Automating the Archive: Building uOttawa’s Historical Topographic Map Index

Sarah Simpkin, Bibliothécaire spécialisée en SIG et géographie / GIS and Geography Librarian, Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa

In spring 2013, staff at the Geographic, Statistical and Government Information Centre (GSG) at the University of Ottawa embarked on a project to digitize a collection of 600+ Canadian topographic maps dating from 1907-1959. Our priorities were twofold: (1) to create a web index of our holdings to establish coverage; (2) to automate the process of georeferencing the maps in order to increase their versatility in future projects. This presentation will provide an update on the project, introduce the tools we are using, and hopefully encourage a dialogue about similar initiatives across the country.