Applications and Articles about MapAnalyst


If you publish illustrations generated with MapAnalyst, or write a scholarly article mentioning MapAnalyst, please cite the following publication.

Jenny, B. and Hurni, L. (2011) Studying cartographic heritage: Analysis and visualization of geometric distortions. Computers & Graphics, 35-2, p. 402–411.


Introductory and Overview Publications about MapAnalyst


The following publications provide an overview and introduction to MapAnalyst and related methods and tools.

Jenny, B. and Hurni, L. (2011) Studying cartographic heritage: Analysis and visualization of geometric distortions. Computers & Graphics, 35-2, p. 402–411.

Raymond, D. (2007) Software Review: MapAnalyst 1.2.1 (Bernhard Jenny and Adrian Weber, Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich, 2005/2006). Cartographica, 42-1, p. 95–97.

Weiss, T. A. (2013) MapAnalyst and Geographic Information Systems: Keys to Unlocking New Paths of Research in the History of Cartography. The Portolan, 86, p. 10–35. [2012 Ristow Prize for Academic Achievement in the History of Cartography].


Publications about MapAnalyst’s Functionality


The following publications describe the functionality and technical background of MapAnalyst, or suggest improvements to MapAnalyst’s functionality.

Claeys Boùùaert, M., De Baets, B., Vervust, S., Neutens, T., De Maeyer, P., Van de Weghe, N. (2016) Computation and visualisation of the accuracy of old maps using differential distortion analysis. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

Jenny, B. and Mesenburg, P. (2011). MapAnalyst – Analyse und Visualisierung zur Genauigkeit der Mappa critica des Tobias Mayer (1750). Cartographica Helvetica, 43, p. 43–48. Zusammenfassung | Summary | Résumé.

Jenny, B. (2010) New features in MapAnalyst. e-Perimetron, 5-3, p. 176–180.

Jenny, B., Weber, A. and L. Hurni (2007) Visualising the planimetric accuracy of historical maps with MapAnalyst. Cartographica, 42-1, p. 89–94.

Jenny, B. (2006) MapAnalyst - A digital tool for the analysis of the planimetric accuracy of historical maps. e-Perimetron, 1-3, p. 239–245.

Johnson, B. et al. (2007) ICHC 2007 in Berne — An After Action Report. The Portolan, Journal of the Washington Map Society, 70, p. 51–55.

Ormeling, F. J. (2006) Workshop Digitale analyse van historisch kaartmateriaal. Geo-Info, 7&8, p. 329.

Přidal, P. and Žabička, P. (2008) Tiles as an approach to on-line publishing of scanned old maps, vedute and other historical documents. e-Perimetron, 3-1, p. 10–21.

Roset, R. and Ramos, N. (2011) Georeferenciación de mapas antiguos con herramientas de código abierto. Un caso práctico. Mapping Interactivo, 146.

Weber, A. (2005) Software zur Analyse alter Karten - MapAnalyst. Student work. Institute of Cartography, ETH Zurich.

Applications of MapAnalyst



The following publications are case studies in the history of cartography using MapAnalyst for analyzing old maps.

Adami A. (2009) From real to virtual globe: new technologies for digital cartographic representation. e-Perimetron, 4-3, p. 144–160.

Allen, D. Y. (2007) Comparing Eighteenth-Century Maps of New York State Using Digital Imagery. New York Map Society [online].

Allen, D. Y. (2008) How Simeon De Witt mapped New York State. New York Map Society [online].

Allen, D. Y. (2014) Alexander von Humboldt and the Mapping of Mexico, e-Perimetron, 9-2, p. 78–96.

Altić, M. (2015) Baja California in 1739: An Early Exploration by Ferdinand Konščak. terrae incognitae, 47(2), p. 106–126.

Altić, M. S. (2015). The British Contribution to the Charting of the Adriatic Sea. The Cartographic Journal, 52(4), 305-317.

Bartos-Elekes, Z. (2010) Digital analyses concerning Honter’s map. Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica, 45-1, p. 3–8.

Bartos-Elekes, Z. and Nemerkényi, Z. (2009) The manuscript maps of Angola by Magyar László and the Cholnoky Map Collection of Cluj. Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conference ICC 2009, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Bartos-Elekes Z. and Nemerkényi Z. (2014) Petermann’s Map of László Magyar’s Travels in Angola: Its Sources, Compilation and Contents. In: Liebenberg, E. – Collier P. – Török Zs. Gy. ed. (2014): History of Cartography. International Symposium of the ICA, 2012. Springer, Heidelberg. pp. 195–209.

Bayer, T., Potůčková, M. and Čábelka, M. (2009) Cartometric analysis of old maps on example of Vogt's map. Proceedings of the ICA Symposium on Cartography for Central and Eastern Europe, Vienna, 2009.

Bitelli, G., Bartolini, F., and Gatta, G. (2016) Hgis and Archive Researches: a Tool for the Study of the Ancient Mill Channel of Cesena (Italy). ISPRS-International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 183-189.

Bitelli G., Cremonini S., Gatta G. (2009) Ancient maps comparison and georeferencing techniques: a case study from the Po river delta (Italy). e-Perimetron, 4-4, p. 221–233.

Bitelli, G., Cremonini, S. and Gatta, G. (2013) Cartographic heritage: Toward unconventional methods for quantitative analysis of pre-geodetic maps. Journal of Cultural Heritage.

Bitelli G. and Gatta G. (2011) Experiences on georeferencing of maps from the XIX century Gregorian Cadastre of Bologna (Italy). e-Perimetron, 6-4, p. 270–275.


Bitelli G. and Gatta G. (2012) Georeferencing of an XVIII century technical map of Bologna (Italy). e-Perimetron, 7-4, p. 195–204.


Böttger, J., Brandes, U., Deussen, O. and Ziezold, H. (2008) Map warping for the annotation of metro maps. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A), p. 56–65.

Bower, D. (2009) The accuracy of Robert Saxton's survey and map of Manningham, dated 1613. The Cartographic Journal, 46-2, p. 115–125.

Bower D. I. (2009) A method of estimating mean errors in areas on a map from the errors in point separations. e-Perimetron, 4-3, p. 161–167.

Bower, D. I. (2011) Saxton's maps of England and Wales: The accuracy of Anglia and Britannia and their relationship to each other and to the county maps. Imago Mundi, 63-2, p. 180–200.

Bower, D. I. (2015) The Medieval Gough Map, Its Settlement Geography and the Inaccurate Representation of Wales. Imago Mundi, 67(2), 145–167.

Čada, V. and Janečka, K. (2016) Localization of Manuscript Müller’s Maps. The Cartographic Journal, DOI: 10.1080/00087041.2016.1236507

Cajthaml, J. (2009) Detailed analysis of the Müller's map of Bohemia. Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conference ICC 2009, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Crespo Sanz A. (2013) Herramientas y metodología para el análisis de mapas antiguos. Tiempos Modernos. Revista electrónica de Historia Moderna, 7(26).

Dai Prà, E. and Mastronunzio, M. (2014) Rectify the river, rectify the map. Geometry and geovisualization of Adige river hydro-topographic historical maps. e-Perimetron, 9(3), p. 113–128.

Dauwe, E. (2016) Historical maps of the coastal zone of Flanders. In Jan Mees and Jan Seys (Eds). 2016. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Scientist Day. Brugge, Belgium, 12 February 2016. VLIZ Special Publication 75. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee – Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende, Belgium. 165 + xii p.

de Castro, M. C., Sarot, R. V. and Koenig Veiga, L. A. (2016) Avaliação da representação da rede viária do estado do Paraná através da análise de mapas históricos. In Atas do VI Simpósio Luso-Brasileiro de Cartografia Histórica, 4 a 7 de Novembro de 2015. Braga, Portugal.

Dutenkefer, E. (2016) Metodologia para um saber e um fazer geo-histórico: análise de espacialidades pretéritas utilizando instrumentos computacionais. Revista do Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros, Brasil, 65, p. 57–71.

Emaus R. (2010) Kaart van het bisdom Utrecht: wetenschappelijke waarde van de oudste gedrukte kaart van Nederland [Map of the diocese of Utrecht: scientific value of the oldest printed map of the Netherlands]. Caert-Thresoor, 29-2, p. 35–43.

Fairbairn, D. (2009) Using vedute to source geospatial information: data flowline and accuracies. e-Perimetron, 4-3, p. 131–139.

Fonseca, F. P., Dutenkefer, E., Zoboli, L., and Oliva, J. T. (2016) Cartografia digital geo-histórica: mobilidade urbana de São Paulo de 1877 a 1930. Revista do Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros, (64), p. 131–166.

Gaspar, J. A. (2007) The myth of the square chart. e-Perimetron, 2-2, p. 66–79.

Gaspar, J. A. (2008) Dead reckoning and magnetic declination: unveiling the mystery of portolan charts. e-Perimetron 3-4, p. 191–203.

Gaspar, J. A. (2010) From the Portolan chart of the Mediterranean to the latitude chart of the Atlantic – Cartometric analysis and modeling. PhD thesis, University of Lisbon, pp. 249.

Gaspar, J. A. (2011) Using empirical map projections for modeling early nautical charts. In: A. Ruas (ed.), Advances in Cartography and GIScience. Volume 2: Selection from ICC 2011,Paris, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography 6, Springer, p. 227–247.

Heere, E. (2008) GIS voor historisch landschapsonderzoek: Opzet en gebruik van een historisch GIS voor prekadastrale kaarten. PhD dissertation University of Utrecht, Netherlands Geographical Studies 375.

Heere, E. (2011) The accuracy of the maps of Zeeland; Accuracy measurement as part of the cartobibliography. e-Perimetron, 6-3, p. 187–199.

Höhn, W., Schmidt, H. G., & Schöneberg, H. (2013) Semiautomatic recognition and georeferencing of places in early maps. In Proceedings of the 13th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries (pp. 335–338). ACM.

Huang, Y. N., Lay, J. G., Yang, S. H. (2011) A critical analysis of Than-Hsin archives maps. Proceedings of the 25th International Cartographic Conference ICC 2011, Paris.

Jenny, B. (2006) Geometric distortion of schematic network maps. Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers SoC, 40, p. 15–18.

Jenny, B. and Heere, E. (2008) Visualisering van de planimetrische nauwkeurigheid van oude kaarten met MapAnalyst. Caert-Thresoor, 27-1, p. 5–10.

Jongepier, I., Soens, T., Temmerman, S., Missiaen, T. (2016) Assessing the Planimetric Accuracy of Historical Maps (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries): New Methods and Potential for Coastal Landscape Reconstruction, The Cartographic Journal, DOI: 10.1179/1743277414Y.0000000095

Jongepier, I., Wang, C., Missiaen, T., Soens, T., and Temmerman, S. (2015) Intertidal landscape response time to dike breaching and stepwise re-embankment: A combined historical and geomorphological study. Geomorphology, 236, 64-78.

Kistler, M., M. Scherrer and Vogel, B. (2006) Fertigstellung der nationalen Dreiecksvermaschung: Umrechnung von genauen Koordinaten zwischen den Bezugsrahmen LV03 und LV95. swisstopo Jahresbericht 2006, p. 12–14.

Korenjak, M. (2013)
Inclitae Bernatum urbis delineatio chorographica : der Text zu Thomas Schoepfs Karte des Bernischen Staatsgebiets (1578). Cartographica Helvetica, 47, p. 27-36.

Korodi, E., & Bartos-Elekes, Z. (2016)
The geological map of Transylvania by Hauer, Štur, Stache (1863). Proceedings of 11th ICA Conference Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage, Riga, Latvia, 20-22 April 2016.

Korodi, E., Bartos-Elekes, Z., Rus, I., & Haidu, I. (2015)
Cartographic analysis of some old Transylvanian geological maps from the second half of the nineteenth century. Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica, 1-15.

Krejčí, J. and Cajthaml, J. (2009)
Müller’s maps of the Czech lands and their analysis. Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica, 44-1, p. 27–38.

Kressner, L. (2010) Kartographiegeschichtliche Einordnung und qualitative Untersuchung der Landeskartenwerke von Wiebeking und Schmettau über den Mecklenburger Raum des 18. Jahrhunderts [Cartography-historical Classification and Qualitative Investigation of the Land Atlases from Wiebeking and Schmettau of Mecklenburg in the 18th Century]. Kartographische Nachrichten, 1, p. 28–35.

Lanza, M., Hernández de Lara, O., Alanís, S., Storchi Lobos, D., & Pinochet, C. (2015) La batalla de Vuelta de Obligado: primeros resultados de las prospecciones sistemáticas en el área del campamento. Revista de Antropología del Museo de Entre Ríos, 1(1).

Lennon, C. and Montague, J. (2010) John Rocque’s Dublin: A Guide to the Georgian City. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 108pp.

Lierz, W. and Schwarz, U. (2009) Der Kölner Stadtplan des Johann Valentin Reinhardt 1751–1753 und seine Vorläufer vom 16. bis 18. Jahrhundert. Cartographica Helvetica, 40, p. 31–39.

Lilley, K. & Porter, C. (2013) Mapping worlds? Excavating cartographic encounters in plantation Ireland through GIS. Historical Geography, 41, p. 35–58.

Lloyd, C. and Lilley, K. (2009) Cartographic veracity in medieval mapping: Analyzing geographical variation in the Gough Map of Great Britain. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99-1, p. 27–48.

Lunda, P. (2016) Staré mapy jako zdroj tematických informací. Thesis at Masrkyova Univerzita, Brno.

Macdonald Hewitt, C. (2017) A GIS Approach to Exploring Monetary Value on Enclosure Era Property-Related Maps. The Cartographic Journal.

Mainfort, R. C., Kwas, M. L., & Mickelson, A. M. (2015) Mapping Never-Never Land: An Examination of Pinson Mounds Cartography. Southeastern Archaeology.

Mastronunzio, M. (2010) Analisi dell’accuratezza geometrica della cartografia storica a grande scala. L’evoluzione della rappresentazione dell’alveo dell’Adige. Proceedings of the 14th Conferenza Nazionale ASITA, 9-12 Novembre 2010, Fiera di Brescia, p. 1311–1316.

Mauro, G. (2010) Distorsioni geometriche della cartografia storica: analisi di alcune cartografie realizzate tra il 1500 ed il 1700 relative al Golfo di Trieste. Bollettino dell' Associazione Italiana di Cartografia, 138, p. 109–121.

Molewski, P. and Bachanek, J. (2015) Relikty przebiegu sieci drożnej bliskich przedmieść Torunia z końca XVIII wieku we współczesnej topografii miasta na podstawie analizy GIS [Relics of the road network suburbs of Toruń from the late 18th century in contemporary topography of the city based on GIS analysis]. Archaeologia Historica Polonam, 23, p. 309–323.

Mulhearn, P. (2014) The 18th and 19th century charting of Sydney Harbour / Port Jackson. e-Perimetron, 9-2, p. 66–77.

Muntaner, A.P. (2013) Sistema, redes y mercados en los océanos Índico y Pacífico: un ejemplo de visualización. Tiempos Modernos. Revista electrónica de Historia Moderna, 7(26).

Nell, D. (2009) Methoden der Genauigkeitsanalyse historischer Karten am Beispiel der Gradkartenblätter 1:25.000 Innsbruck und Lienz der Dritten Österreichischen Landesaufnahme. Dipoma thesis, University of Vienna.

Nemerkényi, Z. and Bartos-Elekes, Z. (2012) László Magyar’s Cartography of Angola and the Discovery of his 1858 Manuscript Map in the Cholnoky Collection in Romania. In History of Cartography (pp. 233-248). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Ormeling, F. J. and Heere, E. (2007) De Atlas Amsterdam van Isaak de Graaf. Geo-Info, 7&8, p. 268–273.

Osaci-Costachea, G., Cocosa, O.Armasa, J., Cocos, A. (2016) Cultural Landscapes in Historical Cartography: Landscape Gardens in the "Green" Bucharest of 1789. Journal of Environmental and Tourism Analyses4.1 (2016): 30-55.

Pacina, J., Novák, K. and Weiss, L. (2011) 3D Modelling as a Tool for Landscape Restoration and Analysis. In: Hrebícek, H., Schimak, G. and Denzer, R. (eds) Environmental Software Systems. Frameworks of eEnvironment, Springer, p. 123–138.

Pearson, A. W. and Heffernan, M. (2008) Pan-regional mapping: The contribution of the International Map of the World and the AGS Map of Hispanic America to global mapping in the twentieth century. Symposium on the History of Cartography, Portsmouth University, United Kingdom, 10-12 September 2008.

Pearson, A. W. and Heffernan, M. (2009) The American Geographical Society's map of Hispanic America: The million-scale mapping between the Wars. Imago Mundi, 61-2, p. 215–243.

Pearson, A. W. and Heffernan, M. (2009) A mildly piratical but most meritorious enterprise: an evaluation of the American Geographical Society's 1:1 million map of Hispanic America (1920 to 1945). Proceedings of the 24th International Cartographic Conference ICC 2009, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Pearson, A. W., and Heffernan, M. (2015) Revealing the 'Lost World': The American Geographical Society and the Mapping of Roraima during the 1930s. Journal of Latin American Geography, 14(3), p. 175–200.

Perthus, S. and Faehndrich, J. (2013) Visualizing the map-making process: Studying 19th century Holy Land cartography with MapAnalyst. e-Perimetron, 8(2), p. 60–84.

Pindozzi, S., Cervelli, E., Capolupo, A., Okello, C. and Boccia, L. (2015) Using historical maps to analyze two hundred years of land cover changes: case study of Sorrento peninsula (south Italy). Cartography and Geographic Information Science.

Porter, C. (2013) Quantifying Irish cartographic histories. Imago Mundi, 65(1), p. 135–136.

Porter, C. (2014) Mapping spaces: towards a quantitative methodology for exploring maps and mapping in early modern Ireland, c.1530-1610. PhD, Queen's University of Belfast.

Reimer, A. and Dransch, D. (2009) Information aggregation: automatized construction of chorematic diagrams. Proceedings of GeoViz, Hamburg, Germany, March 3-5, 2009.

Rickenbacher, M. (2011) Napoleons Karten der Schweiz - Landesvermessung als Machtfaktor 1798–1815. hier + jetzt, Baden, 352 p.

Robson, B. and Bower, D. (2016) The Town Plans and Sketches of William Stukeley. The Cartographic Journal, 53(2), p. 133–148.

Saada, A. (2015) L’image cartographique de l’espace tunisien vu de l’Occident à l’époque moderne: approches historiographique et quantitative (du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle). Bollettino della Associazone Italiana di Cartografia, 154, p. 24–45.

Slukan Altić, M. (2015) British Contribution to the Charting of the Adriatic Sea, The Cartographic Journal, 52:4, p. 305–317.

swisstopo (2007) Deformations of the reference frame / Verzerrungen des Bezugsrahmens – Differenzen LV95 - LV03 mit Verzerrungsgitter [online].

Tucci, M., Giordano, A. and Ronza, R. W. (2010) Using spatial analysis and geovisualization to reveal urban changes: Milan, Italy, 1737–2005, Cartographica, 45-1, p. 47–63.

van Beek, R., Maas, G. J., van den Berg, E. (2015) Home Turf: an interdisciplinary exploration of the long-term development, use and reclamation of raised bogs in the Netherlands, Landscape History, 36:2, p. 5–34.

Vozenilek, V. (2011) Cartometric analysis of Jaume Olives’ portolan atlas of 1563. Proceedings of the 25th International Cartographic Conference ICC 2011, Paris.

Wyder, S. and Feldmann H.-U. (2011) Die Karten der Schweiz (1620–1657) von Hans Conrad Gyger. Cartographica Helvetica, 43, p. 3–18.

Żyszkowska, W. (2013) The numerical analysis of a lost old-days manuscript map. e-Perimetron, 8(2), p. 95–100.



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