Mapping European Navy

[abstract]

This project is about modelling and visualizing maritime paths of ships from the XVIIIth Century. In this report, we explain the steps of how from a filemaker database containing historical information, we have extracted the data, created a model, stored the information in a postgresql database, computed and visualized the multiple paths from harbours to harbours along the French coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Introduction

Digital maps have progressed a lot in the last few years and they have reached a level of detail that has never been reached before. Google, Bing, Nokia and others have made a fantastic job mapping all the world, sometimes not just by providing simple maps, but also providing a rich 3D experience, where a user can even have a street level view almost anywhere in the world. In parallel, with the advent of digital maps there has been an on-going effort to try…

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