Exploring digitised maps in Trove

If you've ever poked around in Trove's 'map' zone, you might have noticed the beautiful deep-zoomable images available for many of the NLA's digitised maps. Even better, in many cases the high-resolution TIFF versions of the digitised maps are available for download.

I knew there were lots of great maps you could download from Trove, but how many? And how big were the files? I thought I'd try to quantify this a bit by harvesting and analysing the metadata.

The size of the downloadable files (both in bytes and pixels) are embedded within the landing pages for the digitised maps. So harvesting the metadata involves a number of steps:

  • Use the Trove API to search for maps that include the phrase "nla.obj" – this will filter the results to maps that have been digitised and are available through Trove
  • Work through the results, checking to see if the record includes a link to a digital copy.
  • If there is a digital copy, extract the embedded work data from the landing page.
  • Sometimes the work data doesn't include the copyright status, if it doesn't then I scrape it from the page.

Here's the downloaded metadata as a CSV formatted file. You can also browse the results using Google Sheets.

Setting things up

In [16]:
import requests
from tqdm import tqdm_notebook
from requests.adapters import HTTPAdapter
from requests.packages.urllib3.util.retry import Retry
from IPython.display import display, FileLink
import re
import json
import time
import pandas as pd
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import altair as alt

s = requests.Session()
retries = Retry(total=5, backoff_factor=1, status_forcelist=[ 502, 503, 504 ])
s.mount('https://', HTTPAdapter(max_retries=retries))
s.mount('http://', HTTPAdapter(max_retries=retries))


You'll need a Trove API key to harvest the data.

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api_key = ''

Define some functions to do the work

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def get_total_results(params):
    Get the total number of results for a search.
    these_params = params.copy()
    these_params['n'] = 0
    response = s.get('https://api.trove.nla.gov.au/v2/result', params=these_params)
    data = response.json()
    return int(data['response']['zone'][0]['records']['total'])

def get_fulltext_url(links):
    Loop through the identifiers to find a link to the digital version of the journal.
    url = None
    for link in links:
        if link['linktype'] == 'fulltext' and 'nla.obj' in link['value']:
            url = link['value']
    return url

def get_copyright_status(response):
    Scrape copyright information from a digital work page.
    soup = BeautifulSoup(response.text, 'lxml')
    copyright_status = soup.find('div', id='tab-access').strong.string
    return copyright_status

def get_work_data(url):
    Extract work data in a JSON string from the work's HTML page.
    response = s.get(url)
        work_data = json.loads(re.search(r'var work = JSON\.parse\(JSON\.stringify\((\{.*\})', response.text).group(1))
    except (AttributeError, TypeError):
        work_data = '{}'
        # If there's no copyright info in the work data, then scrape it
        if 'copyrightPolicy' not in work_data:
            work_data['copyrightPolicy'] = get_copyright_status(response)
    return work_data

def format_bytes(size):
    # 2**10 = 1024
    power = 2**10
    n = 0
    power_labels = {0 : '', 1: 'K', 2: 'M', 3: 'G', 4: 'T'}
    while size > power:
        size /= power
        n += 1
    return size, power_labels[n]+'B'

def get_map_data(work_data):
    Look for file size information in the embedded data
    map_data = {}
    width = None
    height = None
    num_bytes = None
        # Make sure there's a downloadable version
        if work_data.get('accessConditions') == 'Unrestricted' and 'copies' in work_data:
            for copy in work_data['copies']:
                # Get the pixel dimensions
                if 'technicalmetadata' in copy:
                    width = copy['technicalmetadata'].get('width')
                    height = copy['technicalmetadata'].get('height')
                # Get filesize in bytes
                elif copy['copyrole'] in ['m', 'o', 'i', 'fd'] and copy['access'] == 'true':
                    num_bytes = copy.get('filesize')
            if width and height and num_bytes:
                size, unit = format_bytes(num_bytes)
                # Convert bytes to something human friendly
                map_data['filesize_string'] = '{:.2f}{}'.format(size, unit)
                map_data['filesize'] = num_bytes
                map_data['width'] = width
                map_data['height'] = height
                map_data['copyright_status'] = work_data.get('copyrightPolicy')
    except AttributeError:
    return map_data

def get_maps():
    Harvest metadata about maps.
    url = 'http://api.trove.nla.gov.au/v2/result'
    maps = []
    params = {
        'q': '"nla.obj-"',
        'zone': 'map',
        'l-availability': 'y',
        'l-format': 'Map/Single map',
        'bulkHarvest': 'true', # Needed to maintain a consistent order across requests
        'key': api_key,
        'n': 100,
        'encoding': 'json'
    start = '*'
    total = get_total_results(params)
    with tqdm_notebook(total=total) as pbar:
        while start:
            params['s'] = start
            response = s.get(url, params=params)
            data = response.json()
            # If there's a startNext value then we get it to request the next page of results
                start = data['response']['zone'][0]['records']['nextStart']
            except KeyError:
                start = None
            for work in tqdm_notebook(data['response']['zone'][0]['records']['work'], leave=False):
                # Check to see if there's a link to a digital version
                    fulltext_url = get_fulltext_url(work['identifier'])
                except KeyError:
                    if fulltext_url:
                        work_data = get_work_data(fulltext_url)
                        map_data = get_map_data(work_data)
                        if 'filesize' in map_data:
                            trove_id = re.search(r'(nla\.obj\-\d+)', fulltext_url).group(1)
                                contributors = '|'.join(work.get('contributor'))
                            except TypeError:
                                contributors = work.get('contributor')
                            # Get basic metadata
                            # You could add more work data here
                            # Check the Trove API docs for work record structure
                            map_data['title'] = work['title']
                            map_data['fulltext_url'] = fulltext_url
                            map_data['trove_url'] = work.get('troveUrl')
                            map_data['trove_id'] = trove_id
                            map_data['date'] = work.get('issued')
                            map_data['creators'] = contributors
    return maps

Download map data

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maps = get_maps()

Convert to dataframe and save to CSV

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# Convert to dataframe
df = pd.DataFrame(maps)
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# Save to CSV
df.to_csv('single_maps.csv', index=False)

Let's explore the results

In [28]:
# Reload data from CSV if necessary
df = pd.read_csv('single_maps.csv')

How many single maps have high-resolution downloads?

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print('{:,} maps'.format(df.shape[0]))
20,158 maps

How much map data is available for download?

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size, unit = format_bytes(df['filesize'].sum())
print('{:.2f}{}'.format(size, unit))

What's the copyright status of the maps?

In [32]:
Out of Copyright                   14967
In Copyright                        3271
No known copyright restrictions     1506
Edition Out of Copyright             245
Copyright Undetermined               148
Edition In Copyright                  12
Unknown                                6
Perpetual                              2
Copyright Uncertain                    1
Name: copyright_status, dtype: int64

Let's show the copyright status as a chart...

In [14]:
counts = df['copyright_status'].value_counts().to_frame().reset_index()
counts.columns = ['status', 'count']

Let's look at the sizes of the download files.

So while most are less than 500MB, almost 5,000 are between 0.5 and 1GB!

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df['mb'] = df['filesize'] / 2**10 / 2**10
    x=alt.X('mb', bin=True, title='MB'),

What's the biggest file available for download?

In [22]:
copyright_status                      No known copyright restrictions
creators                                   Geological Survey of India
date                                                             1932
filesize                                                   3623879488
filesize_string                                                3.38GB
fulltext_url                      http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-591001246
height                                                          38023
title               Map of the City of Rangoon and suburbs 1928-29...
trove_id                                            nla.obj-591001246
trove_url                     https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/182743876
width                                                           31769
mb                                                               3456
Name: 3017, dtype: object

All downloads greater than 3GB.

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df.loc[(df['filesize'] / 2**10 / 2**10 / 2**10) > 3]
copyright_status creators date filesize filesize_string fulltext_url height title trove_id trove_url width mb
1218 Out of Copyright Imray, James F. (James Frederick), 1829?-1891 1853-1863 3388748804 3.16GB http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-390032889 24785 Chart of the west, south and east coasts of Au... nla.obj-390032889 https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/13684619 45575 3231.762699
3017 No known copyright restrictions Geological Survey of India 1932 3623879488 3.38GB http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-591001246 38023 Map of the City of Rangoon and suburbs 1928-29... nla.obj-591001246 https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/182743876 31769 3456.000793
4578 In Copyright Indonesia. Direktorat Geologi 1970 3279210576 3.05GB http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-568387103 41429 Peta geologi teknik daerah Jakarta - Bogor : E... nla.obj-568387103 https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/20208553 26384 3127.298904
4830 No known copyright restrictions Taiwan 1942 3264456500 3.04GB http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-400826638 25508 Nyūginia-tō zenzu / Taiwan Sōtokufu Gaijibu... nla.obj-400826638 https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/205481810 42659 3113.228321
7237 In Copyright Indonesia. Direktorat Geologi 1963 3311801600 3.08GB http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-568387099 20990 Geological map of Djawa and Madura / compiled ... nla.obj-568387099 https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/218208895 52593 3158.380127
19858 Out of Copyright South Australia. Surveyor-General's Office 1885-1950 3308608288 3.08GB http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-230705067 43121 Plan shewing pastoral leases and claims in the... nla.obj-230705067 https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/8818311 25576 3155.334747

The widest image?

In [26]:
copyright_status                                         In Copyright
creators                               Brunei Shell Petroleum Company
date                                                             1968
filesize                                                   3008938460
filesize_string                                                2.80GB
fulltext_url                      http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-636346192
height                                                          14652
title               Land status petroleum mining agreement in resp...
trove_id                                            nla.obj-636346192
trove_url                     https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/230363372
width                                                           68453
mb                                                            2869.55
Name: 8165, dtype: object

The tallest image?

In [27]:
copyright_status                                     Out of Copyright
creators                   South Australia. Surveyor-General's Office
date                                                        1885-1950
filesize                                                   3308608288
filesize_string                                                3.08GB
fulltext_url                      http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-230705067
height                                                          43121
title               Plan shewing pastoral leases and claims in the...
trove_id                                            nla.obj-230705067
trove_url                       https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/8818311
width                                                           25576
mb                                                            3155.33
Name: 19858, dtype: object

Created by Tim Sherratt.

Work on this notebook was supported by the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Data Enhanced Virtual Lab.