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Creating A Public Space For Georeferencing Sanborn Maps: A Louisiana Case Study, Adam Cox Jul 2022

Creating A Public Space For Georeferencing Sanborn Maps: A Louisiana Case Study, Adam Cox

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As institutional archives digitize their historical map collections and make them publicly available online, new methods for engaging with these materials emerge. Georeferencing the maps transforms their content from static images to dynamic map overlays, and allows for the extraction of geographic data like building footprints or place name coordinates. Many organizations have turned to crowdsourcing to georeference their large holdings, and this thesis approaches crowdsourced georeferencing from the perspective of participatory heritage, taking much inspiration from the idea of the archival commons. To test these ideas, a new extension was created for GeoNode—an open source geospatial content management system—that …