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Pastmapper: 1853 San Francisco in 2011

 

Brad Thompson has just released Pastmapper, a new platform for describing the past. With Pastmapper, users can see mapping of the past in a contemporary context as well as understand about the past in a contemporary context.

Currently, Pastmapper shows San Francisco in 1852-1853, in a Google Maps style, with geocoded directory listings for businesses and individuals. In addition to this every increasing wealth of information, you can see the historical coastline of San Francisco, building footprints, and streets in the city that eithe r no longer exist or have changed name like DuPont Street.

Check Pastmapper frequently as this is the v. 0.1 release and it's sure to grow quickly.

Dec 08, 2011 | Categories: Events, Web resources | jridener

xkcd Gives Insight Into Your Peronality

The webcomic xkcd, helps map geeks figure out the keys their personalities in this awesome comic about map projections. It's kind of a Cosmo quiz for map nerds:

What your favorite map projection says about you

Map Projections

Nov 22, 2011 | Categories: Trivia | jridener

Earth Sciences and Map Library Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Earth Sciences and Map Library will be closed for Thanksgiving  from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. Additionally, the library will close early, at 5pm, on Thursday, November 23.

Regular semester hours will resume on Monday, November 28.

Please remember that the Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the library does. This means no checkouts or returns after 6:45pm Monday-Thursday and after 4:45pm Fridays.

There are a few days when the library will close early, before holidays:

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd: 9am - 5pm

Wednesday, Dec. 21st: 9am-5pm

Upcoming holidays include:

Dec. 22, 2011 - January 3, 2012 (Winter Break): Closed


We're looking forward to seeing you in the library!

Nov 22, 2011 | Categories: Hours | jridener

Earth Sciences and Map Library Closed Veterans Day Weekend

The Earth Sciences and Map Library will be closed for Veterans Day weekend from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13. Additionally, the library will close early, at 5pm, on Thursday, November 10.

Regular semester hours will resume on Monday, November 14.

 

Please remember that the Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the library does. This means no checkouts or returns after 6:45pm Monday-Thursday and after 4:45pm Fridays.

There are a few days when the library will close early, before holidays:

Thursday, Nov. 10th: 9am 5pm

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd: 9am - 5pm

Upcoming holidays include:

Nov. 24th/25th (Thanksgiving weekend): Closed

We're looking forward to seeing you in the library!

 

Nov 08, 2011 | Categories: Hours | jridener

Charting a More Perfect Union: NOAA's Historical Map and Chart Collection

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Coast Survey has made its collection of historical  maps and charts available online for viewing and free download. The Coast Survey was founded in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson to survey the United States' coast. Additional collections include land sketches, Civil War battle maps, and aeronautical charting from the 1930s to the 1950s, among other highlights.

Users can search for specific charts and maps or browse through collections of both. Interesting collections include the Coast Survey's work during the Civil War, Surface Currents of the Great Lakes, and New York Bay and Harbor. Of course, none of the historical charts are suitable for navigation, but they are public domain and available for reuse.

Oct 24, 2011 | Categories: Web resources | jridener

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