In August 2007, during the XXIII International Cartographic Conference, Moscow, Russia, the General Assembly of the International Cartographic Association promoted the WG into Commission under the same name.









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Cartographic heritage is a component of the overall world's cultural heritage. It concerns specifically all the valuables which are or may be inherited from historic cartography and maps. It concerns also all the cartography heirs who are the receivers of the benefits offered by cartography, maps and mapmaking of the past. Cartographic heritage issues are thus addressed not only to experts but also to society and to the general public.

The digital approaches to cartographic heritage is a meeting area of modern cartography digital mainstream and of history of cartography, maps and mapmaking.


Commission's Second term, 2011-2015

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In July 2005, during the XXII International Cartographic Conference, A Coruņa, Spain, the Executive Committee of the International Cartographic Association accepted the proposal for the establishment of a new Working Group (WG) on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage.
The proposal for the creation of the WG was based on the recognition of the rapid deployment of digital information and communication technologies (ICT) into a manifold of issues related to the cartographic heritage in the large, interesting not only specialists but also the general public. In principle, the WG was planned to concentrate on any specific ICT topic which interacts potentially with issues related to the heritage of cartography and maps operating separately from the ICA Commission on History of Cartography and the ICA WG on History of Colonial Cartography existed until 2007. The WG's ambition was to enrich the influence of ICA by attracting new audiences and potential operators in the field of  Cartographic Heritage interested in the implementation of relevant digital technologies.


 Scanning Globes and Deformed Maps

 Tutorial, Paris 2 July 2011, BnF

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CartoMundi: A new digital initiative dedicated to Mediterranean and World cartography.


24 ICC Santiago / Chile: Papers [a] and poster [b] on Cartographic Heritage [a, b]


From paper to screen: Putting maps on the web, by Christopher Fleet and Klokan Petr Pridal (2009)


Introduction by the Chair (2006)

Address by the Chair (2008)