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June 29, 2009

Minnesota Historical Society - Maps

The Minnesota Historical Society has a new Maps page. Check it out to explore some wonderful online historical maps of the state and to learn more about the Map Exhibit on display until Sept. 7th.

Also...don't forget to visit their Minnesota Maps online for Original Public Land Survey Maps and some historic atlas and plat book materials.

June 17, 2009

Digital Maps Beta from USGS

The "Digital Map - Beta" is the first step toward a new generation of digital topographic maps delivered by the U.S. Geological Survey. These maps are built from The National Map data, which are integrated from local, State, Federal, and other sources. The initial version of the "Digital Map - Beta" includes orthoimagery plus roads and geographic names in the traditional 7.5 minute quadrangle format. "Digital Maps - Beta" are available free on the Web in the GeoPDF format. File size is about 15 to 20 Megabytes. (Description taken from the USGS website.)

June 16, 2009

Geocode data using Google Fusion Tables

Mapperz provides some step by step instructions on fast batch geocoding using Google Fusion Tables. Try it out!

Learn more about visualizing data using Google Fusion Tables.

New Atlases in the Borchert Map Library

Thumbnail image for penguinwomen.jpg          The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World - Call number: G1046.E1 S4 2009

chinaatlas.jpg The State of China Atlas - Call Number: G2305.B4 2009

socialus.jpgAllyn & Bacon Social Atlas of the United States - Call Number: G1201.E6 F74 2008

June 12, 2009

Flickr Releases Shapefiles in the Public Domain

Flickr has made their shapefile data available under the Creative Commons Zero Waiver....placing them within the public domain so that researchers, developers and others can use them without worry.

Additional information about the shape files is available on their site.

June 8, 2009

United States drought map (2005 - 2009) on Google Earth

NOAA has put together a nicely animated loop showing drought in the United States from 2005 to 2009 in Google Earth. You need to download and install Google Earth to view this map.

USDA ARRA Projects Map available

This map shows the locations of United States Department of Agriculture projects funded by the American Recovery Act of 2009.

June 2, 2009

Try It Out! MapHappy - A new way to find maps in our collections!

MapHappy Search

Explore our new Google Map mashup that helps you geospatially find maps found in the collections of the Twin Cities UMN libraries.