Preserving map production methodology


Preserving map production methodology

Nowadays we are able to find a broad range of information (in literature and on
the Internet) regarding the manners how our predecessors manufactured maps
between the 16th and the 18th century. Numerous publications study the
techniques, compiled works, methodologies and reproduction processes. They
even consider commercial aspects. The equipment and descriptions, which we
sometimes still use, that served to measure, to engrave and to print are well
preserved in archives, museums and collections.

However, if it comes to subsequent map production and the equipment, tools
and their documentation in manuals from then we easily become disappointed
when we face a complete lack of interest in the institutions that utilized this
equipment to conserve it.

Of course, fundamental technological changes of map-making techniques in the
second half of the 20th century has largely contributed to this. The changeover to
new measuring techniques (photogrammetry, telemetry, and GPS) and the new
means to save and visualize the inventory of geographical data (computer
cartography and GIS) has happened at an incredible speed and continues. Thus,
it is not so obvious anymore to store equipment from complete and easy
forgotten cartographic digital work environments. This also reflects problems
related to the volatility of storing digital data and information.

We would like to invite you to a workshop (preceding the International
Cartographic Congress 2017) to reflect and to exchange on the manner in which
solutions can be developed in order to conserve appliances, manuals, task
instructions, etc. of cartographic production milieus physically or digitally for
future generations.

It would certainly be striking that one can readily study and demonstrate (in
100-200 years) cartographic methods of the 16th century but struggle due to
insufficient information to describe the cartographic methods applied after the
digital revolution in the later half of the 20th Century.

We hereby invite all interested ICC participants to participate in this workshop,
which meets on Sunday morning July 2nd at the congress center (a room is
reserved) provisional time 10:00.

We would appreciate that you have intention to present a contribution (a short
article or short note) or that you would like to participate that you can send to
Philippe and Eric at and
We will keep you then also informed about the meeting room.

Kind regards
Philippe and Eric