November 24, 2017

Historic Maps Go Digital, More than 161,000 Historic Topographic Maps Now Available from USGS (Free)

From the USGS: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has publicly released more than 161,000 digitally scanned historical maps spanning in excess of 130 years and covering the conterminous lower 48 states. This Historical Topographic Map Collection provides a comprehensive repository of the landscape of our Nation and tracks changes through time, providing essential clues critical […]

Several Improvements Made to Bing Maps, More than 900 Venue Maps Now Available

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From a Search Engine Land Post by Greg Sterling: Microsoft has introduced a number of improvements to Bing Maps, chief among which is making “venue maps” more obvious. Microsoft says there are roughly 900 venue/interior maps on Bing focused primarily on “malls, airports, casinos and shopping districts.” Google has a similar initiative but it’s focused […]

Reference: Healthcare: AdAge Map Shows Where People Get Sick, Dataset Also Available

The map shows prevalence of major illnesses by county. The dataset used to create the map also available as an XLS file. From the Article and Map via AdAge: As grim as it is to say this, for health-care marketers, knowing where people are sick is a useful data point. As part of the American […]

The Library of Congress Enhances Site Search Tools Including Launch of New “Object” Pages

From an LC Blog Post by Erin Allen: The Library’s main web search function has been improved. A new feature allows users to narrow their search results by language and location. In addition, the homepage and search-results pages have updated search boxes that allow users to refine their search by format, such as books, photos […]

Interactive Website Maps Pittsburgh’s History

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Mapping and Historical Site Viewer” — http://peoplemaps.esri.com/pittviewer/ — popped up on someone’s Facebook page, then spread. Jonathon Denson of McKees Rocks described it as “an awesome mapping tool” on his Discovering Historic Pittsburgh website. Someone then posted it on City-Data.com, where Gene Wilson of Allegheny West found it. [Clip] To […]

The Last Piece of the Puzzle: USGS Historical Maps

A brief look at USGS Historical Maps and info about how to access them online (free). From the Article: For almost 130 years the USGS topographic mapping program has accurately depicted the complex geography of our Nation.  Physical and cultural features change over time.  Maps are updated and new editions are printed.  For decades most […]

Interactive Map: New York City Energy Mapping Project (Block by Block Data)

via The Guardian: For any given block or lot you can view total fuel use as well as the proportion that is estimated to go on space-heating, electricity, space-cooling and hot water. As you might expect, blocks in Manhattan generally have the highest total energy use, while the majority of the lowest figures are found […]

Private Collector Gives Huge Trove of Road Maps to Stanford Libraries

From Stanford News: The phrase “important map collection” conjures images of medieval maps with dragons spurting fire at the edges of the world or yellowed charts tracing vanished civilizations. A 1964 Texaco road map of rural Oregon doesn’t usually fit the ticket. Yet Stanford University Libraries has acquired precisely that variety of maps in its […]

Reference: New Orleans: Online Tool Allows Research of French Quarter Properties

From The New Orleans Times-Picayune: The Historic New Orleans Collection has unveiled a new online tool for researching information on all French Quarter properties. The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey, available at www.hnoc.org/vcs/, is an electronic version of the Vieux Carré Survey, which has information on every block of the French Quarter, including […]

Digitized Maps: 1,596 New Maps and Images Added to David Rumsey Map Collection

From a D.R. Map Collection Blog Post: 1,596 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 30,599 maps and images. Included in this addition is Bowles’ 1733 Geography Epitomiz’d, an early example of information visualization; Abraham Bradley’s 1805 Post Road Map of the United States; […]