  🙂

By |October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Map Year acclaimed in Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki celebrates the IMY in Greece with initiatives organised by the Hellenic Cartographic Society, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and the Cartographic Heritage Archives of the Hellenic General State Archives.

The early November 2016 cartographic events

  • In the 14th Hellenic Cartographic Conference, Thessaloniki, 2-4 November 2016, organised by the Hellenic Cartographic Society under the ICA endorsement, sponsored and supported by the AUTH Research Committee, the AUTH Faculty of Engineering, the AUTH School of Rural & Surveying Engineering, the AUTH Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis (AUTH CartoGeoLab), the Cartographic Heritage Archives by the Hellenic General State Archives and the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital.
  • In the intensive one-day seminar Maps in Libraries, Thessaloniki, 2 November 2016, for in-service and unemployed librarians and library & archiving students in Greece, organised by the AUTH Library & Information Centre, the AUTH CartoGeoLab, the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital and sponsored by the AUTH Research Committee.
The three 80x200 cm rollups of the early November 2016 cartographic events in Thessaloniki, Greece: the 14th Hellenic Cartographic Conference 'Cartography in a Changing World' (left); the IMY acclaim (middle); the Seminar 'Maps in Libraries' (right)

The three 80×200 cm rollups of the early November 2016 cartographic events in Thessaloniki, Greece: the 14th Hellenic Cartographic Conference ‘Cartography in a Changing World’ (left); the IMY acclaim (middle); the Seminar ‘Maps in Libraries’ (right)

‘An old map in my project’: working with teachers and school children in the IMY Agenda

The Cartographic Heritage Archives (CHA, FB:Maplibrary) established in 2013 resuming the aims and activities of the National Centre for Maps & Cartographic Heritage (1997-2012), as a Department of the General State Archives of Greece (GSA), targeting at the management and diffusion of cartographic heritage in the context of the GSA. Among other activities the CHA contribute to the introduction of cartographic culture in education, using the gained experience since 1997. Several courses introduced recently in primary and secondary education curricula in Greece, encouraged the preparation of small-scale research projects. This offered the grounds for promoting programmes on the use of maps and cartoheritage in education. During the last school year, on the occasion of the IMY 2015-2016, the CHA introduced among other activities the educational program ‘An old map in my project’, in cooperation with the Office for Cultural Issues, Directorate of Secondary Education of Eastern Thessaloniki.

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By |September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Map Year celebrations by the Geographical Society of Lisbon

socgeografialisboa-logoThe Section of Mathematical Geography and Cartography of the Geographical Society of Lisbon has joined the Map Year celebrations by organizing a cycle of conferences aimed at both experts and the general public, thus contributing to the purposes of the Society, namely by disseminating geographic knowledge and its development. Each conference is followed by a summary and comments made by a member of the Section.

Upcoming events at the Adriano Moreira Auditorium:

  • 21 September, 5.30 p.m.: Geostatistics. Applications to hydrogeology by Luís Ribeiro, PhD, CERIS, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Georesources of the Technical Higher Education Institute of the University of Lisbon. Summary and comments: Rogério Ferreira de Almeida, Eng.
  • 28 October, 5.30 p.m.: Maps and nautical charts in the medieval and early modern ages: two of a kind or different cartographic paradigms? by Commander Joaquim Alves Gaspar, PhD, of the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Sciences and Technology, and Member of the Section of Mathematical Geography and Cartography. Summary and comments: Henrique Leitão, PhD
  • 7 November, 5.30 p.m.: Celebrating the International Map Year by Manuela Vasconcelos, Eng., Member of the Section of Mathematical Geography and Cartography. Summary and comments: Ana Fonseca, PhD
  • 28 November (to be confirmed), 5.30 p.m.: A Raia, La Raya: contribution of national cartography in the demarcation of the Portuguese-Spanish boundary (1855–1926) by Maria Helena Dias, PhD, University of Lisbon (retired). Summary and comments: João Cordeiro, Eng.

– José António Tenedório
President of the Portuguese IMY committee and
President of the Section of Mathematical Geography and Cartography of the Geographical Society of Lisbon

By |September 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Maptember: The global open mapping community invites you to Brussels, Belgium

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The global open mapping community is coming to Brussels this September. The organizers are calling it Maptember and invite map enthusiasts worldwide to join!

  • On Thursday September 22nd, the Humanitarian OSM Team has their yearly conference. In the evening, Médecins Sans Frontières will host a Mapathon in their Brussels office (free for all, with drinks). So it won’t just be interesting, it will also allow you to network with people deeply involved in humanitarian mapping community.
  • That same Thursday, the Belgian OSgeo (the people behind Qgis) have their yearly conference too.
  • Friday to Saturday, it’s State of the Map – the global meeting of OpenStreetMap people. It’s about mapping, technical challenges, and interesting data use. It’s not just a community conference, it will also be hosting big names like the World Bank.
  • Monday, OSgeo and OSM people will get hands on with the tools and have a Hackday.

You’ll find the registration pages through this handy website: maptember.brussels

To stay up-to-date with IMY activities in Belgium, please visit internationalmapyear.be

— Kristien Ooms

By |September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

ICA posters a big success at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

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During the sixth session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM, 3–5 August 2016), the posters created by ICA’s Commissions on the Sustainable Development Goals were on exhibit in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York. During the opening session the participants were pointed to the exhibition of the ICA posters. During the first day of the conference the exhibition catalog was distributed to all participants. ICA’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals was well received.

We are happy to quote Mark Cygan from the International Map Industry Association (IMIA):

Congratulations to the ICA’s Commissions on your posters for the Sustainable Development Goals. It is difficult to capture in pictures, but they were prominently exhibited in the main hallway of the conference area in the United Nations Headquarters for all to see. Very high profile and crowning achievement for the International Map Year and ICA. The International Map Industry Association (IMIA) was pleased to endorse ICA on their resolution for the exhibition and the International Map Year. — Mark Cygan, IMIA

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals.

By |August 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Hand-embroidered map dedicated to the International Map Year

Temenoujka Bandrova, President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association, provided us with another exciting cartographic project from Bulgaria: A 70 x 100cm large hand-embroidered map!

Hand-embroidered map of the village Banichan

Hand-embroidered map of the village Banichan, Bulgaria: 70 x 100 cm in size, 900,000 stitches using 5km of thread, 6 month of nonstop work by 3 tailors

The embroidered map has the size of 70 x 100 cm and covers the territory of the village Banichan in Bulgaria with an area of 13.1 square kilometers. Banichan is located in the valleys of the majestic Pirin and Rhodope mountains, which are crossed by two rivers and two mineral springs. It contains 23 symbols and unique embroidery relics of Banichan’s woman suits. The map is produced from approximately 900,000 stitches made up of about 5km natural cotton thread. The time required to create the map was six month of nonstop work, accomplished by 3 tailors (11, 50 and 55 years old).

The map was created within the context of the project “The new old saying: The cultural symbols of the Banichan village”, partially funded by the National Fund Culture program on folklore. One of the activities of the project included the creation of a map of Banchian with cultural symbols. The project was managed by Ms. Rumyana Dzhibova in the community center “Izgrev-1930”.

Small and unique land of nature, culture, traditions and rituals is this “living map” of the village Banichan. The map is a culture product with a social effect. As a method of inclusion it combines knowledge and experience in social integration lives of the small village on a piece of cloth. Like Geography it is an excellent and original landmark for the outside world. By underlying technical elements it allows for a parallel ethno-reading the living features of the settlement.

Detail of the hand-emproidered map of Banichan

Detail of the hand-emproidered map of Banichan

Already in the project proposal, the symbolic and thematic link between the real physical and embroidered map was set as a kind of cultural contribution to the International Map Year 2015‒2016. Therefore this project product is an allegory to the social integration to convergence through awareness and education through the symbols on the map, such as educational resources on cultural heritage in the present.

Prof. Temenoujka Bandrova,
President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association

By |August 8th, 2016|1 Comment

IMY around the world

It’s International Map Year (IMY)! Until now, 40 countries signed up for organizing IMY events and we are very happy to document their activities on our website. We also created a photo album of people showing off their IMY shirts at many wonderful locations world-wide. If you also would like to showcase your love for maps, send us your photo!

Click on the image to visit the map

Click on the image to visit the map

To show the world that you are celebrating maps in the International Map Year, send a photo of yourself with a map or our Map Year tshirt to . By sending it, you allow us to upload it to our Flickr album “IMY around the world”. Please include the coordinates, where the photo was shot 🙂

If you organized an IMY-related event in your country, please feel free to send us pictures and a short report to .

Thank you for your input <3

By |August 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Code Loves Maps: Cartographically Oriented Programming Environments

In the spirit of the International Map Year, a full day workshop at this years’ AGILE conference studied, discussed and sampled cartographically oriented programming environments.

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Maps in digital age build on program code. This program code ranges from low level infrastructural code of operating systems to high level abstract code of applications, the latter of which is brought to users in visual cartographic form by compilers and interpreters in operating systems and web browsers. Since program code is a means to most powerful expression of ideas for user interfaces, innovative cartographic development requires cartographically oriented programming environments. Learning curves and ease of use in this kind of coding environments vary in large measure, which causes varied potential for cartographers to practice their discipline with these libraries.

To discuss these issues, the ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet invited to a workshop in Helsinki, Finland. 19 persons from European universities and research institutes interested in map programming attended the workshop. Presentations from various interesting viewpoints were seen about how map coding happens today and how it could happen more cartographically in the future. In the end of the day, a lively closing discussion was born on the theme and finally, a position paper brainstormed, so you may bump into cartographically oriented map programming also in future…

Programme and extended abstracts of the event can be found at www.fgi.fi

– Pyry Kettunen
Vice chair of the ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet

By |July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY coverage in ICA News

ICA News is a biannual newsletter documenting the activities of the ICA and its members and commissions. It is published by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and edited by Igor Drecki. The current issue features a lovely map of IMY activities around the world.

IMY activities in ICA News. Map by Igor Drecki.

For more details download the PDF version of the map only (2.5mb) or the full ICA News (21.8mb).

If you are organizing IMY events or took a picture of yourself wearing an IMY shirt, please don’t hesitate to send it to . We are looking forward to your input!

By |July 19th, 2016|0 Comments

A map perspective on the sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are a UN Initiative. Official website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

In the light of the International Map Year, ICA and its commissions are highlighting the value of cartography by “mapping” the UN sustainable development goals.

In the past months, a set of posters has been created, one for each sustainable development goal. They do not map the goals and their target based on indicators as such. The poster series tells the story of cartographic diversity, of mapping options, and of multiple map perspectives. Each of the goals has been mapped from a particular perspective by different ICA Commissions. All posters have a short take-home-message that should make one aware of particular strengths of the map.

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals

A huge thank you to all ICA commissions involved and to Wim Feringa from ITC for the poster design and production. Let’s make the world a better place with maps!

Menno-Jan Kraak
– President of the International Cartographic Association

By |July 15th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY at Geological Survey of Brazil

On 21 June, the Division of Cartography of Geological Survey of Brazil was invited to make an exhibition of their activities for the whole company. They used this occassion to promote the value of cartography within the field of geology. They also highlighted the occassion of the International Map Year.

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Cartographers exhibited photos, posters, old work tools and digital screens related to field job, maps, studies, and other work done in the Division of Cartography.

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– Submitted by Flavia Renata Ferreira,
Cartographic Engineer at Geological Survey of Brazil, CPRM 

By |July 4th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY activities in Mexico

The Mexican team participating in the International Map Year at CentroGeo has been very active in organizing IMY-related events. We are very happy to share some of their activities.

Mexican students visiting CentroGeo

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As part of the activities for the International Map Year, 30 Urban Management and Promotion students from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México visited CentroGeo in November.

Researchers from CentroGeo gave small lectures about the production and use of maps in this research center, and the ways different kinds of maps can be used in their work as urban scholars, after which they participated in a “map workshop”. It was a day of sharing mapping experiences, with special thanks to the researchers Elvia Martínez, Rodrigo Tapia, Jorge Montejano and Pablo López, for their collaboration and support.

For the International Cartographic Association, goals for the International Map Year include making maps more visible both to citizens and school children alike in a global context, showing how information technology can be used to obtain geographic information and to produce one’s own maps, and to increase the recruitment of students to cartography and cartography-related disciplines; this visit to CentroGeo helped to achieve these goals.

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Conference about Maps in Geopolitics

el-mapa-en-geopoliticaThe conference “The Map in Geopolitics” was organized by CentroGeo within the International Map Year. Maps are conceptualized as portrayals in two ways: as drawings, “geo-graphings”, and as a staging, a narrative of territory. In this sense, every map has a direct and indirect political purpose. From this fact, maps have a huge democratizing potential. Therefore, maps in Geopolitics have a pedagogic function too. From this perspective, one goal of maps is to encourage the appropriation of territory by its citizens, helping them to understand the territorial dynamics that concern them. Methodologically, maps are the main tool for geopolitics space and time reasoning. This is based on the diatopic analysis (from Greek topos, place and dia, through) and on the diacronic analysis (from Greek cronos, time and dia, through). From the study of time-space dynamics and territorial representations, the evolution of power relationships between stakeholders and the conflicts they generate, geopolitic analysis through maps allows to visualize, identify, and explain strategic territories according to the study object. All of this with the goal on one side to determine relevant territories for field work, and on the other, to generate graphic supplies to set conflict and resolution scenarios.

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Interview about IMY and the role of maps in our daily lives

The events around the International Map Year at CentroGeo attracted interest of the news agency of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). They asked for an interview about the International Map Year and the role that maps play in our daily lives nowadays. The article (in Spanish) can be found at conacytprensa.mx.

Further plans…

This summer the Mexican IMY committee will offer a mapping workshop for kids.

For further news and activities from IMY Mexico, make sure to follow them via Instagram (imy_mx) and Facebook (Año Internacional del Mapa 2015).

By |June 19th, 2016|1 Comment

A new national map for Switzerland

The new 1:10,000 scale national map is a milestone in the history of Swiss cartography and the highlight of swisstopo’s involvement in the International Map Year supported by UNO. For the very first time, a new map of the whole of Switzerland is to be created fully automatically each year and published with the most up-to-date data available from swisstopo’s topographical landscape model.

A click on the map will lead you directly to the new 1:10’000 map on geo.admin.ch

Based on the topographical landscape model, the map, which will be updated yearly by region and published all over Switzerland, will integrate seamlessly with the existing national map.

What began two centuries ago with copperplate engraving is now done on computer. With this development, swisstopo gives due consideration to the growing importance of geoinformation for a changing society.

The new 1:10,000 scale national map is integrated at the highest zoom levels on the Federal geodata portal map.geo.admin.ch as of now. As a result, the map can also be incorporated into any website or printed up to A3 format.

More details on the new 1:10’000 national map can be found on swisstopo.ch.

– Urs Isenegger, swisstopo

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