IMY in Croatia


Croatia is celebrating the International Map Year! The Croatian Cartographic Society is organizing a wide variety of events – from lectures, exhibitions and museum cooperations to conferences. An event list can be found here.

Contact person for IMY Croatia is Miljenko Lapaine, .

By |May 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Preparation for IMY in Sudan

The first meeting of the Sudan National Committee was held at the HQ of Sudapet Company on March 15th, 2015. Out of the eight members of the committee six were present. The meeting was chaired by Mrs Shahd Eltai.

The National IMY Committee of Sudan at their first meeting. Mrs. Shahd in the background.

The National IMY Committee of Sudan at their first meeting. Mrs. Shahd in the background.

Many activities were proposed to fulfill the objectives of the event. The activities are categorized into:

  1. Children activities will include a Sudan participation in the Barbara Petchenik map competition for children and to organize it and to handle nominations for entry to the competition. Furthermore, a simplified Sudan atlas oriented for children and other activities to be held in schools were discussed.
  2. Professional activities which will be a national map competition, a map exhibition and short lectures program.
  3. Activities for public which will be a national map day and writing about the IMY in the media (newspapers, Facebook, etc.).
  4. Networking and fund raising.
A Sudanese child prepared for taking part in IMY.

A Sudanese child prepared for taking part in IMY.

For each activity responsibilites and details were defined:

  • Map Exhibition: Dr. Eltaib Gnawa, Dr. Yahya Hassan
  • Map Day: Dr. Eltaib Gnawa, Eng. Wadidi, Shahd
  • Map Competition for Experts: Dr. Salma, Shahd
  • Children Activities (activities to be organized and held in schools by the start of the school year): Dr. Shadia, Mrs. Niema, Shahd
  • Translation of the book The World of Maps into Arabic: A team to translate the book under the supervision of Dr. Yahya
  • Short Lectures Program: The lectures will be held and organized by all the committee members , Mrs. Shahd will coordinate and spread the invitations.
  • Map Atlas for Children: Fairoz Elobied, Shahd
  • E-newsletter: Shahd
  • Press and social media: Eng. Wadidi, Eng. Ihab Sholly
  • Networking and Funding: Eng. Wadidi, Shahd

– Shahd Eltai


By |April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

GIM on celebrating maps during International Map Year

Proceed to GIM International

Ted MacKinnon, geomatics specialist from Canada, wrote a very interesting piece about maps and why there will always be a place for traditional cartography in geomatics. He concludes:

When you consider the way and rate that geomatics technology is advancing, with drones, 3D printing and terabyte-sized data storage all becoming increasingly common, I think it is fair to say that traditional paper maps will probably never actually disappear altogether but instead they will just become one of many different ways of helping to make life easier.

The article “Celebration of Maps during International Map Year” was published in GIM International.

Proceed to the full article…

By |April 21st, 2015|0 Comments

IMY (South Africa) Launched in Cape Town

South Africa’s participation in the International Map Year has been officially approved by the Cabinet of the Government of South Africa. To commemorate this participation, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti officially launched the International Map Year (IMY) 2015–2016 for South Africa in Cape Town on 23 March 2015.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, receives a 1:2 million Map of South Africa from Dr. Derek Clarke, ICA Vice-President and Chair of the IMY (SA) national committee. 

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, receives a 1:2 million Map of South Africa from Dr. Derek Clarke, ICA Vice-President and Chair of the IMY (SA) national committee.

As the launch co-incided with an ICA Executive Committee meeting in the city, South Africa was very fortunate to have the ICA Executive members present at the launch. At the launch the country’s Chief Surveyor-General, Mr Mmuso Riba, likened “a man without a map to a blind man”. South Africa’s national mapping organisation, Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information, a component of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, headed by Dr. Derek Clarke, hosted the event. Dr Clarke is also an ICA Vice-President and Chair of the IMY (SA) Committee that will coordinate IMY events in South Africa during 2015 and 2016.

Mr Gugile Nkwinti (Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform) and Prof Georg Gartner (ICA President)

Mr Gugile Nkwinti (Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform) and Prof Georg Gartner (ICA President)

The first event already took place on the Friday prior to the launch. A workshop entitled “Cartography Today” was held at the offices of the Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information in Cape Town. Cartographers and other GISc practitioners from all over South Africa were treated to presentations by world renowned academics, Prof. Georg Gartner (ICA President), Prof. Bill Cartwright (ICA Past President) and Prof. László Zentai (ICA Secretary-General). The speakers emphasized that despite fears that Google Maps or voluntary geographic information applications may appear to devalue the place of cartographers, there will always be the need for cartography as a visualization interface to unlock more complex geo-spatial information to end users. The value of spatial information is determined by the cartographer’s ability to communicate its meaning to decision-makers.

For further information on IMY in South Africa, please contact: Dr Derek Clarke, 

By |April 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Bulgaria joins in the IMY activities

Bulgaria set up a national committee for organizing events to celebrate the International Map Year. Temenoujka Bandrova of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association is chairing the committee.

Cover of the Bulgarian Map Year calendar

Map Year calendar featuring children map drawings as well as unique maps of old Bulgarian territories

The Bulgarian IMY activities include:

By |April 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Map Year logo on the cover of Czech maps

mapcover-brdyWe were happy to see that the Czech map publisher Geodézie On Line features the logo of the International Map Year on their map covers. It’s a great way to raise awareness for the activities in this year.

By |April 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Australia joins in the IMY celebrations

msia_logoANZMapS logo Australia is the 18th country which signed up for celebrating the International Map Year – welcome!

Their first event in the context of the Map Year is the conference The Power of Maps, organized by the The Australian & New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) in conjunction with the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA). The conference is held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. The conference program can be found here. One of the keynote speakers is Georg Gartner, president of the ICA.

We will add more Australian Map Year events as soon as they are announced. So stay tuned…

By |March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Template for Organizing a Map Competition

For all organizations interested in organizing a map competition in celebration of the International Map Year, we are now providing a template for getting started. IMY working group member Serena Coetzee constructed the Word template, which can be used freely.

Please make sure to let us know about your plans, so we can promote it also here on!

By |March 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

Be Careful... by Alla Sukhanova (15), Russia

“Be Careful…” by Alla Sukhanova (15), Russia – Special jury award in 2013

The Barbara Petchenik Map Competition is an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

In 2015, this biannual international award has a special connotation, because it is organized on the frame of activities within the International Map Year. The theme for the 2015 competition remains the same: “My place in today’s world” and the entries can be nominated in four age groups: under 6 years, 6–8 years, 9–12 years and 13–15 years. The deadline for the participation in the contest is 1 May 2015. Details can be found in the rules document.

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23–28 August 2015. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Also there will be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

José Jesús Reyes Nunez
Chair of the Commission on Cartography and Children

By |March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

IMY on the cover of German cartography journal

dgfk_KN_01_2015The German Cartographic Society (DGfK) celebrates the International Map Year on the cover of Kartographische Nachrichten, the only cartographic periodical in German.

Also, the DGfK initiative Die bemerkenswerte Karte (The remarkable map) publishes an article series dedicated to the International Map Year. It’s a highly recommendable read (at least for everyone who understands German).

Earlier this year, DGfK also organized a New Year’s reception for starting in the International Map Year – including a short presentation by ICA president Georg Gartner.

Further IMY-related activities by the DGfK can be found on the DGfK website.

By |March 11th, 2015|0 Comments

The International Map Industry Association endorses the International Map Year

IMIA logoThe International Map Industry Association (IMIA) endorses the International Map Year 2015–2016 as a valuable means to promote the importance of maps and Geoinformation. IMIA is a global organization that represents the world of maps.

IMIA will promote the International Map Year as part of their events

IMIA Americas Region Conference ‘International Map Year’
September 27–29, 2015
Washington, D.C. USA

IMIA Asia Pacific Region Conference ‘International Map Year’
November 15–17, 2015
Brisbane, Australia

More information on the IMIA website

By |March 11th, 2015|5 Comments

FIG Working Week 2015


The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) organizes the FIG Working Week from 17–21 May 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference will include an ICA session and a Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps – held in celebration of the International Map Year. The organizers state:

The cartographic exhibition of wall maps is organized by Bulgarian Cartographic Association with the support of International Cartographic Association. It will be held during FIG Working week and will accompany the ICA session in FIG Working Week, May 2015. Countries with the interest to the proposed event will be invited. Bulgarian and international companies will take participation with their newest products. The best maps will be awarded by FIG and ICA presidents. –

For more information, please contact Prof. , President of Bulgarian Cartographic Association

By |March 11th, 2015|0 Comments

“The World of Maps” now available in French and Spanish

Spanish version of The World of Maps availableAlthough the International Map Year 2015/16 will be launched officially at the ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro later this year, activities are planned and shaped already in several countries.

That is why it is good to announce that a Spanish version of the accompanying book “The World of Maps” has been made available on the IMY website. The translation to Spanish of the book was done under the supervision of Pilar Sanchez-Ortiz from ICA’s Spanish national member organisation SECFT. With this, the most useful book as source for understanding and disseminating the role of maps is available to all those being interested in cartography in the Spanish speaking world. The book is also translated to French under supervision of Francois Lecordix at the French Cartographic Association.

Muy bien!
– Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

By |February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Welcome, Bangladesh!

We are happy that Bangladesh is joining the activities of the International Map Year. acts as the contact person. We are looking forward to the cooperation!

Bangladesh is the 14th country in our list of participating nations. You are also interested in setting up a national committee? Please find all details here.

By |February 15th, 2015|0 Comments

IMY on Czech TV

Vit Vozenilek

Vit Vozenilek talking about the International Map Year on Czech TV

On November 20, IMY was presented in a 5 minutes long section on the Czech national TV channel. Click here to see the program, the section on IMY starts at 4:00min.

By |December 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Maps on stamps

Examples for maps on stamps

Examples for maps on stamps. Will there be an IMY stamp soon?


A discussion on maps on stamps has been going on  in co-operation with the CartoPhilatelic Society and the Universal Postal Union. If you want more information on how to support maps on stamps for celebarating IMY, please contact the IMY Working Group member .

The ICA liaison report to ISO/TC 211, Geographic information, Shenzhen, China, can be found here.

Bengt Rystedt

By |December 19th, 2014|0 Comments

International Map Year 2015–2016 endorsed by the UN

UNGGIMIt is my sincere pleasure to inform you, that at the fourth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management at the UN Headquarters in New York 6.-8. August 2014 the ICA Initiative on an International Map Year 2015/16 was positively discussed.

It says in the resolution:

The Committee of Experts […] endorsed the International Map Year 2015-2016, as proposed by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), as a valuable means to promote the importance of maps and geospatial information globally.
GGIM Report on the fourth session (6–8 August 2014)

With this we have reached a most prominent framework for the planned acitivities and I invite all members of the ICA family to consider their active participation.

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

By |August 28th, 2014|2 Comments

Description of IMY objectives

The following description of the IMY objectives by David Fairbairn can be used for promotional purposes:

International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information. Supported by the United Nations, IMY is an intensive international, interdisciplinary, scientific, and social strategy to focus on the importance of maps and geographic information in the world today. The most important legacies will be a new generation of cartographers and geographic information scientists, as well as an exceptional level of interest and participation from professionals, schoolchildren, the general public, and decision-makers, worldwide.

Further promotional material can be found here. The IMY logo can be downloaded here.

By |July 4th, 2014|1 Comment

Welcome to the IMY website

Thanks to Aileen Buckley, who developed the proposal for the website and to two colleagues from Budapest, the IMY website is now online. IMY starts in January 2015. Please use the time until then for planning national activities. If some part of the guidelines are missing or unclear, please write an e-mail with your questions and thoughts.

Chapter 18 of the book The World of Maps is still in the editing phase. It will be uploaded soon.

Bengt Rystedt
Chairperson of the IMY Working Group

By |June 26th, 2014|3 Comments