Monday 14 July 2008

A 3-D perspective image of East Mediterranean from 1529

[Detail photo by E.L. for private use]

Maps in Great Painting: The masterpiece by Albrecht Altdorfer (1482-1538) "The Battle of Issus" from 1529 at Alte Pinakothek in Munich contains a "super modern" 3-D perspective (bird-eye) represetantion of the geography of East Mediterranean (Cyprus, the Red Sea and the Nile Delta) in a really impressive view. It is worth a visit!

Sunday 6 July 2008

Digital approaches to cartographic heritage, Barcelona 26-27 June

The third international workshop on the Digital approaches to cartographic heritage was held in Barcelona, 26-27 June 2008. Organized by the International Cartographic Association Commission on Digital technologies in cartographic heritage in cooperation with the Institut Cartografic de Catalunya. Twenty nine papers were presented in six sessions dedicated to the following issues: 1. Cartographic heritage. Miltidisciplinarity, sustainability, dissemination; 2. Transformation into digital form; 3. Information & Communication Technology - Web; 4. Spatial data infrastructures and digital map libraries; 5. Digital analysis and interpretation of historic maps. A session was also dedicated to the DIGMAP project.
In association with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Cartography Group, the Hellenic Cartographic Society and the International Web Journal "e-Perimetron".

More: Workshop's web site

Wednesday 19 March 2008

10th Hellenic Cartographic Conference

Ioannina, 12-15 November 2008:

The Hellenic Cartographic Society (HCS) is organizing its 10th Cartographic Conference to be held in the lake city of Ioannina, in NW Greece, known from the writings of many 18th century geographers and travellers like Willian Martin Leake, François Charles Hugues Laurent Pouqueville and others.
The Conference general theme is: Cartography of the mainland: Borders – Barriers – Carriers – Standards and Quality and for those reading Greek the announcement and call for papers can be found in the HCS web site.

In association with the Region of Epirus, the Province of Ioannina, the Municipality of Ioannina, the Society of Epirotic Studies, the Technical Chamber of Greece / Section of Epirus, the University of Ioannina, the National Technical University of Athens and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Info: Prof. Myron Myridis

Tuesday 19 February 2008

3rd International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

Barcelona, 26-27 June 2008:

The International Cartographic Association Commission on Digital Technologies in Cartographic Heritage in cooperation with the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya is organizing its 3rd International Workshop on Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage

Info: The Workshop's web page

Sunday 6 January 2008

E. Livieratos, "25 Centuries of Cartography and Maps"

The revised version of the 1998 almost homonymous book by E. Livieratos is now published (in Greek), December 2007, by Ziti Publishers under the title 25 Centuries of Cartography and Maps: A tour from the Ionians to Ptolemy and Rigas. In 263 pages [210X287 mm] illustrated with 241 grayscale images the book narrates the 25 centuries of cartography and maps in six chapters: 1. Why the maps? (the human visual perception paradox and the maps), 2. The Greeks (principles of Ancient Greek cartography and the names), 3. Ptolemy (the culmination of Greek cartography), 4. Middle Ages (from the fall of Rome to the capture of Constantinople), 5. Renaissance (the western period of Ptolemy cartography and the renaissance of cartography), 6. Science and Enlightenment (from geodetic cartography to Rigas Charta).
More (in Greek)
Order: Ziti Publ.