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  • ISHMap-list (2014- )

  • MAPHIST FORUM (2012-14)

  • MapHist list (1994-2012)

  • Other discussion lists

  • ISHMap-list (2014- )

    The ISHMap-list, the discussion list of the International Society for the History of the Map, was launched 1 January 2014 as a public list (having served for the Society alone since March 2011). As a discussion list, it is the successor to the MapHist list (1994-2012).

    'This list is open, free and inclusive'. Messages are posted to subscribers once accepted by the list moderators, who 'will be anxious to forward all relevant postings to the subscribers within one day at the latest'.

    The list Archive is publicly accessible, but the list of subscribers is not made available.


    MapHist Forum (2012-14)

    The MapHist Forum replaced the MapHist discussion list in January 2012. It ceased to function in late 2014.


    MapHist list (1994-2012)

    In January 2012 the Map Hist email discussion list was closed, and was replaced by the web-based MapHist Forum (which itself closed at the end of 2014).


    Other discussion lists

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    To search for other lists, the following are recommended. They look for quality rather than quantity:-

    Information about Archives of past messages is given below when available. If you want to avoid the overfilled email inbox that inevitably follows joining lots of lists, a periodic check of the archive allows you to follow proceedings without being a subscriber. In some cases you have to login to see the Archive


    amcircle (ANZMapS)

    The Australian and New Zealand Map Society runs an email list, amcircle, "a group interested in the creation, appreciation, dissemination and archiving of maps".

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    AWMC-Announce (Ancient World Mapping Center)

    A private subscription list to keep interested individuals informed about Center developments, e.g. with the Barrington Atlas Updates - see also 'Early Epochs'.

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    Body Part Maps (anthropomorphic maps)

    "A discussion list for anthropomorphic maps [started October 2003]. These maps were created by configuring the body of a god or goddess on the face of the earth. The name of each part of that body became the name of the area or feature underneath that part.

    Examples include the Blackfoot indian map of Napi in Alberta, Canada; the Phoenician map of a male body (probably Hermes) in Asia minor; and the map of a female body (probably Aphrodite) in northern Africa."

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    Canada (Carta)

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    The archive is for subscribers only

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    CARTO-SoC

    The Society of Cartographers Listserv. "You may find this a useful way of communicating with cartographers worldwide". Website

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    Current Maps (Maps-L)

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    Publicly accessible archive (1993 onwards, but you have to login)

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    Discovery & Exploration mailing list

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    Publicly accessible archive (since August 2003)

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    GBHGIS (Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System)

    Website

    Publicly accessible archive (since February 2003)

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    German-speaking world (D-A-CH)

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    LIBER GdC (European map curators)

    Discussion list for the Groupe des Cartothécaires de Ligue des Bibliothèques Europeènnes de Recherche (LIBER) | Map Expert Group, on matters relating to progress in mapcuratorship in Europe. This was re-launched in August 2010, with archives available from that date onwards only. [NB the list was discontinued in July 2012].

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    Map Dealers (maptrade)

    Website - see also for publicly accessible archive. [NB the list was discontinued in February 2008].

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    Ordnancemaps (UK)

    A discussion group devoted to Ordnance Survey maps.

    Website - see also for publicly accessible archive (since January 2001)

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    Road maps (Roadmaps-L)

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    Spanish-speaking world (Mercator)

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    Publicly accessible archive (since February 1999 - but you have to login)

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    Surveying History

    "For the general discussion of the history of the science of surveying. All periods are on the table, with particular emphasis on 18th Century surveying. Topics include instruments and makers, surveyors, instruments, techniques, maps, and more."

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    United Kingdom (lis-maps)

    Website - see also for the archive (since September 1998), which you can search but have to be a subscriber to view.

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