Cartographic Heritage into the Digital

Cartoheritage on the Web

5711.1 - Old Maps, Photographs, Ancestral Trees and 3D Models of Czech Castles, Chateaux and Manors within Web Map Application

Wednesday, July 5
4:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Hoover

Chateaux and castles are an important part of cultural heritage in the Czech Republic. Chateaux, manors and their surrounding landscapes have gone through important changes incurred by social, industrial and proprietary changes over the last two centuries. There are many historical sources such as maps, plans, photos, scenic views and text documenting the state of art from chateaux, castles and manors in the past.

The aim of our project is to put together all available old maps and plans as well as historical photographs of selected objects within one web mapping application. Two years ago at Rio de Janeiro we presented overview of the project supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, which focuses on 60 selected chateaux and castles, all within property owned by the government of the Czech Republic and under the administration of the National Heritage Institute.

After four years of the project we are in the final phase. Data of all 60 objects were processed and are available within web map application. Old maps were georeferenced, and in particular areas vectorized. Our data model is focused not only on the map itself, like traditionally used in historical geography, but we try to connect digitized map with much other non-spatial material. Historians are very pleased with design of such application.

We would like to present final web map application which shows how important is the role of cartographer when presenting historical material such as maps, images, photographs, or ancestral trees in spatial context. Geocoded linked digital data offer much information about historical state of landscape. The application allows overlaying of various raster as well as vector layers from different times and also includes old photographs comparing them with up to date photographs. In addition, 3D procedural modelling and presentation of 3D scenes is linked with traditional 2D data.

Our contribution could be resolved as typical case-study. On the other hand, we are working on the usage of the latest technologies in the field of historical geography. For example, our approach of 3D modelling uses procedural languages for urban areas, photographs are localized and they are used in 3D scenes as well. Humanities are not usually familiar with these technologies, but our project shows, that they can help in historical research based on spatial location.

Our aim is to work on the creation of mobile application, which could be useful for users while visiting historical places. User issues of our application could be very interesting topic for upcoming research.

Jiri Cajthaml

associate professor
Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

Jiri Cajthaml holds PhD in Geodesy and Cartography (2007) from Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). Currently he works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Geomatics of CTU. He is a member of Board of Czech cartographic society and represents Czechia in ICC Commission on cartographic heritage into the digital.

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Jiri Krejci

Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU in Prague

His research is focused on old maps, their processing and ways of online publication of maps supplemented by old views, photographs and other documents. He cooperated in various research projects dealing particularly with old maps and plans of Prague, other towns, chateaux and domains.

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Pavel Tobias

Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU in Prague

PhD student

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Tomas Janata

Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, CTU in Prague

He mainly focuses on geospatial data processing and analyses. As a part of an interdisciplinary research team he also deals with historical iconographic sources of the Czech lands and their processing. He teaches several courses thematically connected with digital cartography and geographic information systems.

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Mátyás Gede

Senior lecturer
Eötvös Loránd University

Mátyás Gede is a senior lecturer at the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His main fields of interest are globe digitising, virtual globes, webcartography and map projections. He is the vice chair of the ICA Commission on Cartographic Heritage into the Digital.

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