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The international web journar e-Perimetron on sciences and technologies affined to history of cartography and maps invites the MAGIC Group and followers to submit papers on map-curatorship

The e-Perimetron issue Vol.10, No.1 is on line (26 March 2015)

Letter from the Board

Letter to the members of the Group and to those willing to join MAGIC

[ 29 May 2014 ]

19th Conference

Llubljana, 22-24 May 2014

Positioning of Map Libraries in the (geo)Information Society

Programme | Participants | Link

The aim of the Conference was to present and exchange experiences of different roles and positions of Map Libraries in the rapidly evolving (geo)information society, metadata models and data-exchange standards, access and preservation of born digital maps, web solutions in the field of maps, as well as strategic collection management and benchmarking

The programme of the Corfu Cartoheritage Conference and MAGIC contributors

The programme of the Corfu Conference, in eight Sessions, is available in the proper website section with contributions from the MAGIC Group members:
BIDNEY M.: Rediscovering the Tira de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji.
BOUTOURA C., D. ANOYATIS-PELÉ, D. EFTAXIA, E. LIVIERATOS: Links of maps and relevant textual data in early 19th century cartography of Greece. A digital case study for representations of Peloponnese.
BOUTOURA C., N. PANTAZI, N. PLOUTOGLOU, M. PAZARLI, Ε. DANIIL, E. LIVIERATOS: Setting models of good practice for cartoheritage web providers. Implementation on the Historical Archives of Corfu map collection.
GLIŠOVIĆ J.: General map of Yugoslav Countries (Karta Jugoslovenskih Zemalja) printed in Corfu and Salonica during the World War I.
MONTANER C, R. ROSET: Maps, after all.
NOVOTNÁ E.: Search for digitized cartographic materials on the example of the TEMAP project.
ŠOLAR R.: Map collections – how to survive?
VARDAKOSTA I., S. KAPIDAKIS: Suggestions for developing geospatial collections in Greek academic libraries.

24 April 2015 | Programme

"e-Perimetron" 10th volume

The new issue of "e-Perimetron", Vol. 10, No. 1 is now available here with 48 pages and 5 papers

26 March 2015

MAGIC members participate in the Corfu Cartoheritage Conference

Magic members participate in the 10th International Conference "Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage", Corfu 27-29 May 2015: Annick ANCEAU*, Liège; Marcy BIDNEY*, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Marco VAN EGMOND, Utrecht; Jelena GLIŠOVIĆ*, Belgrade; Mira MILETIĆ DRDER*, Zagreb; Carme MONTANER, Barcelona; Eva NOVOTNÁ*, Prague; Renata ŠOLAR*, Ljubljana; Ifigenia VARDAKOSTA*, Athens

Website | *Participants in the intensive course "Georeference for non-experts"

ICA Cartoheritage Conference+Workshop, Corfu, 27-29 May 2015: extension of Summary submission deadline

The deadline for submission of Summaries to the Corfu 2015 Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage is extended to January 15, 2015. Visit the Conference website here

Participation Form

Cartographic Materials Manual still needed for map cataloging

Mary Larsgaard, Librarian Emer., University of California, Santa Barbara, sent the following circular on November 17, forwarded by the MAGIC Board member Annick Anceau: << Many map catalogers are already familiar with "Cartographic Materials: A Manual of Interpretation for AACR2," 2002 revision, published by ALA Editions. Now that the book, "RDA and Cartographic Resources" has been published, we three co-authors of that book do want map catalogers to know that in no way did we attempt to shoehorn all 400 pages of the Manual into our book; instead, we concentrated on differences between how maps are cataloged in RDA as contrasted with AACR2. This means the Manual is still extremely useful; it covers many map-cataloging best practices upon which RDA either does not touch or does so only briefly.
As but one example, how to choose which title is the title proper when one is dealing with two or more map titles is well covered and clear in Cartographic Materials, but not in RDA. And the differences in map cataloging between RDA and AACR2 are mainly in the details. Further, the Manual is NOT going to be revised. The Anglo-American Cataloguing Committee for Cartographic Materials (AACCCM) decided that, while as mentioned in the previous paragraph the differences between AACR2 and RDA are in the details, the arrangement of RDA is so different from the arrangement of AACR2 (which latter the Manual follows) that the entire Manual would have had to have been rewritten to make sense of it all. So, if you catalog maps in your library, and either don't have a copy of Cartographic Materials, or need more copies, now is a good time to order the Manual, since it likely will go out of print in 2015. Do let any of the three of us know if you have any questions on this matter>> Paige Andrew, pga2<at>psu.edu; Susan Moore, susan.moore<at>uni.edu; Mary Larsgaard mary<at>library.ucsb.edu

Input by Annick Anceau, MAGIC Board member

"e-Perimetron" new issue

The new issue of "e-Perimetron", Vol. 9, No. 3 is now available here with a paper by the MAGIC Group Board member Wolfgang Crom, pesented in the Ljubljana Conference, May 2014

10 November 2014 | W. Crom

Course on Georeference for non-experts

A special intensive course on Georeference for non-experts is offered in the frame of the 10th Conference on Digital Aproaches to Cartographic Heritage to be held in Corfu, 27-29 May 2015. The optional six hours intensive course will be given in the first day of the Conference by experts in digital transformations of historical maps, in georeference alternatives and in relevant good practices, with actual examples. The course is addressed to scholars and students in Humanities dealing with historical maps and their reading and in historical research with maps as main tools for analysis and interpretation as well as in map curatorship, map librarianship and relevant issues

more | participation | subscription

"RDA and Cartographic Resources"

As announced during the Lubjana meeting in May 2014, the book “RDA and cartographic resources” written by Paige G. Andrew, Susan M. Moore and Mary Larsgaard is now available (see here). Many map catalogers have been waiting for its publication and are now impatient to read it. The book is announced on the website of the European distributor of A.L.A. books. The book will be an essential companion for map catalogers working with RDA, and for map librarians seeking to understand how RDA are applied to cartographic materials. The examples and explanations will be appreciated by everyone. Both new and experienced catalogers will find interest in the book

Input by Annick Anceau, MAGIC Board member

The 10th Jubilee ICA Cartoheritage Conference+Workshop at Corfu, 27-29 May 2015

The International Cartographic Association Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage announces its 10th Jubilee Workshop "Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage" to be held at Corfu in 27, 28, 29 May 2015, hosted by the History Department of the Ionian University Discrete sessions on MAGIC's fields of interest will be integrated part of the Workshop

Reference webpage

MAGIC members participated in the Budapest ICA Cartoheritage Workshop

Carme Montaner (Barcelona), Eszter Kiss (Budapest), Eva Novotna (Prague) of the MAGIC Group among the participants of the 9th ICA Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage held in Budapest at the National Széchényi Library

ICA Commission Chair opening address in 5 min!

A Session on Map Collections, Digital Libraries and Archives at the Budapest Cartoheritage Workshop, 4-5 September 2014

A Session of the ICA Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, Budapest 4-5 September, was dedicated to Map Collections, Digital Libraries and Archives with the participation of MAGIC Group members. The Workshop participants visited the collection of maps, atlases and globes of the National Széchényi Library where Dr. György Danku presented rare cartographic items of the collection. Here with Eszter Kiss (left) and Carme Montaner

Workshop page

The formation of MAGIC Group announced in the last issue of "ICA News", No 62, 2014

The international cartographic community got the news about the formation of the MAGIC Group announced in the last issue of the official International Cartographic Association "ICA News", No 62, 2014, (see pages 12-13)

ICA News, 62 [ pdf ] | Re: MAGIC [ pdf ]

MAGIC participates in the LIBER 43rd Annual Conference on "Research Libraries in the 2020 Information Landscape" in Riga, Latvia, 2-5 July 2014

Renata Šolar participated in the LIBER Riga Conference presenting the recent developments on MAGIC Group

Presentation [ pdf ]

The Ljubljana Constituent Conference

The participants of the Ljubljana Conference, 22-24 May 2014, from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United States

Hosted by the National and University Library of Slovenia the Groupe des Cartothécaires (GdC) organised its 19th Conference at Ljubljana, 22-24 May 2014. The Conference decided to form a new Group, the Map & Geoinformation Curator Group (MAGIC), joining the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage. The MAGIC Group has now International character and not strictly European as it was the case of the GdC


On-line sites with maps

Visit the ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage page listing links to on-line sites with maps. Suggestions for additions are welcome


Jan Werner retired

Jan Werner's retirement reception took place in Amsterdam on 27 May 2014. The "patriarch of Dutch map curatorship" and "King of the Atlas of the Netherlands" participated in the Ljubljana Conference and is now a MAGIC member!