Maplocate implements a new methodology to automated map georeferencing based on toponym recognition and pattern matching algorithms. This methodology is publicly available and described in more detail at:

Karim Bahgat, and Daniel Runfola. Toponym-assisted map georeferencing: Evaluating the use of toponyms for the digitization of map collections. PLoS One. 2021 Nov 18;16(11):e0260039. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260039.

For researchers and developers

All code and other software developed as part of the toponym-based georeferencing methodology has been open-sourced and can be used by researchers and developers to implement or improve on the methodology:

About maplocate

Maplocate is a free map georeferencing service created by Karim Bahgat, with support from the William & Mary GeoLab.