“Introducing the MEDEA-CHART Database: An Online Tool for the Study of Medieval and Early Modern Nautical Charts”
MEDEA-CHART is a project funded by the European Research Council and designed to study European nautical cartography, from the advent of the earliest known portolan charts to the planispheres and nautical charts of the seventeenth century. Although these objects have been studied for many years, there are crucial questions which have eluded historians of cartography, pertaining to the birth, technical evolution, construction, and use of nautical charts during the Middle Ages and early modern period. The MEDEA-CHART project aims to push forward the study of these important objects by using an interdisciplinary approach that applies powerful digital tools – such as cartometric analysis, numerical modelling and non-invasive techniques – as a compliment to traditional research methods.
One of the goals of the project was the construction of a database of nautical charts and atlases from the period aforementioned. The MEDEA-CHART Database was designed with the purpose of organizing and centralizing that information, providing a modern, powerful and user-friendly interface to both the community of researchers and to the public.
The MEDEA-CHART Database is now available online for free (https://medea.fc.ul.pt).
- Bruno Almeida (Post-doctoral Researcher, MEDEA-CHART Project, CIUHCT, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
BSc in Physics Engineering and PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. In his dissertation he studied the influence of the work of the mathematician and cosmographer Pedro Nunes (1502-1578) about nautical science, in Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His research interests cover the history of early modern cartography, cosmography and nautical science. He participated in the BSHS Postgraduate Conference 2009.
- Ricardo Vaz (Junior Researcher / Developer, MEDEA-CHART Project, CIUHCT, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
BSc and MSc in Computer engineering by the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. His master’s thesis focuses on using wind roses to analyze aggregated tracks over maps. Ricardo has a masters specialization in Information Systems and is the developer and administrator of the MEDEA-CHART Database.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.