Members’ Annual Meeting & Social

IMIA members gathered virtually last Thursday for our Annual Meeting and Social to approve our new board slate, connect with colleagues, and close out another successful year.

The members unanimously voted on Carl Rauch, Freytag & Berndt, and Kevin Lance, National Geographic Maps, and returning board members Tristan Lyttle, Avenza Systems, and Jethro Lennox, HarperCollins Publishers.

Dr. Carl Rauch
Freytag & Berndt

Kevin Lance
National Geographic Maps

The remaining board members are President Bridger DeVille, Benchmark Maps; Treasurer Vivien Godfrey, Edward Stanford Group Limited; Thierry Jaccoud; Alex Lee, East View Map Link; Mani Singh, NextByte Technologies.

Additionally, the IMIA Board voted Dave Jay, National Geographic Maps, as a member of the Advisory Board, joining Mark Cygan, Esri; Ariel Doumbouya, US Geological Survey; and Bennett Moe, Headwall Media, LLC.

The event also bid a fond farewell to board members Dave Knipfer, Mapping Specialists; Greg Lauer of Brisbane, and Hans Niemeyer, Interkart GmbH.

The last event of 2023 highlighted our successful events, both in-person and virtual, as well as our annual partners and 11 new members. The attendees then split into breakout groups for networking and to showcase some of their favorite map-related products, including a map from the world’s largest atlas and the viral book sensation Terrible Maps, a product of IMIA members Lovell Johns and published by HarperCollins Publishers.

We thank all our members for a wonderful year, and we wish you happy holidays!

Ethics in Cartography Call for Papers

Cartographic Perspectives is planning a special issue on Ethics in Cartography for their Fall 2024 issue. It will include two peer-reviewed papers and a series of “case studies” which can take nearly any narrative form.

They are looking for short texts (1,000-3,000 words) that address ethical dilemmas industry professionals have encountered in the map world, and how they were (or were not) resolved. Ideally, the text should lean less toward theory and more toward practice, highlighting the struggle with ethical quandaries. Unresolved conflicts are acceptable as not all ethical issues are neat and simple.



If you are interested in submitting a short text, contact Nat Case at or Aileen Buckley at

The submission deadline is January 20, 2024.

Welcome Our New Members

CloudWayz is a GIS/Mapping Company based in Pune, India specializing in digitizing/map production, HD maps, and executing multiple large-scale GIS projects.

Their geospatial services include conversion and processing to integration, maintenance, and daily updates of maps. CloudWayZ has successfully implemented projects for global customers to produce road/navigation maps, atlas maps, and HD Maps from disparate sources like topographic /paper maps, digital data, aerial imagery, and field-collected information.

CloudWayZ has expertise on various GIS S/W like ArcGIS, QGIS, and customized digitization S/W using Unix, Linux, Solaris, and Windows platforms.

CloudWayZ has Cloud Engineers specializing in AWS Services/Cloud Migration and modernization, DevOps Implementation, Cloud Governance, Cloud Consulting, Cloud Native Development, Cloud Security Operations, Cloud Managed Services, Cloud Infra, and more.

Learn more about CloudWayz by visiting their website at

Footways creates networks of quiet and enjoyable streets for walking and turns them into eye-catching maps. The maps boost walking on A-to-B trips and change the way people see cities, considering them from a pedestrian perspective.

The flagship product is Central London Footways, an A1 folded paper map now in its third edition. The map design is by Applied Information and it is Lithograph printed in five special Pantone inks. Central London Footways was one of Stanfords’ best-selling maps in 2023 and Network Rail distributes free copies from its London mainline train stations.

The digital version, now designed with Mapbox, has been viewed more than two million times. The maps also reveal interesting and hidden features, which people can enjoy as they walk.

Co-founders David Harrison and Emma Griffin work with councils and organizations across London, creating maps, advising on walking infrastructure and embedding maps on destinations’ Visit pages.

Learn more about Footways by visiting their website at

Member News

British Cartographic Society’s Maplines magazine presents The Stanfords Award for Printed Map Mapping 2023 winner

California Snowflakes: The record snowfall of 2022-2023 entered by Kenneth Field

Judges’ comment: This map achieves its stated objective well and has a striking design, particularly in terms of colors. It presents complex geospatial data in a simple, clear way, with a strong emphasis on the route itself and how it can be assessed. Judges liked the various formats in which the map was presented, and the neat combination of a metro-style map with the group-level POIs.

You can learn more about the highly commended maps in the winter issue of Maplines magazine.

Stanfords Map of the Month

World of Animals Children’s Wall Map LAMINATED

by IMIA Member Stellanova

The Children’s Animal World Wall Map, from award-winning Stellanova Globes, is an educational and fun addition to any child’s bedroom or playroom. This colourful and detailed map features illustrations of animals from around the world, including elephants, tigers, kangaroos, and penguins. Each animal is numbered and linked to a discreet index running along the bottom of the map so children can see the name of the animal.

Upcoming In-Person Events

Map Industry Summit: London
March 11, 2024 | London, UK

Mapping Leaders Forum
June 5-6, 2024 | Denver, Colorado USA

Map Industry Summit: Toronto
August 22, 2024 | Toronto, Ontario CA

Frankfurt Book Fair
October 16-20, 2024 | Frankfurt, DE

Upcoming Industry Events

9th International Conference on Cartography & GIS
June 16-21, 2024
Nessebar, Bulgaria

The conference aims to collect knowledge and share experiences about the latest achievements in cartography and GIS. Multiple parallel events occur during the conference, including annual meetings of ICA commissions, exhibition of maps and other cartographic products, and demonstrations of software and hardware products.


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Esri User Conference 2024
July 15-19, 2024
San Diego, California, USA

Learn, connect, and discover the latest advances in geographic information system (GIS) technology at the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego. Join thousands of users from around the globe and discover how you can leverage GIS capabilities to solve problems, build shared understanding, and create the world you want to see.


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