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5505.1 - International Map Year: Results and Implications

Wednesday, July 5
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Location: Virginia C

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.

Bengt Rystedt

International Map Year

ICA President 1999-2003.Vice President of ICA 1995-1999. Charperson of the Working Group for International Map Year 2011- 2019. Chairperson of the Atlas Commission 1989- 1995. Technical Doctor of Geographic Information Technology at Lund University, Sweden in 1973. Employed at the National Land Survey of Sweden in 1973 for working with development of cartography and GIS. Adjunct professor in GIS at Lund University, Sweden and Uppsala University, Sweden 1996- 2004. Retired as Head of Science from National Land Survey of Sweden in 2005 and as Head of Technical Department of University College of Gävle, Sweden in 2004. Consultany work in Land Administration in Zambia, Republic of South Africa and Syria from 1983 - 2006 and in census cartography in South Korea in 1986.


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David Fairbairn

Senior Lecturer in Geomatics
Newcastle University

David Fairbairn has been Senior Lecturer in Geomatics in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University for many years. He lectures in topics related to cartography and GIS, and has research interests in visualisation, education, citizen science and terrain mapping. Currently chair of the ICA Commission on Education and Training, he has also previously served as Vice President and Secretary-General/Treasurer of the Association.


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