Project's Structure

To better understand the structure and logic of the Urban Maps Digital Project, you are addressed to the following clarifications.

Map description principles

The Urban Maps Digital projects focuses on visualizing historical urban maps of East Central Europe, while accenting those objects that were lost, or changed their appearance or function.

All maps have a standardized description, which includes the following elements:

Name:
Translation of the map's original name. All proper names are transliterated.

Map ID:
Consists in the map's ordinal number in the collection of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe.

Original name:
Given in the original language.

Territory:
City, locality, or other geographical unit name.

Year:

  • Year of map's creation or publication (if noted on the map).
  • If dating is absent on the original mapsheet, an approximate date or chronological period is given, closest to the probable creation date, and marked with an asterisk (*) at the end.

Scale:
This is the numerical scale, provided or derived from the named scale of the measurement line on the map. When no measurement line is evident on the original mapsheet, the probable scale is noted, marked with an asterisk (*) at the end.

Source:
Provides the source of the original map, from which the digital copy was created.

Copyright:
Includes information on the owner of the map's original, who holds the copyright for the replication of the map's digital copy.

Map description, including:

  • General information on the map, its authorship, dating, text from the legend.
  • Important events from city history at the time of the map's creation.
  • Statistical data on population numbers, and numbers of real estate property, approximated to the time of the map's creation.
  • Detailed characterization of the map, with information on cartographic techniques pertaining to the original mapsheet, explanation of symbols, toponymics used on the map.
  • Enumeration of inconsisnencies and inaccuracies on the map.
  • List of publications where the map appeared.

Author (s):

  • Noting the last (family) and first (given) names of the author of the description of the map and its separate objects.
  • Descriptions of separate objects on the map can be done by different authors, whose first and last names should be provided in italics in the respective box with the description of the object.

Buttons and their functions

The column under the "Names" box, situated left of the map, contains buttons that perform the following functions:

"Go to list of all maps". Clicking this button will cause the list of all viewable maps to load in a separate window or tab.

"Show all objects on map". Clicking this button will load red-colored markers on the map, each containing the name of, or information on particular objects on the map.

"Hide all objects on map". Clicking this button will cause all active red-colored markers on the map to disappear.

"Return map to original appearance". Clicking this button will return the map to its original appearance.

"Link to map in current configuration". Clicking this button will open an information window with the link to the condition of the map as configured by the user.

"Hide/Show Left Panel". Clicking this button causes the image of the mapsheet to go into fullscreen mode, or to return to its original appearance.

Auxiliary functions

The top of the left column can provide a grouping of the objects on the map, organized according to the following categories:

"Objects from the Legend"

Contains numbered names of the objects given in the map's legend.

  • All the objects in this category are given in the original language, and preserve the original author's orthography, contractions, mistakes, etc. Square brackets are used to mark contractions and illegible letters. Conscriptional number is provided in forward slashes / /.
  • Rolling the mouse cursor over a certain objects causes its translation to appear. Translators should above all be concerned with providing the most precise reproduction of the essence of the object's name. Proper names are transliterated, while preserving the original author's orthography.
  • Clicking a particular object from the list causes red-colored markers to load on the map. These show all objects from a given category. An additional box with the description of the object appears above the respective marker.

"Inscriptions on the Map"

Includes names of objects shown directly on the map.

  • All objects in this category are given in the original language, and preserve the original author's orthography, contractions, mistakes, etc. Square brackets mark contractions and illegible letters. Conscriptional numbers are provided in forward slashes / /.
  • Rolling the mouse cursor over a certain object causes its translation to appear. Translators should above all be concerned with providing the most exact recreation of the essence of the object's name. Proper names are transliterated, while preserving the original author's orthography.
  • Clicking a particular object from the list loads red-colored markers on the map, showing all objects from a given category. An additional box with the description of the object appears above the respective marker.

"Selected objects"

Includes objects that were not highlighted or subscribed by the map's author, but deserve attention in the context of the city's urban development.

"View by type"

Contains all objects from the "Objects from the Legend", and "Inscriptions on the Map" categories, here grouped by type.

  • Clicking the name of a certain type opens/closes the list of all objects of this type.
  • Rolling the mouse over a certain object loads its translation. The translators should above all be concerned with providing the most exact recreation of the essence of the object's name. Proper names are transliterated, while preserving the original author's orthography.
  • Clicking a certain object from the list loads red-colored markers on the map, revealing all the objects of a given type. An additional box appears above the respective marker, providing the description of the object.
  • Only one type corresponds to each object.

"View by district"

Contains all objects from the "Objects from the Legend" and "Inscription on the Map" categories, here grouped by city district.

  • Clicking the number or name of a certain district opens/closes the list of all objects situated within that district.
  • Rolling the mouse over a certain object loads its translation. Translators should above all be concertned with providing the most exact recreation of the essence of the object's name. Proper names are transliterated, while preserving the original author's orthography.
  • Clicking a particular object from the list loads red-colored markers on the map, showing all objects from a given district. An additional box with the description of the object appears above the respective marker.

Feedback

The Urban Maps Digital project envisions the following forms of feedback:

"Send comment"

This form allows you to send your comment to the project manager, regarding the description of the map, or of a particular object.

Personal data provided by you in the form will be used by the Center for Urban History exlusively for the purpose of contacting you, and will not be given to third parties.

"Send link"

This form allows you to send the link for a particular object on the map to a friend.

Personal data provided by you in the form will not be given to third parties.