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The Bulgarian Cartographic Association meets two Committees in the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria

The Economic Policy and Tourism Committee chaired by Mr. Petar Kanev and the Culture and Media Committee, chaired by Ms. Polina Karastoyanova of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria hosted a meeting with Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA). The meeting is the highlight of a series of events that Bulgaria organized on the occasion of the International Map Year 2015–2016.

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The main topic of the meeting was the use of geospatial information in the economic and cultural development of the country. Bulgarian Cartographic Association was presented by leading Bulgarian scientists and experts who opened the discussion on six main issues and achieved agreement on several action streams.

Both Parliamentary Committees supported the idea of organizing cartographic exhibition in the National Assembly building on the occasion of the International Map Year Map Day. The exhibition will present the achievements of the Bulgarian cartography and its place at international level. It will also outline the cartography as an important pillar in the human knowledge.

Both Parliamentary Committees accepted the invitation to participate in the 6th International Conference on Cartography and GIS (ICC & GIS) that will take place in Bulgaria in June 2016. As the Conference is organized every two years, the Committees committed to facilitate the inclusion of the next event of the series in the calendar of Bulgarian EU Presidency in 2018.

The establishment of a National Committee for coordination of the GEO’s (Group of Earth Observations) objectives and implementation of the strategic plan to build a global system for Earth observation (Global Earth Observation System of Systems, GEOSS) was fully supported by the Parliamentary Committees. The idea was also embraced by scientists, experts and MPs who attended the meeting. The participants were also convinced in the need for amendments to the Law of geodesy and cartography which goal would be to improve the quality and the competitiveness of the Bulgarian cartographic products.

BCA proposed the establishment of a national fund “Bulgarian cartographic heritage”. The Committees fully supported the idea and the regulation of the fund as part of the cultural heritage of the country. With this regard, a BCA representative will be consulting the Parliamentary Committee on local names during the process development of knowledge base with geospatial information.

At the end of the meeting, BCA donated maps and atlases to the National Assembly Library. This is the second time BCA donates cartographic products to the community. The first donation was made to the Library of the United Nations in New York.

– Temenoujka Bandrova
President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association

By |April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Japan opened a time capsule of maps buried in 1980

Japan Cartographers Association (JCA) held a workshop on April 23rd, 2016 for inspecting maps exhibited at the International Cartographic Conference (ICC) 1980 in Tokyo with the cooperation of Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS) of the University of Tokyo.

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This event took place on the occasion of the donation of the maps stored in the office of JCA to Kashiwa Library at the University of Tokyo. After four presenters gave comments on the features of the maps and experiences at the ICC 1980, more than 30 participants inspected the original old maps and discussed the effective use of the legacy of the ICC 1980. This workshop can be a good opportunity to examine 40 years’ changes of cartography, heading towards the success of ICC 2019 in Tokyo.

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By |April 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Call for Maps: Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition

2035 marks the target date for the first human landing on Mars as planned by NASA. In 2015, 47 landing sites or Exploration Zones (EZ), each 200 km in diameter, have been proposed by the planetary science community. These should be mapped in high detail in the forthcoming years to enable proper comparison of the 47 sites and the selection of the 1 finalist. The ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography opened a Call for Maps for visualizing the best landing site.

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This contest is open to students, young professional cartographers, and graphic artists in any country of the world.

The project is to select one candidate landing site and design an actual map that you envision will be useful in surface operations. We ask that you do not create simply a geologic map, but rather a product that can be used by the astronauts during their approximately one-year long mission within the Exploration Zone. This requires creativity, and it is also useful to have a good knowledge of surface features, surface hazards, science goals and the use of the proper cartographic tools.

The display and format of the maps entirely up to the participants. All submitted maps must be accompanied by a short paper (in the English language). Deadline for the submission of maps and papers is September 1, 2016.

Please find all details about the competition on the following website:
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The contest is part of the International Map Year activities and organized by the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

 
– Henrik I Hargitai
Chair of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

By |April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY at the conference of the Italian Geological Society

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IMY Italy is organizing a Geological Map Day at the 88th Conference of the Italian Society of Geology in Naples in September 2016. The conference will feature a geological map exibition (with a selection of historical and modern geological maps on the same area) and a “geological map contest” for PhD and MSc students. In addition, there will be a session dedicated to the International Map Year.

The Call for Presentations & Posters for the session The International Map Year: new technologies, perspectives and outlook of geological mapping and outcrop visualization is still open:

The thorough understanding of geological processes combined with new Earth and planetary observation techniques, field-mapping and geoinformatics can provide invaluable insights into geologically complex areas such as Italy and the Mediterranean region. Methods of collection, storage and restitution of field work data dramatically changed in the last 30 years, as the new technologies give the geologists the opportunity to build models, by using and elaborating huge data sets. The new perspective of the geological investigation stimulates new efforts in collecting field data to be processed for modeling. This session encourages contributions that illustrate methods and processes for the elaboration and the construction of geological models, based on fieldwork, integrating the geological mapping, databases and up-to-date elaboration and visualization techniques. Studies based on the integration of field data with the results of distinct analytical techniques (remote sensing, laser scan, ecc.) are particularly welcomed.

The deadline for submission is May 15. All details about the session (P26) can be found here.

By |April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

New language versions of the logo available: Spanish and Portugese

There are two new language versions of the IMY logo are available in the logo download section: Spanish and Portugese.

Spanish IMY logo: Version A

Spanish IMY logo: Version B

Thanks to Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez Pilar and Oscar Esteban Martinez for the Spanish translation. There are two versions of the Spanish logo available – please use according to your preference.

Portugese IMY logo

The Portugese version was proposed by Paulo Jorge Lourenço, thanks!

By |April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Bulgarian postcard for IMY

Stamping the Bulgarian IMY postcard

On 14 April 2016, at the Museum of Communications in Sofia, Bulgaria pictorial postcard entitled “International Map Year 2015–2016” was put into use. The card was officially validated by placing the first postage stamp by Deputy Minister of Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Mr. Valery Borisov, President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association Prof. Temenujka Bandrova and artist of the post card Mr. Georgi Pavlov.

Bulgarian Cartographic Association initiated an event with the invitations to its members, guests and philatelists who had the opportunity to acquire the unique post edition – the first of its kind in the world dedicated to the International Map Year 2015–2016.

Prof. Temenoujka Bandrova,
President of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association

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Official validation of the IMY postcard by Temenujka Bandrova, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Mr. Valery Borisov and artist of the post card Mr. Georgi Pavlov.

 

By |April 18th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY activities with pre-school kids in the United Arab Emirates

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On 15 November 2015, a group of United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) students under supervision of Dr.  Naeema Alhosani, national IMY coordinator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), visited “Al Qadeer” kindergarten in Al Ain city, to raise awareness among the kids about International Map Year. The visiting program included many activities:

  • playing UAE map puzzles
  • plaing flash card “maps images and words”
  • coloring a map coloring book
  • stamping their thumb on a cloth, which has “We love maps” written on it.

Finally, the whole classes of kindergarten kids were asked to take a paper that had “We love maps” written on it, then they were rewarded with a small gift.

More information and images of the lovely activities Dr. Naeema Al Hosani and her team are organizing in the United Arab Emirates can be found on instagram.com/imy_uae. Thank you for your hard work!

By |April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Next Barbara Petchenik Competition will be dedicated to the International Map Year

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The world in our hands by Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – Winner of the public vote in the 2015 competition

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. We are happy to announce that the next competition will be dedicated to the International Map Year. By this reason, the theme of the upcoming competition will be “We love maps”. The Call for Participation will be opened in September and will also be available on this website.

Winning entries of the last competition can be viewed here.

General information on the Barbara Petchenik Competition can be found on the ICA website.

By |April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

George Vancouver and his survey of the West Coast of Canada

Parks Canada prepared a story about Captain George Vancouver and his survey of the West Coast of Canada to celebrate International Map Year. It is available at the following link: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/cseh-twih/archives2_e.asp?id=1189

Enjoy the read!

By |March 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Japan joins the Map Year celebrations

Japan set up a national committee for organizing events to celebrate the International Map Year. The first event already took place at the Annual Conference of JCA (Japan Cartographers Association) on August 6, 2015. The second event took place at the General Assembly of JCA on February 27, 2016. JCA also produced buttons to celebrate IMY.

IMY buttons produced by JCA

IMY buttons produced by JCA

Group photo from Annual Conference of JCA, August 2015

Group photo from Annual Conference of JCA, August 2015

Group photo from General Assembly of JCA, February 2016

Group photo from General Assembly of JCA, February 2016

More information about the IMY celebrations in Japan can be found on jcaci.org

– Yoshiki Wakabayashi

By |March 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Il mondo delle carte geografiche – The World of Maps now available in Italian

Italian version of The World of Maps availableWe are happy to announce that the Italian translation of The World of Maps is available for download.

The World of Maps is a free e-book produced to accompany the International Map Year. The perspective of the book is to broaden the knowledge of cartography and geographic information among the general public and especially among school children.

The translation to Italian was done by Giuliano Petrarulo (a geography teacher at a high school in Milan) in collaboration with Maria Ronza (Researcher in Geography and Professor of Cartography and GIS at the University of Naples ‘Federico II). Both are members of the Associazione Italiana di Cartografia, the Italian national member of ICA.

Mille grazie, Giuliano and Maria!

More translations are under preparation and will be published within the course of the year.

By |February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY activities in Turkey

IMY in Turkey is coordinated by Necla Ulugtekin and her team A. Ozgur Dogru and Merve Keskin. The following activities were organized in 2015.

IMY Turkey team: A. Ozgur DOGRU, Merve KESKIN and N. Necla ULUGTEKIN

IMY Turkey team: A. Ozgur DOGRU, Merve KESKIN and N. Necla ULUGTEKIN

Within GIS Day, the Chamber of Survey and Cadastre Engineers and Spatial Informatics Initiative of Turkey collaborated to organize GIS Day on 16. December 2015. During the symposium, spatial information, spatial intelligence, intelligent flight maps, smart cities and GIS interactions were discussed. International Map Year was announced and the its logo was used in the symposium’s poster.

Group photo from the GIS Day symposium in December 2016

Group photo from the GIS Day symposium in December 2016

Besides GIS Day symposium, XYZ journal published an article about the goals of the International Map Year in November 2015. XYZ is a monthly publised journal focused on national and sectoral engineering issues.

Article about IMY in XYZ dergi

Article about IMY in XYZ dergi

We also developed the following Turkish version of the IMY logo:

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By the way: FIG Congress 2018 will take place in Turkey! See you in Istanbul…

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– Necla ULUĞTEKİN

By |February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

New language versions of the logo available

We are happy to announce that five new language versions of the IMY logo are available in the logo download section: German, Greek, Hebrew, Slovenian and Turkish.

German IMY logo

Greek IMY logo

Hebrew IMY logo

Turkish IMY logo

Slovenian IMY logo

Thanks to Oren Raz for the Hebrew version, to Necla Ulugtekin for the Turkish version, to Evangelos Livieratos and Elpida Daniil for the Greek version, Klemen Kozmus-Trajkovski and Dušan Petrovič for the Slovenian version and to Thomas Schulz for the German version.

By |February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

A stamp for International Map Year

The Swiss Cartographic Society engages in many special activities during International Map Year, such as publications, exhibitions, events or cartography awards. To better promote IMY and its ideas amongst members and the general public, the society also produced promotional materials. One of the latest ideas is a special webstamp designed for IMY. It is being used on mail by the society and will for sure raise attention by the recipients when they look at the envelope!

Swiss webstamp created for the International Map Year

Swiss webstamp created for the International Map Year

– Thomas Schulz, Switzerland

By |January 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Map Year celebrations in Slovenia

We are happy to announce that Slovenia joined the IMY celebrations! Dušan Petrovič reports about past events and activities planned for 2016.

Dušan Petrovič announces IMY in Slovenia

Dušan Petrovič announces IMY in Slovenia

IMY in Slovenia officially started on October 18, 2015, when the International Map Year was announced at the academy of the 25th Anniversary of the Slovenian Orienteering Federation. The event took place in the old cinema in the town of Idria, one of the roots of orienteering in Slovenia, also known as a mine city with one of the world’s largest former mercury mines. The event was well received: It attracted orienteering runners from all generations and sister organizations (alpine club, boy scouts, etc.) and also hosted the president of the National Olympic Committee as well as the major of Idria.

Introducing IMY was one of the highlights of the event. It included the award ceremony for 8-year-old Andraž. His picture “The whole world is on the same boat” won the 1st prize in the category 6–8 years in the international round of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Andraž receiving the award for his 1st prize in the international round of the Barbara Petchenik competition. His winning picture "The whole world is on the same boat" can be seen on the right.

Andraž receiving the award for his 1st prize in the international round of the Barbara Petchenik competition. His winning picture “The whole world is on the same boat” can be seen on the right.

Maps – mostly orienteering maps – were also incorporated in other parts of the celebration. The event concluded in a nearby gallery, where an exhibition on historical and nowadays orienteering maps was prepared. The exhibition remained open for another week.

The main event celebrating IMY in Slovenia is going to be 44th Slovenian Surveying Day in March 2016. The Slovenian Surveying Day event is organised yearly, in the last years together with the Day of the European Surveyor and Geoinformation. The main organizer is the Association of Surveyors of Slovenia, the event attracts a wide scope of stakeholders in the field of surveying, state administrations, local communities, companies, etc. In 2016 the title of the Slovenian Surveying Day will be “Maps for efficient decision-making”, which will focus on the relevance of maps in all processes of planning, administrating and using the territory. We are proud to be hosting ICA president, Prof. Dr. Menno-Jan Kraak.

– Dušan Petrovič, Slovenian IMY coordinator

By |January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY celebrations are appreciated everywhere

In addition to thematic seminars and expert meetings, it is important to promote maps to the general public, therefore, many activities are focused on different target groups or local events. An example of such an event is the exhibition at a local elementary school in Bystročice (small village, less than 1000 inhabitants) near Olomouc in the Czech Republic organized by the Department of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic), which is a leading promoter of the International Map Year in the Czech Republic. Local citizens and school pupils had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the development of regional maps. The first appearance of Bystročice village in a map is dating back to 1716 and there were presented samples of dozens old maps. The exhibition was implemented via posters with IMY logo.

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The great interest of visitors of the exhibition proves that IMY celebrations are appreciated everywhere!

Guest author: Alena Vondráková

By |January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Unfolding the map: Map exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand

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Unfolding the Map is a celebration of New Zealand cartography. It starts with the oral cartographies of early Polynesian navigators and pre-European Maori (Polynesian navigators were criss-crossing the Pacific a couple of hundred years before Columbus ventured west across the Atlantic). It includes early print maps from the 17th and 18th centuries and traces the print cartography of New Zealand through to the present day. New Zealand is, as you are probably aware, one of the most recently settled countries on earth. The historic and contemporary print maps on display are drawn mostly from Archives New Zealand and the library’s Alexander Turnbull Collection. They fall into one of five categories:

  • Coastal charting
  • Surveying and the Cadastre
  • Resources and Environment
  • Topographic Mapping
  • Recreation and Tourism

There is a section of the exhibition devoted to the art and science of cartography and the cartographic process. This also looks at how technology has periodically revolutionised map-making and given rise to or changed the face of other geographical information sciences like geodesy and remote sensing.

Digital cartography is also explored using a mix of projected dynamic map content, video, and ipads with access to interactive storymaps and selected webmapping applications. A separate area is devoted to telling the stories behind some of New Zealand’s more evocative place names. And lastly there is a giant floor map of New Zealand, and an interactive world map for children.

The exhibition started in October 2015 and continues to August 2016, which coincides with the International Map Year. It has been curated by Roger Smith from the Wellington-based cartographic design company Geographx.

There is a parallel programme of public events including a lecture series focusing on map-related topics. There is also an educational outreach programme targeted at New Zealand schools.

Please find all details at natlib.govt.nz.

Impressions

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Image of a geological sketch map compiled by James Hector, Director of the NZ Geological Survey in 1873. This map was prepared specially for the International Vienna Exhibition in 1873. The cartography is by Augustus Koch.

The Tuki map

The Tuki map – this is the earliest known drawn map by Maori. Tuki was the son of a tohunga, or priest, one of two young Māori kidnapped in 1793 off the Cavalli Islands and taken to Norfolk Island to teach convicts how to dress flax. The map was drawn in 1793 for the lieutenant-governor of Norfolk Island, Philip King.

By |December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

New language versions of the logo available

Apart from the IMY logo in English, there are now also versions in French, Arab and Russian available in the logo download section!

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Thanks to Naeema Al Hosani for the Arab translation, to Alexander Коханов for the Russion version and to Roger Wheate for the French version.

If you would like to create a new translated logo version, please send a draft based on the EPS file to – thank you!

By |December 20th, 2015|2 Comments

IMY celebrations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

NASFaculty_IMY2015-2016The University of Pretoria (UP) celebrated the International Map Year this year in three ways: the Centre for Geo-information Science (CGIS) Map Competition; a map assignment challenge for first-year and third-year students in BSc Geo-informatics and most importantly, the 2015 CGIS Mini-conference.

The 2015 CGIS Mini-conference: Maps in research at UP aimed to showcase the role of maps in research conducted at UP. Postgraduate supervisors from across the University were invited to nominate students under their supervision for a presentation at the mini-conference. We asked for presentations with ‘map’ or ‘mapping’ in the title and abstracts describing the role of maps in the research.

A variety of presentations showcases the use of maps in research at UP. Maps are used in research in multiple disciplines. The following examples can be cited: the use of maps in different departments and faculties; maps are used in inter-disciplinary research, such as in cartography and psychology which are combined in research that makes use of eye tracking to study how people read and understand maps. Maps are also used in multi-disciplinary research, where, for example we draw on cartography and geography/plant science in research that aims to spatially analyse / understand natural and human-made phenomena around us.

The presentations included ‘traditional’ uses of mapping and spatial analysis …

  • to help us understand our natural environment
  • to help us plan for urbanisation;
  • and to help us plan for much needed renewable energies.

There were also presentations on novel high-tech applications of cartography, such as augmented reality and 3D eye tracking. Finally, the keynote address on forensic mapping is a less frequently heard of application of mapping.

All the presenters were UP students who are supervised in more than one faculty and in various departments. In some cases co-supervisors were from other universities or research councils. At the end of the mini-conference, the winners of the 2015 UP CGIS Map Competition received their prize money and a map atlas donated by Esri.

2015 CGIS Mini-Conference: Maps in Research at UP, 6 November 2015

2015 CGIS Mini-Conference: Maps in Research at UP, 6 November 2015

We are also celebrating International Map Year 2015/6 with an exhibition of maps in the UP library. The exhibition showcases maps produced by students, staff and other organisations. Some interesting map books from the library are on display, such as a population map from 1904. During November the library expects anything between 4,600 to 7,400 visitors daily.

CGIS Map Exhibition: UP Student Competition Maps & Other South African Companies, Merensky II, 2–23 November 2015, Hatfield Campus

CGIS Map Exhibition: UP Student Competition Maps & Other South African Companies, 2–23 November 2015

– Serena Coetzee

By |November 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Loving Maps & the Daisy

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital created a playful poster for IMY. Enjoy :-)

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Click here for the full resolution poster (50x70cm).

By |November 27th, 2015|0 Comments