February 2018, from 27 to 28 it will have place in the Instituto de Estudios Canarios (IECAN) the seminar Edad Media, Atlántico e insularidad atlántica: nuevas perspectivas.

There it will reflect about the knowledge and perception of the Atlantic before the discovery of America and ancient cartography will be one of the sources to work with.

Further information in triptych.

The next week starts a new course of Seminari d'Història de Barcelona organized periodically  by the Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona.

This edition is called L’enigmàtic Sanpere i Miquel: errors i encerts d’un afany positivista and it will use as axis the work of Salvador Sanpere i Miquel (1840-1915).

It is necessary to remark that it will have a session of ancient cartography of the city.  

The activity is directed to people interested in enjoying the critical reading of history texts, in beginning a work about original sources and sharing their own experiences as historians.  

The course will be made by the historian Ramon Grau i Fernández and it will take place every Wednesday from 19 to 20:30. Further information here.

The map collections of the Cambridge University Library have more than a million of references of the world from 15th.  

It also makes a range of activities with the aim of knowing better the library, its contain and the world of ancient cartography.The next months you can find:  

  • Landscapes Below exhibition dedicated to history of geological cartography, opens until March, 29.
  • Seminars about history of cartography. The next, with the title título Michael Alexander Gage and the mapping of Liverpool, 1828–1836, will be made by Paul Laxton on February, 27. The next will be Eric´s Wolever on May, 1 with the title The cardinal points and the structure of geographical knowledge in the early twelfth century.
  • The organised visit in the Collectors’ Evening will be directed by thel Map Collectors’ Society (IMCoS) on April, 12 and 13. Also, attendants can visit, among different places, the Polar Museum and Whipple Museum.

The Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) has published the Recueil des Plans du Roussillon, de Catalogne, des Chasteaux, Villages, Eglises, Chapelles & Maisons, a compendium of city maps, towns and fortifications made up by the French Army during the War of succession, collected by Jacques Pennier in 1719 under the form of atlas. 

The publication contains the work L'atles de Pennier i les seves aportacions a la cartografia de Catalunya de principis del segle XVIII wroten by M. Carme Montaner, member of GEHC.

You can read the published new by ICGC and buy it in webshop.

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.

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.