The NLS Historical Maps API - Chris Fleet

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Presentation given at the Geospatial in the Cultural Heritage Domain - Past, Present & Future event in London on 7th March 2012. The event was organised as part of the JISC GECO project.

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The NLS Historical Maps API - Chris Fleet

  1. 1. The NLS Historical Maps API  Background and context  Choice of Maps  Georeferencing  Tools  Standards  Community usage  Sustainability  Top tips Chris Fleet, National Library of Scotland
  2. 2. The NLS Historical Maps API  Background and context  Choice of Maps  Georeferencing  Tools  Standards  Community usage  Sustainability  Top tips
  3. 3. NLS Maps of Scotland websitehttp://maps.nls.uk http://geo.nls.uk
  4. 4. Georeferenced maps
  5. 5. Background: ScotWays Heritage Paths mashup
  6. 6. Background: Gazetteer for Scotland mashup
  7. 7. The NLS Historical Maps API  Background and context  Choice of Maps  Georeferencing  Tools  Standards  Community usage  Sustainability  Top tips
  8. 8. Choice of Maps1:1 million, Great Britain, 1933Quarter-inch to the mile, Scotland, 1921-1923Quarter-inch to the mile, England and Wales,1919-1921One-inch to the mile, Popular edition, Scotland,1920-1930One-inch to the mile, New Popular edition, Englandand Wales, 1945-1947
  9. 9. The NLS Historical Maps API  Background and context  Choice of Maps  Georeferencing  Tools  Standards  Community usage  Sustainability  Top tips
  10. 10. GeoreferencingUsed ArcGIS - followed workflow described at:http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/guides_georeferencingarcgis.html
  11. 11. Tools: MapTiler and Tileserverhttp://www.maptiler.org/ http://www.tileserver.com/
  12. 12. Tiling the world...
  13. 13. Tile Map Services
  14. 14. StandardsThe Historical API maps can be displayed in any web browser using acustomizable JavaScript API based on OpenLayers, or the Google Maps API orMicrosoft Bing Maps SDK - http://nls.tileserver.com/api.js OpenGIS Web Map Tiling Standard (OGC WMTS) http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/54 OSGeo Tile Map Service (OSGEO TMS) http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Tile_Map_Service_Specification Microsoft Bing Maps QuadKey http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb259689.aspx
  15. 15. Launch - May 2010Project homepage: http://geo.nls.uk/maps/api/
  16. 16. The NLS Historical Maps API  Background and context  Choice of Maps  Georeferencing  Tools  Standards  Community usage  Sustainability  Top tips
  17. 17. Usage trends
  18. 18. User Communities : Outdoor LeisureWheres the Path - http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm - 388,000 views
  19. 19. User Communities : Outdoor LeisureOutside Maps Otopia WindowsPhone app
  20. 20. User Communities : Outdoor Leisure
  21. 21. User Communities: Dartmouth Tors
  22. 22. User Communities : Photography
  23. 23. User Communities : Archaeology 1
  24. 24. User Communities: Archaeology 2
  25. 25. User Communities : Local History
  26. 26. User Communities: Family History 1
  27. 27. User Communities: Family History 2 Borders Family History Society - www.bordersfhs.org.uk/
  28. 28. User Communities : Specialist History
  29. 29. User Communities : Road History - SABRE
  30. 30. User Communities : Road History - SABRE
  31. 31. User Communities : Road History - SABRE
  32. 32. User Communities: Historic Buildings
  33. 33. User Communities : Education
  34. 34. User communities - Open Street Map http://maps.openstreetmap.ie/oocmaps.html
  35. 35. NLS usage – Geoserver / Openlayers
  36. 36. NLS usage – GeoReferencer
  37. 37. NLS usage – Mosaic Viewer
  38. 38. NLS usage – Mosaic Viewer
  39. 39. NLS usage – Mosaic Viewer
  40. 40. New NLS Georeferenced Layers - 2012http://geo.nls.uk/search/mosaic/
  41. 41. The NLS Historical Maps API  Background and context  Choice of Maps  Georeferencing  Tools  Standards  Community usage  Sustainability  Top tips
  42. 42. Sustainability• NLS support for API• Usage logging forlarge/commercial users• Google Ads?• New licensed / subscription-based historic layers?
  43. 43. Top tipsDont underestimate how large and diverse the "geo" community isDont overestimate the technical competence of the communityDont underestimate the time required to administer and sustain theapplication properly
  44. 44. The NLS Historical Maps API Thank you! Chris Fleet, National Library of Scotland

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