I would like to share of my newest ideas. Maybe You'll be interested in and get involved.
The initial area should be the source of the data gathering. In order to tidy it up it should be the smallest area in relation to superior unit. The smallest unit is easy to check and mapping. More difficult will be gathering the (arleady existing) information about this unit. In this case referring tolocal administrative unit or another (i.e. geographical, historical) area will be relevant. Usually this superior unit contains some information, that has been input earlier.
The example of the initial area can be:
- - land lot or cadaster
- - hamlet or subdivision
- - village or town
The next step could be fusion of the data based on the interconnection of all initial areas, that consist of superior units (i.e. municipalities, counties, etc.) up to completion the information database of the area. This area can be e.g country, geographical macroregion. To simplify it this is the information correlation arising out of all minor areas, consisting of one bigger (e.g. combination of a few villages, which makes one multicipality). We must be aware, that some information in particular units are to be repeatable. On top of that these information will influence on neighbouring regions.
In my opinion there is a 5 basic sources of information:
- 1) References (books, articles, maps, guides, press) - which are the good way to gather information about small areas, upon condition, that the area is well described. Sometimes it can be hard to find something about some small area. To gather these information about the smallest area effectively we must refer to: topographic maps with also virtual maps(in further order detailed tourist maps), tourist guides (the information leaflets alternatively), press releases(dig down through a whole release history would be advisable) and all archival notations available (councils, churches). In case of the scientific informaton the digital platform of scientific publishers as well as scientific researchers, like the Google Scholar. Other pack of the relevant information could dome from a particular companies and institutons after a deep insight into the economic development of the local area.
- 2) Site surveys (the ground penetration and mapping, lab surveys ) - could be an outreach information to existing references described above in point 1st.
- 3) Statistical data (government and local sources, private scrutinizing) - as well as above an outreach information to existing references.
- 4) Photos - relevant in case of places with difficult accessibility with lack of virtual documentation. Former web service Panoramio.com played an important role in this issue. Nowadays it has been superseeded by Street View, where every user with spherical camera can reach this kind of place and capture it entirely.
- 5) Social interviews - as an final output for incomplete information in references or press. The social interviews could bring an insight into the newest history about the smallest teritorial units (cadasters or land lots). Base on geoportal, where the topographic maps have been actualized. Because the actualization of these maps is based on the site surveys and contacts with local people the information about a particular land lots could be gathered by the way of scrutinizing.