Working with Historical Maps

Map Mashup


Maps are used by researchers in many different fields and map collections are increasingly being digitised and made available online. Contemporary mapping technologies afford lots of new opportunities to work with maps, but using historical maps often means working without geolocation data and GIS. 

This workshop will explore the potential of historical maps for research, the issues and challenges that historic maps present, and how you can make the most out of the mapping resources that the University of Edinburgh provides access to. 

This practical session will focus on using the Digimap historic mapping service - which allows you to select, view, annotate and print/download historical Ordnance Survey maps from Landmark Information Group for use in graphics, GIS or CAD software – to address research questions. 

There will be opportunities to discuss and get advice about your own ideas and projects towards the end of the workshop. 

This is a beginner level workshop. No previous knowledge on the topic is required/expected and the trainer will cover the basics of the method. 

Those who have registered to take part will receive an email with full details and a link to join the session in advance of the start time. 

If you’re new to this training event format, or to CDCS training events in general, read more on what to expect from CDCS training. Here you will also find details of our cancellation and no-show policy, which applies to this event. 

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