The HGIS de las Indias project is a system of historic and geographic data of colonial America of 18th. 

It is based on web services and it is opened to everyone that wants to use the recopile data as well as to add news. For example, at this moment, there is a petition to share demographic data (see the call for it here).

A part of the services is the consult of georeferrenced ancient maps that can be consulted in a visualizer, which allows the superposition and comparison among maps and data. 

The project is funded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and conducted by Dr. Werner Stangl (Universität Graz).

The David Rumsey Map Collection of Stanford University has digitalised recently the worldmap made by Urbano Monte in 1587.

In fact, the worldmap is divided in 60 sheets that together make a map more than 3 meters of diameter. It was made from the most recent cartography of that time with a didactical aim. 

The information is available in diferents forms and formats in the David Rumsey Map Collection. We must highlight that also is available to be seen in the virtual globus of Google Earth (download linkKMZ) with high quality, as we can see in Iberian Peninsula. 

Further information in  blog of David Rumsey Map Collection and in  El País´ new.

CartoMundi is a project developed by the Université d'Aix-Marseille with the aim of acting like a platform where to share ancient cartography. 

Through agreements, cartographic repositories and archives that have digitalized documentation can use CartoMundi to georeference in a common frame and  spread freely. CartoMundi is specially thought to keep cartographic series. 

Currently it has more than 50.000 references that hog more than 190 countries. We highlight that a part of these collections are from West and South countries of Mediterranean. 

You can see the collections directly in this document.

Information by Géoconfluencies.

Imago Mundi, The International Journal for the History of Cartography, is one of the most important journals in the domain of History of Cartography. Two numbers are published by year and the journal has an impact index of 0,2. Dra. Catherine Delano Smith is the editor at this moment. 

The last number publish is Number 1, Volum 70. Between the contributions, we must highlight the review of Mapes i control del territori a Barcelona: vuit estudis ode by the member of GEHC Alexandre Nobajas.

The next December 12, Thursday, it will take place in the Geologic and Cartographic Institut of Catalonia (ICGC), between 09:30 and 12:30, the Journey of presentation about the georeference and 3D modeling of the map of Barcelona plain made by the French army between 1823 and 1827.

The Lever-nivelé (1823-1827) encompasses the fortified area of Barcelona and highlights by its precision in the technical context of that time. The map has 54 sheets in a 1:1.000 scale with curves each meter.

The importance of the map has led to ICGC, in collaboration with the Service Historique de la Défense de Francia, to make a proyecto of digitalization, georeference and study of a base with spatial and a 3D model.

Further information in the enrolement web.

Two web sources very recomendable to be updated about the main editorial novelties directed to people interested in history of cartography, between two:  

  • The blog The Map Room maintains a list of books, basically in English, organised by months of 2017 in this web, the most part of them with a comment of the author of the blog, in Jonathan Crowe.
  • In the Spanish area we must highlight the GEO books section of the blog Nosolosig. All comments and the most part of them can be downloaded.  

The next meeting edition of experts in digital manipulation of cartographic heritage , la 13th Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH), will tale place inMadrid in April 2018, from 18 to 20.

The place will be the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) with the colaboración of the Sociedad Española de Cartografía, Fotogrametría y Teledetección (SECFT).

Some dates to take into account:

  • January 2018, 15: deadline of proposals
  • January 2018, 20: Acceptation of proposals
  • March 2018, 10: deadline to send completed articles. 

Theme and further information in the website.

We propose you for this autumn five exhibitions of ancient cartography: 

Guadalquivir. Mapas y Relatos de un Río. Imagen y Mirada

The General Archive of Indias (Sevilla) welcomes this exhibition, that it takes places because of the 90th anniversary of  the Hydrographic Confederation of Hidrográfica del Guadalquivir, from October, 10 to March, 18. 

It is complemented with a virtual exhibition of ExpoBus.

Catalunya als mapes dels segles XVII i XVIII

Exhibition room of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Biblioteca de Comunicació i Hemeroteca General) from October, 23 to December, 15.

The exhibitions makes a chronological travel for the representations of the territory of Catalonia and Barcelona from a selection of maps and views from the Martí Gelabertó Collection of ancient maps of Cartoteca General, created with the donation of the historian Martí Gelabertó.

Cartografías de lo desconocido. Mapas en la BNE

The Spanish National Library (Sala Recoletos, Madrid) shows, from November, 3 to January, 28, a exhibition of more than 200 works of invaluable value about the ancient cartographic world.  

It offers also a serie of videos and a gallery of images.

Ecúmene: La evolución de la imagen del Mundo

The National Geogrpahic (Casa del Mapa, Madrid) shows until April, 6 of 2018, a chronological serie of cartographic documents that ilustrarte the changes, through 2.500 years, about the world image. 

You can download the exhibition catalog. A lot of images are in the 2018 calendar of the IGN.

La Cartografía en la Guerra Civil española. Colección de la Universitat de València
Virtual exhibition of Universitat de València with a show of the collection of its Civil War cartoteca.

It has just published the presented works in the 6° Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía (6siahc) that took place in Santiago de Chile in April, 19, 20 and 21, 2016.

The volume has the title "Memorias del 6º Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía. Del mundo al mapa y del mapa al mundo: objetos, escalas e imaginarios del territorio".

It has compiled by Alejandra Vega Palma and published by the Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

It has 582 pages and it can be download here.

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