May 27, 2022

Indiana University Libraries Recognized For Digitization of Russian Military Topographic Maps (1883-1947)

From Indiana University:

Indiana University’s extensive collection of Russian Military topographic maps, spanning from 1883 to 1947, continue to gain increased attention thanks to a Council on Library and Information Resources $62,218 Digitizing Hidden Collections grant, focused on expanding access of these maps to global audiences.  This digitization project received positive recognition in May of 2019 when the Indiana Geographic Information Council recognized IU Libraries with an Excellence in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) award for their outstanding achievement in incorporating GIS technology into the grant project.


Excellence in GIS Awards acknowledge organizations for their exemplary use of geospatial technology in various projects.  The recognized project, Eastern Bloc Borderlands: Digitizing Russian Military Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, 1883-1947, digitized the maps, allowing widespread access to the collection.  The Russian Military produced these maps in the years surrounding World War II, and they now offer students and scholars across the globe a unique perspective of the historical context of the time period.

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