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About Manuela Schmidt

Manuela works as a cartographer at the Vienna University of Technology. She is also the webmaster for the International Map Year and designed the IMY logo.

18 04, 2016

Bulgarian postcard for IMY

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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.


11 04, 2016

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 Thank you for your hard work!

11 04, 2016

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

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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.

29 03, 2016

George Vancouver and his survey of the West Coast of Canada

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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!

25 03, 2016

Japan joins the Map Year celebrations

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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

29 02, 2016

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

By |February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

19 02, 2016

IMY activities in Turkey

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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:


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



19 02, 2016

New language versions of the logo available

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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.

26 01, 2016

A stamp for International Map Year

By |January 26th, 2016|0 Comments

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

20 01, 2016

Map Year celebrations in Slovenia

By |January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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

20 01, 2016

IMY celebrations are appreciated everywhere

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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.






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

Guest author: Alena Vondráková

21 12, 2015

Unfolding the map: Map exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand

By |December 21st, 2015|0 Comments


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


geological sketch map

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.

20 12, 2015

New language versions of the logo available

By |December 20th, 2015|2 Comments

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




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!

27 11, 2015

IMY celebrations at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

By |November 27th, 2015|0 Comments

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

27 11, 2015

Loving Maps & the Daisy

By |November 27th, 2015|0 Comments

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


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

17 11, 2015

International Map Year continues: Planetary Maps Exhibition in Zvyozdny gorodok (Russia)

By |November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) continues celebrating the International Map Year in Russia. We organized a Planetary map exhibition at the XI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Manned Space Flights”.

The conference which was hosted in Zvyozdny gorodok at the Russian Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yury Gagarin, was dedicated to the 55th anniversary of this center. The main purpose of this center is research on the creation and operation of manned spacecrafts, cosmonaut selection and the training process of in-flight activities for cosmonauts. Extraterrestrial maps are very important for cosmonautics, e.g. for navigating spaceships and for choosing appropriate landing surfaces on the planets.


So we are very enthusiastic to contribute for the Conference our planetary maps, especially today, November 17, in 45-year anniversary of the Lunokhod-1! Lunokhod-1, the first unmanned rover on a planetary body, was deployed to the lunar surface and started its 10km journey in the Mare Imbrium on the 17 November, operated remotely from Earth. During the mission about 200 detailed panoramic images were transmitted to the Earth and provided unique scientific experiments. New mission of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) allowed us to study Lunokhods landing sites in more detail, refine rover tracks, give names to the craters along the route and create an accurate map.

The exhibition enjoyed great popularity at the conference, which was attended by about 700 participants. We exhibited the following maps, which were produced under support of the Russian Science Foundation (project #14-22-00197) and attracted great attention:



Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website ( and follow us on twitter @MEx_Lab!

Guest author: Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva

17 11, 2015

International Map Year Event at NACIS 2015 in Minneapolis, USA

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In celebration of International Map Year 2015–2016, the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) decided to open their annual meeting’s map gallery to the general public. The event included print and digital maps from students and professional members, a map art exhibit entitled The Tangible Maps Exhibit, and the United States and Canadian Children’s Maps from the 2015 Barbara Petchenik Children’s Mapping Competition.


We had a steady stream of visitors from Minneapolis, including several parents or grandparents who brought their children, and who heard an interview about the exhibit on Minnesota Public Radio (available here online) and thought it would be interesting to go and see some maps. As a result of the success of this experiment with opening the exhibition to the public, NACIS has decided to try to do this at future conferences, which are held in different cities in the US and Canada in early October each year.







We would like to thank the International Cartography Association’s Commission on Cartography and Children for making the USA and Canadian entries to the competition available for this exhibition.

– Amy L Griffin, NACIS president

15 11, 2015

It’s Geography Awareness Week: Explore! The Power of Maps

By |November 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek) is a geographic literacy initiative celebrated every third week of November and sponsored by the National Geographic Society. This year’s theme is Explore! The Power of Maps. From the invitation:

Celebrate and explore the power of maps November 15–21, 2015. Spatial thinking through maps is one of the most important skills that students can develop as they learn geography, Earth and environmental sciences, and so much more. –

The National Geographic website offers lots of tools and resources to celebrate Geography Awareness Week and to organize related events. An interesting read is also their article on 100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where.

Geography Aweareness Week


GIS Day was incorporated into GeoWeek in 1999 to highlight the potential of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve the population’s geo-literacy. It takes place every Wednesday of Geography Awareness Week – this year on Wednesday, November 18. It’s supported by the GIS company Esri and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). More information and a list of all events organized world-wide can be found on

National Map Day in the US

Scheduled within Geography Awareness Week, the US national Map Year committee organizes a National Map Day on Monday, November 16 with invitations to users from different fields such as agriculture, forestry, physical planning, housing, and natural resources. The main theme for this day will be discussions of the educational value of maps in helping to teach students and adults about their cultural and physical environments.

19 10, 2015

A great resource for IMY: Planetary maps designed for kids

By |October 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Taking the latest scientific data, papers, and geological maps, graphic artists and planetary scientists joined together to design maps for children. The maps show the surfaces of the most geologically interesting bodies in our Solar System: Venus, the Moon, Mars, Io, Europa and Titan. All maps have not only the alien surface shown, but also feature fictional characters that interact with the surface. The kids’ imagination can further develop the map content into stories of their own.

Each map was designed by a different graphic designer – all professional illustrators of childrens’ books –, allowing a great variety of visual approaches. Although there are no real aliens found on any of those planets and moons, Venus, Mars and Europa are of special astrobiological interest because they have potential habitats that might harbor life. All maps and additional online explanations were translated to 11 languages, including Romani. The series is planned to be continued by adding the Pluto-Charon system, and an irregular body to the list. The maps are free to download in high quality and can be ordered directly in printed form, in the USA.

Guest author: Henrik Hargitai of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography

Some previews can be found here…


19 10, 2015

Resources for printing IMY buttons

By |October 19th, 2015|0 Comments

IMY buttons by Vít Voženílek and his team

Would you like to produce buttons to celebrate IMY? Vít Voženílek and his team printed IMY buttons in 5 different styles. Please find their templates below – feel free to re-use them or to use them as inspiration for your own IMY buttons:

Thanks for sharing!

Further templates and resources can be found in the promotional material section.