[Talk-GB] [OHM] Fwd: Aerial Photographs

Andy Robinson ajrlists at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 15:28:01 UTC 2013

Hi Mikel, should have some more info on the Sheffield holding (photos and
description) either over the w/e or in a weeks time. I'm expecting them to
be mostly boxed sets and the coverage mainly focussed on northern England.

Useful to know about your Bodelian experience.





From: Mikel Maron [mailto:mikel_maron at yahoo.com] 
Sent: 05 April 2013 16:20
To: Steve Doerr; Historic at openstreetmap.org; Talk-GB at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [OHM] Fwd: [Talk-GB] Aerial Photographs


Amazing. Sounds like a similar cache to what's held at Bodelian in Oxford.
This collection of images was acquired by RAF over British Colonies, and
other nations, in order to make ordnance survey maps. There's over 500K
images there. I've explored it once, and
found/scanned/composited/georeferenced/tiled Nairobi from 1961. As it was
just 50 years, it was out of copyright (copyright in the case of these
images is presumably owned by the country they were acquired in, even if
they were then a colony).


Did a short presentation on this a couple weeks ago.



My thinking around next step was something like a Kickstarter to do 10 more
global, out of copyright cities, and build a site to start distributing and
promoting the imagery.


It's really amazing stuff, a time machine. Excited to see what's  in the
Sheffield cache. Also, we might be able to ask for guidance on storage from
the Bodelian, they were very helpful when I was working with the archive.




* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron


From: Steve Doerr <doerr.stephen at gmail.com>
To: "Historic at openstreetmap.org" <Historic at openstreetmap.org> 
Sent: Friday, April 5, 2013 6:08 AM
Subject: [OHM] Fwd: [Talk-GB] Aerial Photographs


Given the 'historic' nature of this material, I thought I would copy this


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[Talk-GB] Aerial Photographs


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Andy Robinson  <mailto:ajrlists at gmail.com> <ajrlists at gmail.com>


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Sheffield University has some surplus aerial imagery that could be available
to us if we wish to have it. Its described as a considerable collection
(amounting to around 6 filling
cabinets) of UK (mostly England, and mainly northern England) black & white
9" x 9" photographic prints, dating from around WWII to the early 1980s.
There are a few index sheets, many of the boxed sets are labelled.
I've asked for some more details so that we might consider storage
requirements (They are currently temporarily stored in a garage but need to
be in a dry low humidity room really) and should get some photos of what it
all looks like in the next few days.
In the meantime two questions for UK OSMers:
1. Do you think this is a resource that we should go for and build upon as a
sub-project within OSM?
2. How should we best deal with physical storage until such time as items
can be digitised. The question about what to do with documents (same applies
to all the map sheets I have) after digitising can be left till a later
I'm less worried about scanning and managing the files now as I have
sufficient scanning equipment to cover most bases and disk space attached to
an OSM sever doesn't appear to be an issue. We would need to come up with
tools and methods of turning them into a seamless mosaic but I'm sure given
the task there's a workable solution for that too.
All thoughts, suggestions and offers welcome.
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