Boz’s London

Here‘s a cool web feature for lit types. Clicking the map (the image above is a detail) takes you to a section of an 1859 map of London. Once at the map detail you can get further information about that part of town. For example, you can click a “dictionary” button, which takes you to a description of that location taken from the 1879 Dickens’s Dictionary of London by Charles Dickens Jr. Or you can see an aerial photo of the area today, from Google maps.

The site is the brainchild of David Perdue. It’s a good illustration of how disparate data can be related to create, in effect, new content. Nice job!

(via Splodinvark)

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  1. Hey, thanks for describing this wonderful resource! I’ve been temporarily blinded and befogged due to unpleasant life circumstances and a heavy editing workload.

    To tell the truth, I never expected anyone to look at my blawg. Ever. I just wanted somewhere to store interesting stuff, and I happened to have a website already. Now I seem to have an embarrassment of riches … or at least places to store STUFF. (I’ve even begun *stumbling*, and it’s entirely your fault.)

    Am I an infovore? That sounds so blasé.

  2. Lisa, I’m glad you’re not pissed off at me for stealing your material. 😉

    I don’t like the sound of “unpleasant life circumstances.” (Artists don’t really need to suffer, that’s a myth…. Or, well, not more than others, since I guess all life is suffering, according to the Buddha.) I hope things improve.

    Your blog is one of my favorites — I’m a regular reader.