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News from the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

11th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

Conference poster

Conference poster

The 11th ICA Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held in Riga, 20–22 April, hosted by the National Library of Latvia, collects so far more than 80 participants representing 70 institutions from 27 countries from Europe, USA, China and Japan and 53 papers for oral presentation in 8 working sessions (see the conference programme flyer).

This conference is organised jointly with the 20th Conference “The one who wants to last is the one who is willing to change: Old Maps for New User Profiles” of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group which is a Cartoheritage Commission strategic partner since 2014. The Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2459-3893) will be available in digital form, during the conference. The keynote speaker representing the ICA Executive Committee is Past-President Georg Gartner.

First Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

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The ICA Cartoheritage Commission is also actively participating in the First Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts to be held in Lisbon, 6–7 June 2016, organised by the ICHST – Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology and hosted by the Navy Museum of Portugal. World experts on this fascinating and still “intriguing” issue of cartography will present 20 papers in a solidly designed programme (see the workshop programme flyer).

The interesting point in this event is that the speakers come from both the sciences and the humanities fields, dealing equally with technical and historical viewpoints on portolan charts and charting. A concluding round table discussion will be based on the ICA Cartoheritage Commission’s chair Evangelos Livieratos contribution “Analyzing the geometric content of old maps: smooth operational approaches and the Digital Humanities perspective”.

Evangelos Livieratos,
Chair of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

Evangelos Livieratos, currently visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice, with colleagues from the ICA Cartoheritage Commission supporting IUAV Labs of photogrammetry and cartography & GIS.

Evangelos Livieratos, currently visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice, with colleagues from the ICA Cartoheritage Commission supporting IUAV Labs of photogrammetry and cartography & GIS


 

Announcement of the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts

Portolan Charts

The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital announces the 1st International Workshop on the Origin and Evolution of Portolan Charts to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 6–7 June 2016. The workshop is organized by the Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon (CIUHCT) and the Navy Museum (Museu de Marinha).

Objectives

  • To assess the current state of knowledge and the range of opinion about the following aspects of research into the medieval portolan chart: When, where, how and why were the earliest portolan charts constructed?
  • How did the portolan charts evolve over time?
  • Were the portolan charts used in marine navigation and, if so, how; if not, what was their likely function?
  • To clarify the role of cartometric analytical techniques in the study of portolan charts.
  • To bring any other method to bear on these problems, such as the analysis of inks and parchments, special lighting to detect marks of use and to decipher illegible elements, and any other relevant approaches.

Organizing committee

 
The Call for Papers will be opened in October 2015. The programme will be published in March 2016.

Please find more information on the workshop website.

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