Irmela HERZOG, Germany | May 9, 2018 | 10:00 am

Invitation to the round table “Limits and potentials of digitizing historical maps and plans for archaeological research

(© Irmela Herzog)

The round table was instigated by two incidents in the year 2017:
1. The acquisition of a scanner allowing to deal with sheets up to a size of DIN A0 at the Rhineland Commission for Archaeological Monuments and Sites. The scanner automatically corrects the tilt of the plan and is very fast. After deciding on scan resolution, file name structure and file formats, a workflow was defined consisting of plan selection, recording the plan’s metadata, scanning the plan, and establishing the relationship between scan file in the document management system and the corresponding record of the sites and monuments data base. A subsequent workflow deals with the vectorization of selected excavation plans. The latter workflow is very time consuming and only executed in special cases.

After selecting a plan, the name of the plan (corresponding to the file name after the scan) is written on the plan. (© Irmela Herzog)

(© Irmela Herzog)

2. When searching the web for historical maps of the Caribbean island of Curaçao, my co-author and I came across several online map archives, one of these relies on volunteers to provide the rectification.These incidents are evidence of progress in the digitization of both historical maps in general and plans in the archives of archaeological institutions. If you want to share your experience concerning this topic or if you want to learn more about this, please come to the round table!

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