With funding from the City’s Chief Digital Officer and in collaboration with the City’s GIS and Open Data teams, there is now a Vanmap layer made from a mosaic of plates from Goad’s 1912 Fire Insurance Plan. You can find it in Vanmap’s Aerial Imagery category. The data has also been released as part of the City’s Open Data Catalogue. Cropping and georectification of the scanned images was done by McElhanney.
The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Heritage Foundation, City of Vancouver Archives and Heritage Vancouver will host#HeritageReboot, a fun, hands-on free public event that combines modern technology with heritage conservation.
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1pm to 4:30pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, Engine 374 Pavilion, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie and Pacific)
1 pm – Event launch followed by cake-cutting
1 pm – 4:30 pm – City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan Open House
1:30 – 4:30 pm – Public welcome to experience and use the technology
2:45 pm – 4:15pm – Tours of Yaletown and Engine 374
The event will officially launch four initiatives that use digital technology to open up Vancouver’s heritage in new ways for everyone:
The City of Vancouver’s new online platform for public nominations to Vancouver’s Heritage Register
Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Site Finder, an interactive map showing over 2,200 sites listed on the Heritage Register. The tool is searchable, filterable and full of images and information about the sites
The City of Vancouver Archives’ digital rendering of the important Goad’s 1912 Fire Insurance Plan. Newly added as a layer on VanMap, construction materials, building footprint, street names and addresses of the time are now easily discoverable.
Heritage Vancouver’s Historic Building Permits Database, a searchable online database of over 32,000 transcribed pre-1929 Vancouver building permits
Everyone is encouraged to unearth the past with these newly created digital tools and use the information to nominate a site to the Vancouver Heritage Register using the new online platform.
The City of Vancouver will also be having its open house on the next phase of the Heritage Action Plan there throughout the afternoon.
Free tours will also be available in the afternoon, including:
The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Two Yaletowns 1886-1887 and 1910-1914. Led by historian and author of the award winning bookVancouver: A Visual HistoryBruce MacDonald.
City Building: Yaletown and its Neighbours in the Nineties. Led by former City Councillor and the current Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University Gordon Price.
A historic tour of Yaletown in French. Led by the President of the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique Maurice Guibord.
Tours of the Engine 374 Pavilion and the engine to mark the 128thanniversary of Engine 374 pulling the first transcontinental train into Vancouver. Led by The West Coast Railway Association.
We’ll have a detailed post about our initiative on May 21 to coincide with its public release. We hope to see you at the event on May 23.
Created by the City of Vancouver Planning Department, the maps allow you to see the permitted uses of land over time. These maps are used as a first step for an environmental assessment of a site. They are also useful for those studying the history of urban planning.
Detail from March 1990 zoning map. Reference code PUB-: PD 2100.6.
Two of the maps include text explaining the zoning and its intended use.
Detail from verso of January 1998 map. Reference code PUB-: PD 2100.8-PD 2100.8.2.
We have a very large and rare 1905 map in our holdings that was dirty and falling apart. Last year, we collaborated with the Land Title & Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) and the BC Archives to conserve and digitize it. This is the story of why that conservation treatment happened and how it was done.
Low-resolution version of Map of New Westminster District, 1905. Reference code AM1594-: MAP 138. A high-resolution version is available from our online search.
In nearly every case, “historical geodata” means a paper map. Digitizing that map gives us an image of a paper map. While an image can be useful, historical maps turned into actionable data are much more useful. Moving geodata from paper to electronic data can be complicated and involve many actions, including:
Describe the map accurately, preferably using standard terms
Digitize the map
Georectify the digitized image (associate points in the image with their geocoordinates, for example, so that the image can be positioned on OpenStreetmap or Google Maps exactly where it belongs)
Extract image features—such as polygons, text, or contour lines—as digital layers
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, flagship building of the New York Public Library. Photographer Sue Bigelow.
From November 5-7, 2014, I attended a meeting of 54 people from three continents at the New York Public Library called Moving Historical Geodata to the Web. This meeting, including expenses for attendees, was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. We were the only archives and the only Canadian institution represented. Continue reading →
On January 1st, the copyright expired for some of our holdings: they are now in the public domain in Canada. Digital materials are no longer restricted to being viewed only at the Archives, but are available online to all. Here’s a quick look at some of the digital objects that have become easier to view and re-use.
Tattooed man pulling on rope, by Clixby Watson, 1950s. Reference code AM1562-: 72-633
Charles “Clixby” Watson was a British painter and illustrator. We don’t know if this was a work of imagination or modelled from life or why this was created. Continue reading →
Thanks to funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program, we’ve recently completed a project to digitize over eight thousand images from the Pacific National Exhibition fonds that you can easily view and re-use. In addition, we’ve digitized another 874 images that are under copyright to other parties, but which can be viewed at the Archives. The dates range from 1914 to 1980.
Man and woman eating foot-long hotdogs from P.N.E. Gayway concession stand, 1953. Photographer unknown. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-2219.
These photographs were either created for the P.N.E. or collected by the P.N.E. staff. They document a wide variety of activities at the fair, including rides, displays, competitions and performances.
Women on Sky Glider chair lift, 1971. Photographer Bob Tipple. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6891.
The Archives will be closed from noon December 24 to 9am Monday, January 5.
Card from Charles Marega fonds, AM1416.
This Christmas card was created by the sculptor Charles Marega, who created many sculptures and memorials in Vancouver including the lions at the Lions Gate Bridge. The card is part of a file called “sketches and drawings” in the Charles Marega fonds.