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Bomb Sight: Mapping the WW2 Bomb Census

We originally featured Bomb Sight in the 8-28-2015 Scout Report, and this fascinating project is an excellent example of one of the many applications of GIS and geospatial data. Bomb Sight, a project of the British National Archives, allows readers to experience the World War II bombing of London through interactive maps, photographs, and compelling narratives. The landing page engages readers from the start, where a map of London is covered with numerous red dots, each related to the bombing of that particular location. Selecting one of the dots pulls up the type of explosive and the approximate address of its location, as well as a "Read more" link leading to a page with historical images from the Imperial War Museum's archives related to the area and links to narratives of Londoners' memories about the bombings related to the area. These pages also allow readers to explore statistics at multiple scales, such as how many bombs fell in that particular city ward or borough, as well as in Greater London. In addition to perusing the data via the interactive map, the Explore London tab features an index of bombing statistics organized alphabetically by borough, thus enabling visitors to select a particular area of London and learn about how the Blitz affected that area.
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January 17th, 2020
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August 21st, 2015 at 11:33am
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August 24th, 2015 at 10:12am
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Subject: Comment On: Bomb Sight: Mapping the WW2 Bomb Census
Posted By: cycoshas
Date Posted: 1/20/20 12:31am
Wow .. it will be a great help for our history Projects regardin 2nd World War