[Talk-GB] Fwd: Re: More old OS maps
richard at systemeD.net
Thu Nov 9 09:01:39 GMT 2006
(think this was meant to go to the list)
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Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 19:01:49 +0000
From: Ron Wellsted <ron at wellsted.org.uk>
Reply-To: ron at wellsted.org.uk
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] More old OS maps
To: Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemeD.net>
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Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> Nick W wrote:
>> Time to start gathering the maps in readiness for them going out of
> (and Andy said something similar in private e-mail, suggesting a fund)
> Hm. I wonder if an OSM initiative to scan privately-owned map
> collections, and store the scans, could work.
> Acquiring the maps is probably best left up to individuals (though
> we could compare notes on "what's missing" through the wiki), but
> the economics of document scanning bureaux make a lot more sense if
> you pay for 100 documents at once rather than just one or two.
> But 7,000 plus "a lot more" 25in scans, at £1 per scan, is probably
> too much for us to contemplate fund-raising in the near future - not
> to mention Nick B's points about scale and hosting.
> Probably best not to take up this opportunity, then - but it seems a shame...
A similar project has been undertaken by the FreeBDM project
http://www.freebmd.org.uk/, admittedly with commercial sponsorship. The
FreeBMD project are working on transcribing all freely available Birth,
Marriage and Death records for the UK. It may be worth discussing with
some of the project co-ordinators how they approached the project.
It seems a great pity to miss this opportunity to obtain a large amount
of valuable background data of which a reasonable percenatge is stil valid.
ron at wellsted.org.uk http://www.wellsted.org.uk
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