THE MAP FORUM SAXONY: AN OPTIMAL COMMENTED LIBRARY OF HISTORICAL MAPS
G. Zimmermann1, M.F. Buchroithner2, W.G. Koch2
1 - Saxon State and University Library, Dresden, Germany
2 - Dresden University of Technology, Institute for Cartography, Dresden, Germany
To mark the 800-year anniversary of the Saxon capitol Dresden, an Internet presentation entitled "Dresden auf Karten und Ansichten" ("Dresden on Maps and Pictures") has been realised, gathering selected maps and historical depictions from the collections of the Sächsische Landesbilbiothek, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (Saxon State and University Library, SLUB). The analogue/digital conversion of the originals, the structure of the digital collection, and the manifold possibilities for use are explained in detail. Examples of how landscape and urban development is reflected in historical maps illustrate the potential of this internet tool. Furthermore, the information portal of the Saxon libraries and archives, which is presented as "Kartenforum Sachsen" ("Map Forum Saxony") and is maintained by the German Photothek and the SLUB map department, is described briefly. The site "Dresden auf Karten und Ansichten" is also integrated into this portal.