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Cartography and Cadastral Maps: Visions From the Past, For a Vision of Our Future – Pisa, Italy

Tuesday, November 6 – “Cartography and Cadastral Maps: Visions From the Past, For a
Vision of Our Future,” Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

Jay Osborn, Gesher Galicia Map Room Coordinator, and Pamela Weisberger, Gesher Galicia president, will be presenting a joint paper at this two-day workshop taking place November 6-7, entitled: “Gesher Galicia’s Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project: A Virtual Recreation of a Vanished Province.” Their presentation takes place at 2:30PM on Tuesday, November 6 and is open to the public. To read the paper click here. More information about this workshop is below:

As part of the activities of the ENArC project –supported by the Culture 2007 – 2013 Program of European Union – Scuola NormaleSuperiore di Pisa in cooperation with the Budapest City Archives (Hungary) and the National Archives of Malta organizes the workshop

Cartography and cadastral maps

Visions from the past, for a vision of our future

Cadastral maps and records of 18-20th centuries were basic tools of control overland use, proprietary rights and taxation. They are basic tools of historical research: they provide detailed and authentic information on the earlier state of the natural and built environment and on changes in land use; they contain information on land ownership at parcel level. Their potential for practical usage is also high. The information hidden in them can be exploited legal cases, urban and landscape planning, regional planning, archeology, hydrology, registration and protection of cultural heritage etc.

The heritage of cadastral surveys is international. The French ancien cadastre served as a model for Prussia, Bavaria or the Benelux countries. Cadastral survey of the Habsburg Monarchy produced the same types of maps and records throughout the Empire which are preserved in archival institutions of 12 successor states today.

Although this is common heritage it is divided and scattered. Cadastral maps relating to one territorial unit are in many cases divided between different states. They are subject to various archival practices with regards to methods of processing, description, and access. Different level of description and publication leads to lack of overview over the whole domain

Digitization, on-line publication and the combination of these with new technologies of GIS-based application and automatic interpretation is a possible and feasible way of virtual “reunification” of what have been divided. The seminar will also look at other projects managing maps and drawings which technically do not qualify as cadastral but are of a similar nature.

To meet this challenge requires a complex approach and the cooperation of archivists with cartographer, land surveyors with partners in IT sector. The aim of the seminar is to offer a platform for mutual information on the state of the art, recent and upcoming developments in these fields, as well as to strenghten cooperation between archival and research institutions for a common roadmap towards Horizon 2020

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