Historical GIS data

Human Environments Analysis Laboratory

This Lab at the University of Western Ontario houses longitudinal Urban Historical GIS projects in the Canadian Cities of London, Victoria, Montreal, and Windsor.


Historical GIS.org

A site dedicated to the study and promotion of HGIS. Includes Projects, Lists, and other resources for students, educators, researchers, and the general public.


Great Britain Historical GIS (GBHGIS)

A spatially enabled database that documents and visualizes the changing human geography of the British Isles, although it is primarily focused on the subdivisions of the United Kingdom mainly over the 200 years since the first census in 1801. The project is currently based at the University of Portsmouth, and is the provider of the website A Vision of Britain through Time.


The China Data Center

Housed at the University of Michigan Ann Arbour, the China Data Center international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database.


China Historical GIS

The China Historical Geographic Information System, CHGIS, project was launched in January 2001 to establish a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 221 BCE and 1911 CE. CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps.


Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)

A clearinghouse for the exchange of metadata of Historical GIS. Maintained by the University of California, Berkeley. A digital humanities initiative involving numerous academic professors and institutions around the world with the stated goal of creating a networked digital atlas by creating tools and setting standards for dynamic, digital maps.


HGIS Germany

The national GIS-based historical information system “HGIS Germany” is a joint research project conducted by the Institute of European History (IEG) and the Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology (i3mainz). It researches the development of the German states between 1820 and 1914 down to the governmental district level, and combines this with a wealth of statistical data and information on the ruling dynasties and their mutual relationships. All this information is researched and managed in a spatially and temporally referenced information system. 


HisGIS Netherlands

Includes vectorized real estate boundaries of the oldest cadastral maps of several regions of the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, which have been linked to historical registers such as election, tax revenue and parish registers. Developed by the Fryske Akademy.


Belgian Historical GIS

An interactive mapserver for geographical historical statistics in Belgium 1800 – 1963/2003. Tracks the development of administrative boundaries in Belgium since 1800. Developed by the University of Ghent.


The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)

A Historical Geographic Information System for displaying and analyzing Census tracts and tract changes in the United States. It provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2013.



An open historical geographical information system that tries to build a free historical atlas of the world.


Atlas-Historical Cartography

This website provides information on the evolution of administrative boundaries of Portugal, and on censuses and other statistical series for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Mammoth Cave Historical GIS

Documents the people who lived in the Mammoth Cave region before it became a national park.


Stanford Spatial History Project

The Spatial History Project at Stanford University is a place for a collaborative community of students, staff, and scholars to engage in creative spatial, textual and visual analysis to further research in the humanities. A part of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), along with Humanities and Design and the Literary Lab on the top floor of Wallenberg Hall.