Maps and views blog

07 April 2020

Georeferencing through Self-isolation

As many of you will be stuck indoors over the coming weeks, why not think about contributing to the British Library Georeferencer project, we'd be very grateful for your time! The app has recently been upgraded with a lovely new user interface and there are still more than 5000 maps from the Flickr collection to be georeferenced. Georeferencing is a fun way to while away some of the free hours and is tremendously worthwhile activity for the British Library and beyond. The resulting maps help improve the British Library's catalogue records and are invaluable to projects like Layers of London and Living with Machines.

For those of you who are missing the commute into work, there are some interesting transport maps that have already been Georeferenced. One location that many British Library colleagues ordinarily see on a day-to-day basis is St Pancras station, depicted prior to its redevelopment in this map:

Georef blog pic 1

Here is a lovely Goad Fire Insurance plan of Bristol Temple Meads with details of arches under the roadway and tram infrastructure:

 

Georef blog pic 2

Finally this wonderful plan of Glasgow Central station illustrates the close relationship between the station and the surrounding buildings beautifully:

Georef blog pic 3

Can you find any more? https://britishlibrary.georeferencer.com/api/v1/density

Blog written by Gethin Rees