Decolonising Welsh mapping talk launches Carto Cymru symposium
The National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales are joining together once more to hold the annual map symposium Carto-Cymru.
Organisers say this year’s theme ‘Mapping in Megabytes’ explores how computer-generated mapping is changing the way maps are produced, used and preserved and what this means for those who hold such information and make it available to the public.
The free event on the 20 May is the sixth in the series which has been held since 2016 and this year’s symposium will again be held online, opening it to audiences from around the world.
The programme of speakers starts with Jason Evans, Open Data Manager at the National Library of Wales, who will be talking about ‘Decolonising Welsh mapping’ and how Welsh speaking users of Openstreetmap and Wikidata have been working to safeguard Welsh language place names and why it is important to do so.
He will be reflecting on a recent Welsh Government funded project, led by the National Library of Wales, to combine these two datasets in order to improve Welsh language mapping services.
He will also be looking ahead at the potential of crowdsourced data to empower Welsh speakers and ensure they have equal access to digital map-based services.
That will be followed by a presentation by Jon Dollery, Mapping Officer at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
In his talk he will explore the types of spatial data that is currently captured and how they are used within the historic environment sector and the opportunities new developments may offer.
Later, Dr Gethin Rees, Lead Curator of Digital Mapping at the British Library, will outline the steps that the six legal deposit libraries have taken to ensure that digital maps published in the United Kingdom are available for current and future generations.
Sally McInnes, Head of Unique and Contemporary Content at The National Library of Wales will describe the Library’s approach to preserving born digital content, and how this fits into the Library’s new strategy: A Library for Wales and the World.
Closing the day, Dr Sarah Higgins, Senior Lecturer in Information Studies at Aberystwyth University, will close the day by discussing a project being undertaken in partnership between Aberystwyth University, The Royal Commission and The National Library to develop an AI enabled Trusted Digital Repository for Wales.
Organisers say this year’s symposium promises to be an exciting day with the chance to hear about some cutting-edge projects in the field.
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