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Articles | Volume XL-6
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-6, 19–23, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-6-19-2014
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-6, 19–23, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-6-19-2014

  23 Apr 2014

23 Apr 2014

The Role of Education in the International Map Year 2015/16

D. Fairbairn D. Fairbairn
  • School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle NE1 7RU, UK

Keywords: International Map Year, education, textbook publication

Abstract. This paper considers the nature of the ICA-organised International Map Year (IMY), an initiative supported through United Nations structures, including the United Nations initiative on Global Geographic Information Management (UN-GGIM). Preparatory work for this project has been undertaken by a Working Group of the International Cartographic Association, and details are presented of the way in which IMY will be organised and promoted. Particular activities mentioned in depth include "national map days", children’s activities, and a new book. The educational aspects of IMY are addressed, and the roles of the events and resources Are considered. It is concluded that IMY gives a significant opportunity to the world-wide cartographic community to promote its discipline through the medium of a series of activities which can be co-ordinated by ICA, but delivered at a national level.