[Talk-GB] Updates from National Library of Scotlad

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 11:27:29 UTC 2014


One small but immediate benefit I found, regarding names. In East
London there's an area called Globe Town, and recently I've been
wondering how to place it, since it doesn't have much of an official
existence. Luckily, it is at least labelled on the historic OS map, so
I used it to help locate the place=* marker.


2014-10-03 23:54 GMT+01:00 Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com>:
> Hi All,
> NLS have been a keen contributor to OpenStreetMap and continue to provide
> historic maps for use in both OpenStreetMap and OpenHistoricMap. Their most
> recent updates include 1:1,250 scale covering central London and Edinburgh
> (1940s-60s) which include house numbers, and 1:10,560 maps for England &
> Wales (1888 to 1913).
> Although these maps are all historic they are still of significant benefit
> to OpenStreetMap especially in regards to public rights of way mapping (with
> survey), names of hills, streams, etc, and checking the house numbers that
> you have collected via survey.
> I've copied a recent email from Chris at NLS below.
> Regards
> Rob
> p.s. If you find these maps useful, please tell me how you're using them so
> I can feed this back to Chris at the NLS.
> ---
> We’ve put several thousand more maps online in the last few months – most
> notably of interest for the OSM community an ongoing project to scan and
> georeference 1940s-1960s large-scale Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain.
> Our initial pilot projects have been of Edinburgh and London at 1:1,250
> scale – there are sheets and georeferenced layers available at:
> http://maps.nls.uk/os/national-grid/index.html However, we have definite
> plans to move on and georeference the greater London area, moving on
> afterwards to the south-east of England in the next few months.
> In Edinburgh, we have been collaborating with Eric Grosso and other OSM
> folk. Eric is using our 1950s Edinburgh layer as a way of creating a set of
> OSM historical layers for Edinburgh as part of the MESH project:
> http://www.mesh.ed.ac.uk/ This is a different approach from the NYPL
> vectoriser, but with a similar aim – essentially using good modern OSM
> content as a base for working back in time with good georeferenced
> historical mapping.
> In August we also put online a layer of Ordnance Survey six-inch (1:10,560)
> georeferenced mapping for England and Wales for a century ago
> http://maps.nls.uk/os/6inch-england-and-wales/index.html
> As you know, we are always keen for our layers to be used by the OSM
> community – I’ve added all these new layers and tile addresses to the OSM
> wiki page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/National_Library_of_Scotland
> As always too, if you think any of these new georeferenced layers would be
> of interest to others in the OSM community, I’d be very grateful if you
> could pass details on.
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