The philatelic culture has been integrated with earth science and stamp art in almost all countries of the world since the first stamp was issued in 1840. Most remarkable geographical surveying achievements and historical milestone events of the world had been recorded in stamps. For example, the first set of stamps of Tibet issued by China in 1898, the first post card on Dr. Nanson, famous Norwegian geographer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate issued by Norway in 1911 for remembering his achievement for the Greenland studies.
Donated by LIU Chuang from China, Paul Uhlir from USA and more than 200 contributors from South Africa, France, Brazil, USA, Thailand, Hungary, Canada, Japan, Mongolia, Germany, UK and China , more than 20,000 historical stamps and postcards issued by more than 80 countries and lasting more than 100 years were collected. The Presidents of the International Geographical Union (IGU) of ICSU, Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the Geographical Society of China (GSC) signed the Letter of Interest on jointly establishing an online GEO knowledge sharing platform, named as the Digital LIN Chao Geomuseum. Based on these collections and matched with the Earth science knowledge by either or both professional and crowdsourcing methodologies, the online digital GEOMUSUEM will be a special platform in disseminating GEO knowledge.
Activities for the Period
Funding sources and indicative amounts (2017-2019), and projects:
Members: China, India, Japan, USA.
Participating Organizations: CODATA, ICSU.
Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)