historical GIS

A map of China with region boundaries in teal.

Where to Find GIS Data for Historical Country Boundaries

Caitlin Dempsey

Finding historical GIS data can be hard to find. Listed here are available sites that offer historical country data in GIS file formats.

Land cover of the area under study in the 1st Military Survey map in the lowland area of Nové Dvory and Zehusice, Czech Republic. Source: Skaloš et al., 2011.

GIS and Modern Research from Historical Maps

Mark Altaweel

While GIS offers a way to digitize detailed historical records and maps, it can also provide a new way to understand history and trends over time.

Where to Look for Historical Maps

Caitlin Dempsey

The use of extracting data from old paper maps is growing in popularity as a method to understanding historical geography. ...

Historical Geography and GIS

Caitlin Dempsey

Historical GIS is the use of GIS data to document the given geography of an area in history.  GIS can ...