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26 09, 2017

International Map Year presented as highlight at UN-GGIM

By |September 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The International Map Year has been mentioned during the 7th UN-GGIM meeting in New York, 2-5 August. Current chair, Anthony K. Milne of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, presented highlights of activities of the UN-GGIM GS members and stated the following:

In the year since the Committee of Experts last met, UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies have been very active. I’m pleased to report the following selective highlights: […] The International Cartographic Association ran a very successful campaign on the International Map Year, which was endorsed by the UN-GGIM Geospatial Societies and the UN-GGIM Committee of Experts. This program aimed to make maps more visible to and understood by decision-makers, citizens and school children in the global context.

– Anthony Milne

Anthony K. Milne (IEEE GRSS) talking about the Map Year at the 7th UN-GGIM meeting

2 03, 2017

IMY paper submitted to ICC2017 in Washington, D.C.

By |March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The IMY working group has produced a paper that was accepted for oral presentation at 28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) of the International Cartographic Association in Washington, D.C. While the full paper will be available in the proceedings of ICC2017, please find the abstract here:

International Map Year: Results and Implications
Bengt Rystedt, Ferjan Ormeling, Aileen Buckley, Serena Coetzee, Vit Voženilek, David Fairbairn, and Ayako Kagawa

Abstract: IMY was 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. International Map Year (IMY) started in Paris 2011 when the General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) asked the ICA Executive Committee (EC) to follow up on the proposal given in a motion from the Swedish Cartographic Society. An IMY Working Group (WG) was constituted — it defined the IMY goals and the activities required to reach them, and it proposed a suitable time period for the IMY to the ICA EC. IMY commenced in August 2015 and ended in December 2016. The success of IMY was dependent on all member nations of the ICA participating in an effort to broaden the knowledge of cartography and geographic information in society in general, especially among citizens and school children. Member nations of the ICA were responsible for organizing IMY activities, such as a national Map Day, through national IMY committees tasked to engage national organizations and spearheading collaboration. The IMY WG set up an IMY web site with general information on IMY, guidelines for how to organize Map Days, suggestions relating to activities aimed at general map awareness, and more. The web site also provides access to the electronic book The World of Maps, which has been translated from English into five other languages.

Keywords: International Map Year, IMY, The World of Maps, maps, geographic information.

1 03, 2017

IMY coverage in ICA News

By |March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The latest issue of ICA News features a wonderful recap of IMY activities around the world – including a world map highlighting participating countries, IMY events and IMY photos.

IMY activities in ICA News. Map by Igor Drecki.

IMY activities in ICA News. Map by Igor Drecki.

In the editor notes, Igor Drecki writes:

Reading the stories on IMY one cannot help but be astonished by the incredible ingenuity of national IMY coordinators and committees in promoting the message of IMY. From national days and workshops to postal stamps and map stands, from exhibitions and posters to wine and chocolates, from fun-filled challenges for children to official events involving government ministers – you name it it’s there! The colour and energy of these celebrations was simply contagious and left us all with unforgettable memories. I think IMY achieved something truly special – it strengthened and invigourated various cartographic communities and sparked unprecedented interest of the public in maps and mapping!

– Igor Drecki, ICA News 67

For more details, download the IMY map (2.8mb) or download the complete issue of ICA News as PDF in web quality (3.5mb) or print quality (33.6mb).

9 08, 2016

ICA posters a big success at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

By |August 9th, 2016|0 Comments


During the sixth session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM, 3–5 August 2016), the posters created by ICA’s Commissions on the Sustainable Development Goals were on exhibit in the conferences area in United Nations Headquarters in New York. During the opening session the participants were pointed to the exhibition of the ICA posters. During the first day of the conference the exhibition catalog was distributed to all participants. ICA’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals was well received.

We are happy to quote Mark Cygan from the International Map Industry Association (IMIA):

Congratulations to the ICA’s Commissions on your posters for the Sustainable Development Goals. It is difficult to capture in pictures, but they were prominently exhibited in the main hallway of the conference area in the United Nations Headquarters for all to see. Very high profile and crowning achievement for the International Map Year and ICA. The International Map Industry Association (IMIA) was pleased to endorse ICA on their resolution for the exhibition and the International Map Year. — Mark Cygan, IMIA

The posters as well as the catalog for the poster exhibition can be found on

19 07, 2016

IMY coverage in ICA News

By |July 19th, 2016|0 Comments

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!

15 07, 2016

A map perspective on the sustainable development goals

By |July 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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

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).

15 09, 2015

Winners of the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

By |September 15th, 2015|0 Comments

The Barbara Petchenik Competition is a biennial map drawing competition for children. The competition is first organized on a national level. The national winners can then compete in the international round, which takes place during the International Cartographic Conferences. This year at ICC2015 in Rio de Janeiro, 189 drawings from 38 countries were exhibited. An international jury selected 12 winners in 4 categories. There was also a public vote, in which 287 people participated. Please find the wonderful results below.

Winners >12 years

1st: Liao Zhiyuan (15), China – A world of lotus, a world of harmony2nd: Valentina Sturcz (14), Hungary – Let the music for everyone3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

Winners 9–12 years

1st: Alexandra Papadopoulou, Maria Katopodi, Christina Louko (12), Greece – My place in today's world through my own vision2nd: Maria Piątkowska (12), Poland – Europe is my home3rd: Ada Maria Ciontu (11), Romania – Building bridges of peace across the world

Winners 6–8 years

1st: Andraž Umek (8), Slovenia – The whole world is on the same boat2nd: Adristi Hita Andani (8), Indonesia – Our Earth and Pollutions3rd: Luka H.del Avellano and Luana N.Salazar Harder (8), Mexico – We are part of all


Winners <6 years

1st: Adam Paketur (5), Lithuania – I live here2nd: Aleksandra Garkova (5), Bulgaria – The animals of the world3rd: Ruwindya Indraratne (5), Sri Lanka – We'll fix the pieces to bring peace

Winner of the public vote

3rd: Pan Sin Yi (15), Malaysia – The world in our hands

Congratulations to all winners! Also a huge thank you to all participating children, their parents, teachers and national organizers.

26 08, 2015

Opening of the International Map Year at #ICC2015 in Rio!

By |August 26th, 2015|0 Comments

IMY was officially openend during the opening ceremony of the International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Greg Scott (UN-GGIM), Bengt Rystedt (IMY Coordinator) and Georg Gartner (ICA). In their accompanying notes, Greg Scott highlighted the importance of maps in tackling global challenges on our way to a sustainable planet, Bengt Rystedt explained the concept and the instruments IMY is offering and Georg Gartner elaborated on the relevance of IMY and cartography.

International Map Year is opened at ICC2015

Georg Gartner (ICA), Greg Scott (UN-GGIM) and Bengt Rystedt (IMY Coordinator) at the IMY opening ceremony


Welcome to International Map Year!
What are your plans to celebrate maps in the next two years?
Let us know! #welovemaps

25 03, 2015

Template for Organizing a Map Competition

By |March 25th, 2015|0 Comments

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.

Please make sure to let us know about your plans, so we can promote it also here on!

12 03, 2015

Invitation to the Barbara Petchenik Competition 2015

By |March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Be Careful... by Alla Sukhanova (15), Russia

“Be Careful…” by Alla Sukhanova (15), Russia – Special jury award in 2013

The Barbara Petchenik Map Competition is an event created with the aim of promoting the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children.

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.

Winner drawings selected at national level will be displayed in the International Exhibition to be held during the 27th International Cartographic Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23–28 August 2015. An international jury will select the best entries by each age group. Also there will be a public vote open to all participants for a dedicated public prize.

For more detailed information about the competition, please visit the Petchenik section on the ICA website, the website of the Commission on Cartography and Children or their Facebook page.

José Jesús Reyes Nunez
Chair of the Commission on Cartography and Children

19 12, 2014

Maps on stamps

By |December 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Examples for maps on stamps

Examples for maps on stamps. Will there be an IMY stamp soon?


A discussion on maps on stamps has been going on  in co-operation with the CartoPhilatelic Society and the Universal Postal Union. If you want more information on how to support maps on stamps for celebarating IMY, please contact the IMY Working Group member .

The ICA liaison report to ISO/TC 211, Geographic information, Shenzhen, China, can be found here.

Bengt Rystedt

28 08, 2014

International Map Year 2015–2016 endorsed by the UN

By |August 28th, 2014|2 Comments

UNGGIMIt is my sincere pleasure to inform you, that at the fourth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management at the UN Headquarters in New York 6.-8. August 2014 the ICA Initiative on an International Map Year 2015/16 was positively discussed.

It says in the resolution:

The Committee of Experts […] endorsed the International Map Year 2015-2016, as proposed by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), as a valuable means to promote the importance of maps and geospatial information globally.
GGIM Report on the fourth session (6–8 August 2014)

With this we have reached a most prominent framework for the planned acitivities and I invite all members of the ICA family to consider their active participation.

Georg Gartner
President of the International Cartographic Association

4 07, 2014

Description of IMY objectives

By |July 4th, 2014|1 Comment

The following description of the IMY objectives by David Fairbairn can be used for promotional purposes:

International Map Year (IMY) is a worldwide celebration of maps and their unique role in our world. IMY provides opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information. Supported by the United Nations, IMY is an intensive international, interdisciplinary, scientific, and social strategy to focus on the importance of maps and geographic information in the world today. The most important legacies will be a new generation of cartographers and geographic information scientists, as well as an exceptional level of interest and participation from professionals, schoolchildren, the general public, and decision-makers, worldwide.

Further promotional material can be found here. The IMY logo can be downloaded here.