Old Maps Online: New York Public Library Announcement


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Announcement of the OldMapsOnline Portal from the New York Public Library - AAG 2012 conference.

OldMapsOnline is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world.

It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

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Old Maps Online: New York Public Library Announcement

  1. 1. Petr Pridal <petr.pridal@klokantech.com>
  2. 2. The backgroundComputer Science, developer of open-sourcesoftware for map publishing: MapTiler /GDAL2Tiles, OpenLayers, IIPImage JPEG2000,WebGL Earth, ...The federated map search portal since 2007CEO of a small Swiss company: innovativemapping applications for culture heritage.Contracted development, grants.Clients: British Library, David Rumsey, NLS, ...
  3. 3. Project targetsThe gateway to scanned maps in librariesaround the worldIntuitive search by locationIndexing maps from several institutionsOne click to view the map in high resolutionFree to access and open for contributionsAudience: general public, genealogists,historians, researchers
  4. 4. LIVE DEMOwww.oldmapsonline.org
  5. 5. 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”
  6. 6. TechnologyBased on the MapRank Search technologyhttp://www.mapranksearch.com/Released in 2010 by Klokan Technologiesfor Swiss project Kartenportal.ch, improvedfor Czech libraries and for David RumseyUseful for large metadata catalogs +geospatial repositories.Details in the article published in D-Lib:doi:10.1045/september2011-oehrli
  7. 7. OMO sustainabilityProject actively developed now - untilJanuary 2013. Basic maintenance coveredby JISC until 2018.Google Ads to help cover the hosting costs.Participation on a future research projectsfor improvements of the technology andoptimizations of the tool. Ideas?
  8. 8. How can you help?Use the system & send us 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)
  9. 9. 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, ...)http://project.oldmapsonline.org/contribute
  10. 10. Bounding box
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Bounding Box / GeoparserBoundingBox Tool: Cataloguing ofphysical maps - manual selection of areaon top of an online base map (used byMZK.cz, Swiss libraries, David Rumsey, ...)Geoparser: Semi-automatic process - withsuggestion of the area by analyzingexisting textual metadata. Contact us.http://boundingbox.klokantech.com/
  13. 13. LIVE DEMOboundingbox.klokantech.com
  14. 14. GeoreferencerIt allows to turn the existing online scansinto geodata in a web browserSupport true collaborative editingIt retains log of all operations (a laWikipedia) - you can adjust it with a fewclicks
  15. 15. britishlibrary.georeferencer.comhttp://player.vimeo.com/video/36419466 www.georeferencer.com
  16. 16. Georeferencer3D visualization (Google Earth)Accuracy analysis (MapAnalyst)Bounding Box (metadata enrichment)Institution can internally generate geodata(GeoTIFF)Optional: WMS and WMTS for scannedmaps in libraries. One per revision.
  17. 17. GeoreferencerNo need to install anything in theinstitution or even submit the high resolutionimages!Cloud application - it runs as a service.The scans are hosted only in the originalinstitution digital repository or websites(Zoomify, MrSID, Djatoka, IIPImageJPEG2000, Luna, ContentDM, Omeka,ExLibris, etc.)
  18. 18. GeoreferencerEasy integration with the institution websitewith a simple API and “intelligent links”.Widgets & live data outputs available.
  19. 19. GeoreferencerEnhanced crowdsourcing support:Motivation, competition, rewarding, progressindicators, graphs - live widgets to include inthe websites of the library
  20. 20. GeoreferencerThe British Library Pilot: 720+ maps done inless then a week by online visitors!Dutch Nationaal Archief: closed group of 13volunteers, 650 difficult maps in a monthNational Library of Scotland, first open pilotMZK Czech Republic: students
  21. 21. LIVE DEMO maps.bl.ukcrowdsourcing widgets
  22. 22. GeoreferencerDevelopment started and continues incollaboration with R&D department ofMoravian Library in Brno, CzechRepublic.Target: open platform for personal onlineresearch.Under development: Semantic annotations(LinkedData), URI (Identifiers) withdetection of duplicates and automaticgeoreferencing, map series, etc.
  23. 23. Old Maps Onlinewww.oldmapsonline.org ... thank you ...