7 11, 2016

We <3 Geological Maps – An exhibition by the Italian Geological Society

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What is a geological map? Which kind of data does it provide? How can it be used for applications with consequences on people’s life? As a contribution to the International Map Year, the Società Geologica Italiana created an exhibition of 18 posters to explain the value of geological maps. The panels, prepared for the exhibition that was organized for the National Geological Conference in Neaples at the beginning of September, can be freely downloaded in Italian and in English.


The exhibition is divided in six themes, each of them described by three panels:


  • 1A, B, C – Geological mapping: what a geological map is and how it is made
  • 2A, B, C – Geology of the Alps. Across Valtellina and Alto Adige-Südtirol. From printed geological maps to the digital database.
  • 3A, B, C – Geology of the plains. Po Plain and study of seismically-induced sediment liquefaction.
  • 4A, B, C – Geology of the Central Apennine. The Piana del Fucino and L’Aquila. Seismic microzonation.
  • 5A, B, C – Geology of volcanic areas: the Vesuvio. Volcanic hazards.
  • 6A, B, C – Geology and man: the Gulf of Taranto. Geology of the sea-bottom.

Feel free to download the panels from the website of the Italian Geological Society.

We congratulate and thank our Italian colleagues Fabrizio Berra, Chiara D’Ambrogi and Marcello Tropeano on their wonderful work in explaining the relevance of (geological) cartography!

9 05, 2016

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

By |May 9th, 2016|1 Comment

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.

22 04, 2016

New language versions of the logo available: Spanish and Portugese

By |April 22nd, 2016|1 Comment

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!

19 02, 2016

New language versions of the logo available

By |February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

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

IMY celebrations are appreciated everywhere

By |January 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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

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!

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.

4 08, 2015

IMY Research Collection by Taylor & Francis

By |August 4th, 2015|0 Comments

In support of the International Map Year (IMY), Taylor and Francis offers free access to a collection of leading mapping and cartographic research papers.


In the spirit of exploration and navigation, all articles in this collection are categorised by region. All featured research is free to access until the end of December 2015 on