VII Meeting IBERCARTO: The management of map libraries in an interconnected world

Dates: 29 and 30 september 2016

The meeting is organized with the European Congress of geographic data INSPIRE .

The day 29 session will be at the Palacio de Congresos de Barcelona and the day 30 session will be in the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia.

Communications are organized in three sessions devoted to cataloging, dissemination and conservation-preservation of documents, taking as a focus the title of the meeting: The management of map libraries in an interconnected world.

We hope to publish soon the website with all related data and dates.

See you in Barcelona,

Carme Montaner

Head of the Unit Map Library of Catalonia

Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia

At the site of Molí of Salt, in the municipality of Vimbodí i Poblet, it has found a plate of schist with engravings that have been interpreted by archaeologists Marcos García-Díez (University of the Basque Country) and Manuel Vaquero (University Rovira i Virgili ) as a schematic representation of a Paleolithic settlement of hunters and gatherers.

In stone, 18 cm long and 8.5 wide, there are drawn seven cabins and there seems to have been made by the hand of the same person, in a moment of Upper Palaeolithic, between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago.

According to the researchers, this piece is a singularity in the landscape of Paleolithic art, which is dominated by figures of animals and abstract signs. This would be one of the first documented examples of landscape art history.

Can we say that this is the first map?

The discovery and interpretation are explained in:

García-Diez M, Vaquero M (2015)
Looking at the Camp: Paleolithic Depiction of a Hunter-Gatherer Campsite. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0143002.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143002 [link]

More information at Infocamp de Tarragona [link]



Within its strategy of digitization of collections, the British Library has recently announced that it will scan and publish on the Internet the Atlas Klencke.

The Atlas Klencke is considered one of the world's largest, measuring 176 x 231 cm open and consists of about 40 wall maps of the golden age of Dutch cartography in the early seventeenth century.

Takes its name from Joannes Klencke, who, on behalf of a group of Dutch merchants, introduced him to Charles II on his restoration to the throne in 1660.

Check the catalog of the British Library.

For more information, see the post of Todo e-Readers or The Art Newspaper.

From December 17, 2015 to March 27, 2016 at the Naval Museum (Madrid) you can visit the exhibition entitled "Masters of the Sea Lords of the World. History of the Spanish Nautical Charting ".

It is a sample of the Spanish contribution to the discovery and geographical knowledge of the planet, through its nautical charting, along the eight centuries from the first Mediterranean Sea portolan charts to modern electronic charts.

The origins of the maps, its development, its evolution and its value are described. Jose Maria Moreno Martin, curator of the exhibition, remember there was a time when "the maps were instruments of decision and power" The 106 pieces in the exhibition are distributed among nine thematic areas, corresponding to the stages in which has divided the history of the Spanish nautical charting.

Guided tours on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays are offered at 11:30.

Link to the website of the exhibition:

The Biblioteca Nacional de España just finished high-resolution scanning of map that made the military engineer Ambrosio Borsano, dated 1687, called El Principado de Cattaluña y Condados de Rossellón y Cerdaña.

It is the largest scale map preserved, about 1:200.000, of the seventeenth century showing Catalonia and Roussillon.

This is a map of military theme. Note that it is surrounded by 16 plans of populations and fortresses, as well as five cityscapes: Palamós, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Roses (see Nadal 2008).


The Biblioteca de Catalunya has published in the Digital Memory of Catalonia (MDC) two new collections related to Josep Aparici i Fins (1654-1731), royal geographer and trader.

  • Aparici's cadastre: is a collection of documents that gathers data that he collected as a result of the implementation of the cadastre, especially in the provinces of Lleida and Tarragona, from 1714 until 1718..
  • Josep Aparici's collection: includes documentation that is part of Baró de Castellet's collection which he had entered the Archives de l'Hospital de la Santa Creu 1831. Most of the collection corresponds to the professional activities of Josep Aparici, who prepared a 1720 known map devoted to the king Felipe V: Nueva descripción geographica del principado de Cataluña.

More information at the following link.

 The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography together with the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management, the ICA Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues, and the Institute of Social Sciences “Ivo Pilar” (Zagreb, Croatia) would like to invite you to attend and/or consider submitting a presentation for their joint International Symposium on ‘The Dissemination of Cartographic Knowledge’.

This International Symposium will be held in Dubrovnik (Croatia), a medieval port city on the coast of the Adriatic and UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14, 2016. The symposium and planned optional technical and social excursions on October 15 & 16 are open to geographers, historians, map collectors, academics and everyone with an interest in maps and the diverse aspects of the history of cartography.

For more information visit the site

The Biblioteca de Catalunya shows in the exhibition "Les fronteres de Catalunya. Segles XVII i XVIII" a set of geographical maps of Catalonia. This is a selection of the first maps of Catalonia, most published outside the Iberian peninsula.

The exhibition will be open until December 19, 2015. There are available to download the poster [JPG] and the brochure [PDF].

The Graphic unit of Biblioteca de Catalunya was created in 1923 as a section of picture cards, engravings and maps. It has a remarkable collection of maps, with an approximate total of eighteen thousand documents, including unique pieces are as Nautical Chart Gabriel de Vallseca (prior to 1439) and the collection of Mossèn Ignasi M. Colomer.


The GEHC participates in the Third Conference of the history of cartography of Barcelona

Dates: 14 - 15 october 2015

Place: Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona.

   Sala d'Actes Agustí Duran i Sanpere.

   Carrer de Santa Llúcia, 1

   08002 Barcelona

Organized by Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona and Institut Catogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya

Collaborated by Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC) and El Periódico

In the BOE of June 12, 2015 it was published the call for "Aid for predoctoral contracts for the training of doctors, 2015".

The research project of the GEHC (Modelos en la cartografía urbana española: un análisis histórico, CSO2014-54078-C2-1-P) has assigned one of these contracts (former FPI).

Predoctoral contracts are valid for four years, during which must be prepared and presented a PhD thesis. The salary is around 20,000 per year; and 25,000 in the fourth year, if already submitted the thesis.

The deadline to present ends on June 29. For more information please visit the MINECO page.