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Videos produced by the ICGC


Video tutorials of applications developed by the ICGC so that the novice user becomes familiar with the tool and responds to any doubts that may arise:

  • Pintamaps (2019). Web tool based on Vector Tiles. It allows the user to stylize the world map according to their criteria and needs, to play with colors and transparencies that have been grouped into 12 levels (buildings, hydrography, etc.), to search for place names, to generate random styles, to obtain information associated with each map element, to download the world map or part of it, and the defined style in order to reuse it. In game mode place names disappear and users can exercise their knowledge of geographic names, which are shown moving the cursor, in both Catalan and official versions.
  • ContextMaps (2019). Web tool based on Vector Tiles that allows the user to stylize ICGC and OSM maps (base ContextMaps), the printing of a specific area on scale with the own stylization and the retrieval of web links in order to use the map with the customized style either in a viewer, or as a geoservice vector tile that, at the same time, includes information on the base and the style. It may include information by the user.
  • Relief and hill shading (2019). Web tool that allows the user to determine, by painting in a spheremap, the areas that are facing a certain orientation, or with a certain slope. This tool allows the generation of complex shading that combine both aspects beyond the classic hill shading. The tool is based on Mapzen's Kinkade development, which works with a 2-meter digital model of the ICGC converted to NormalMap format, technology used to illuminate scenes in video games.

Music composed by Juan Pablo. Song: Long bridge (Published for free on 2015 on CYAN Music under the terms of Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0) | Locution of Tori Sparks.


  • Exhbition "Mapes, país, futur: centenari de l'exposició cartogràfica catalana 1919" (2020). Video disclosure of the exhibition that commemorates the exhibition of the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya (CEC) of 1919. The exhibition d'enguany is held between 30.1.2020 and 13.09.2020 at the Museu d'Història de Catalunya (MHC) and is organized by the ICGC in collaboration between the CEC and the MHC.
  • Gaia · The Big Mother (2016). 48' documentary about the origin, evolution and future of the Earth, focusing on the geological concepts and the role of life and humans. Facts and ideas are shown through illustrations and animations together with films made on places like museums and relevant landscapes. The threats to the sustainability of our planet are also exposed.
  • The measurement of the Earth (2014). This video gives an overview of the history of the measurement of the Earth, from the first representations in antiquity, when the world was deeply mysterious, until today, when mapping has been incorporated into everyday life. Subtitles are available in Catalan, Spanish and English.

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About the activities of the ICGC

These videos show citizens the main cartographic activities carried out by the ICGC:

  • The ICC (2011): Introduction to the activities carried out by the Institute and their impact on the citizens.
  • Cartography (2011): It shows how the ICGC creates a wide variety of cartographic products, such as topographic, thematic, and atlases, from the topographic bases.
  • Catalan cartography (2012): History about Catalan cartography from the ancient World to the creation of the ICC.
  • Territorial delimitation: analyzing, agreeing and defining (2024). In this video, we will take you into the world of territorial delimitation at the municipal level in Catalonia. Join us as we explore the processes and methodologies used to analyze, agree and define municipal boundaries.
  • Digital map library (2024). Do you want to know what you can find in the Digital Map Library? This tutorial will take you on a tour of its different sections and services so that you can get the most out of it.
  • Geodesy (2011): It shows the commitment between the shape and the measurement of the Earth, and the aim of the cartographic representation of the planet.
  • Map Library (2011): It shows the ICGC's documentation center, where all the cartographic production of the Institute is collected, as well as maps and books from the 15th century to the present.
  • Primary data capture (2011): Sensors for primary data capture and their attributes are introduced. Primary data capture is the first step in the ICGC workflow for cartographic production.
  • Remote sensing (2012): Explanation of the main sensors used for remote sensing. Studies and projects carried out by the ICGC are also commented.
  • Soils (2021). Virtual visit to the Pyrenees Soil Interpretation Center. One of the most relevant activities that I have developed is the elaboration and exhibition of a collection of solid monoliths.
  • Topographic bases (2011): It describes the methods to represent, with accuracy, the planimetry and altimetry of terrestrial objects.
  • Toponymy (2011): The task of locating place names on maps and the process to make them official are showed in this video.

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