Historical Geographic Information System: Budapest in 1897

2016 02 26 DigitalSalon ARTS

This project is an attempt to combine data from an address book of Budapest in 1897 with a historical map of the city in the same year: by doing so, the hope is to understand how a modernizing city at the turn of the century functioned and developed into a modern urban ecosystem. Budapest was one of the fastest-growing cities in the late 19th century and its growth then was similar to the growth of cities elsewhere in the world today. Geographical Information Systems can help us understand the space in which this growth occurred.

About the Speaker:

Daniel Viragh is a historian. His dissertation examined acculturation in Central Europe in the late 19th century. He is a keen enthusiast of the Digital Humanities and enjoys applying computer-based tools to historical sources.

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