Automated georeferencing of historical maps

This PhD project aims to develop an automatic method to georeference historical topographic maps. Georeferencing allows easier access and analysis of the troves of historical maps in state archives.

We investigate the use of spatial information encoded in the geometry of map symbols to precisely georeference maps in the image domain.

To this end, computer vision methods are adapted to the special use case of maps. Specifically, map images are encoded with feature descriptors and correlated with volunteered geographic information by content-based image retrieval.

This project is funded in the by the City of Hamburg. The maps are kindly provided by the Specialised Information Service Cartography and Geodata at the Berlin state library.

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