Trinity College Dublin published the Down Survey in a digitised form this week.
The Down Survey is according to its website “…the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world…” made between the years 1656-1658.
I happened to attend a presentation on the early stages of its development at a Google Developers Group, Dublin a number of years ago. I was fascinated at the interplay of history, database development, mapping, creativity and so on.
The work has now come to fruition allowing Geographic Information Systems to give us a picture of a place in time, and of a time in place, in this case using Google’s mapping technology.
I believe it is important that this type of cross-curricular work is highlighted to secondary school-students as examples of good creative practices.
This is not the work of coders or programmers or historians or cartographers but the work of collaborators across all disciplines.
Technology enhances the Humanities. The Humanities enhance Technology.
As Ed Parsons of Google Tweeted on the launch of the Down Survey
Great evening at TCD for the launch of the Down Survey a brilliant combination of computer sci & the humanities downsurvey.tcd.ie
— Ed Parsons (@edparsons) May 13, 2013