The conference in the Hall of Great Council of the Ducal Palace, inclueded four sessions: opening ceremony, historical charts, official State charts, and the impact of new technologies on geographic communication.
In particular, on June 21 the "World Hydrography Day" was celebrated, to commemorate the founding in 1921 of the International Hydrographic Organization with headquarters in Monaco. The Director of the Navy Hydrographic Institute, Admiral Pierpaolo Cagnetti, made a speach on the "The electronic chart, an essential instrument for safety at sea and the development of marine activities".
Within the celebration the Hydrographic Institute has signed a major agreement with Regione Liguria, represented by president Claudio Burlando.
Further submissions emphasized the importance of historical charts as documentary sources, essential for the study and a thorough knowledge of the territory; and offered an insight on the study of Italian cartography and its future prospects through the description of current peculiarities and ongoing projects at the different cartographic Agencies, namely the Army Geographical Institute, the Directorate General of Cartography, Cadastre and Real Estate, the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, the Geological Service of Italy, the Geo-topographic Information Centre of the Air Force and the Regions. It was thus possible to open a discussion on the new horizons offered by modern information technology in the geographical scenario.
The theme of the first day of work on the coordination of Massimo Quaini, University of Genoa, was: Maps and mapmakers: timeliness of proto-geometric cartographic documents, with the following contributions:
· Mario Bevilacqua - University of Florence
Surveyors and land registers in Italy in the 18th century
· Luisa Rossi - University of Parma
The birth of contour maps in Italy. The activities of the brigade Clerc in the Gulf of La Spezia
· Diego Moreno, Roberta Cavasco - University of Genoa
A source for the history and archaeology of vegetable resources: topographical maps of the Ligurian mountains
· Lorenzo Papa - Navy Hydrographic Institute and Sara Morucci - APAT
The fundamental tide gauge of Genova. Analysis of changes in sea level from 1884 to 2006
· Claudio Cerreti - University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Cartographers and maps over time
On the morning of June 22 were made the following reports, coordinated by Luigi Di Prinzio, IUAV University of Venice:
Carlo Colella - Commander of the Army Geographic Institute
Production and projects and the Army Geographic Institute
Carlo Cannafoglia - Managing Director of Cartography, Cadastre and Real Estate
The activities and projects of the Territorial Agency in the field of mapping
Pierpaolo Cagnetti - Director of the Navy Hydrographic Institute
The production and projects of the Navy Hydrographic Institute
Domenico Tacchia - Coordinator of the Cartographic Section - Geological Service of Italy
Production and projects at the Geological Service of Italy
Mario D'Antonio - Director of the Geo-topographic Information Centre of the Air Force
The production and projects of the Centre
Domenico Longhi - Coordinator of the Interregional Centre
Cartographic activities of the Regions and projects of the Interregional Centre
The work continued through the afternoon session entitled A science in the service of citizens: the new horizons of information and communication technology on the territory, coordinated by Fernando Sansò of the Politecnico di Milano:
Domenico Sguerso - University of Genoa
The satellite positioning services
Giovanni Bianchini - General Aerial Photographic Company
New Technologies for detection and geographic information
Mattia Crespi - University of Rome "La Sapienza"
The high-resolution satellite imagery for land management, training and updating of cartographic DB
Lucia Pasetti - Liguria Region
GIS and Web-GIS: the role of the Regions for a new concept of public service
Giovanni Biallo - Director of "GIS World"
Today's relevance of Information and Communication Technology in geography
Andrea Cantile - Army Geographical Institute
Challenges and wonders of an ancient but live profession: the social role of cartography in the twenty-first century
The conference ended with greetings from the President of the National Surveyors Council.
The conference was complemented by an exhibition, June 18 to 24, illustrating the theme of the event with charts and tools, coordinated by arch. Andrea Cantile of the Army Geographical Institute.
To further underline the importance of the multi-faceted event, the Hydrographic Institute was opened to the public: for the first time in its history, nearly two hundred visitors, neatly divided into groups, were escorted along the rampart of the 16th century town walls on which, around 1820, the Savoy built a fortress that in 1860 housed an astronomical observatory and in 1872 became the seat of the Navy Hydrographic Institute.
The composite prestigious event ended with the inauguration of "Nautica", the new Sales Office of the Hydrographic Institute at the Stazione Marittima of Genoa, in the presence of City Minister Roberta Morgano.