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Sharing my experience of setting up a sustainable technical development infrastructure compliant with university standards

This week I have been working towards obtaining a virtual server/virtual machine on which we can develop our tools. The aim is to have an infrastructure which will be technically and financially sustainable following the completion of the project and … Continue reading

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Defence of Britain Dataset: About the data we are using part 3

Defence of Britain Dataset: About the data we are using part 3 One of the datasets we are including in the tools is the Defence of Britain data set collected by the Council for British Archaeology and stored in the Archaeology data … Continue reading

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Work continues on the licence agreement

Over the last few months I have been working with a colleague Kate Charles here at the University of Portsmouth  along with the Licensing Team at The National Archives  to ensure that the tools we are developing can use the digital scans … Continue reading

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Creating digital maps from paper maps – Georeferencing

This blog post summarises how we are transforming paper maps of from the Bomb Census into interactive digital maps through a process known as geo-referencing. We start with scanned paper map which is stored as a digital image that is … Continue reading

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OpenSource Technical Infrastructure: PostGIS, Geoserver and Django …

The technologies underpinning Stepping Into Time will take advantage of free or low cost computing resources and open-source software now prevalent in web and app development. The final technical infrastructure is being finalised but this post summarises the fundamental components. Server … Continue reading

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About the data we are using (part 2): The Bomb Maps

This post describe in more details the two different types of bomb maps that we will be using in our tools: Aggregate maps of nightly Bomb Drops during the period October 7th, 1940 to 6th June, 1941 (archive record: HO193/13) [35 Map Sheets] … Continue reading

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About the data we are using (part 1): How we selected the archive map data to use

To develop a manageable set of data  we had to select from a vast array of archive information. This blog post describes the process of narrowing the focus by selecting a time period, a region and a sub-set of maps. … Continue reading

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Presentation to JISC GeoCultures Event, Localising Wartime Past: London’s Blitz

For those of you that missed the event a few weeks ago – here  is an introduction to the project that I presented at the JISC Geco Geocultures event in the beginning of March 2012. Localising Wartime Past: London’s Blitz … Continue reading

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Developing Wireframes for Blitz Bomb Census Website

This post summarises the development of an initial wireframe for the Stepping Into Time project. The very first user described the wireframe as , “familiar and intuitive” and provided a few points for further consideration. The wire frame that has been developed is … Continue reading

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Review of Geocultures event – Geospatial in heritage domain

Some great projects presented their work yesterday at the JISC GECO geocultures event which explored the exploitation of through geographical approaches and the types of tools and techniques that can be used with geo-referenced/geotagged content. Here is a brief summary … Continue reading

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