[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: [OSGeo-Discuss] Please support the International Map Year

Gavin Fleming gavin at kartoza.com
Wed Jan 7 21:49:57 PST 2015

2015 is International Map Year, see message below.

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Subject: 	[OSGeo-Discuss] Please support the International Map Year
Date: 	Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:05:57 +0000
From: 	Suchith Anand <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
To: 	discuss at lists.osgeo.org <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>

Dear colleagues,

Please support and participate in the International Map Year (IMY) activities led by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and supported by the United Nations that will be celebrated worldwide with the aim to provide opportunities to demonstrate, follow, and get involved in the art, science and technology of making and using maps and geographic information.  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.

The purpose of International Map Year is to:

 *   Make the map more visible to citizens and school children in a global context;

 *   Show how maps and atlases can be used in society;

 *   Show how information technology can be used in getting geographic information and how to produce one’s own maps;

 *   Display and show different types of maps and map production;

 *   Show the technical development of mapping and atlas production;

 *   Show the necessity of a sustainable development of geographic information infrastructures;

 *   Increase the recruitment of students to cartography and cartography-related disciplines.

To enable this objective , The ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and "Geo for All" community will strongly support this initiative of the ICA  by organising training workshops and events during this year and we welcome ideas for joint collaborations.

OSGeo Live DVDs http://live.osgeo.org/en/index.html   will be given out at the educational events to enable more students to learn and be part of the geospatial opportunities for the future.

More details of IMY at http://internationalmapyear.org

Best wishes,


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