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

Adam Horan ahoran at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 07:02:37 UTC 2021

"what is it actually doing?"

You use it to correct/align old maps to modern maps. This enables browsing
and overlays of old maps onto modern eg
There's a WMS layer produced that can be shown in JOSM and others, see
https://mapwarper.prov.vic.gov.au/maps/10890#Export_tab . I've no idea on
the legals/copyright involved in utilising the information on these maps in
OSM (even if data was still relevant all these years later)

On Tue, 7 Sept 2021 at 15:36, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>

> 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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