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Maps and More kicks off with Maps of the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition & the Panama Canal

The Spring 2015 Maps and More sessions kick off Friday, February 20th with, "From Panama to San Francisco: Maps of the Panama Canal and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition." As the title implies, we will showcase maps of both San Francisco's 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition and the Panama Canal itself. You can check out more about the series and the maps included at the Maps and More web guide. Maps and More is a monthly pop-up exhibit drawn from the collections of the Earth Sciences and Map Library.

What: From Panama to San Francisco: Maps of the Panama Canal and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Where: Earth Sciences & Map Library seminar room, 50 McCone Hall

When: Friday, February 20th, 11 am - noon

View of the Pan-Pacific Exposition City

Image citation: "San Francisco showing location of Panama Pacific International Exposition / compliments of International Harvester Company of America," (1915), by J.N. Matthews Co. Image on verso, "Bird's-eye view of Panama-Pacific International Exposition grounds." Scanned from the collection of the Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Feb 13, 2015 | Categories: Events | spowell

National Academies Press' guide to the State of the Union Address

Each year the National Academies Press (NAP) publishes a full transcript of the President's State of the Union Address,  interspersed with links to relevant NAP publications.  While browsing through the transcript of President Obama's speech you can click on the linked titles to learn more about the issues and the science behind them. The 2015 edition highlights publications on topics ranging from climate change science to cybersecurity and America's criminal justice system, including the 2014 titles "Climate Change: Evidence and Causes" and "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences."

The NAP publishes the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, in total over 200 publications a year. Almost all of the NAP publications are available for free download as pdf files. Search and browse for them at the NAP website:

Jan 22, 2015 | Categories: Events | spowell

Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) website now live

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) opened their physical doors this fall, and earlier this week they launched their web home: BIDS describes itself as,"[A] central hub of research and education at UC Berkeley designed to facilitate and nurture data-intensive science." The BIDS' goal is to: "bring together broad constituents of the data science community, including domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences and methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics... [in] new and creative ways to engage and foster collaboration across these different research fields."

The new BIDS website contains information about the institute: who the fellows are, the research they are doing, and what resources they offer to the campus community. You can browse the list of fellows who offer office hours to disucuss your data-intensive research problems, or learn about upcoming events. The institute is physically located in 190 Doe Library.

Dec 09, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Guatemalan geoportal now available

Just recently the Geographic Institute of Guatemala launched a new web geoportal for maps of Guatemala. According to an article published by GIM International, the new service, "provides open access to more than 20 thematic layers on topics such as geodesy, vegetation cover, land use, geology, hydrology and road network, among others." Additionally, they report that, "The services use Geoserver and Geoexplorer, and were developed with support from the GeoSUR Program and PAIGH, with funding from the Eye on Earth Alliance."

A seamless topographic map base layer is one very nice feature of this new geoportal. Another is the "Identify" tool, which allows you to retrieve information about the active layers at the selected point. You can explore the maps online at

Dec 08, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

Special Thanksgiving edition of "Maps and More" -- Friday, Nov. 21, 11 am - noon

"Maps and More" is a regular show-and-tell featuring hidden treasures from the Earth Sciences and Map Library. Please join us for a special Thanksgiving edition, in which we will join forces to create our own maps that show the origins of classic Thanksgiving foods.

Mapping Your Meal: the origins of your Thanksgiving feast

Friday, November 21, 11 am - 12 pm

Earth Sciences and Map Library Seminar Room

map of North American wild turkey range

We hope to see you there!

And be sure to mark your calendar for the final "Maps and More" of the semester on Friday, December 5th (same time, same place) for a Study Break session.

Nov 18, 2014 | Categories: Events | spowell

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