Move the slider below to browse through the 18 editions of SLA Street Directory maps of Singapore
and compare it with today's OneMap from SLA
The map stitching and alignment efforts were supported by a group of part-time undergraduate student researchers.
Here is the general work-flow required to piece together each edition of these historical maps:
The thousands of map images from all available editions were either gathered from SLA or downloaded from OneMap.
Images belonging to a single edition were grouped together into their respective editions and labelled according to a naming convention.
Each image was either manually or automatically aligned to a grid that referenced a vector map of modern Singapore.
Each edition of these maps of yesteryear was then published as an individual Map Service through a GIS server and ready to be used in a GIS app!
While we quickly put together all available editions of Street Directory maps from SLA, we continuously strive to make the maps more usable to the research community. Here are the plans that we have pencilled in for the upcoming months:
A university-level Strategic Initiative was awarded to the Department of Geography in 2013 with Professor David TAYLOR as the Principal Investigator (PI) leading the initiative, with the help of both Associate Professor WANG Yi-Chen and Associate Professor FENG Chen-Chieh as Co-PIs supervising the tasks relevant to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) component.
This web app is currently in beta testing phase, and we would love to hear from you any feedback that may lead to better usability of these maps to support your academic research and/or module teaching.
The feedback gathered during this phase will play a key role in helping us shape the direction of our efforts and prioritise any new functionalities to be added in the near future.
If you are interested in using these historical Street Directory maps in your preferred software for research or module teaching, do drop us an email with details and we will get back to you with instructions as soon as we can.