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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.