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Creating a map, i.e. putting an image of either a part or the whole of earth’s surface on paper, requires broad knowledge and great compositional skills. In this framework, mapping constitutes a kind of art (especially as far as the cartographer is concerned) and at the same time, a great source of information, a powerful means of getting to meet and understand different places.

The new series of School Maps produced for the Pedagogical Institute of the Greek Ministry of Education in 2006, addresses students of the first and second year of high school. They have received international recognition for their Pedagogical competence and suitability but also for their impressive composition as well as for the intuitive color rendering.

The maps have been designed and produced by the Cartography & Geoinformatics Laboratory of the Department of Geography, at the University of the Aegean with the scientific cooperation and contribution of faculty members from the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering (SRSE) of NTUA and AUTH, the Pedagogical Schools of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Ioannina and the Democritus University of Thrace, as well as the Department of Geography, at Harokopio University.

An eye-candy for educational use with multiple views
(International Cartographic Association)


Geographic education enables students to become responsible and critically thinking citizens, in order to effectively participate in the political, economic, social and cultural life at a local, national and global level.

The main purpose of Cartography and Geoinformatics lab is to support the demanding teaching goals of primary and secondary education and provide teachers and students with modern cartographic material, which is based at on modern cartographic views and theories. This was achieved through the development of the integrated cartographic material which was in fact based on both modern cartographic views and theories and on modern principals of geography teaching.

During the life of the project, the new school maps were evaluated for their pedagogical competence and suitability by the Pedagogical Schools of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Democritus University of Thrace. The evaluation took place through the distribution of approximately 2,000 questionnaires to teachers, professors and students, who reported very positive comments.


Cartography & Geoinformatics Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean.

A new series of School Maps developed by Pedagogical Institute of the Greek Ministry of Education, won the first prize, in their category, at the 24th International Cartography Conference 'International Cartographic Association' in Santiago, Chile.


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