About project "Virtual Map Collection"

Virtual Map Library was created as one of the results of project Cartographic Sources as Cultural Heritage. The goal of the project, financed by Ministry of Culture, is to devise and refine new methods for digitalization and online publication of cartographic works. Digital maps of selected regions will be used for the reconstruction of historic landscape and settlements.

To achieve this goal we needed digital representations of old maps, atlases and globes. On that account we approached archives, museums, libraries etc. with an offer to digitalize their map collections as part of the project. The participants range from nation-wide to regional institutions and from their maps is shaping up a unique digital map collection, accesible on our web portal. In 2015, when the project ends, we expect this digital library to contain around 40 000 maps, plan, atlases and globes. The participating institutions are listed in the right column