July 25, 2013

Stephen S. Clark Library maps online

A new image database from the University of Michigan's Digital Library Production Service!

Nicolaes Vissche, Orbis terrarum nova et accuratissima tabula ca. 1658
Source: Stephen S. Clark Library, University of Michigan Libraries

To date, 107 digitized maps from the Stephen S. Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services are available. Full description, including Coded Cartographic Mathematical Data, is provided. The images are all in the public domain; please attribute access and use of the digitized maps to the Stephen S. Clark Library, University of Michigan Libraries.

This database will be updated frequently. The print map collection at the Clark Library contains over 370,000 maps; as such it is the largest in the state of Michigan and one of the largest at an academic institution!

A. Ruger, Panoramic view of the city of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., Michigan 1880
Source: Stephen S. Clark Library, University of Michigan Libraries

Search or browse the UM Clark Library Maps

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April 03, 2012

Google maps: The Amazon

Ever wanted to explore the Amazon? Well now you can from the comfort of your own home, with Google maps. In an effort to raise awareness of the precious and endangered ecosystem of the Amazon River and its tropical rainforests, Google launched a campaign to create “street views” of the river and its magnificent jungle surroundings. Check out films for how Google created this innovative project, or just sit back and enjoy the stunning sights along the river.

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September 13, 2011


"After World War II, Berea College created a general studies course called "Man and the Humanities," in which students studied literature, music, and art. One of the first assignments asked students to draw their home community. Over the four-decade life of this course, some 7,000 drawings were saved. Because many of the students who came to Berea during these years were from Appalachia, these drawings are now primary sources that offer revealing glimpses of Appalachian life over the last half of the twentieth century. Mappalachia is an effort to make the drawings accessible to scholars, alumni, and the wider public."

From ira on the website's forum:

"Through out the films, travels, and discussions it re-enforced the thought of that my people are part of this region that we come to know as Appalachia. Before I came I never even thought of this area to be special in any way, in fact I thought the rest of the world was similar. These thoughts became complete obsolete. I have learn that this is an ever changing region of people with traditions that are deeply rooted that are unique only to this area alone. The films we watch reminded myself of home, a home that I have tried to leave behind, but realized that it is something that I should try to move on from, but be proud of. We as a people of this region never had anything to be embarrassed about, even if outsiders couldn't understand it, and this is one of the reason why we are still strong. We have lasted all these years and I say that we will last a few more years as long as we keep our traditions, keep out whit, and keep true to ourself. For me, I will stop running from whom I am, and be that mountain man that I was born to be, after all how could I be anything else."

via Mappalachia

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July 11, 2011

Newspaper Map

One of the latest developments from Google Maps, Newspaper Map allows you to keep updated with all the latest news from around the world. Gather news directly from the source in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and many other languages or have newspapers translated to the language of your choice. Color-coded markers make it easy to find a newspaper in its original language from nearly any country worldwide, as well as providing a fun and easy way to access your news!

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March 01, 2011

BBC Dimensions

With BBC Dimensions, Google maps are used in innovative ways to provide a sense of scale for everything from the Great Wall of China, to Glastonbury festival to the Marianas Trench. Ever wonder how the Gulf Oil spill would look in London or the Colosseum in Berlin? Simply type in an address or place name to compare, say, the size of Stonehenge to your backyard or the size of the moon to your continent. A work in progress, BBC Dimensions aims to bring new perspectives to the understanding of history and events with the latest in mapping technology.

Below, see the Pyramids of Giza at Michigan Stadium, with the Pyramid of Khafre covering the Big House:

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January 18, 2011


Earth in 80 Languages
© WorldSpace Corporation and Ingo Gunther
Source: World Processor

Take a look at World Processor - a collection of about 200 beautiful physical world globes, visualizing the geographical distribution of various parameters, including temperature changes, population, energy consumption, pollution, wealth, refugees, life expectancy, and so on.

Global warming and cooling
© WorldSpace Corporation and Ingo Gunther

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December 14, 2010

Mapping Science

Visual Elements Periodic Table
© Murray Robertson and John Emsley

"Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: the physical part supports the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work. The exhibit is a 10-year effort."

License Plate Map of USA
© Kevin Hutchinson

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June 02, 2010


Panoramio is a geolocation-oriented photo sharing website.

Panoramio lets you see photos from all around the world on a map. You just have to select a location and you'll see pictures from there located on the map. Anyone can upload photos of places where they have been.

Using data from Panoramio, Ahti Heinla has created an interesting heat map on Google Maps that shows how popular different parts of the world are among tourists. The higher the picture count from a region, the more popular that place should be among tourists.

via digital inspiration

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December 03, 2009

Historical Maps on the Web

Finding high resolution images of historical maps can be challenging. Check out the University of Michigan Map Library listing of historical map websites.

The University of Texas, Austin, Map Library has a particularly rich site.

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October 26, 2009

World Digital Library

Another excellent site with primary source material digitized for world use:

"The World Digital Library is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from the United States and around the world. The project brings together on a single website rare and unique documents – books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings – that tell the story of the world’s cultures. The site is intended for general users, students, teachers, and scholars."

The home page presents a nifty multi-lingual search interface including a world map and a timeline.

Image of the Emir of Bukhara, 1911, by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Click here to see more photos by Prokudin-Gorskii in the World Digital Library.

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October 19, 2009


Worldmapper is a collection of nearly 700 world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. The maps and data files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States plus a few others to include at least 99.95% of the world's population.

This map shows where people watch the most films (not including short films) at commercial screenings. Of the 7.6 billion films watched at cinemas, almost 3 billion viewings were recorded in one year in India.

The colours used on the maps group the territories into 12 geographical regions, and allow for an easier visual comparison between the maps than would otherwise be possible. The shading of each territory within a region is consistent throughout all of the maps.

You can view a labelled territory map with the territories labelled, and also a labelled regions map.

Here are cartograms for books borrowed

and books published

via Images of the social and economic world by Mark Newman

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