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Bomb Sight presentation for Geomob London

Information about the Bomb Sight project (, mapping the World War 2 Blitz Bomb Census. Presented at Geomob London on 7th February 2013.

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Bomb Sight presentation for Geomob London

  1. 1. Dan Karran @dankarran@BombSightUK
  2. 2. Andrew Kate Jasia Dan Patrick Janes Jones Warren Karran Weber Project Project Mobile Web Advisor, Director, Graphic Developer, Developer,The National University of Designer Geobits Location Insights Archives Portsmouth
  3. 3. source: Blitz Walkers
  4. 4. The Project•Mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7 October 1940 and 6th June 1941•Maps previously only available in the Reading Room at The National Archives•Making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students wanting to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period
  5. 5. Main Features•Creating digital maps of the bomb census•Creating bomb location data (CC-BY-NC)•Spatial analysis within different boundaries•Combining with geolocated stories and photos•Creating web-mapping application•Creating a mobile application
  6. 6. ©Crown Copyright, National Archives HO 193/13
  7. 7. ©Crown Copyright, National Archives HO 193/01
  8. 8. ©OpenStreetMap, CC-By-SA
  9. 9. ©OpenStreetMap, CC-By-SA
  10. 10. source: Imperial War Museum (non-commercial licence)
  11. 11. source: The Register
  12. 12. ©Crown Copyright, National Archives
  13. 13. Technology•PostGIS•GeoServer (map tiles & WFS with GeoJSON)•Django•Leaflet•OpenStreetMap•Bootstrap
  14. 14. Mobile Technology•Android•Phonegap / Cordova•Leaflet•Wikitude Augmented Reality
  15. 15. Project Outcomes• Georeferenced bomb maps, digital record of national importance• Final data shared with The National Archives; reduce use of the original maps and aid their preservation• Opening up maps – increasing accessibility; remove need for specialist skills to prepare and process data; only need to do things once• Geographic framework for study of impact of bombing; aiding understanding of social/economic impact, post WW2• Augmented reality app not just for academic use; the power of geography
  16. 16. Still to Come•Download datasets for non-commercial use (Spring)•Tutorials on using the site (Summer)•iOS mobile app•& more work... (if we can find funding)
  17. 17. @BombSightUK@dankarran