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GeoCensus and Map View

Map-based access to the Census database and display of search results on Google Maps.

It was already in 2006 that the visualisation of location entries of the Census database on Google Maps has been realised by the TELOTA initiative of the BBAW within the “Project of the month” as a pilot scheme. In January 2011, the complete integration of a map-based access to the database (“GeoCensus”) has been effected in the course of the update of the software of the database. Simultaneously, the option to have particular search results displayed on Google Maps (“Map View”) is introduced. The programming of this new component was made possible thanks to financial support by the cluster of excellence “Topoi”.

Archaeologists or art historians researching on the classical tradition are now provided with new perspectives particularly regarding the fate of “mobile” antique monuments in the Renaissance period and beyond. Thus, sculptures, today scattered all over the world in museums and collections, can be easily traced back to their places of finding. Academic research on collections of antiques may gain new impulses by the graphic visualisation of the numerous disparate and frequently random information on the whereabouts of monuments in different families, houses or countries.

The map-based overview of the geographic distribution of post-antique documents as well the places of birth and death of persons listed in the database can also inspire the user to raise new questions.

The “GeoCensus” offers a completely new way to scientists and amateurs to enter into the comprehensive material stored in the database. Without being forced to follow a specific, predefined query, one can have monuments, documents and persons displayed on a Google map and thus find an intuitional approach to the individual records.

GeoCensus

GeoCensus_klein By means of a single or combined selection of the checkboxes, all location entries of the categories “Current Monument Locations” (Marker_Location), “Former Monument Locations” (Marker_FormLocation), “Document Locations” (Marker_Document), “Birthplaces” (Marker_Birth) and “Places of Death” (Marker_Death) available in the database can be visualised on a Google map.

One can modify the search by entering a location name in the full-text searchfield. Like in the regular “Location Search” care has to be taken that the names from the level of regions downwards have to be entered in local language (e. g. “Italy”, but: “Toscana” and “Roma”). Moreover, the search result can be limited by selecting the “Location Type”.

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On the map, the locations are marked with different-coloured balloons with which “speech bubbles” containing the name of the place as well as the corresponding monuments, documents or persons as clickable links can be opened, in order to provide the accustomed free browsing through all areas of the Census database.

Map View

In the data sets “Antique Monuments”, “Post-Antique Documents”, “Person” and “Location” the option “Map View” is offered in addition to the already existing views “Tree”, “List” and “Mini”.

This offers the opportunity to present on a Google Map the result sets of simple and advanced queries in these categories. On the maps the locations are marked with different-coloured balloons with which “speech bubbles” containing the name of the place as well as the corresponding monuments, documents or persons as clickable links can be opened.

Antique Monuments

GeoCensus_AntMon_CurrLoc_klein With the view option “Map: Current Location(s)” the current locations of the monuments registered in the search result are shown on a Google Map and tagged with a dark blue balloon. Please note that the monuments whose current whereabouts are unknown (the entry in “Location” is “untraced”) are not shown, although they are part of the search result.

 

 

GeoCensus_AntMon_FormLoc_kleinWith the view option “Map: Former Location(s)” all former locations of the monuments registered in the search results are shown on a current Google map, marked with a light blue balloon. The corresponding “speech bubbles” contain links to monuments together with the dating of their storage at the respective place, according to the documentation “Provenance History” in the Census. Not for all monuments information on their provenance are available, and the monuments with various former depositories are displayed several times.

The display option “Map: All Location(s)” combines the aforementioned views on one map.

Post-Antique Documents

GeoCensus_Doc_klein With the view option “Map” the current locations of the documents included in the search result are shown on a Google Map marked with a red balloon. Please note that documents, whose current location is unknown (the entry in “Location” is “untraced”), are not displayed in “Map View”, although they are part of the search result.

 

 

Person

GeoCensus_Person_klein With the view option “Map: Birthplace(s) the birthplaces of the persons included in the search result are shown on a Google Map, marked with a yellow balloon. Please note that persons whose birthplace is unknown (the entry in “Location” is consequently “untraced”) are not displayed in “Map View”, although they are part of the search result.

With the view option “Map: Place(s) of Death” all places of death of the persons included in the search result are shown on a Google Map, marked with an orange balloon. Please note that places of death, as far as they are known, have been listed in the database only recently and older data sets on persons will be gradually supplemented with these information.

The view option “Map: All Places” combines the two aforementioned views on one map.

Location

GeoCensus_Loc_klein With the view option “Map” the locations included in the current search result are shown, marked with a purple balloon.

Kontakt / Contact

Sitz / office:
Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin
2. OG / second floor
tel.: ++ 49-30-20 93 66 250
fax: ++ 49-30-20 93 66 251

census@census.de

Anschrift / postal address:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte / Census
Unter den Linden 6
D - 10099 Berlin

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