Vladimir N. Vladimirov
(Faculty of History, Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia)
Creating a Repository of Computerized Maps:
Digitizing an Atlas of Tsarist Russia.
of computerized maps of the Tsarist Russia
is being created at Altai State University. The main idea
of the project is the creation of a comparatively new type of
historical data: computer-produced historical maps of the
territories of the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 20th
century and their diffusion into the scientific community.
The importance of computer-supported cartography has been
growing very rapidly as historians have turned to personal
computers and various computer techniques. At present large
quantities of historical cartographic data have been created
in West Europe, North America, Australia; similar projects
dealing with the history of particular regions and countries
are being pursued. Working out theoretical, methodical, and
applied problems dealing with generating computerized historical
maps and putting them into scientific circulation considerably
broadens the set of instruments available to a historian-researcher.
a sufficient number of printed archival sources
which can be used as the basis for computer mapping of Russian
history. Since the second half of the 19th century there has
been published various cartografic material including physical,
economic, and political data. Our project aims at bringing to
light, collecting, and analysing existing historical maps and
basic sources for to machine-readable production.
the capabilities of the Atlas*GIS-system. The
administrative borders of the Tsarist Empire in beginning of the
20th century were digitized. Different historical maps are
created on this basis. These maps are linked to questions
of demography and migration of population, economic and
social history, politics, and culture.