[talk-au] FYI Public Records VIC - Map Warper

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 05:36:03 UTC 2021


Interesting, but what is it actually doing?

Is that "correcting" the original maps to align with OSM?

I'm afraid to say that they have a lot to learn about explanatory videos,
or was it only me that was silent, & kept dropping in & out of focus!

Thanks

Graeme


On Tue, 7 Sept 2021 at 14:59, Adam Horan <ahoran at gmail.com> wrote:

> As a group of people interested in Australia, Maps, crowdsourcing and open
> data, I'm going to assume you'll also be interested in Map Warper. It's an
> online tool allowing alignment and rectification of old (any really) maps
> to reality. https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/MapWarper
>
> I've been playing with the version hosted for Public Records Office Vic at
> https://mapwarper.prov.vic.gov.au/
> There's 12091 old maps and plans on the site, some have been rectified,
> and some await rectification.
>
> I've been finding looking at these old maps absolutely fascinating. You
> can see which roads have moved or not, towns that were planned to be much
> larger and have shrunk, roads that have returned to tracks, or disappeared,
> original (Aboriginal sounding) place names that have been retained or lost.
> You can also appreciate the skill and accuracy of the surveyors of 100+
> years ago, there are coastlines and rivers mapped in more detail here than
> in OSM.
>
> Usability is a bit average, but the content is interesting.
>
> Regards,
>
> Adam
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