The state of the art about a type of specialised resource with great historical and scientific value is presented: the astronomical documentation. First of all, the main types of astronomical resources are defined focusing on their historical evolution. Secondly, the result of a survey carried out between April and May 2014 about the astronomical collections in Spanish map libraries and archives is shown taking as a reference the IBERCARTO directory of 2012. Conclusions show that almost half of queried libraries and archives map have these type of documents, but disseminated in different collections. Moreover, around 70% of the institutions have catalogued all of their astronomical documentation and have used the classical encoding (MARC 21) and cataloguing standards (ISBD and ISAD(G)), although recent studies have shown that these standards are not the most suitable ones to describe it. Hence, a satisfactory scientific information retrieval is not achieved.
Alonso-Lifante, M. P., & Chaín-Navarro, C. (2015). Tipología de recursos astronómicos históricos y fondos documentales en las cartotecas españolas: Estado de la cuestión. Revista Espanola de Documentacion Cientifica, 38(3). https://doi.org/10.3989/redc.2015.3.1207