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  • Martin Incaurgarat says:

    Hello! I’m looking for a wall map of USA and I couldn’t find any in all New York City.
    Do you know any store that sells wall maps in NYC?

    I really need to get one, I hope you can help me! 🙂

    Thank you very much!


    Martin Incaurgarat.

    2 March 2012 at 5:03 am
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Hi Martin, unfortunately – being based in Vienna, Austria – I don’t know any map stores in NYC. I just found this blog post from two years ago: http://mapville.blogspot.com/2010/06/farewell-to-last-map-store-in-new-york.html However, most book stores should be able to order you a wall map of the USA. If not, try online stores (national geographic, amazon, etc). Good luck! Manu

      2 March 2012 at 10:49 am
      • Carrie says:


        I am a teacher in Haiti who is interested in having my students submit to the Petchenik Map Competition for 2013. I cannot tell if we are allowed to submit from Haiti as it is not listed as one of the countries on the ICA Members list. Could you please let me know if we are allowed to submit?

        Thank you

        5 December 2012 at 12:35 am
  • Heather VIlla says:

    Is the Children’s World Map Competition still in existence?

    22 March 2012 at 9:59 pm
  • Bronislaw Bednarsky Krysztaluk says:

    good morning
    I would like to know if you can guide me where to get a map of Poland and Ukraine in 1923 because I’m taking a study in college and I could not get a map of this date, I appreciate your help, greetings.

    19 April 2012 at 10:47 pm
    • László Zentai

      László Zentai says:

      Dear Bronislaw,
      it is not easy to find such maps.
      Some years ago I scanned and made available a 1:200000 scale toptographic maps of Central Europe whihc were originally published around 1910-1920 by Austria-Hungary. I’m sure that you will not find better maps.
      See http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/3felmeres.htm


      25 April 2012 at 2:22 pm
  • Hasan says:

    Why this website is just English . I think it can be other languages. What do you think?

    23 April 2012 at 4:08 pm
    • László Zentai

      László Zentai says:

      Dear Hasan,
      ICA has two official languages, English and French. ICA doesn’t have enough resources at the moment to run a website in different laguages. I will propose the ICA Executive Committee to discuss this issue.


      25 April 2012 at 2:27 pm
  • Melih Basaraner says:


    Could you please add following event into the calendar:

    15th ICA/EuroSDR Workshop on Generalisation
    13-14 September 2012
    Istanbul, Turkey


    Kind regards,

    8 May 2012 at 10:08 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Thanks, Melih. The event is added to the calendar.

      8 May 2012 at 10:18 pm
  • Igor Drecki

    Igor says:

    Hi Bronislaw
    You can also try http://polski.mapywig.org/ (in Polish) or http://english.mapywig.org/ (in English).
    All the best.

    10 May 2012 at 2:00 pm
  • chenjia says:

    Hello! I’m looking for ‘Incremental Updates and Versioning spatial database’. But I can’t find the committee. I hope you can help me!
    Thank you very much!
    Sincerly, Martin Incaurgarat

    18 July 2012 at 10:20 am
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Martin,
      I’m not quite sure, what you mean. The ICA doesn’t have a committee on this topic – also no commission or working group.
      Best regards, Manuela

      19 July 2012 at 1:33 pm
  • Ika Noor Muslihah says:

    Dear Sir,

    My name is Ika Noor from Indonesia, I had research in case of the standardization of tactual map in Indonesia, case study in Yogyakarta with The Tactual Map of Yogyakarta City last 2010. May I have support for further research to developing the tactual mapping in Indonesia.
    For the next project I want to developing that map in Medan Indonesia, with same method which is swell paper method.
    May I have information, is there any division in ICA as my sharing partner for this research?
    I want to promote tactual cartography in Indonesia as one of the element for human resource empowering, especially for blind people. If one of you interest, I will sent to you the journal of mya last research.

    Thank you

    19 July 2012 at 7:51 am
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Ika Noor Muslihah,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, there is a group of experts in the ICA dealing with this topic. Have look on the list of commissions (https://icaci.org/commissions/) and search for “Commission on Maps and Graphics for Blind and Partially Sighted People”. Since this commission doesn’t have a website yet, just contact its chair, Alejandra Coll Escanilla, via email.

      You can also find publications in this field, when looking through the proceedings of the last ICC conferences: https://icaci.org/publications/ e.g. the ICC2012 in Paris had a paper category “T14 – Mapping and Spatial awareness for disabled people”: https://icaci.org/files/documents/ICC_proceedings/ICC2011/

      All the best for your research!

      19 July 2012 at 1:04 pm
  • chenjia says:

    I’m looking for the article of all the meetings.
    Can you tell me where I will get the articles?
    Thank you very much!

    23 July 2012 at 1:37 am
  • Corina says:

    Hello. I want to know if its possible to find out the Namibian Savannah Woodland extension.



    8 August 2012 at 8:10 pm
  • Dlevy says:

    Here is National Geographic’s website for print maps:


    They have a great wall map of the US and the World.

    9 August 2012 at 10:41 pm
  • Lisa says:


    I would like to create a map from Sevilla marking my personal hotspots for my friends.
    Do you know where I can get a well-arranged, illustrated map?

    Ideal would be something like this map from Wallpaper City Guides:


    Unfortunately the use of this map is prohibited. Do you know an alternative that I can get a permission to use for?

    I really appreaciate your help.

    Best regards,

    28 August 2012 at 3:36 pm
  • Maris Sanford says:

    I am interested in purchasing your South America map, the map of the month. My daughter is leaving in 2 weeks for South America and I wanted both a geographical and political map, the map of the month is exactly what I am looking for. Where can I purchase it? Thank you!

    11 September 2012 at 4:09 am
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Maris Sanford,
      The South America map can be purchased at the LAC online shop: http://lac-cartografia.it/eng/index.php You could also ask at a local book or map shop, if they could order it for you.
      Hope that helps!
      Best regards, Manuela

      11 September 2012 at 9:10 am
  • Camila Guedes says:

    Hello. I’d like to know if there’s a definition of Cartography adopted oficially by ICA.
    If it exists, where I can find it?
    Than you.

    18 October 2012 at 1:33 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Camila, while the ICA is working on a new definition, the definition you’ll find on our website at the moment is the one from the ICA’s strategic plan (2003-2011): “Cartography is the discipline dealing with the art, science and technology of making and using maps.” https://icaci.org/mission/ Hope that helps. Best regards, Manuela

      18 October 2012 at 2:37 pm
      • Camila Guedes says:

        Yes, it helped a lot. Thank you very much.

        18 October 2012 at 5:45 pm
  • Steve Michaelson says:

    Hi people
    I ‘m confused with the determination of the MAP in Russia. What is the map generally?

    According to the Russian law it may be even hand made sketch, any image of the terrain can be regarded as a REAL MAP. As a map this sketch must have license, which give permission to print it in papers.

    10 December 2012 at 11:39 pm
  • Allex says:

    Hello Sirs,

    I would like to ask and known is there is an available cartographic software that has capability to downgrade a map scale from 1:1000 to 1:10,000 or lower where in the attributes or elements that surpassed the map scale will automatic not be shown. And if there is/are, can you recommend it to us? Thanks.

    Example if you print/show a 1:1000 map showing a 5 m wide road, it will automatically convert it to a line if the map scale was then changed to1:50,000 .

    Thanks in advance.

    17 January 2013 at 3:31 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Mr. Allex,
      Thank you for your comment. Most current GIS software offer generalization tools; however, they are usually not completely automated. You might want to contact someone of the ICA Commission on Generalization for further details.
      Best regards, Manuela

      18 January 2013 at 2:27 pm
  • Allex says:

    Thank you Manuela..

    19 January 2013 at 2:07 pm
  • Tony says:

    Hello, can you let me know what are the rules and age limil for Children’s World Map Drawing Competition ?
    Thank you

    20 May 2013 at 1:52 am
  • Tony says:

    According to this, if my kid is 16 yrs. old still can participate ?
    And please give me a straight answer, do not send me to a link or a document.
    Thank you

    The entries will be collected in four age groups:
    o under 6 years
    o 6-8 years
    o 9-12 years
    o above 12 years

    21 May 2013 at 6:40 pm
    • Felix Ortag

      Felix Ortag says:

      Dear Tony,
      The straight answer is: kids have to be under the age of 16.
      Best regards,

      22 May 2013 at 2:41 pm
  • Ferim Gashi says:

    As president of Geo Institute Kosova let me express the interest of Geo Institute Kosova ” Geo Ins KS” (www.geoinsks.org) to be involved in ICA as responsible organization for the Republic of Kosova.
    We are looking forward and we are open for further cooperation.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ferim Gashi

    22 July 2013 at 9:22 am
  • Sonia Freire says:

    Hi Dear,
    I would like to have information about the Cape of Good Hope, when the Cartography have the right information about the meeting of the two ocean and the information about the Cape Agulhas?
    I working at tourism in Cape Town and I have this interrogation in my mind.
    Could you help me please, sorry about my poor English.

    30 July 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hello, I`m a marine cartographer and also teach cartography at local college in Mexico. I would like to have a copy of your piblication HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY (International symposium of the ICA ,2012) ,which seems to be a very interesting source of information. Can you please send me copy of your publication? Please let me know if I have to pay any fee and the way to do it. …….THANKS…..

    1 August 2013 at 9:14 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Andres Carrillo,
      Thank you for your interest! The book “History of Cartography. International Symposium of the ICA, 2012” will be published on August 31, 2013. Please find details about the book here and about the symposium here.
      Best regards, Manuela

      2 August 2013 at 11:55 am
  • Nyakahuma Timothy Tonny says:

    Hey ICA
    This is Nyakahuma Timothy Tonny from Uganda,a finalist student pursuing a diploma in Cartography,adiploma is the highest level obtainable in cartography here in Uganda,its a two year course,at an institute called INSTITUTE OF SURVEY AND LAND MANAGEMENT,recently the Cartograhic Students Association (CSA) was launched to unite all those who have undertaken and those undertaking the course,all for the love of the proffesion,about four months ago.The population for the students offering the course is 32 students,for those finalising for the academic year running from september to June next year 2014 and about 35,give or take for the first years set to start in Early September 2013
    I was googling for information about the course and came across the association,I was happy to learn about it,I was requesting to know if its possible to form collaboration between the students in Uganda,at the institute and this association.thank you

    22 August 2013 at 2:22 am
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Nyakahuma Timothy Tonny,
      Thank you for your comment on the ICA website. I forwarded your question to the ICA secretary-general. He will get back to you with details on options for collaborations of your association and the ICA.
      Best regards, Manuela Schmidt

      22 August 2013 at 11:07 am
  • Daan Valkenburg says:

    Good sir/madam,

    Thank you for hosting a very interesting website.

    As experts in the field of maps, I was hoping you could point me in the right direction.

    I am looking for a map of the world, without (natuon) borders, but with major cities. Preferably colorful, ideally old looking (brown colors) , to hang on the wall of my study.

    Although I searched the web using Google and visited various very good shops in my country, I have thus far been unsuccesful.

    Do you know a good vendor, website or perhaps even map I could try?

    Yours faithfully,

    Daan Valkenburg

    1 October 2013 at 9:05 pm
  • Universidade Federal de Alagoas says:

    I wish the ICA inform the concept of the term “cartography” according to the “Terms multilingual dictionary of cartography”, published in 1973 by you.
    Please, also send references.
    I need this for my thesis defense.
    If not the ICA does not, where can i find this dictionary?

    6 January 2014 at 7:10 pm
  • Laura D. says:


    Does ICA have a list that indicates what have been the changes to the world map by year? I found a list in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world_map_changes), but I was hoping to get one from a reliable source.

    I truly appreciate a prompt response.


    24 January 2014 at 4:58 am
    • László Zentai

      László Zentai says:

      Dear Laura,

      it would be difficult to maintain such a list and sometimes the changes are related to political discussions and decisions.

      Best regards,

      László Zentai
      ICA Secretary-General

      24 January 2014 at 11:02 am
  • Laura D. says:

    Dear Laszlo:

    Thank you very much for the prompt reply. I am trying to determine when a map I have was updated, I believe it must have been updated either in 2012 or 2013 (there is a note regarding a territory inside the map dated 2012). I was going to compare the map to the list I was requesting, but since there isn’t one, how would you suggest I reach a final decision? (there is no revision year printed on the map itself). I know it might seem like a small thing, but it is very important for me to determine the date.


    24 January 2014 at 1:08 pm
    • Laura D. says:

      I’ve been looking into this for weeks now (at National Geographic, ESRI, map vendors), and it would be amazing to know how to determine which year my map was updated on.

      24 January 2014 at 2:05 pm
      • Manuela Schmidt

        Manuela Schmidt says:

        Dear Laura,
        Probably the only way to find out, is asking the publisher of your specific map. In case of open source data collections, there is usually some kind of a history file, where changes can be detected.
        Best wishes,

        27 January 2014 at 12:52 pm
  • Mara says:

    I am interested in Multimedia cartography, interactive maps and map design. Could you please recommend me some study or praxis programme in Europe, which you consider offers a practice-oriented eduacation of good quality? (I have masters degree in geography) Thank you in advance!

    14 July 2014 at 3:48 pm
  • Lenard Mac Kay says:

    Hi there who ever can assist me. I am looking for information on learning and teaching strategies and learning and teaching methods on the subject of cartography. I must write a module for the university for under qualified teachers to improve themselves as teachers.

    LB Mac Kay

    17 May 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Niina says:


    I am currently working on a publication in which we wish to include a stand-alone current political map of Africa for reference and am enquiring if anyone could recommend a source for the most accurate. I understand the Mercator projection has been challenged in favour of, for example, the Gall-Peters projection to allow fair representation of continental size and shape. I would be grateful for your views on this and if possible, any guidance as to where the most representational map could be sourced. Our funds are limited but we would consider paying a fee for use and/or publication.

    Many thanks!

    9 September 2016 at 3:58 pm
    • Manuela Schmidt

      Manuela Schmidt says:

      Dear Niina,

      Thank you for your comment on the ICA website on a political map of Africa. Unfortunately, “most accurate” can be a complicated issue, because some countries have different opinions on their boundaries – so accuracy always depends on the point of view…

      Of course, one could use the UN definitions as a guideline. They do offer a world map from 2016: http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/world.pdf However, they don’t offer map data, but just prepared maps – and they might not fit your intended purpose of use…

      You were also referring to map projections: All 2D maps are deformed – depending on the projection, area, distance or angles of the map might be preserved. In case of Mercator projections, angles are preserved (while areas and distances are deformed). Depending on the purpose of the map, an equal-area projection (e.g. Gall-Peters projection) might be considered a better choice to achieve a fair representation of land areas. If you have access to the map data and use GIS software, you can freely choose your preferred projection.

      One data source I can recommend is Natural Earth: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/ You could use it e.g. in combination with Open Source GIS software QGIS (http://www.qgis.org/de/site/) to produce a map for your purpose.

      Of course, also feel free to get in touch with a local cartographer for further advise. If your country has a national cartographic society (link might be available at https://icaci.org/national-members/), I’m sure they are happy to forward you to a suitable person.

      Best wishes,

      11 September 2016 at 5:10 pm
  • Miriam says:

    Please, cold you tell me what´s the last definition of Cartography of the ICA?.

    11 October 2016 at 3:20 pm
  • John Anderson says:

    seeking assistance in developing a futuristic and advanced map of the Rancocas Creek watershed. 360 square miles. Specifics to the 86 plus miles of known water trails. Project supports enhanced public access to the Rancocas State Park Bluewater Trail. Has to be an exemplary representation.

    4 September 2017 at 3:34 am
  • Allan Smith says:

    Seeking assitance in interpreting the shorthand on a map of part of Shropshire, England, dated 1621. I have a scanned image available to download if anyone cares to help

    9 December 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Pavan Kumar says:

    I am currently working on a project which requires finding the direction between 2 places given their coordinates and all the coordinates of the places that lie along that directional line.
    So can the cardinal direction between two points on a map be calculated (in exact degrees), given their latitudes and longitudes? Can the map grid system be projected onto an XY plane? If yes, what modifications must be made to the grid axis?

    26 December 2017 at 8:20 am
  • Chaya Levine says:

    Hi I’m looking to get an electronic printable street map of Jerusalem that is editable for a publication. Thank you

    21 April 2018 at 9:32 pm
  • Tania says:

    Hello! I am a student in Santiago, Chile and I have to investigate about different interests, and I chose the evolution of technologies for cartography. I would really appreciate if I could ask a few questions to clear up some doubts. Thank you very much.

    8 June 2018 at 12:32 am
  • Gokhan says:

    I m searching the definitions of “Cartography, Map etc.” according to ICA’s last terminology but I haven’t found them in anywhere. Could you share the link with me please? Thank you in advance.

    9 June 2018 at 2:17 pm
  • Gentry Winters says:

    Can you please give me some direction about what is the most appropriate degree for a map-obsessed student? My son won equal first for the Australian Geography competition and is now in year 10 in Australia. I am struggling to find any degree in Australia or the USA that is specifically for cartography.It seems GIS or SIS is the next closest thing but I also don’t know if Geography is more appropriate or too broad. Are there no actual cartography degrees anywhere? Or is there a fantastic one somewhere you can tell me about? Thanks for your help.

    23 June 2018 at 6:56 am

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