Exhibition “The Sea Brings All That Is Distant Together”
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the UN in New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria organize and present the exhibition “The Sea Brings All that is Distance Together” from 15–26 June, 2015 at UN Headquartes, New York. The exhibition is compiled and designed by International Commercial and Cultural Center GEOPAN, Member of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association.
Donation of Bulgarian maps to the library of the UN
The Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA) donated 37 cartographic products (a collection of contemporary maps and atlases) created by Bulgarian cartographic companies to the library of the UN. The maps will be handed over at the opening of the above mentioned exhibition.
A description of the contributing companies and their cartographic products can be found here.
– Prof. Temenoujka Bandrova
President, Bulgarian Cartographic Association
FIG Working Week 2015 was held with 1.000 participants from 68 countries from 17–21 May 2015 in Sofia. The conference included an ICA session and a Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps – held in celebration of International Map Year.
Georg Gartner (ICA president), Temenoujka Bandrova (president of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association)
In the ICA session, ICA President Prof. Georg Gartner, Past-President and Commission Chair Prof. Milan Konecny, Commission Chair Prof. Philippe de Mayer, Prof. Bashkim Irdisi and members of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA) presented their last cartographic achievements. All papers and presentations can be found on fig.net.
The Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps at FIG Working Week
One of the most popular places in the National Palace of Culture during FIG Week was the Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps. Many participants were delighted to see such an exhibition and congratulated ICA and the Bulgarian Cartographic Association for the organization.
Four countries (Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria) participated and were represented by the following companies and organizations:
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.
Many activities were proposed to fulfill the objectives of the event. The activities are categorized into:
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.
Professional activities which will be a national map competition, a map exhibition and short lectures program.
Activities for public which will be a national map day and writing about the IMY in the media (newspapers, Facebook, etc.).
Networking and fund raising.
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
Press and social media: Eng. Wadidi, Eng. Ihab Sholly
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.
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.
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)
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,
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
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. – fig.net
For more information, please contact Prof. , President of Bulgarian Cartographic Association
Although 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