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E-mail discussion lists

A useful summary of email discussion lists concerning the History of Cartography can be found on The Map History/History of Cartography site

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. The Society of Cartographers dissolved in 2019 but the listserv continues.

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). See also these web pages.

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

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.

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 BUT (from May 2019) is gradually being replaced by the Group. Both are independent of the Charles Close Society.

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.

Facebook Groups

Ordnance Survey and Maps. Independent of the Charles Close Society and the group.

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