Reconstructing historical rural addresses with VGI and digitized aerial photography

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This paper describes an attempt to develop a historical GIS of farms with metadata from digitized aerial photography. With the current effort of mass digitization, wide ranges of new data sources are becoming available to historical scholars. However, for these digital sources to be included in new scholarship, a prerequisite is the research infrastructure necessary to process them. Our project has examined how metadataon digitized aerial photography,generated by volunteers in the Royal Danish Library’s crowdsourcing effort, might provide a short cut to historical GIS infrastructure, which would otherwise require significant resources to build. As part of the digitization of thousands of aerial photographs of rural properties, the library had the help of volunteers to geo-locate each photograph. As each photograph often represented a single property, the data points and their metadata are representative of a certain address. This paper outlines the steps we took to develop the raw material into adataset containing locations of historical rural addresses.Based on a pilot study of a limited area, we discuss the quality and accuracy of the data resulting from our approach. We found that the overall quality of data extracted is acceptable compared withthetraditional approach of manuallyplotting in farm-localities by hand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDHN 2019 Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries : Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 4th Conference
EditorsCostanza Navarretta, Manex Agirrezabal, Bente Maegaard
Number of pages7
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries - Faculty of Humanities - University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 6 Mar 20198 Mar 2019
Conference number: 4


Conference4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries
LocationFaculty of Humanities - University of Copenhagen
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SeriesCEUR Workshop Proceedings

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