By definition, a smart city is one that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Another level that could be added is that of cultural sustainability because the societies that share their history and memory are smart cities.
In the framework of the celebration of World Archives Day, the latest news introduced in the map viewer of the Terrassa City Council has been announced. The new e-map, accessible through the municipal website, has gained in simplicity and adaptability to all types of screens, which favors the citizen consultation of the digital maps of the consistory.
In 2020, the viewer received a total of 108,000 visits, which highlights the interest that this tool arouses, which, with the new features introduced, is even more powerful, attractive and stimulating, since it has much more information and is much more easy to consult.
Past and future come together in the Archives of Terrassa
The presentation of the tool has been in charge of the Deputy Mayor for General Services and Open Government of the Terrassa City Council, Isaac Albert; together with the director of the Terrassa Historical Archive, Joan Soler; and the head of Geographic Information, Francisco Pruñanosa.
The e-map incorporates a space specifically designed to consult the historical cartography of the city, which is already almost entirely digitized. Plans can be accessed, downloaded, viewed aerial images and works licenses, geolocated and in chronological order.
As most outstanding novelties, two historically very relevant pieces have been unveiled: an unpublished 1820 map of the Galí and Busquets mines, which allows them to be traced on a current map of the city; and a book with the oldest known maps so far of Terrassa, dated 1858.
The new viewer has been developed by the Terrassa City Council’s Territorial and Population and Geographic Information Systems team, based on the information provided by the municipal Document, Archives and Registry Management Service, in a work carried out together.
The work of digitizing the documentary collection of the Terrassa Archive and making it available to the public demonstrate its mission as a transmitter of historical and collective memory and guarantors of its cultural sustainability. Currently, archives are open spaces accessible to citizens and scholars, which promote that the information they hold is shared and reused.
From this point of view, digitization has definitely contributed to this socialization process, as is evident in the new e-map of Terrassa.