Digital Compilation and Publishing of a 16th-Century Copperplate Map

Monday, July 3
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall C

Renaissance Lyon: Le Plan Scénographique c. 1544-1550 ( is an interactive, dynamic website that enables visitors to explore a 2.5 gigapixel digital image of "Le Plan Scénographique de Lyon" (c. 1550) a giant, detailed 25-sheet axonometric scenic portrait of Lyon, France I compiled in 2014 from photographs published in 1990 and optimized for viewing. The website will utilize cutting-edge technology to frame the map within it's historical, geographical, cartographic, artistic and sociological contexts. Through the application of new theories of digital user interaction, community outreach and user participation, Renaissance Lyon will provide public and scholarly audiences with dynamic and meaningful access to historical materials, as well as help audiences explore and interpret those materials both from a historical and a modern perspective.
External links to published portions of the project:
• Renaissance Lyon (accompanying blog) []
o Le Plan Scénographique de Lyon, c. 1544-1550 (beta) – allows exploration of a 2.5 gigapixel image compilation of a 25-sheet copperplate map of Lyon France []
o Comparison of Original 1544-1550 Map with Four Historical Derivatives (beta) []
o High Resolution 3D flyover video of the map (published to YouTube) []

Andrew G. Taylor

Associate Curator, Visual Resources and Image Technology
Rice University

I am a database librarian and imaging expert.
I have created my own “Spatial Humanities” publishing projects, documenting them on my WordPress blog (, and presenting them to conference audiences. These projects all focus on publishing audience-focused dynamic visualizations that serve as access points for users to engage with a subject.
You can view my various projects on my blog,
My primary focus has always been utilizing visualization technology to better communicate information.


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