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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

By |November 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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…


14 10, 2015

Planetary Maps Exhibitions

By |October 14th, 2015|0 Comments

In the frame of the International Map Year celebrations, Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) and MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) organized several cartographic exhibitions, where maps as results of the research of various celestial bodies produced by MExLab (under support of the Russian Science Foundationn, project #14-22-00197) as well as Planetary Maps for Children prepared by the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography have been presented.


One of the Planetary Maps Exhibitions was organized on September 24–25, 2015 in Berlin at ISPRS Working Group IV/8 „”Planetary Mapping and Spatial Databases” meeting. The Working Group focuses on the development of advanced techniques in data acquisition, processing, and analysis pertaining to the mapping of planetary bodies.

The Planetary Maps Exhibition at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, Germany) in frame of ISPRS Working Group IV/8 meeting

The Planetary Maps Exhibition at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, Germany) in frame of ISPRS Working Group IV/8 meeting, where planetary maps for children were presented in German

The next Planetary Maps Exhibition was held in frame of Sixth Moscow Solar System Symposium (6M–S3) at Space Research Institute (IKI) on October 5–9, 2015. Solar System Symposium is one of the main international events in Russia on space research. Subject matter of the 6M-S3 covers various scientific problems with a central topic “Moon and Mars exploration”, including future Russian missions to the Moon (“Luna-Glob” and “Luna-Resource”) as well as international mission “EXOMARS”, the project that is developing now in cooperation with ROSCOSMOS (Russian Space Agency) and ESA (European Space Agency).

6M-S3 as an international event brings together scientists from all over the world, so the planetary maps for children were presented in English.

Cartographers Anastasiya Zharkova and Zhanna Rodionova demonstrated a new hypsometric Globe of Mercury at the Planetary Maps Exhibition in Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, October 5–9, 2015

Cartographers Anastasiya Zharkova and Zhanna Rodionova demonstrated a new hypsometric Globe of Mercury at the Planetary Maps Exhibition in Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow, October 5–9, 2015. The new hypsometric Globe of Mercury was presented in honor of the 50th anniversary of IKI.

Guest author: Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva

Please note: The wonderful Planetary Maps for Children are now freely available in 11 languages.

6 10, 2015

OBRAC – The 1st Brazilian Cartographic Olympiad

By |October 6th, 2015|0 Comments

In the context of International Map Year, Brazil organized a highly successful Cartographic Olympiad (OBRAC) this year. The olympiad had national coverage and was focused on high school students, aged between 14 and 18 years, from public and private schools. Over 5000 students signed up! Activities included map tasks on a distance learning platform as well as face-to-face tests, technical visits and an orienteering competition.

OBRAC 2015

Angelica Carvalho Di Maio and her colleagues assembled a detailed report about their activities including heart-warming feedback by participating students, such as:

The OBRAC was the best thing that happened in 2015, today I am passionate for cartography. I learned to appreciate the beauty of the maps and their importance in our daily lives.

Great job and a huge thank you to everyone making OBRAC such a successful event!

More information: OBRAC website | Facebook page | Map of all participating schools | ICC2015 paper


2 10, 2015

Moscow joins the Map Year celebrations

By |October 2nd, 2015|1 Comment


Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) joins the Map Year celebrations! Here is a message from local IMY coordinator Irina Petrovna Karachevtseva:

Our university was established in 1779. It is one of the oldest institutions in the field of Geodesy and Cartography. MIIGAiK has a long history and a lot of mapping traditions, so we are very pleased to welcome the International Map Year (IMY)!

On the occasion of this event MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) have printed a series of planetary maps under support of the Russian Science Foundation and organized a cartographic exhibition. We are very proud to continue such useful work as Cartography. And we are happy that the events like IMY help us to convey the importance of our work to others and share experiences with cartographers worldwide.

Thank you from Russia for Map Year organization!

Our laboratory has a twitter: @MEx_Lab – Subscribe to be informed of the latest developments!



Thank you for your committment, MIIGAiK!

31 08, 2015

Mexico joins the Map Year celebrations

By |August 31st, 2015|0 Comments

We are happy to welcome Mexico in the list of IMY committees! The inaugural ceremony of IMY Mexico was held on August 26, 2015. Host was the public research center CentroGeo located in Mexico City.

CentroGeo's IMY Committee: Gabriela Quiroz, Gabriela Lopez, Yezmín Calvillo and Jose Alavez

CentroGeo’s IMY Committee: Gabriela Quiroz, Gabriela Lopez, Yezmín Calvillo and Jose Alavez


9 06, 2015

Exhibition and Bulgarian maps at UN Headquarters, New York

By |June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

The Bulgarian Cartographic Association (BCA) is proud to announce two further events on occassion of International Map Year:

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.

Exhibition catalogue | Exhibition poster

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

28 05, 2015

Review of IMY at the FIG Working Week, Bulgaria

By |May 28th, 2015|0 Comments

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)

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

The Cartographic Exhibition of Wall Maps at FIG Working Week

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.

IMY-bulgaria_exhibition2Four countries (Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria) participated and were represented by the following companies and organizations:

The exhibitors received certificates for the participation and a special IMY calendar produced by the Bulgarian Cartographic Association and the Military Geographic Service.

More photos and information are available on the Facebook page of the Bulgarian Cartographic Association.

– Prof. Temenoujka Bandrova
President, Bulgarian Cartographic Association

9 05, 2015

IMY in Croatia

By |May 9th, 2015|0 Comments


Croatia is celebrating the International Map Year! The Croatian Cartographic Society is organizing a wide variety of events – from lectures, exhibitions and museum cooperations to conferences. An event list can be found here.

Contact person for IMY Croatia is Miljenko Lapaine, .

23 04, 2015

Preparation for IMY in Sudan

By |April 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Professional activities which will be a national map competition, a map exhibition and short lectures program.
  3. Activities for public which will be a national map day and writing about the IMY in the media (newspapers, Facebook, etc.).
  4. Networking and fund raising.
A Sudanese child prepared for taking part in IMY.

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
  • E-newsletter: Shahd
  • Press and social media: Eng. Wadidi, Eng. Ihab Sholly
  • Networking and Funding: Eng. Wadidi, Shahd

– Shahd Eltai


20 04, 2015

IMY (South Africa) Launched in Cape Town

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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. 

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)

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, 

17 04, 2015

Map Year logo on the cover of Czech maps

By |April 17th, 2015|0 Comments

mapcover-brdyWe 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.

11 03, 2015

IMY on the cover of German cartography journal

By |March 11th, 2015|0 Comments

dgfk_KN_01_2015The German Cartographic Society (DGfK) celebrates the International Map Year on the cover of Kartographische Nachrichten, the only cartographic periodical in German.

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.

15 02, 2015

Welcome, Bangladesh!

By |February 15th, 2015|0 Comments

We are happy that Bangladesh is joining the activities of the International Map Year. acts as the contact person. We are looking forward to the cooperation!

Bangladesh is the 14th country in our list of participating nations. You are also interested in setting up a national committee? Please find all details here.

19 12, 2014

IMY on Czech TV

By |December 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Vit Vozenilek

Vit Vozenilek talking about the International Map Year on Czech TV

On November 20, IMY was presented in a 5 minutes long section on the Czech national TV channel. Click here to see the program, the section on IMY starts at 4:00min.