Work in progress

The GIStorical Antwerp project aims to function as an integrative  framework for (digital) historical data sets. Therefore, to enhance GIStorical Antwerp’s integrative capacity, it is compulsory to expand the 1834 Base Map  with new vectorlayers for both earlier and later periods in time. Recently, a map dating from 1800 (the so called French Façade Map) has been integrated in the GIS-infrastructure. This map can function as a stepping stone to integrate additional spatial data from the Ancien Regime in the future. In addition, eventual changes in plot boundaries (registered by the Land Registry or ‘Cadaster’ every year) between 1835 and 1899 are being processed. When finished GIStorical Antwerp will be able to provide a detailed picture of the Antwerp topography for every single year in the 19th century. A gazetteer is being developed to manage the variety in geographical reference to streets, street names and house numbers.

Following historical sources have already been integrated in the GIS-infrastructure:

  • In an associated project of prof. dr. Ilja van Damme, the address books or commercial directories of 1838, 1870 and 1889 were digitized. When mapped these directories are expected to provide new insights into the changing 19th-century Antwerp socio-professional and retail landscape.
  • The Population Census of the Year IV, 1796. Digitized in a project of prof. dr. Bruno Blondé, GIS-torical Antwerp enables this wealth of information, for example the sexe, age, profession of all Antwerp inhabitants, household composition and rental values, to be mapped.

Plans for the very near future are:

  • Completing the link between "old" housenumbers and the Primitive Cadastral reconstruction of 1835.
  • Linking both "old" and "new" house numbers to the Primitive Cadastral reconstruction of 1856.
  • Creating a spatial, historical, database of streetnames.