Recently the platform of collaborative projects ComunidadBNE of the National Library of Spain (BNE) has been presented, which allows to participate to someone who is interested in, in labelling, transcription, identification and geolocalization of texts, photos and all kid of documents of its holdings.

Between the projects that they are developing robot now highlights the transcription of Descripción geográfica de la España antigua, y su correspondencia con la moderna, a geographic handed dictionary made in the 19th century by the Swedish diplomat Gustaf Daniel Lorichs. There is no printed edition. 

You can access directly to the project through the web.

The next July, 15th, coinciding with the 29 International Cartographic Conference of International Cartographic Association (ICA), the workshop Cartography as a Cultural Encounter: How East and West have Mapped and Influenced Each Other will take place in Tokyo.

It is organized by two ICA commissions, the Commission about History of cartography and the Commission about Topographic Cartography, and the main theme will be the development of cartographic practice, from a historical point of view, in the oriental world as well as in the occidental one, and the relationship between them. You can find more information in the workshop link .

It is possible to participate in. The deadline to send abstracts is March, 30th. 

The Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (AISU) organices  every two years a congress about urban history, where experts talk about, among other things, the representation of the city. 

The current edition will take place in Bologna, in September, 11th to 14th. The motto is The Global city. The urban condition as a pervasive phenomenon and a great number of sessions are defined (see here).

The call for papers has been extended until February, 10th. 

As we announced here, the last January, 16th the presentation of the book History of urban cartography in Spain: models and realizations had place in the Government Delegation of Catalonia.

The act was presented by the Government Delegate, Teresa Cunillera Mestres; the director of the Development Area of the Government Delegation, Estanislau Vidal-Folch de Balanzó, moderated it; and participated the Director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), Lorenzo García Asensio, y nuestro colega and the coeditor of the work, Luis Urteaga González.

More than 70 people attended to, and the talk consisted of the content of the book and its contribution to knowledge about urban maps production, its current state and the future of the cartography. 

You can find a review of the act and the texts of the participants here.

The Geography and History Faculty of University of Barcelona offers a Course of introduction to history of cartography in February, 6th to 8th. 

The course is promoted by the GEHC and will be directed by Francesc Nadal, Bárbara Polo y Meritxell Gisbert.

The activity is public and free. In total, it will have 19 class hours and  6 of autonomous work. 

The activity program can be download here or you can contact with the organizer through the mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of the greatest pleasures of being lost between files and bookshelves of an archive is to find something unexpectedly.  

This is the case that happened to our mate Bárbara Polo, who identified some fragments of a manuscript copy of Ptolomeo over parchment kept in the blank pages of a libro de fábrica (bind collection of accounting documents) of 17th century in the Capitular Library of Burgos Cathedral.

These fragments are a copy of the Ptolomeo´s Geography that was translated to latin, in 1409, by Jacopo di Angelo da Scarperia. In the  article published in the Journal Imago Mundi, Bárbara Polo, together with Chet Van Duzer, conclude that these fragments have their origin in the workshop of Piero del Massaio, an usual copyist of Ptolomeo´s Geography of mid 15th century, and which could be property of Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca, closer collaborator of Catholic Kings and one of the first creators of colonial politics in America. 

The Vinland map is a controversial and famous world map because it would show the arrival of navigants to America in 11th century. It is accepted that it is a fake but it continues being an issue of interest. 

John Paul Floyd, a Scottish researcher interested in weird books and erudite mysteries, has just published A Sorry Saga, a new glance about the parchment that it is at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in Yale University. He has followed the traces of the map, which appears in 1957 thanks to an italian librarian that linked it to the robbery of ancient manuscripts of the Library of the Zaragoza Cathedral. 

It seems that the parchment over the drawn was made is effectivity from mid-15th century and it comes from a robbery. The author of the fake, according to Floyd, would be a jesuit cartography that was convinced about the viking arrival to America before Columbus and he was to link it with Catholic Church against the Nazi propaganda. 

The interview with John Paul Floyd is in Fine Books & Collections.

On December 12th Wednesday, 2018, at 3:00 P.M., it a Italian-Spanish Seminar Circolazione dei saperi e utilità delle conoscenze. La cartografia e le altre fonti di epoca moderna nelle ricerche attuali will take place at the Seminar Room of the Spanish School of History and Arqueology in Rome.The seminar has as main point of the discussion the cartography as a cultural, technical and artistic product, built from much knowledge, different competences and different professional figures. A variety of study cases, distributed along the modern era and with a range of point of views, will show the narrow link between cartography and power, between the knowledge and the projects over the territory.   

El seminario sitúa en el centro de la reflexión la cartografía como producto cultural, técnico y artístico, construido a partir de muchos conocimientos, diferentes competencias y diversas figuras profesionales. Diferentes estudios de casos, distribuidos a lo largo de la era moderna i con múltiples enfoques disciplinares, mostrarán la estrecha relación entre cartografía y poder, entre el conocimiento y los proyectos del territorio.

The programme in PDF is available to download.