Transcription in Georeferencer

Tithe Maps are interesting source of historical information from 19th century in the United Kingdom.

During our project, we came to a new challenge: Each map was accompanied by a schedule listing each map item by number. Next to it, we needed to create a connection between the map itself and the accompanied listing with further information about the individual parts of the map.

New generation of Georeferencer will be able to handle textual information on the maps and connect the content with another sheets if needed. IIIF technology was used to handle high-resolution scans together with our IIIF viewer. This enabled us to add transcriptions and rotate the maps directly in the web viewer. 

The preview of transcription tool is available in the following tutorial:


Georeferencer for TU Darmstadt

Over 400 historical maps have been released by Technical University Darmstadt in a new Georeferencer pilot. The map collection of ULB has around 37.000 sheets from 16th to 20th century. Over 1.000 of them is scanned already and are coming back to the online life.

Information about the project can be found at:


OldMapsOnline.org in Internet Scout

Map lovers will find hours and hours worth of cartographic joys on this site that draws sources from the U.S. Geological Society, the National Library of Scotland, the Land Survey Office of the Czech Republic, and many other participating institutions. 

Beginning as a project between Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland and The Great Britain Historical GIS Project, OldMapsOnline "aims to demonstrate a combination of tools for publishing historical maps with a focus on their easy accessibility for the general public.

Full review available at:


Georeferencer for Leiden University

In Leiden University, over 300 of hand-drawn manuscript maps from the collection Van Keulen have been georeferenced in the new pilot. The maps were drawn between 1704-1755.

After more then 300 years it was quite tricky to place the control points, as nearly all places are using different names and on some places the landscape shape was changed significantly as well.

More information about the project available at:


OldMapsOnline - new version released

OldMapsOnline is a search engine for maps that allows visitors to explore and discover the beauty of historical maps depicting a past geographical place of their interest. 

In the new version released in July 2015, additional maps have been added and the website already indexes over 400,000 scanned maps from collections of The British Library, National Library of Scotland, David Rumsey, Harvard Library, Dutch National Archives, Charles University in Prague, New York Public Library and other institutions worldwide.

It is a well-known project in the cultural heritage sector. From its first launch in 2012, the website has had over 1,500,000.  OldMapsOnline provides a single entry point for searching maps of the same geographical location without the need to know which library holds the actual map. This is a real benefit for researchers and students because it saves their time, effort and costs. 

For more information visit www.oldmapsonline.org.


Georeferencer for State Library New South Wales

Glad to see another Georeferencer project for State Library New South Wales in Australia. The tricky part of this project were significant changes in names of the streets, which needed the contributors with local knowledge.  

Over 900 maps were successfully placed and the obtained data enriched the library catalogue with geographical locations. More information about the project is available at http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/using/map_georeferencing.html


Garmin GPS: Create a custom map with MapTiler

To create a custom map was never so simple. MapTiler converts your map into the high resolution format compatible with Garmin handheld GPS devices.

You can very quickly import any map in only 3 steps:

1) Use MapTiler to create a map from any image
2) Pack the result into .zip archive and rename to .kmz
3) Upload the map into your Garmin handheld device

Why not use Google Earth overlay?
Compared to the traditional way recommended by Garmin, this approach has several advantages:
  • you can import larger maps
  • the georeference is much more precise, mainly on large areas
  • the process is faster

Just follow the tutorial at

Produced maps are compatible with following devices

  • Oregon series
  • Dakota 10 and 20
  • Colorado series
  • GPSMAP 62 series
  • GPSMAP 64 series
  • GPSMAP 78 series
  • Rino 600 series
  • eTrex 20 and 30
  • Astro 320
  • Alpha 100
  • Edge 810, 800 and 510
  • Montana series
  • Monterra
  • BMW Motorrad Nav V
  • zumo 590


IIIF viewer at The National Library of Scotland

We are glad to see our IIIF Viewer applied on various websites.

A nice example are the Maps of Scotland from the National Library of Scotland at:

IIIF Viewer is an Open-Source component brought by Klokan Technologies. The source code is available on Github



MapTiler 0.6 - WMTS, iOS, Android, Garmin

A brand new MapTiler 0.6 is now available together with mobile viewers for iOS and Android to display your own GPS position on maps created with MapTiler even without internet connection. Let’s go for a trip!

What’s new in MapTiler 0.6?
  • Automatic OGC WMTS service - for any hosting including Amazon S3 / Google Cloud Storage or your existing web server. Open your maps in ArcGIS or QGIS directly after upload.
  • Offline map viewer for iOS and Android (source codes of the apps are available for MapTiler Pro users)
  • Export maps to Garmin GPS
  • Visual georeferencing with satellite map layer possible
  • Advanced settings of zoom levels in the user interface of MapTiler Pro with different files at different zoom levels
  • New sample viewers for the tiles (OpenLayers, OL3, MapBox JS, ArcGIS API for JavaScript)
  • 3D globe viewers with WebGL for the tiles (WebGLEarth, OL3Cesium)
  • Linux .rpm packages for RedHat/CentOS
  • Linux .deb packages for Debian/Ubuntu
  • Windows binaries with SSL signature
Explore the new MapTiler 0.6. Free demo and more information is available at www.maptiler.com


GDAL in Docker - install & run with a single command

Have you been struggling with complicated installation of open-source GIS command-line tools with all the drivers on your computer? Now it is much easier!

One command to run any GDAL tool in the terminal on any platform with Docker:

docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/data klokantech/gdal /bin/bash

or run a GDAL utility of your choice directly (in this case gdalinfo):

docker run -ti --rm -v $(pwd):/data klokantech/gdal gdalinfo yourfile.tif

The current working directory is mapped to the docker container and is writeable. All relative paths and local bash autocomplete is therefore usable.

The container is minimal (about 350 MB) and is compiled from the latest stable GDAL with MrSID, ECW and JP2KAK drivers.

It has been made to simplify deployment of MapTiler Pro to all Klokan Technologies GmbH customers who can now easily use the MapTiler software with docker in a similar way.

This is an alternative to .rpm and .deb packages which are available for various Linux distributions, next to the installers for Mac OS X and Windows.

Deployment with Docker is extremely easy on any platform - from computing clouds such as Google Compute Engine or Amazon EC2 to any developer's laptop.

To get access to the MapTiler Pro, please contact us via: http://www.maptiler.com/.


Tileserver: an open-source tool to publish maps online

If you need to publish your maps online, there is no need for Geoserver, Map Server or ArcGIS Server, which are all hard to install and maintain.

Tileserver, an open-source alternative from Klokan Technologies, is really easy to use with any standard hosting that supports PHP. Just upload the maps you created with Maptiler, and you immediately get dozens of popular web viewers with interactivity, including Google Maps API, Leaflet, Open Layers, WebGLEarth and Mapbox JS. The source codes are ready to copy and paste into your website.

All the maps that you upload can also be directly opened in GIS software such as Quantum GIS, ArcGIS or uDig. The hosting viewer comes with step-by-step tutorials on how to do that.

Watch the video tutorial: