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October 20, 2009

Ordnance Survey Maps Online

For online access to topographic maps of Great Britain, check out the Get-a-map site.

Click the pink "I want to Get-a-map now!" icon to load the map viewer. Once you have your area in the viewer at the appropriate zoom lever, click "Print/Save/Copy" in the upper right corner of the window. Right-click on the image that appears and select "Save image as..." to save the image to your computer. Even though the image may appear small on the screen, it will be 1250x1250 when downloaded...

Telling River Stories

Telling River Stories is a multi-disciplinary project that researches and disseminates the stories of how communities and individuals have lived with rivers. What has the river meant to people in the past, and how can we bring that meaning to light today? How does the role of the river differ among cultural and ethnic groups? How can we connect stories about the river's importance to stronger stewardship efforts?

Use the map and pushpins to navigate to a particular river story. Zoom in to the Twin Cities area to see the many examples available for our area.


OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

If you like the idea of a community-created map, check this out: US city to start giant 'mapathon'

October 13, 2009

Canadian Topographic Maps in GEOSCAN

You can now find over 13,000 Canadian topographic maps via GEOSCAN, the search engine for publications of Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) Earth Sciences Sector.

Use GEOSCAN's Advanced Search page and select the "GC Topographic Maps" option in the Series search box to limit your search to these maps.

The full display for each map provides links to PDF images and to the National Topographic Data Base (NTDB) data.

Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse Map Gallery

A wide array of Minnesota maps are available from the Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse Map Gallery.

Find maps representing the following themes:

  • Administrative and Political Boundaries,
  • Land Ownership,
  • Geodetic,
  • Demographics,
  • Business and Economics,
  • Health
  • Recreation and Tourism,
  • Agriculture,
  • Biology and Ecology,
  • Environmental Monitoring,
  • Land cover
  • Water,
  • Climatology
  • Geology and Soils,
  • Elevation,
  • Imagery and Photographs,
  • Basemaps, Scanned Maps and Charts,
  • Facilities,
  • Transportation,
  • and Utilities and Communication.
Check it Out!

Minnesota Maps available from Datanet

The Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) provides access to Datanet, an online system which contains statistics about social, economic and demographic conditions in Minnesota and provides access to many maps as well.

Find or create maps based on the available data covering the following areas/topics:

  • the 2000 census,
  • the 1990 census,
  • criminal activity,
  • Minnesota land use,
  • and more.
Check it out!

October 12, 2009

Language Maps

mla language map icron.jpgThe Modern Language Association Language Map "uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States."

You can make a map for just Minnesota and zoom in to the Twin Cities (or some other area of the state) for more detailed mapping by zipcodes. Check it out!

October 2, 2009

Libre Map Project

The purpose of the Libre Map Project is to aggregate and make digital maps and related GIS data available for free.

Check out the USGS Digital Raster Graphics (DRG) in both tiff and tfw formats available from this site.

Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins

Wired recently featured Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins, a project from Kansas State University.

These maps were highlighted in the the Las Vegas Sun earlier this year too.

Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2009

We are coming to the end of Banned Books week. Check out this map of book bans and challenges over the last couple of years!

Online Army Map Service collection

Check out the Perry-CastaƱeda Library Army Map Service topographic maps available online. Find numerous countries (e.g., China, Korea, Japan, and many more) at 1:250,000 or check out the world set at 1:1,000,000.

A Google Earth index (scroll to the bottom of the page to download the kml file) is available to see all the maps available from this set.

USGS Topographic Maps For Google Earth

If you are a Google Earth fan, check out the USGS topographic maps now available from the Google Earth Library. Click on the green "buttons" to get to the second grid with blue buttons that let you view a particular map.

Information Literacy Awareness Month

Check out President Obama's declaration for October 2009, Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Given the ubiquitous nature of geospatial and mapping information available to all of us, don't forget to include spatial literacy as a part of your information literacy repertoire as well.