[Talk-GB] [OHM] New York Public Library - Building Inspector

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Fri May 16 18:57:01 UTC 2014


Thanks for you help Tim,

The NYPL code is here:
https://github.com/NYPL/building-inspector/

I'm assuming it's rails as that's mentioned in some of the code commits,
but I don't know any more than that.

Best,
Rob

p.s. The code for vectorizing maps is also on GitHub. Chris has sent me a
couple of GeoTIFs so I'm going to have a go with them this weekend.



On 16 May 2014 12:51, Tim Waters <chippy2005 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I might have some time this weekend to look at the Rails side of things
> (that is, if no one else has made any progress)
>
> Will ping back in a couple of days
>
> Tim
>
>
> On 12 May 2014 21:08, Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi Steven,
>>
>> Thanks for the offer of help. Yesterday I managed to get the NYPL
>> vectorizer working (this is the tool that has a first stab at creating
>> vectors from the map). I did this on a small screenshot of NLS's London
>> maps. I've asked Chris if he could send me a GeoTIF to do a larger scale
>> test.
>>
>> Some of the key areas that I think need addressing:
>>
>> * Improving the automated vectorizer. Currently the vectorizer creates
>> polygons of the inside of buildings (rather than following the wall). For a
>> terraced street this produces a row of detached buildings. Some processing
>> could improve this. I guess this could be done before, after, or both
>> before and after the polygon has been processed by the human volunteers on
>> the website.
>> * The website looks like it's a Rails site. I would need a lot of help
>> with this as it's an area I know very little about.
>>
>> Are you able to help with either of these?
>>
>> Kind regards,
>> Rob
>>
>>
>> On 12 May 2014 16:26, Steven Horner <steven at stevenhorner.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I would be happy to help in anyway and have previously had a
>>> conversation with Chris at NLS regarding helping georeference some of their
>>> maps.
>>>
>>> I had been looking into creating my own historical version of OSM for a
>>> local personal project, when I looked a few weeks ago Open Historical Map
>>> was down and was never very usable before that. It sounds like from the
>>> WIKI things maybe starting to happen, date slider planned, etc.
>>>
>>> regards,
>>> Steven
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM, Rob Nickerson <
>>> rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi All, Historic Map folks,
>>>>
>>>> I have now heard from Chris at National Library of Scotland (NLS). He
>>>> is very supportive* of the idea of using something similar to the NYPL
>>>> Building Inspector software and website for digitizing some of NLS's
>>>> historic maps. As NYPL have made all their software Open Source, it should
>>>> be relatively easy to roll this out with NLS's (or other) maps.
>>>>
>>>> Who's interested in getting involved? You lot set the pace of this :-D
>>>>
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Rob
>>>>
>>>> * NLS would be able to supply the scanned and geo-rectified maps. As
>>>> with everyone else their ability to do any more is limited by their level
>>>> of funding. This should not be a problem as we can self host the website.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>
>
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