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:

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

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.


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.




– 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


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.



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.



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

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

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 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

– Urs Isenegger, swisstopo

By |June 7th, 2016|0 Comments

IMY activities with school children in Hungary

On June 1, students of the Benedictine Secondary School of Győr (Hungarian city) visited the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, the Visualization Center, the GPS station and the Museum of Mineralogy at Eötvös Loránd University within the activities programmed to celebrate the International Map Year in Hungary. The visit counted with the support not only of colleagues of our department, but was also supported by the GDi Esri Hungary Company.





– Reyes Nunez José Jesús, Hungary

By |June 7th, 2016|0 Comments

The Great Lines Project

Did you ever wonder when contour lines were used for the first time? Karen Rann investigates the invention of contour lines in The Great Lines Project.

Contour lines. Photo by Karen Rann.

The website explores the first maps to include those tentative lines that expose a quality of our world needing to be understood, to be calculated or defined, through the use of a line or lines which are not visible within the landscape because they are not there.

Please also note Rann’s exhibition devoted to the development of contour lines, currently open at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. More details about the exhibition can be found in our event calendar.

By |June 7th, 2016|0 Comments

International Mail-Art Call

To celebrate International Map Year, the Portuguese Committee of Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPT) invites artists of Mail-Art from around the world, to create inspired works on this topic.


Mail-Art is an art form that began in the last century in the “Correspondance Art School” of New York and had great expression in the 70s and 80s. Its vehicle transmission are postal services and, therefore, postcards, envelopes, stamps or postmarks are some of the media in which it is possible to express this art. The Mail-Art artists use techniques such as collages, photos, writing, painting or digital art. The only real limitation to the use of different techniques and media is the possibility of transmission of works by postal services.

Deadline for submission is March 21, 2017. All details on the Mail-Art call for the International Map Year can be found here.

Selected works will be exhibited on the MPT Facebook page.

Results from similar activities in the past can be reviewed here:


Submitted by Paulo Jorge Lourenço
Matemática do Planeta Terra

By |June 5th, 2016|0 Comments

O Mundo dos Mapas – The World of Maps now also available in Portuguese

IMY_WoM_ptWe are happy to announce that the Portuguese 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 (Brazilian) Portuguese was carried out by 22 members of the Brazilian community of cartographers from several institutions, namely:

  • Andrea Lopes Iescheck (UFRGS)
  • Silvana Philippi Camboim (UFPR)
  • Antônio José Berutti Vieira (UFPR)
  • Marcio Augusto Reolon Schmidt (UFU)
  • Nelson Marisco (UFAL)
  • Claudia Robbi Sluter (UFPR)
  • Maria Cecilia Brandalize (UFPR)
  • Edmilson Martinho Volpi (SEMA-SP)
  • Luciene Delazari (UFPR)
  • Paulo Menezes / Manoel Fernandes (UFRJ)
  • Henrique Firkowski (UFPR)
  • Mônica Cristina de Castro (UFPR)
  • Carlos Aurélio Nadal (UFPR)
  • Rodrigo Augusto Quirino (Furnas)
  • Carlos Eduardo Ferreira / Rodrigo Batista Lobato (UERJ)
  • José Augusto Sapienza Ramos (UERJ)
  • Valéria Oliveira Henrique de Araújo (IBGE)
  • João Vitor Meza Bravo (UFPR)
  • Lucilene Antunes Correia Marques de Sá (UFPE)
  • Vivian de Oliveira Fernandes (UFBA)
  • Marília Minatel (UFPR)

Muito obrigado to everyone of them!

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

By |May 9th, 2016|1 Comment

Conference of the Italian Cartographic Association in occasion of the International Map Year

logo_aicAmong the events planned in occasion of the International Map Year 2016, the Italian Cartographic Association (AIC) together with the University of Camerino is organizing the AIC yearly conference 2016 on “Cartography, Promotion of Places, Smart Cities” in San Benedetto del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno) on 11–13 May 2016. As usual in Italian Cartographic Association’s events, participants will be university professors, scholars, professionals and students from around Italy. Apart from the scientific sessions, there will be an Interactive Cartographic Exhibition from 7–12 May 2016, which will be open to the public and will see participation of students of primary and secondary schools of the provinces of Teramo, Ascoli Piceno and Fermo.

– Giuseppe Borruso
President of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Cartographic Assiciation (AIC)


By |May 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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.


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.


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.


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.


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:

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


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|1 Comment

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



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


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 Thank you for your hard work!

By |April 11th, 2016|0 Comments

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

Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

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:

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

– Yoshiki Wakabayashi

By |March 25th, 2016|0 Comments