http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Project team •Professor Richard Rodger (University of Edinburgh) •Chris Fleet (National Library of Scotland) •Stuart Nicol (University of Edinburgh) •Daniel Henrie (National Library of Scotland)
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/• Objectives of the project;• Outputs;• More detail about the online mapping tools;• Sustainability;• Lessons learned?
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Objectives of the project • To create a set of geo-referenced historical maps of Edinburgh (for student learning purposes); • To reach a broader public (through NLS website); • To develop tools for working with and visualising historical source material; • To develop dynamic maps, graphs and diagrams relating to Edinburgh, so as to further the understanding of 19th and 20th century cities. = Pilot or Proof of Concept Project
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Outputs• Resources: • 25 georeferenced maps of Edinburgh 1765 – 1950 (WMS, TMS and downloadable JPG/JGW). • A suite of digitised boundary polygons (ShapeFiles and KML).• Documented workflows.• Online mapping tools.
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Mapping tools for historians• The website http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/• Aims: • Avoid complicated GIS; • Quick wins for the user – not ‘mission- critical’ accuracy; • Quick wins for the project – small team with minimal specialist IT support;• Relatively heavy reliance on Google APIs.
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Address-based history• Social & economic historians tend to gather a lot of geographic data;• Find it hard to visualise that data geographically;• Looking for patterns – it doesn’t have to be accurate.
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Issues: sustainability & licensing • Google Maps API V2 depricated • Licensing: what are the issues related to batch geocoding from Google? • BatchGeo.com • Lack of control over changes to APIs • Open HTTP or API? • TMS or WMS? Are our resources sustainable?
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Issues: resources & skills • We’ve benefited from partnership with NLS – others don’t have that level of access to maps, skills & infrastructure; • Problem of accessing and preparing maps for other areas; • Who should be taking a lead?
http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/Lessons learned?• We’ve found it useful to engage with commercial free-to-use services & APIs (quick and functional) ...• but aware of the big drawbacks & limitations;• Have successfully engaged researchers and the wider community.