Personal projects

 Banat and Bacska project 2014

Extending the foundation set down in 2013, I am currently engaged in preparing the administrative boundaries for 1910, the year of tha least Census of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when the Banat and Bacska were last under a single administration.

At the end of the First World War, the Autro-Hungarian Empire was broken up and under the Treaty of Trianon, the instrument that applied to the Kingdom of Hungary, these four counties were in the main allocated to the Kingdom of Romania and to the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Yugoslavia).

The new international boundaries cut through many settlement and district voiundaries, and was revised in 1920 by agreement between Romania and Yugoslavia.

Administrative map of the historical regions Banat and Bacska, as demarcated by the Hungarian counties Bács-Bodrog, Torontál, Temes and Krasso-Szörény in 1910.

This second map is still work in progress. 

A number of raster images, derived from a number of paper map series originating around the turn of the 19th-20th centuries,have been georeferenced to align with OpenStreetMap. These rasters are being used as sources for the creation of digitised administrative boundaries for the settlements. 

The paper maps were copied with permission from the archives of the Nemzeti Földrajzi Intézet in Budapest, ca. 1995, with the exception of the iii felméres, which came from Jozsef Atilla Tudomanyegyetem (JATE), Szeged, Hungary, 

Bács-Bodrog and Torontál counties' 1910 settlement-level boundaries have been completed. Those for Temes (within the present-day Serbian Banat) also. A start only has been made on the 1910 settlement boundaries for those portions of Temes which are in the present-day Romanian Banat.

The 1,100 settlement locations were originally located from the Third Military Survey of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (iii felméres) from ca. 1860-70, and have been adjusted by reference to OpenStreetMap.

Present day commune boundaries in Romania, which closely follow aggregations of the 1910 boundaries were kindly supplied by Prof. Remus Cretan, of the West University of Timisoara.

Present-day Opstina and Okrug boundaries for Serbia, which have served as a partial guide for the 1910 boundaries, were kindly supplied by Prof Sasa Kisosev, Department of Geography, University of Novi Sad.

OpenStreetMap (R), 2002 (R), 2012 (R) is being used as the reference to which the raster map layers are being registered.

ArcGIS Online packaged versions for ArcGIS 10.2.2

Work-in-progress map v. 0.43