An application of version control for historical GIS data

Authors: Muneyki Natsume*, Kyoto University, Musashino Historical Museum, NPO OpenConcierge
Topics: Historical Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Landscape
Keywords: Reconstruction of historical landscape, Historical GIS, Version control system
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In the study of historical geography, reconstruction of a past landscape is implemented by a comprehensive examination of many archival materials and the topographical conditions. Therefore, there is a high possibility that multiple reconstruction proposals will be proposed based on different hypotheses. Consequently, it takes a vast amount of time to prepare and create prototypes of landscape model in many cases.
In this research, to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of the work to prepare and create prototypes of the landscape model, we propose to manage GIS data under the version control system of the Esri`s geodatabase. Functions of the version control system in the geodatabase is not used in the academic field often. By applying the functions to historical geography research, researchers can preserve all hypotheses and the landscape model created based on every hypothesis in the single database. Furthermore, researchers can easily recall landscape models in the middle of the research project or after it. By applying the features of the version management system as described above, it is possible to improve the efficiency of the production of historical GIS data and the accuracy of the analysis.

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