Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System (GBHGIS)


This part of our site provides access to articles we have written about aspects of the GIS. These articles have been written over a long period. They describe the GIS and our plans at the time they were written. We are not attempting to update them.

Ian Gregory and Humphrey Southall, "The Great Britain Historical GIS" (April 2000). [Acrobat (.pdf) - 553 KB Tue, 21 Sep 2004 16:49:00 BST]

This article describes the original historical GIS in pretty much its final form. Our new system incorporates pretty much all the boundary data from the original system, so the description of how the historical boundaries were researched and computerised is still very relevant.

Humphrey Southall, "Towards a simplified GBH system" (January 2002) [Acrobat (.pdf) - 223 KB Tue, 21 Sep 2004 16:56:00 BST]

This "road map" was written for internal use by the project, based on a brain-storming session in December 2001 which came up with a new architecture for the project. Some of the ideas here have yet to be implemented, such as linking to ECAI's TimeMap system. Others were very vague: for example, what turned out to be six database tables called the Data Documentation System is simply a cloud called "DDI". However, the project has implemented pretty much the system described here.

Humphrey Southall, "Great Britain Historical Gazetteer/GIS" (January 2003) [Acrobat (.pdf) - 556 KB Tue, 21 Sep 2004 17:01:00 BST]

This paper is a detailed description of the first prototype of our core gazettter, written primarily for an audience interested in gazetteers and placename authorities. It says little about the system's spatial capabilities, which were then largely lacking, and many detailed changes have since been made to the gazetteer. For example, our system for recording the language of placenames is now based on published standards.

Paula Aucott, Alex von Lünen, Humphrey Southall et al., "Qviz Administrative Unit Ontology Report" (April 2008) [Acrobat (.pdf) - 4081KB Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:33:00 BST]

This report details the work done to create an administrative unit ontology for the States of Europe, including detailed histories of administrative units in Great Britain, Sweden and Estonia, which acts as the framework behind the QVIZ user interface. It is also the framework used as the basis for the gazetteer behind A Vision of Britain through Time.