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What is the OldVis project?

The OldVis project is a digital library dedicated to old visualizations. The digital library is built by assembling information related to old visualizations scattered in existing digital libraries such as David Rumsey Map Collection and Internet Archive. It has indexed over 13K old visualizations published before 1950.


The OldVis project consists of several components:

galleryAn online gallery of old visualizations (details).
oldvis_datasetA Python package to download old visualizations (details).
datasetData curation scripts in Python and the built dataset (details).
libqueryA Python package to query digital libraries (details).
libquery_extensionsA Python package that extends libquery (details).
libprocessA Python package to process query result of libquery (details).
libprocess_extensionsA Python package to process query result of libquery_extensions (details).
image classification labelerAn interactive data labeling system to label image classification.
image segmentation labelerAn interactive data labeling system to label image segmentation.
docsThis documentation website.

This documentation provides an overview of the project implementation. Detailed documentation can be found in each repository.


The stack of the OldVis project consists of four layers (from bottom to top):


We do not hold the copyright of the images of old visualizations indexed by the OldVis project. We have stored the rights information obtained from the data sources when available. When the rights information requires attribution (e.g., when the image is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0), you should attribute the original data source instead of us. If you want to redistribute the images, you may check whether the images are in the public domain according to copyright lengths and regulations in their country.