historical maps

British Library Crowdsources 2,700 Maps for Georeferencing

Launched back in February of 2012, the British Library started a pilot project to engage the public in help the library to georerefence a portion of its extensive digital maps collection. The British Library recently announced the successful completion of its efforts to have more than 2,700 maps georeferenced for […]

California as an Island – Map Collection Now Online

Stanford has announced that the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection of California as an Island is now available online.  Glen McLaughlin collected almost 800 maps specifically about California as an island over a period of 40 years.  The maps were acquired by Stanford University in December of 2011 and is the largest known […]

British Library Launches Crowdsourcing Map Georeferencing Program

The British Library has launched a pilot project to engage the public’s help in geoferencing historical maps.  A  sample of 725 maps of England and Wales from the 18th and 19th century (from the Ordnance Survey Drawings, 1780-1840) along with with large-scale street plans of London from  1560 to 1860 (from the the Crace […]

Where to Look for Historical Maps

The use of extracting data from old paper maps is growing in popularity as a method to understanding historical geography.  David Ramsey popularized the method of georectifying historical maps and draping those maps over a DEM to create a 3D view.    Pastmapper is a project that digitizes historical maps in […]