automatic vectorisation of historical maps
International workshop organised by the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital
Budapest – 13 March, 2020

Workshop is going online only because of COVID-19

For presenters

Presenters are asked to prepare send a pre-narrated presentation or be ready to present via Skype.

  • The workshop has a Skype account: - please add to your contacts.
  • Presenters will have to make a videocall to this user, start their presentation and share the presentation screen in Skype.
  • We will try to stick to the schedule
  • Please check the time limit (12 minutes - we'll need the remaining 3 minutes of the slots to manage the switch between presenters

For every participant

  • The presenations will be streamed. We recommend to use VLC Player to watch it.
  • URL of the stream: rtmp://
  • The stream is 5-10 second delayed (depending on the current network conditions)

Workshop videos

Uncut sessions

Call for Papers

The Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital of the International Cartographic Association in partnership with the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University invites researchers and scholars to discuss the state of the art of automatic vectorisation of historical maps, with a high emphasis on the use of free, open source solutions.

Contributions will be organised into thematic sessions of 10-15 min. oral presentations ending with open discussion.

Submit abstracts in topics including but not restricted to:

  • Vectorisation
  • Automatic text recognition
  • Symbol recognition
  • Pattern recognition (pattern fill, dashed lines, etc.)

All presented papers will be published on-line in the workshop proceedings. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of e-Perimetron

Conference board

Scientific committee
Mátyás Gede (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Angeliki Tsorlini (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki)
Krisztina Irás (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Tomasz Panecki (University of Warsaw/Polish Academy of Sciences)
Evangelos Livieratos (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki)
Local organising committee
Mátyás Gede (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Krisztina Irás (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

Important dates

  • 20 31 December, 2019 – Send abstracts (500 words max.) to
  • 10 January, 2020 – Notification of acceptance
  • 10 February, 2020 – Full paper deadline
  • 25 February, 2020 – Free registration deadline

Registration, papers

The registration is free of charge until 25 February, 2020. Registration form
Registration at the venue may be restricted depending on seating capability.

Authors should submit papers in unformatted .doc(x) to:

Papers for submission should not exceed 15 pages with images. Please use 12pt size fonts. For the paper structure (title, key words, summary, references, footnotes, bibliography, image and table legends, etc.) please consult papers published in e-Perimetron.

Possibility of presenting on-line: If you cannot manage to come to Budapest in person, you can still present your work via Skype. In this case please inform the organizers about it when submitting your abstract.


Lágymányos Campus Northern Block, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University
1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a.
Room 7.14 (7th floor)

Getting There

Public transport

  • Tram 4, 6 – stop "Petőfi híd, budai hídfő" (4-minute walk)
  • Bus 153, 154, 212 – stop "Petőfi híd, budai hídfő" (4-minute walk)
  • Tram 1 – stop "Infopark" (10-minute walk)

Rental bike

MOL Bubi dockers are near the northern entrance of Northern Block and at the edge of the campus parking lot.

By car

If you plan to come by car, please email the licence plate number to to get permission for the parking lot. The campus parking lot can be entered from the south.


Submissions, questions:


The Project is supported by the Hungarian Government and co-financed by the European Social Fund.
EFOP-3.6.3-VEKOP-16-2017-00001: Talent Management in Autonomous Vehicle Control Technologies