CartoMundi Online Promotion of Cartographic Heritage

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CartoMundi is an international online system dedicated to the promotion of the cartographic heritage. Every institution holding, producing or selling cartographic documents can use CartoMundi. Its main tool is a collaborative trilingual website in English, French and Spanish. It combines georeferenced database with a graphic interface based on an interactive planisphere. Firstly devised to meet libraries, researchers and students needs, CartoMundi can also be of interest for other fields like edition, exploitation of natural resources and tourism.



An International Collective Catalogue

While most books can be found through computerised catalogues, cartographic documentation is scarcely referenced on the Internet. Despite the development of digitalisation, the absence of a specific tool for dealing with this heritage is becoming problematic. The scheme CartoMundi intends to fill in this void through a new device: a website with an international collective catalogue. The combination of map curators and geomaticians knowhow, offers satisfactions to the librarians and to the readers who are researching for maps by their location.



Sharing and Mutualising knowledge

CartoMundi is based on mutualising data and howknow. Through a state of the production, description of each document is made available to partners who register their state of collection in the collective catalog. This organization gives way to important cost-cuts for all the partners. It also offers increased visibility of their collection through an international website.



Promoting the use of Cartography

This system will not replace existing catalogues. It supplements them.Through encouraging the exchange and gathering of cartographic knowledge on an international scale, CartoMundi facilitates smoother relations between map users and institutions who hold them. The possibility of visualising the perimeter of each map will contribute to renew their use and to develop new questions in a variety of fields such as geology, archaeology, geography, economics and history of social sciences, etc.

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CartoMundi Online Promotion of Cartographic Heritage

  1. 1. Online promotion of Cartographic Heritage Jean-Luc ARNAUD Senior Researcher at CNRS22-10-2012
  2. 2. Supported by Aix-Marseille University, and the National Centre for Scientific research (CNRS) Developped by The Mediterranean House for Social Sciences (MMSH) –MMSH Aix-en-Provence With the support of the French National Library and the National Geographic Intitute (IGN)
  3. 3. Three Chapters1. Observation2. Principles3. Website
  4. 4. 11. Observation2. Principles3. Website
  5. 5. CartoMundi results of a question Numerical CataloguesMaps : 15 % Books : 90 % Why this différence ?
  6. 6. Uncomplete and non useful metadata A same system of cataloguing Created for books Adapted for maps
  7. 7. Because, looking for a map is, first, searching a place Rejected by the map librarians They prefer Traditional tools
  8. 8. Results :When we start in mass digitizationThere is not numerical catalogues Emergency for cartographic series
  9. 9. 2.11. Observation2. Principles 2.1. Geographical Location
  10. 10. CartoMundi a tool for researches by geographical location
  11. 11. The geographic field Geographic FieldTo each card we add Tthe description of theperimeter representedby the correspondentdocument Main principles
  12. 12. The geographic field Geographic Field List of maps wich represent the selected placeThis field can be requested bygeographical question and returna list of maps Main principles
  13. 13. The geographic field Geographic Field List of maps wich represent the selected placeIt can be displayed on aplanisphere Main principles
  14. 14. Digitized sheet indexes * * * Main principles
  15. 15. Digitized sheet indexes Showing a state of collection Main principles
  16. 16. Digitized sheet indexes Showing a state of collection Finding the call number of a sheetPrincipes généraux
  17. 17. Digitized sheet indexes Showing a state of collection Finding the call number of a sheet Selecting a reproduction Main principles
  18. 18. 2.21. Observation2. Principles 2.1. Geographical location 2.2 A structure for a collective catalogue
  19. 19. Le catalogue is organized from three main databases
  20. 20. Three databases Description of the establishementsDirectory Open to the map libraries, the Producer and the reselers. Succeed to the IFLA directory (Loiseaux 2000), obsolete
  21. 21. Three databases Directory Descriptions of the seriesState of the production Gathers the generic descriptions of the series. For each referenced series , it provides a description of all of its published sheets
  22. 22. Three databases Directory The collective catalogue is at the crossroad between the State of the Collective catalogue production and the Directory Each record of the collectiveState of the production catalogue is, at first, a link between the State of the production and the Directory
  23. 23. 2.31. Observation2. Principles 2.1. Geographical Localion 2.2 A structure for a collective catalogue 2.3. A tool to share information
  24. 24. CartoMundi is not only a collectivecatalogue. It is also a tool to shareInformation.1. Serving partners, to fill the localcatalogues.Each recording takes place in threestages.
  25. 25. A process in three stages Direct recording Tools to importPartner 1. Recording a CartoMundi state of Localcatalogue collection
  26. 26. A process in three stages Direct recording Tools to importPartner 2. Exporting an CartoMundi TXT fileCatalogue local TXT file
  27. 27. A process in three stages Direct recording Tools to importPartner 3. Importing the CartoMundi TXT file in the Local local cataloguecatalogue TXT Conversion file
  28. 28. CartoMundi is not only a collectivecatalogue. It is also a tool to shareInformation.1. Serving partners, to fill the localcatalogues.2. For other establishments,through a OAI-PMH repository.
  29. 29. CopyrightsThe recording of an information by a partner alows CartoMundi to :1. Publish this information2. Export this information for another partner3. Keep these rights after the end of the contract
  30. 30. 2.41. Observation2. Principles 2.1. Geographical Location 2.2 A structure for a collective catalogue 2.3. A tool to share information 2.4. Charged services
  31. 31. Distribution of the costsCartoMundi is not trying to generatebenefits. The fees cover the cost ofuser support and system maintenance.CartoMundi is free of charge for thesurfers.The costs are distributed according toeach participation.
  32. 32. Distribution of the costs Directory Free of charge Collective catalogue Charged annuallyState of the production Price cut
  33. 33. 31. Observation2. Principles3. Website
  34. 34. www.cartomundi.euJean-Luc ARNAUDjlarnaud@mmsh.univ-aix.fr

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