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International Map Year: Results and Implications

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Fairbairn



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International Map Year (IMY) started in Paris 2011 when the General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) asked the ICA Executive Committee 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 board. 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 The success of IMY is dependent on all parties within ICA participating in an effort to broaden the knowledge of cartography and geographic information in society in general and especially general citizens and school children. Member nations of ICA organize IMY activities, such as a national map day, through national IMY committees tasked to engage national organizations 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 a more general map awareness, and more. The web site also provides access to the electronic book The World of Maps, which has been translated into six languages. IMY is acknowledged by several UN bodies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rystedt B, Ormeling F, Buckley A, Coetzee S, Vozenilek V, Fairbairn D, Kagawa A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 28th International Cartographic Conference

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 02/07/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 24/07/2018

Publisher: ICC


DOI: 10.5194/ica-proc-1-98-2017