The TORA project aims to establish a register of historic settlement units (villages, hamlets and single farms) in Sweden from the Middle Ages until about the year 1800. The goal is to establish TORA as a hub/authority for various historical databases of geographical information in Sweden.

About 15,000 settlement units have previously been registered as coordinates on the basis of large-scale geometrical maps from the 1600s (see http://www.riksarkivet.se/geometriska). In this project a digital platform is built using linked open data technologies. This will make TORA accessible to other databases and web applications. When databases are connected to TORA it becomes possible to make combined searches that promotes research. Two new databases will also be created of book series Det medeltida Sverige (Medieval Sweden) and Sveriges ortnamn (Place-Names of Sweden).

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Institute for Language and Folklore and researchers at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and runs until the end in 2017 with funding from Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Project leader is Olof Karsvall:

olof.karsvall[at]riksarkivet.se, 010-476 71 86

Ansvarig för sidan/ kontakt
Olof Karsvall
Page publishdate: 2016-09-20| Page last updated: 2016-09-20