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First "Maps and More" show-and-tell this Friday (Oct. 10)!

"Maps and More," our new weekly collections show-and-tell at the Earth Sciences and Map Library, begins this Friday!

Please join us for this week's session:

Take a hike: an introduction to local trail maps

Friday, Oct. 10, 11 am - 12 pm

Earth Sciences and Map Library Seminar Room

portion of map of Tilden

And be sure to mark your calendars for future sessions:

Oct. 17: Build a better map trap

Oct. 24: Earth beneath your feet: Geological Atlases and Berkeley landslide maps

Oct. 31: Ghost Town Maps

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Oct 06, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Geography through time: doctoral dissertation trends

How has the discipline of Geography changed over time? David Kaplan and Jennifer Mapes - two professors from Kent State University - are analyzing geography dissertation titles from the past 125 years or so to explore this question. Inside Higher Ed posted an article a few weeks ago describing the professors' research and some of their preliminary findings. Keep an eye out for an early 2015 article on their research in Geographical Review!

Oct 06, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

New free North Korea web map service

Screenshot of Daum North Korea map service As announced on the "Chosun Ilbo" English-language website, there is a new freely available map service that includes detailed information about North Korea's streets, buildings, and landmarks:

A new online map service gives a free detailed view of North Korea's streets, buildings and landmarks.

The map, released by South Korean portal site Daum, was previously only available to businesses. It was produced by the state-run National Geographic Information Institute, which says it hopes releasing the data will help organizations and private companies do research on North Korea.

It can now be accessed for free on computers or smartphones.

The website is only available in Korean, although Google Translate can help with some of the menu items. The map shows South Korea, as well as North Korea. The website URL is:

Sep 16, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Now hiring! GIS graduate student assistant

The Earth Sciences & Map Library is hiring a Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) to work on GIS projects in the library. To begin with the main focus will be on expanding the collection of datasets in our geoportal (GeoData@Berkeley), but will eventually expand to include other GIS-related projects of interest to the GSA and the library. The position pays $14.01/hour and is part-time at 12-15 hrs/week. Qualified applicants will have at least a basic familiarity with GIS, and be a current grad student at Berkeley.
Interested students can find the full job description posted here:
To apply: Please ignore the application instructions at the job posting website and just send me ( a current CV and brief statement of interest. I will contact applicants about setting up an interview, hopefully during the week of Sept. 8-12.
Sep 02, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

British Library using crowd-sourcing to georeference old maps

Have you ever wished that you could digitally explore the beautiful maps hidden inside old books? The British Library has just made some dreams come true by releasing a new set of over 3,100 historic maps into their crowd-sourced georeferencing web application, the BL Georeferencer. The public - you! - can  use the online tool to overlay the historic maps on modern web maps. As the British Library says, what a great way to "compare the past with the present." Read more about the newly released images - scans of map illustrations from 17th, 18th, and 19th century books - at the British Library's own blog.

BL Georeferencer in action

Instructions for the BL Georeferencer - including a short video tutorial - are online at the georeferencer home page. You can also browse through maps that others have already georeferenced. In addition to viewing them online, the British Libray gives you the option of downloading the georeferenced image as either an ESRI World or Google Earth KMZ file.

Jul 09, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

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