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Venice, Italy
Continuing the tradition of its annual Cartoheritage Conferences, since 2006, the International Cartographic Association Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital is organising the 12th Conference Digital Approaches in Cartographic Heritage in Venice, Italy, in partnership with the IUAV - Laboratory of Cartography & Gis and Laboratory of Photogrammetry, the AUTH CartoGeoLab - Laboratory of Cartography & Geographical Analysis, and the MAGIC - Map & Geoinformation Curators Group.
The Conference is organised in thematic sessions dedicated to issues relevant to the subjects usually treated in the Conferences of the ICA Cartoheritage Commission, according to its Terms of Reference (2015-2019) and the topics treated by its Working Units:
  • Digitisation - Georeference
  • Content analysis in terms of geometry and thematics of cartodiversity1
  • 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 GLAM2, addressed to education and to the general public
  • Geographic affinities with Cartoheritage
  • Cartoheritage and Digital Humanities
  • Other relevant issues of Cartoheritage ecosystem

(1) 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.
(2) GLAM: the acronym for Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums.
Venue: Università Iuav di Venezia, Aula Magna, Tolentini, Santa Croce
Contact: Prof. Evangelos Livieratos

Stanford, U.S.A.
Organisation: David Rumsey Map Center
The event will begin with a presentation of the winner of the California Map Society/Rumsey Map Center Graduate student essay competition, where the entries require the use of maps from the Rumsey Map Center's collections.
Venue: David Rumsey Map Center Green Library Stanford University 557 Escondido Mall, MC 6004, Stanford, CA 94305-6004
Time schedule: 17.00
Brussels Map Circle event

Den Haag, The Netherlands
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle


The Brussels Map Circle is having a wonderful opportunity to visit the Wereld van de VOC exhibition on Saturday 6 May 2017 from 14.00 to 16.00 in the Nationaal Archief in Den Haag (The Netherlands).
The Nationaal Archief have 1.2 km of archives of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), the first largest European commerce compagnie operating in Asia, mainly in the Golden Age. UNESCO registered in 2003 this Dutch documentary heritage of the VOC in the category World Memory together with the official archives based in Jakarta, Colombo, Chennai and Cape Town.
For this exhibition fifty unique maps and charts are on display.
We have been offered two guided tours: one in Dutch with the archivist-researcher R.T.M. (Ron) Guleij and a second one in English with Hans Kok who is also advisor and lender for this exhibition as well as Member of our Circle.
Each tour is stricly limited to fifteen (15) participants. The thirty participants will be selected on the basis of the dates of payment of the participation fee.
The program starts with a welcome coffee at 14.00 followed by:
  • the visit of a storage department;
  • a guided tour of the exhibition in English or Dutch;
  • a complementary visit with a tablet in English or Dutch.

After the visit we’ll have a friendly drink in a typical place.


As you know, the VOC was created in 1602, and ended in 1799. The VOC fitted out 4 700 ships; many of them were armed for military purpose. She carried over one million European travellers during these two centuries, passing Cape of Good Hope towards Ceylon, India, Batavia, Japan, China and Formosa.
There were three departure per year for the commercial trade: in October, after Christmas and in April. The voyage out and in needed twenty months. There were three routes in the Indian Ocean but the ships of the VOC used mainly the south way, a bit longer, but better. The captain who could shorten the trip to six months, for one way, got a speed bonus.
The Nationaal Archief Den Haag own around 300 000 maps. Since 1979 in a new building Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20, they are located between the main station and the National Library

Access by train from Belgium

Important notice: due to engineering works in the Netherlands, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Roosendaal from Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May 2017 included. Passengers travelling from/to the Netherlands that weekend are advised to use Thalys trains, or can change trains in Roosendaal for onward travel via Breda.

Time schedule: SNCB Europe / NMBS Europe

Examples of time schedule via Breda as per 2017-03-16

Liège-Guillemins 07.0108.01
Gent-Sint-Pieters 07.2208.22
Bruxelles-Midi / Brussel-Zuid 07.4508.45
Antwerpen Centraal 08.4509.45
Breda a. 09.4510.45
Breda d. 09.5310.53
Den Haag HS 10.3711.37

Access by car

By car from Brussels: 180 km. Parking in Den Haag

Restaurant for lunch

We propose to meet at 12.00 at an Indonesian restaurant – De Poentjak, Kneuterdijk 16, 2514 EN, Den Haag - for an Indische rijsttafel.
At 13.30 departure for the Nationaal Archief.
Restaurant expenses are borne by each participant. Estimated budget: EUR 30.00.

Brasserie for an after-drink

We propose to meet after the visit for a drink. The location will be given later on.

Other recommended visits

In case you plan to spend a few hours in Den Haag before or after our visit, we recommend :
  • Panorama Mesdag. Panorama Mesdag is a panorama by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Housed in a purpose-built museum in The Hague, the panorama is a cylindrical painting (also known as a Cyclorama) more than 14 metres high and about 120 metres in circumference. Read more.
  • Piet Mondriaan en Bart van der Leck exhibition. Read more.
  • Mauritshuis. The Mauritshuis is home to the Best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Read more.


See locations on our map

Some interesting links about the VOC

Participation fee

Participation fee: free for Members | accompanying persons EUR 20.00.
IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 | BIC: GKCCBEBB


If you would like to join this guided tour please register here.

Venue: Nationaal Archief, Prins Willem Alexanderhof 20, 2595 BE, Den Haag
Language: English and Dutch
Time schedule: 14.00 - 16.00

Aberystwyth, U.K.
A day symposium to evaluate the development of estate mapping and its value in portraying the historical landscape. The event is held in partnership with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Venue: The National Library of Wales, Penglais Road, Aberystwyth SY23 3BU
Language: Bilingual presentations.
Contact: Huw Thomas
Time schedule: 09.45 - 16.00
Entry fee: GBP 20.00

London, U.K.
Organisation: Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Lecture by John Moore (Collections Manager, University of Glasgow Library, Glasgow)
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Contact: Catherine Delano-Smith
Telephone: +44 20 8346 5112
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
Catalogue availability: n.a.

Washington DC, U.S.A.
Organisation: The Library of Congress' Geography & Map Division and the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases
In conjunction with the 28th International Cartographic Conference, held in Washington DC on 2-7 July 2017 (, the Library of Congress' Geography & Map Division and the three ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography, Toponymy, and Atlases would like to invite you to attend their joint pre-conference Workshop Charting the Cosmos of Cartography: History – Names – Atlases.
Venue: Library of Congress (Madison Building) in Washington DC (USA)

Washington DC, U.S.A.
Organisation: ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital
The ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital organizes a one day pre-conference workshop in the frame of the 28th International Cartographic Conference, Washington DC, USA, in association and partership with the MAGIC group.
Amongst the contributions : a map based search tool for geological publications Annick Anceau is a geologist (and also a member of the Brussels Map Circle). She has a PhD in geology. After 17 years as responsible of the Earth Sciences Library at the University of Liège (Belgium), she is currently assistant professor specialized in information literacy in the same university. She is also editor of Geologica Belgica and in charge of the digitalization of Annales de la Sociéte Géologique de Belgique. Eric Pirard is a geological engineer. He has a PhD in applied sciences. He is professor of mineral georesources and geo-imaging at the University of Liège. Pierre Stevens is a geographer and GIS specialist. He is Prof. Pirard’s collaborator.
Venue: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, located in Northwest DC
Time schedule: 8.00 - 15.00
Entry fee: Participation is free.

Washington DC, U.S.A.
Organisation: Cartography and Geographic Information Society
The Cartography and Geographic Information Society invites the world of cartography and GIS to come to Washington, DC, 2 to 7 July 2017 for the 28th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association. A fantastic conference is planned that will draw upon all the resources of the nation's capital. The National Galleries of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Library of Congress will all play a role in making this a great conference.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Cartographic Challenge of the New
As it is the first time ICHC has been hosted in a South American country, the main theme refers to the wider region of Latin America. Soon after the discovery of Brazil in 1500 it began to be represented in European cartography, whether Portuguese, Dutch, French, or by other nationalities. The colonial nature of the earlier cartography of this region provides a very different environment from that of the European countries where we usually meet.
The following themes have been agreed by the organizers and Imago Mundi Ltd
  • Mapping
  • Practices in New Worlds
  • Mapping Cities: Recording Growth or Creating Vision
  • Indigenous Mapping
  • Mapping Nationhood
  • Mapping Natural Resources and any other aspect of the history of cartography.

Greenwich, U.K.
Organisation: National Maritime Museum
Royal Museums Greenwich will host an interdisciplinary conference which aims to interrogate the processes and products of mapping the Arctic, to coincide with the opening of a major new exhibition, Death in the Ice: the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition, about John Franklin's voyage to look for a North-West Passage, and the searches for those involved which followed. At a moment when the story of Franklin's 1845 expedition is being exploited by various commercial and political interests, we seek to broaden and deepen our understanding of voyages of exploration, surveying and mapping practices, and their subsequent narration.
This topic is particularly relevant given increasing nuance in work on the social and political implications of cartography, and recent moves in the history of cartography to include work on reception and use. Although the Franklin voyage and searches are the taking off point for the conference, we are interested in papers dealing with cartography in this region from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Venue: National Maritime Museum

London, U.K.
Organisation: Royal Geographical Society
Venue: oyal Geographical Society, at the junction of Kensington Gore and Exhibition Road in Kensington, London SW7 2AR, and Imperial College London, further down Exhibition Road.

Berlin, Germany
Organisation: CODATA-Germany the German National Committee for CODATA, Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science (ICSU)
Preserving, Knowledge Generation, and Enabling Permanent Access to Cultural Heritage
Program Committee
  • Raffaella Afferni, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli (ITA)
  • Adrien Barbaresi, Austrian & Berlin-Brandenburg Academies of Sciences Vienna (AUT) / Berlin (DEU)
  • Thomas Brogan, INSTAP Study Center for East Crete, Crete (GRC)
  • Manuele Buono, Promoter srl, Pisa (ITA)
  • Pilar Chias, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid (ESP)
  • Jiří Drozda VUGTK Výzkumný Ústav Geodetický, Topografický a Kartografický Prague (CZE)
  • Antonella Fresa, Promoter srl, Pisa (ITA)
  • Mátyás Gede, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (HUN)
  • Peter Jordan, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (AUT)
  • Horst Kremers, CODATA-Germany, Berlin (DEU)
  • Hedvika Kucharova, Strahov Library (Strahovská Knihovna), Prague (CZE)
  • Alfred Lameli, Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas, Marburg (DEU)
  • Maurizio Lana, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli (ITA)
  • Ulf Preuß, Koordinierungsstelle Brandenburg-digital, Potsdam (DEU)
  • Petr Pridal, Klokan Technologies GmbH, Unterageri (CHE)
  • Pilar Sánchez-Ortiz Rodríguez, National Geographic Institute, Madrid (ESP)
  • Kristina Skåden, Institutt for Kulturstudier, University of Oslo, Oslo (NOR)
  • Zdenek Stachon, Masaryk University, Brno (CZE)
  • Milan Talich, VUGTK Výzkumný Ústav Geodetický, Topografický a Kartografický, Prague (CZE)
  • Francesca Tomasi, Dip. di Filologia Classica e Italianistica, Università di Bologna, Bologna (ITA)
  • Vít Voženílek, Faculty of Sciences, Palacky University, Olomouc (CZE)
  • Serena Sarah Weber, Instituto Geográfico Agustin Codazzi, Bogotá (COL)
Venue: Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: EUGEO (Association of Geographical Societies in Europe)
EUGEO, the Association of Geographical Societies in Europe, organises every two years a major international scientific congress, bringing together geographers from all over the world.
Venue: Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique - Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Redworth, County Durham, U.K.
Organisation: British Cartographic Society - Society of Cartographers
The BCS/SoC Conference is coming and we have been busy planning some exciting changes and new programme format.
Entitled Maps for Changing Reality the conference will be held at the Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham from the 5 - 7 September 2017.
Expect a collection of excellent presentations, hands-on workshops, interesting debates, lightning talks and more.
Venue: Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham

Redworth, County Durham, U.K.
Organisation: Map Curators' Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society
The Map Curators' Group (MCG) of the British Cartographic Society will hold its Annual Workshop in County Durham on Tuesday 5 September 2017.
The MCG workshop theme will be:
  • Digitisation and online availability
  • Growing functionality and range of users
  • Crowd sourcing
  • Events for new audiences
  • Marketing to new audiences
  • Training using online applications
  • Attracting and connecting with new audiences
Venue: Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham
Contact: Ann Sutherland

Leiden, The Netherlands
Organisation: Leiden University Libraries and The Commission on the History of Cartography of the International Cartographic Association (ICA)
The central theme of the conference is the mutual influence of Western and Asian cartographic traditions. The focus will be on where Western and Asian cartographic history meet. Geographically, the topics will be limited to South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia with special attention to India, China, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.
Topics of the symposium are:
  • What defines Asia? The arbitrary borders between Europe and Asia on the map
  • Asian cartographic traditions
  • Asian toponomy and cartography
  • Cartography and intercultural contact
  • Missionary and colonial cartographies of Asia
  • Asian cartography in the collections of Leiden University Libraries
  • Philipp Franz von Siebold and the cartography of Japan
  • and all papers of merit

During the symposium Leiden University Library will expose several exhibitions. The Asian collections of the special collections are internationally famous. The Bodel Nijenhuis Collection has large numbers of historical VOC maps. The Indonesia collection has many maps of the 19th and 20th century and includes the collections from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The Siebold collection contains a lot of Japanese maps and the collection of the Sinology Institute holds several Chinese maps.
The symposium is held within the framework of the Leiden Asia Year. Throughout 2017 Leiden will be the leading center for Asia in terms of research, teaching, collections and expertise. The Leiden Asia Year 2017 was prompted by the building of the Asian Library on the roof of the University Library. The Asian Library will be opened on 14 September 2017. Participants are kindly invited to attend the opening of the Asian Library, the day before the symposium starts.
Venue: University Library (Main library and Humanities), Vossiuszaal - Second floor, Zuidhal), Witte Singel 27, 2311 BG Leiden
Contact: Martijn Storms
Brussels Map Circle event

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The Conference will take place in the framework of the multicultural festival Europalia, which is devoted, in 2017, to Indonesia.
Published in v. III of Giovanni Battista Ramusio's Navigationi e Viaggi.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts | Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.84347° N 4.35682° E
Language: English
Time schedule: 09.30 - 16.00
Entry fee: Admission is free for members, non-members pay EUR 10.00 at entrance.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Board of Imago Mundi Ltd and the Explokart Research Group of the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam have great pleasure in announcing that the 28th International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 14-19 July 2019.