Title

A New Way to Search Old Maps

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting

Organization

North American Cartographic Information Society

Location

Sacramento, CA

Conference Dates

October 7-10, 2009

Date of Presentation

10-9-2009

Abstract

Searching for historic maps and aerial photographs either traditionally or digitally requires the researcher to think textually -- using words and numbers to find something that is best spatially represented. I will explore how researchers can use a graphical maps database that skips having to explain with words or search for the exact right word to describe a location that could have vague local geographic names. I will guide the attendees on a tour of graphical maps database that I created at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona in 2001 (http://sharlot.org/archives/maps/index.html). As a I prepare to create a similar program at the University of the Pacific's Holt-Atherton Special Collections, I have explored other technologies that might be able to help such as a standard MARC record, Google Earth Community, Rumsey's maps, Wikimapia, and CONTENTdm.

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