helvetiX: An XR guide to Helvetia

The ancient Romans had accurate maps of Europe, but no navigation devices yet. helevetiX will provide one.

Romans travelling to foreign countries had accurate maps of the Roman Empire, one of which has been preserved and today is known as "Tabula Peutingeriana" (Latin for "The Peutinger Map", from one of its former owners, Konrad Peutinger, a 16th-century German humanist and antiquarian in Augsburg). The map resembles modern bus or subway maps and shows all major settlements and the distances between them, a feature which makes it a predecessor of modern navigation systems.

The Peutinger Map is an illustrated itinerarium (ancient Roman road map) showing the layout of the cursus publicus, the road network of the Roman Empire. The map is a 13th-century parchment copy of a possible Roman original and is now conserved at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. It covers Europe (without the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles), North Africa, and parts of Asia, including the Middle East, Persia, and India.

Tabula Peutingeriana, 1-4th century CE. Facsimile edition by Konrad Miller, 1887/1888

Today, HTML and its geolocation API provide a lightweight, yet powerful tool to precisely locate any device all over the world. Modern maps, open data DEMs (digital elevation models) and Extended Reality frameworks can be combined in order to create virtual worlds (see last year's Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon project swissAR) and geographical information systems.

helvetiX will aim at providing an easy-to-use VR guide for any Roman merchant or legionary when travelling to ancient Helvetia.

3D model of Helvetia, based on Open Government Data published by the Swiss Federal Office of Topography.

Data Digital elevation model Map of Switzerland Official place name directory Toponymy data

Documents Transformations- und Rechendienste Näherungsformeln für die Transformation zwischen Schweizer Projektionskoordinaten und WGS84
Wikipedia: Schweizer Landeskoordinaten


Thomas Weibel
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09.04.2021 16:14 ~ twb

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