Updates, news and business articles on the map industry.

Charting a New Course

The International Map Industry Association is pleased to announce the Board of Directors appointed Dave McIlhagga as the new President of the Association. Dave is the Founder and CEO of MapSherpa, a bronze annual IMIA sponsor and long-time supporter of the organization. The term of International President, held by Avenza’s Ted Florence and President of […]

IMIA offers members opportunity at Frankfurt Bookfair in October

Once again, the International Map Industry Association is showcasing its members at the upcoming Frankfurt Bookfair this fall. The Frankfurt Bookfair, which runs from Wednesday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct 20., is the world’s leading venue for printed and digital content. During this massive event, publishing experts meet up with partners from the technology and […]

Sponsor Showcase

In addition to consolidating our regional chapters, we have also implemented a new annual sponsorship program to give even more opportunities to our member companies. This annual sponsorship program provides added benefits and marketing to companies. We would like to thank our current sponsors for their support: Gold Annual Sponsors Esri, National Geographic and Next […]


IMIA is mapping a new course. As many of you know, IMIA has consolidated our regional chapters under one umbrella, providing one strong global industry organization. This enables us to fulfill our commitment to creating opportunities for leaders in the mapping industry to connect and collaborate worldwide. We are now one collective group with one […]

From Warfighters and Mobile Apps to Time Zones and Story Maps, DC Meetup Provides Valuable Industry Insight

IMIA held it’s 2nd annual DC Meetup at Esri R&D Center in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday, January 31st. The full-day event included 12 topical presentations by industry leaders and provided attendees an opportunity to network with association members. The morning keynote was given by Andrew Turner, Director and CTO of Esri R&D Center. His presentation […]

New Member Feature: Cool Owl Maps

Keeping the art of Cartography alive. Cool Owl was created in 2010 to sell map products online and soon after started to publish under the registered brand “Cool Owl Maps”. They saw a need to keep the art of cartography alive because too many map companies had folded. Their mission is simple, use their many […]

The Importance of Digital and Paper Maps

Two interesting articles were published recently highlighting the importance of paper and digital maps.  Outside magazine described well the benefit of large format paper atlases, an old stalwart for planning trips, traveling, and exploring.  Ian Frazier with Outside magazine writes, “The map application on your phone cannot give you the big picture”, and he’s right.  […]

National Geographic is Featured in Dirt Rag Mountain Bike Magazine

IMIA sponsor and member, National Geographic, is featured in this month’s issue of Dirt Rag Mountain Bike Magazine.  “The Power of Paper Maps” article in Issue #202’s Access Column describes how paper maps provide a robust tool for discovering and exploring trails on public lands.  The article focuses on how USGS data and services are […]