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GEO 2017-2019 Work Programme


Digital Geomuseum

Activity ID: 84


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

  • Establish and update an operational GEOMUSEUM platform for both professional and crowdsourcing contents based on the worldwide collections of post stamps, photos, and all related collection on earth observation;
  • Establish and update an operational Citizen Science and Geography of the World platform at the GEOMUSEUM for both professional and crowdsourcing contents on bio-geodiversity and disasters;
  • Exhibit the GEOMUSEUM achievements recorded in the archived collections at GEO Plenary 2017, 2018 and 2019;
  • Summary report of the GEOMUSEUM activities.

Future plans

  • Promote collaboration with GEO members and Participating Organizations for the post stamp culture for GEO sciences in GEO communities.


Funding sources and indicative amounts (2017-2019), and projects:

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China: USD 120,000;
  • Geographical Society of China: USD 20,000;
  • Methodology of Integrating Earth Science and Post Stamp Art, National Natural Science Foundation of China;
  • Digital LIN Chao Geomuseum, Geographical Society of China.

In kind

  • Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (labor cost);
  • China RS Ltd. (Technical support for the GEOMUSEUM system development);
  • CODATA TG in developing countries (share the cost of the site event of GEO plenary).



Members: China, India, Japan, USA.

Participating Organizations: CODATA, ICSU.

Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)




Implementing Entity



Chuang Liu