December 18, 2017

Digitized Maps: California: More than 13,000 Online Maps Provide Historic View of State

From a California Watch Article: This week, the U.S. Geological Survey added 13,688 historical California topographic maps to its online archive [free], hundreds of which date back to the 1800s. From the Gold Rush town of Downieville in the Sierras to El Cajon in the hills above San Diego Bay, the maps provide a picture […]

New Resource: Federal Geographic Data Committee Launches Geoplatform.gov

From the U.S. Department of the Interior: The federal government and its geospatial partners today unveiled www.geoplatform.gov, a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. This prototype version of the Geospatial Platform combines map-based data and tools with the latest internet […]

New Local Resource: District of Columbia: DDOT Releases Online Public Space Permit Lookup Tool

From the DC Department of Transportation: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced it has added new features to its Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) that makes the program even more user friendly for the public. Public Space Permit Lookup Tool The GIS (geographic information system) enabled Public Space Permit Lookup Tool gives the […]

Reference: New from U.S. Census: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States Wall Map

New from the U.S. Census: The “American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States” wall map shows the American Indian and Alaska Native Areas reported or delineated for the 2010 Census. The map contains related graphics that reflect 2010 Census data. The printed map is 48 by 36 inches with a map of the […]

Reference: World Guide to Covered Bridges Database (Searchable)

The database is produced by the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures (NCWTS) at Iowa St. University. From the Database Info Page: The World Guide to Covered Bridges is produced and maintained by the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. It uses a numbering system to identify the individual bridges The National Park […]

New From David Rumsey Map Collection: San Francisco Aerial Photographs 1938

Super cool images and a great example of library collaboration. From a Rumsey Map Collection Blog Post (With Highlights): We have put online a set of 164 large format, sharp, black and white vertical aerial photographs of San Francisco taken in 1938 from an airplane by Harrison Ryker, a pioneer in aerial photography. The photographs […]

New: Reference: Great Lakes Coastal Photos and Conservation Information Now Available for Entire Upper Peninsula Shoreline (Free)

From a News Release: Imagine having a birds-eye view of the Great Lakes coastline anywhere in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan including the shorelines of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Now you can! The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is proud to announce the Great Lakes Shoreviewer a free online imagery tool that provides […]

Local Information: "Introducing MapQuest Vibe, a New Way to Explore" (Beta)

Here’s a new betal release you might want to take a look at. Online today. One thing we like (for reference purposes) is how neighborhoods are outlined on maps. Of course boundaries can be vary by who you ask but it’s a start especially if you’re researching an area you’re unfamiliar with. From the MapQuest […]

Texas: UNT Libraries Placing Historic Maps from UT Arlington’s Collection Online

From the University of North Texas News Service: Around 1770, a Franciscan priest captured the topography, missions and presidios north and south of the Rio Grande to reveal the presence of Christianity in portions of the region. This manuscript map, created in ink, watercolor and gold on vellum, was one of the first to show […]

New From Bing: Maps For 42 U.S. Airport Terminals

Rollout with maps of 42 airport terminals got underway yesterday. Here’s an example using the map for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). More info including a list of the airports and two ways to quickly access the terminal maps. See Also: Bing Provides Maps For More than 400 U.S. Shopping Malls