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Here you will find a selection of cartographic e-mail discussion lists and forum

Carta-l. Discussion forum for Canadian Map, Geographic Information Systems, and Geomatics librarians and archivists, and anyone interested in Canadian cartography, geospatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) issues as they pertain to libraries and archives.

Carto-SoC. A listserv created by the Society of Cartographers. Mainly for the discussion of practical cartography but other topics are discussed.

ISHMap-List. Free and open, but moderated, listserv to promote discussion about any topic in the field of map history. Launched in January 2014 by the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHM)

lis-maps. A UK-based forum for issues related to maps & spatial data librarianship.

MapHist Forum. Concerned with any aspect of the making and using of non-current maps but now largely superseded by ISHmap-List. It was the continuation of the MapHist listserv (1994-2012) the web pages of which include information on Dragons and other monsters on maps.

MAPS-L. "An international discussion forum for Map Librarians, other librarians dealing with (or interested in) cartographic information, anyone dealing with cartographic information, cartographers, remote sensors, geographers, and cartomaniacs of all types". Publicly accessible archive.

MapTrade. "An online discussion email list for antique map collectors, dealers and enthusiasts worldwide".

Ordnancemaps. "Intended for anyone with an interest in Ordnance Survey Maps". A Yahoo discussion group and you may need to create or log in to your Yahoo account to get more information.

Roadmaps-L. "Designed to give road map collectors a forum in which they may discuss their hobby".

SEE ALSO: the Discussion List page on the Map History / History of Cartography web page.

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