The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association, is organising the 15th Conference on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (ICA DACH) jointly with the 22nd Conference of the Map & Geoinformation Curators Group - MAGIC on Challenges in Modern Map Librarianship. The joint conference will be held online, on 6-7 May 2021, in partnership with the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University.

Both Conferences follow a common working programme attended by all the participants, with thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects treated in the Conferences of the ICA Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2019-2023) and the MAGIC Aims focused on map and geoinformation curatorship and in map-librarianship.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Commission (see Terms of Reference)

  • Digitisation - Georeference.
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity**.
  • Landscape change studies based on map-archival sources.
  • Visualisation of Cartoheritage, including thematic portals.
  • Interconnection of cartographic archival sources, especially map and textual data.
  • Historical terrestrial and aerial photography, including photo-related post-cards and relevant material - cartographic parametrisation.
  • Cartoheritage web providing issues.
  • Interaction of cartoheritage with map and geoinformation curatorship of cartodiversity.
  • Development of cartoheritage as a cultural issue, within the context of GLAM***, addressed to education and to the general public.
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage.
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities.
  • Other relevant issues of the Cartoheritage ecosystem.

**Cartodiversity: manuscript and printed maps -loose and/or bound-, books with maps, map atlases, globes and related cartographic representations in 2D and 3D, depicted in a variety of supporting material like e.g. parchment, paper, wood or other writable/engravable media.
***GLAM: the acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums.

MAGIC (see Aims)

  • Deposit or donation? Transfer policies in the framework of cartographic patrimony enrichment.
  • Policy making and strategies for geoinformation/map collection development.
  • Metadata models and data-exchange standards for library, archive and museum items.
  • Preservation, access and innovation in visualisation and presentation (virtual exhibitions) of cartographic heritage (analogue and digital).
  • Integration of other (geo)sources and materials.
  • Cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, and partnership with the public and private sectors.

The presented papers are published in the Conference Proceedings (ISSN-2459-3893) available in digital form during the Conference (see also the Thessaloniki2019, Madrid2018, Venice2017 and Riga2016 Proceedings).

The online joint Conference is kindly hosted by the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University.

The Conference Board is advising and implementing the overall organisation.


Online Conference hosted by Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest | Webpages hosted by AUTH - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; administrated by CartoGeoLab - Laboratory of Cartography and Geographical Analysis