According to the Article 24 of the Statute of the International Cartographic Association"...the General Assembly of Delegates may establish Commissions for the execution of important cartographic and GI science tasks. The tenure of office of a Commission is limited to the period between two General Assemblies, but may be extended for another period by a vote at a General Assembly of Delegates. A Commission is chaired by an individual, who is to be elected at each General Assembly. The General Assembly shall, at the same time, approve terms of reference for that Commission..."
The ICA Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage established in 2007 by the Decision of the ICA General Assembly held in Moscow, for a four-years term to 2011. This Commission succeeded the homonymus ICA Working Group decided by the ICA Executive Committee in 2005 accepting the proposal by E. Livieratos, who was appointed to Chair the WG (2005-2007) elected then in Moscow to Chair the Commission. In the next General Assembly held in Paris the Commission received a second term mandate (2011-2015) and E. Livieratos was reelected to continue Chairing the Commission
The Commissions Terms of Reference (ToR) for the period 2011-2015 are: the theoretical deepening and broadening of the issue of Cartographic Heritage; the development of methodologies and standards applied on proper two- and three- dimensional digitization of Cartographic Heritage objects, materials and documents; the study and implementation of analytical tools applied on the comparative research concerning the geometric and thematic content of old maps; the digital map libraries and map collections: archiving, matching, management, networking and accessibility, in-situ and in the web; the modern information technologies and interactivity in attracting the general public to Cartographic Heritage: implementations in Museology and virtual map exhibitions
A major tool in the Commission's work is the organisation of its annual Workshop under the endorsement of ICA. The eight Workshops organised so far, all entitled, Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage are: the 1st, hosted by the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, 18-19 May 2006, the 2nd, hosted by the Hellenic National Research Foundation, Athens, 18-19 May 2007, the 3rd, hosted by the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, Barcelona, 26-27 June 2008, the 4th hosted by the Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, 6-7 April 2009, the 5th hosted by the Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, 22-24 February 2010, the 6th hosted by the Dutch Nationaal Archief, The Hague, 7-8 April 2011, the 7th hosted, for the second time, by the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, Barcelona, 19-20 April 2012, the 8th hosted by the Società Geografica Italiana, Rome, 19-20 September 2013, the 9th hosted by the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 4-5 September 2014. Aside the Workshop series, the Commission organised a Tutorial hosted by the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 2 July 2011, on the 3D Digitisation in Cartographic Heritage: Scanning historical globes and deformed maps, in cooperation with the University IUAV of Venice and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The organization and implementation work of the Commission is actively supported and backed by a Voluntary Local Group (VLG) of colleagues and researchers cooperating closely with the Commission Chair at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The VLG members are all involved in the scientific and research work relevant to Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage much before and after the birth of this Commission. The current VLG composition is: Profs Chrysoula Boutouta and Alexandra Kousoulakou; Dr Maria Pazarli; Cand Dr Nopi Ploutoglou; Dr Angeliki Tsorlini, currently at the ETH-Zurich
After eight years of cooperation in the Commission's work, a number of Institutions represented by their members in the activities of the Commision, offer their support, which is extended from the explicitly expressed strong interest in the Commissions ToR to the concrete logistical support especially in the organisation of the Workshops. The open list of the Supporting Institutions are so far the following: from Barcelona, the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, Map Library of Catalonia (Contact person: Carme Montaner, carme.montaner<at> icc.cat); from Venice, the Università IUAV di Venezia, Sistemi dei Laboratori, CIRCE Laboratorio di fotogrammetria (Contact person: Francesco Guerra, guerra2<at> iuav.it); from Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland, Map Collections (Contact person: Chris Fleet, C.Fleet<at> nls.uk); from Budapest, the Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics (Contact person: Laszlo Zentai, lzentai<at>caesar.elte.hu); from Corfu, the History Department of the Ionian University (Contact person: Dimitrios Anoyiatis-Pelé, pele<at>ionio.gr); from Thessaloniki, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Department of Cadastre, Photogrammetry and Cartography (Contact persons: Chryssoula Boutoura, boutoura<at>auth.gr and Alexandra Kousoulakou, kusulaku<at> auth.gr). The Commission welcomes any other Institution willing to support its tasks and its Terms of Reference
Since its creation, the Commission keeps strong ties with the Map-Librarianship, having as members active map-librarians, map-keepers and map-curators. Recently offered support to the newly established Map & Geoinformation Curator Group - MAGIC looking for active synergy in implementing Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage in Libraries, Archives, Collections and Museology, according to the Commission's ToR
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