23 maps to help chart Singapore's 50-year growth

23 maps to help chart Singapore's 50-year growth
(From left) A street map from 1954, another from 1984 and a third from 2007 are among the 23 that the Singapore Land Authority will be releasing. The public can download images of the street maps and use them to generate visuals such as infographics to chart Singapore's growth.

Trace the growth of the Lion City over five decades through 23 maps to be made available to the public from next month.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) yesterday said it will release 23 street maps dated between 1954 and 2009. These show the whole of Singapore.

The public can download images of the maps from national map website OneMap.sg and use them to come up with visuals such as infographics to chart Singapore's changes.

SLA chief executive Vincent Hoong said: "We hope the public will find these maps useful. We encourage Singaporeans to generate interesting geo-visualisations of Singapore's development over the years to commemorate SG50." The Republic turns 50 next year.

The agency is releasing its maps in line with the Infocomm Development Authority's Data in the City challenge which lasts till Oct 29. Teams of participants can use data from national repository data.gov.sg or OneMap as well as other sources to tell a Singapore story to commemorate the Republic's jubilee year.

Editor and heritage enthusiast Choo Lip Sin, 43, said the maps "will not only help Singaporeans of today, but also many generations to come, to reconstruct our collective memories and figure out elements of this city that we treasure as a nation, as a community and as a global citizen".

This article was published on Aug 23 in The Straits Times.


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