The International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. Supported by the United Nations, IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information.

Why an International Map Year?

The purposes of the International Map Year are …

  • making maps visible to citizens and school children in a global context,
  • demonstrating how maps and atlases can be used in society,
  • showing how information technology can be used in getting geographic information and producing one’s own maps,
  • displaying different types of maps and map production,
  • showing the technical development of mapping and atlas production,
  • showing the necessity of a sustainable development of geographic information infrastructures,
  • increasing the recruitment of students to cartography and cartography-related disciplines.

The International Map Year shall become a trademark for mapping. It shall also boost the identity of the ICA to highlight its mission in an international context. It is also an opportunity to give ICA affiliate members a possibility to advertise their services in mapping. Hopefully, IMY will make maps and its implications on our lives more obvious to the society.

Who is the International Map Year targeted at?

Target groups for IMY are …

  • the general public,
  • school children,
  • professionals and
  • government employees.

When does the International Map Year take place?

International Map Year will be officially opened at the ICA conference in Rio de Janeiro in August, 2015 and then continue until December 2016. Of course, preparation has to start earlier, especially activities to get national contributions for the Barbara Petchenik Competition or encouraging contributions to the ICA Map Exhibition.

Who coordinates IMY?

The activities of the International Map Year are coordinated by the ICA Working Group on the International Map Year.

  • Status report August 2015: pptx | pdf