Carnet de terrain d’Emmanuel de Martonne n°16, double-page 3, Roumanie, 1921. Emmanuel de Martonne

Dates: 2017 – 2020

Intralaboratory Program Leaders: Gaëlle Hallair, Nicolas Verdier

Laboratory members involved in the program: Jean-Marc Besse, Ségolène Débarre, Liliane Lizzi

Team involved: EGHO

Partner Organisations: Consortium ImaGEO ; UMR PRODIG ; Bibliothèque inter-universitaire de la Sorbonne ; Bibliothèque de l’institut de géographie de Paris

Funding: TGIR Huma-num via consortium IMAGEO

Transversal subjects concerned: Mobilities and territories: towards a relational approach to space; Stabilities and fluidity of geographical objects; Urban fabrics: processes, actors, practices; Data and protocols in the digital humanities


Description: The multi-year project “Corpus Emmanuel de Martonne” aims to promote the archives of the French geographer Emmanuel de Martonne (1873-1955). It is based on close collaboration between researchers specializing in the image and history of geography, engineers specializing in digital corpus management and the library of the Institut de géographie de Paris.

This project is part of a general research problem of the EHGO team (Epistemology and history of geography) centered on a reflection on the geographical heritage in textual and iconographic form: this geographical heritage is made up of sources from the history of the geography to be deciphered, analyzed, preserved, disseminated and enhanced.

In its phase 1 (2017-2020), the “Corpus Emmanuel de Martonne” project enhanced geographic archives of a variety of types, partly already digitized: 7 field notebooks (out of the 27 notebooks digitized by the Sorbonne library and published in its NUBIS digital library), were transcribed on the collaborative online transcription platform Transcrire (headed by Fabrice Melka, IMAF, CNRS), enriched with metadata (Dublin core) and 800 glass plates relating to Central Europe among the E. de Martonne photographic collection digitized at UMR PRODIG have been documented, enriched with metadata (Dublin Core) and placed in the open MediHAL archive after having been appraised and validated by UMR Géographie-cités.

A prototype storymap entitled “In the footsteps of Emmanuel de Martonne: 3rd excursion Romania, 1921” was developed within the ImaGEO consortium on the navigae cartographic research and visualization platform (whose manager is Shadia Kilouchi, UMR Passages, CNRS): this prototype traces in the form of a dynamic cartography the plausible itinerary of E. de Martonne in the field at the same time as the double-pages of his field notebook scroll.