Simulating London in 1940

Aim

London1940.org simulates 100 miles by 100 miles of the area around the South East of England including London in 1940.

Development

The simulation is developed from the ApeSDK's urban simulation.

Data

Interpreted map data coming from the Ordinance Survey maps of 1940 from the National Library of Scotland which thankfully is free to use for this kind of work. It represents very varied map data including buildings, rail, road, waterways, and orchards.

Creative Commons License
All maps are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Software

The conversion effort to change these PNG map files into JSON has been achieved thanks to the assistance of Bob Mottram. The important command line processing repositories is:

  • mapout - creates map2json which converts the PNG files to JSON files and contains the five towns of initial interest. Also contains all the automation testing around the JSON output files. In particular can they be quickly read by the ApeSDK.

  • urban simulation includes drawout which takes the ApeSDK compatible JSON file and generates a map showing the details captured in the JSON from the original map PNG. Also mapedit for editing the JSON files with the original PNG images backing the editing.

  • mapblend - contains the original full resolution Ordinance Survey maps for the area.

    The source is licensed under the ApeSDK license (a version of the BSD license (BSD-1-Clause + Joke)).

    We are very close to getting the data-set into an agent simulation and are looking for agent modellers who are interested in this problem space.

    Initial Simulations

    The initial aim of the project is to simulate small towns such as Ashford, Kent.

    And Folkestone, Kent.

    It is projected another location may be simulated such as Canterbury, Southend-on-Sea and Maidstone before the broader simulation of London is undertaken.

    This web page will serve as a location for temporal updates of information. All email correspondence can be directed to Tom Barbalet barbalet at gmail dot com.

    Thank you for your interest.