The Geo-Cartographic Centre for Studies and Documentation (GeCo) was established on September 16th, 2019 following a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Trento, the Province of Trento and the Municipality of Rovereto. 
The Centre, which is located in Rovereto, aims to activate a synergistic cooperation between the world of research and public and private administrations, in order to document the local landscape and territorial heritage and to encourage their correct governance and enhancement. Some of the main goals consist in: creating a point of reference for research and a place for the preservation and enhancement of existing cartographic, photographic, photogrammetric and iconographic documentation; making geo-cartographic sources available to the public; producing theme-based cartography using the GIS software. 
The Centre is not only a static place where data are stored; it is dynamic and open to collaboration with territorial stakeholders. Some of its main tasks and responsibilities:

  • to support scientific geo-historical research, the digital acquisition, cataloguing and thematic classification of cartographic, photographic and textual historical documentation, with particular reference to the provincial, regional and peri-regional territory; to support initiatives that enhance and promote the cultural heritage, and interdisciplinary research projects aimed at analysing the documentation at hand;
  • to ensure access to a corpus of data (and to the results of studies carried out on such corpus) to scholars, experts, local institutions and professional orders who are interested in acquiring information about the territory. The corpus is a fundamental cognitive base for the management of provincial, regional and interregional cultural heritage;
  • to promote educational activities for students, graduates and technicians, with respect to geo-historical research, the creation of cartography, the cataloguing process and the carrying out of an archival inventory of historical cartographic and iconographic documents;
  • to encourage the organisation of cultural promotion activities of high scientific value on the local, national and international scales, as well as to support the enhancement of cultural cartographic heritage. Knowledge will be spread in two different directions, as the Centre will address both the general public and specialists, technicians and academics;
  • to create a geo-localised database for projects of cartographic elaboration.