Digitization of rural mircotoponyms

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Digitization of rural mircotoponyms

  1. 1. Dimito Digitization of rural mircotoponyms Douwe Zeldenrust
  2. 2. Geographical Information System (GIS)
  3. 3. Dimito <ul><li>Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>1 year 1 fte </li></ul><ul><li>5 months 1 fte </li></ul>
  4. 4. Index cards
  5. 5. Index cards <ul><li>200.000 </li></ul><ul><li>OCR not possible </li></ul><ul><li>Incomplete </li></ul><ul><li>Vague </li></ul><ul><li>No coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>Collected between 1948 and 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Books and archieves </li></ul>
  6. 6. Field name maps
  7. 7. Field name maps <ul><li>1749 </li></ul><ul><li>Highly diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Various scales </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly without a date </li></ul><ul><li>Not all toponyms are located on field name maps </li></ul><ul><li>Not all toponyms on the field name maps are on the index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy is an illusion </li></ul>
  8. 8. Database field name maps
  9. 9. Literature <ul><li>R. Rentenaar (2002): “The more special categories in the sources relevant to toponymy include those created by the onmasticians themselves, such as records, questionnaires and field name maps. In theory, these are the most reliable sources that a researcher could wish for. After all, the information has been recorded straight from the mouths of the users with the sole aim of obtaining the purest possible toponymical data. All the same, it can do no harm to exercise caution. Memories can change over the years (...).” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dimito <ul><li>Digitization of a unique source </li></ul>
  11. 11. Digitization <ul><li>Database MapInfo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange information with other GIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>27 fields (three groups) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Field name maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TIFF and/or JPEG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300 dpi </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Database <ul><li>Index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Field name maps </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul>
  13. 13. Database <ul><li>Index cards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text rear index card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placename </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>X-coordinate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Y-coordinate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>URL Image front index card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>URL Image rear index card </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Field name maps </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul>
  14. 14. Database <ul><li>Index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Field name maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identification number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kloeke number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toponym </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main index card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Titel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field name map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placename </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Province </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>URL Image field name map </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul>
  15. 15. Database <ul><li>Index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Field name maps </li></ul><ul><li>Administratief </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data processor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remarks </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Field name maps <ul><li>Scan </li></ul><ul><li>Georeferencing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MapInfo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>X - en Y coordinate toponyms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>URL </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Georeferencing
  18. 18. Index card
  19. 19. Field name map
  20. 20. Georeferencing
  21. 21. Georeferencing
  22. 22. Georeferencing
  23. 23. Georeferencing
  24. 24. Georeferencing
  25. 25. Database
  26. 27. Historical soil use of the Netherlands in 1900
  27. 28. Knowledge Infrastructure Cultural History (KICH)
  28. 29. Conclusion <ul><li>Digitization is possible </li></ul><ul><li>Research is possible </li></ul><ul><li>There is a lot of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot => Project </li></ul>
  29. 30. Q & A

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