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  • 1. Great Britain Historical GIS Project: A Vision of Britain though Time Old Maps Online: Enabling global access to historical mapping Humphrey Southall and Petr Přidal (University of Portsmouth and Klokan Technologies GmbH)
  • 2. Great Britain Historical GIS Project: A Vision of Britain though TimeFunded via JISC: • Joint Information Systems Committee – Of Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, plus Department for Education of Northern Ireland • Digital Content Programme 2011-1 3 has three strands: A.Digitisation and Open Educ. Resources B.Mass Digitisation C.Clustering Digital Content (HEFCE-only): • ENGrich: visual teaching and learning resources in engineering (Liverp’l) • Integrated Broadside Ballads Archive (Oxford) • Linking Parliamentary Records through Metadata (Kings Coll London) • Manuscripts Online: Written Culture from 1000 to 1500 (Sheffield) • Old Maps Online (Portsmouth) • Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (Royal Veterinary College) • Stepping into Time: WWII bombing maps (Portsmouth)19th April 2012 2
  • 3. Great Britain Historical GIS Project: A Vision of Britain though Time About the Old Maps Online Project • 15 months, Nov 2011-Jan 2013 KLOKAN TECHNOLOGIES - Museo 300 • Four partners: KLOKAN TECHNOLOGIES - Museo 500 – University of Portsmouth KLOKAN TECHNOLOGIES - Museo 700 – Klokan Technologies GmbH – British Library – National Library of Scotland • Main deliverables: – Building global search portal for geo-referenced maps – Helping UK map libraries geo-reference existing scans – Developing best practices for referencing maps • Discussed at LIBER but not today19th April 2012 3
  • 4. Great Britain Historical GIS Project: A Vision of Britain though Time About the Old Maps Online Portal • Based on close partnership: • University of Portsmouth – Run OMO server -- basic hosting funded until 2018 – Control publication rights for metadata • i.e. libraries license metadata to UK not-for-profit – Assemble metadata (except first version!) • Klokan Technologies Gmbh – Develop software and free license to Portsmouth until 2018 – Own domain • UoP own but this is not promoted – Set certain limitations to use of software • Impossible to narrow search by collection • Maps in portal must be open access: no payment or passwords – Payments for downloads and other value added services OK19th April 2012 4
  • 5. Petr Pridal <>
  • 6. Project goalsThe gateway to high-resolution onlinemaps in libraries around the worldIntuitive search by locationIndexing maps from several institutionsOne click to view the zoomable mapFree to access and open for contributionsAudience: general public, genealogists,historians, researchers, experts
  • 7. How? We want to...Bring online visitors to the websites ofparticipating institutions to view the mapsPromote the map libraries and their contentDo proper crediting: logo and links backStore only minimal metadata & thumbnailsMake it easier to discover the scanned mapsBoost the number of online visits of mapsAllow users to find maps from “deep web”
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  • 9. FundingProject actively developed with the supportfrom JISC (UK) until January 2013Basic maintenance covered until 2018Google Ads to help cover the hosting costsParticipation on a future research projectsfor improvements of the technology andoptimizations of the map management
  • 10. TechnologyBased on the MapRank Search technology in 2010 by Klokan Technologiesfor Swiss project, improvedfor Czech libraries and for David RumseyApplicable on other large metadatacatalogs + geospatial repositories.Details in the article published in D-Lib:doi:10.1045/september2011-oehrli
  • 11. We need your help...Use the system & submit ideas forimprovement and report bugsShare: blog, twitter, facebook, google+We are calling for institutions who wouldlike to include their maps. It is for free.Institutions retain all the rights.Submission of maps from individuals atlater point (technically more problematic)
  • 12. Requirements for inclusionHigh resolution (300dpi+ or 2 Megapixel+)maps with a zoomable viewer onlinePermanent URL with direct access - nopassword or payment requiredMetadata with DublinCore elementssupplied in a spreadsheet (XLS). Later OAI-PMH harvesting.Bounding box (MARC 034, DCMI BOX, ...)
  • 13. Bounding box
  • 14. Bounding box encoding MARC: field 034034: $$dE0055700$$eE0102900$$fN0474800$$gN0454900255: $$cE 5°5700"-E 10°2900"/N 47°4800"-N 45°4900" DublinCore: DCMI BoxDCMI BOX: westlimit=5.9559; southlimit=45.818;eastlimit=10.4921; northlimit=47.8084 ISO 19115 / FGDC
  • 15. BoundingBox ToolBoundingBox Tool: Cataloguing whileholding the physical maps - manualselection of an area(used by Swiss libraries, David Rumsey, ...)Geoparser: Semi-automatic rapid process -with suggestion of the area by analyzingexisting textual metadata.
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  • 17. Georeferencer ToolTurns the scanned maps into geodata/GISSupports true collaborative editing in aweb browser3D visualization (GE) + analysis + overlaysUses volunteers for metadata enrichmentSuccessful pilots in several institutions
  • 18. GeoreferencerSupport for crowdsourcing: Motivation, competition, rewarding, progress indicators, graphs - live widgets to include in the websites of the libraryRuns as a service, no new software in-houseThe scans are displayed from the originalinstitution repository or websites*Integration with the image gallery* (Zoomify, MrSID, Djatoka, IIPImage JPEG2000, ContentDM, DigiTool, Luna, etc.)
  • 19. GeoreferencerTarget: open platform for personal onlineresearch with mapsDevelopment started and continues incollaboration with R&D department ofMoravian Library in Brno, Czech RepublicShared development costs with allparticipating institutionsFuture: Annotations (LinkedData), detectionof duplicates, support of map series, etc.
  • 20. Old Maps ... thank you ... Petr Pridal <>