FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis Engages
East View Cartographic to Digitize Historical Maps
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - July 31, 2007 - East View Cartographic (EVC) recently
delivered the latest in a series of digitization projects for Harvard University’s Center for Geographic
Analysis. The most recent project involved creating a vector data set derived from over 50 ethno-linguistic
maps of the African continent. This project will give teachers, students and researches broader access to
these unique and rare materials and decrease the need to access special collections.
EVC has worked with the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University to develop many of their paper
map collections into accurate and accessible digital databases. Projects include feature extraction from
standard topographic maps, vectorizing and georeferencing multi-source historical maps into seamless vector
data sets for Europe and Africa, and creating a spatially accurate digital representation of a set of Civil
War era maps.
For such custom projects EVC creates itemized project schedules that include recommendations on the best
way to create consistently high-quality digital data from historical maps which often require unique approaches.
EVC’s GIS expertise allows for the creation of seamless vector data sets from unusual source materials, such
as maps of the Roman Empire for an undergraduate course, that do not follow a standard grid or share a standard
projection and datum. The final results of projects like these are digital databases that provide researchers
and students easier access to valuable data that can be used in many more applications university-wide.