The School of History, Classics and Archaeology, under Professor Richard Roger, is running a 3-year project AHRC-funded to create bring together historical data about the city, from census and public and private records, and develop digital mapping resources of modern and historic edinburgh to support analysis, visualisation and communication of this information.
A key element of the project has been to invest in ‘upgrading’ the central Edinburgh data in crowdsourced mapping project OpenStreetmap, using historical maps, and by ‘walking the streets’ and running crowdsourcing events. Now the modern map is largely complete, the team is recruiting volunteers to help incorporate historic datasets into the project databases.
The project team will develop a variety of ‘open source’ tools – free to all members of the public – and these will make it possible for anyone to map historical data.
The project builds upon the previous Visualising Urban Geographies project and is led by Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History.
Project Home Page MESH
Project description AHRC website
In the press: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/