Research programmes

Kitchener's survey of Cyprus 1878-1883

Through a 19th century historic map, a wealth of information on the geography and culture of Cyprus is brought to life.

The online application entitled 'Kitchener's Survey of Cyprus 1878-1883 - The First Complete Trigonometrical Survey of Cyprus' is based on the results of the Research Programme 'Construction of a Cartographic Database and online application of the geographic information of the Kitchener’s Map of Cyprus (1885 edition)', created by the Department of Geography at Harokopio University in 2016, under the scientific supervision of Professor Christos Chalkias and funded by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation. The original map belongs to the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation Collection (M.0254).

The digital map as well as the web application were reformed during the summer of 2021, upgrading the user interface, embedding additions and corrections to the content of the digital map and the integration of two detailed large scale plans (1:2500) for Nicosia (Department of Lands and Surveys of Cyprus) and Limassol (Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation).

The online application took the second place in the 'Best DH Data Visualization' category of the Digital Humanities Awards 2021.

A brief description of the project is available in the e-book Creation of the Cartographic Database and Development of a Web Application Presenting the Geographic Information of Kitchener’s Map of the Island of Cyprus (edition of 1885).