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Faithland: What’s the Most Highly Religious Part of America?

13 Feb

Faithland map of religious adherence in America

via Faithland: What’s the Most Highly Religious Part of America?

Lions, the Dutch, and Maps

21 Jun

Back in the 16th century, the “Leo Belgicus” helped the Netherlands win a long war for independence. Read Cara Giaimo’s fascinating illustrated post about this here at Atlas Obscura: The Lion-Shaped Maps That United a Nation – Atlas Obscura

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online

25 May

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900.  The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s.  By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.

Source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online | Library of Congress

How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That’s Nearly 6 Feet Tall

10 May

What does one do when the scanner is too small? Read about what the British Library did: How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That’s Nearly 6 Feet Tall – Atlas Obscura

Young, Lost, and Hopeless? This 18th-century Map Will Show You the Way to Happiness

6 Dec

At Atlas Obscura, Mariana Zapata guides us through an 18th-century allegorical map for young people: Young, Lost, and Hopeless? This Map Will Show You the Way to Happiness | Atlas Obscura

What Disappears When Ancient Documents Get Digitized?

21 Sep

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine is a treasure trove for the cartographically inclined. Its collection, which contains close to 450,000 items, spans the centuries, covering everything from a Ptolemaic chart of the world to a record of postal routes in the Dakota Territory. For much of the past decade, the library has been working to digitize that collection, carefully photographing many items it owns and presenting them for free online. It’s an effort that speaks to the ambivalent complexities of digitization, especially for archivists and researchers. Above all else, though, it’s an opportunity for the public to look at some astonishing—and frequently beautiful—maps. To better understand the Osher Library’s work, I spoke to Ian Fowler, the facility’s director. Fowler told me about the advanced imaging technology that the library uses, including a 60-megapixel camera used to capture especially large maps, and a new 3D camera…

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People In London Tried To Label The 50 US States On A Map

2 Dec
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