MAGIS Brugge facilitates digital access to the famous sixteenth century urban map of Bruges by Marcus Gerards (1562). Not only has the map (1.7 m. x 1 m.) been fully digitized, in Ultra HD, it also underwent full Digital Thematic Deconstruction (DTD) with QuantumGIS for optimal searchability (e.g. on specific neighbourhoods, types of urban infrastructure etc.). A related database has been produced that links all cartographic details gained from the map through DTD with annotations or metadata. This database continues to grow, following the state of the art in research.
Next to the digitized map and dataset, designed for research, there is also an open access version for the general public, several educational tools and a “1562 touristic tour” based on the Gerards’ map (Xplore Bruges app).
MAGIS Bruges is a project led by the Bruges Museums and the Bruges City Archive, in partnership with Ghent University, KU Leuven and Free University Brussels.