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The Cartographic Heritage Archives were established in 2013, resuming the aims and activities of the Hellenic National Map Library (1997-2012), aiming at the management and diffusion of cartographic heritage in the context of the General State Archives of Greece.

Their main concern is to ensure the distinctive role of the maps in the archives, encouraging, supporting and expanding the accessibility to the GSA’s cartographic material, using the digital information and modern communication technologies.
 

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>> The Centre was established in 1997, by a government Decree voted unanimously in the Parliament, as the National Centre for Maps and Cartographic Heritage - National Map Library a non profit public utility under private law.

>> The National Centre for Maps and Cartographic Heritage - National Map Library was a self-administrated and partially self-financed institution, aiming at the development and diffusion of the cultural, educational, social, artistic, scientific and technological dimension of Cartography and maps. The preservation of and the access to cartographic heritage in a society based on knowledge, information and communication is of major importance. The Centre's main concern was the development and management of a digital map library and the implementation of new digital information and communication technologies encouraging and supporting access to the world's map heritage.

>> In 2006 the original Decree was modified and the Centre changed name called now the European Centre for Communication, Information and Culture - National Centre for Maps and Cartographic Heritage - National Map Library, collecting then a civil association which was at that time under liquidation.

>> After the 2006 alteration of the Centre's original profile some new aims of European content were added; among others distributing the information provided by the European Union, developing projects, organizing events like seminars, lectures, meetings, exhibitions, games and cultural festivals, in order to distribute the European ideas  to citizens and local communities as well as transmitting their questions and proposals to the Greek and European authorities, etc.