« November 2009 | Main | January 2010 »

December 21, 2009

Track Santa with Google!

Official NORAD Santa Tracker

Watch the video, or check back on the site on the big night to track Santa in Google Earth!

December 17, 2009

Historic map coming to Minnesota

One of the world's rarest maps -- a massive print from 1602 showing the world with China as its center -- will soon be on permanent display at the University of Minnesota.

The James Ford Bell Trust announced this week that it has acquired the "Impossible Black Tulip," the first map in Chinese to show the Americas, from a London books and maps dealer for $1 million. Only six copies of the map remain and several are in poor condition.

Click to read the full article

Click to view the Media Advisory from the James Ford Bell Library

December 16, 2009

New Historic Maps Online

1,238 new maps and images were added to the David Rumsey Collection on November 30, 2009.

Included are John Cary's comprehensive road map of England and Wales from 1794 (plus a composite image joining all 81 sheets), John Wilson's important Map of South Carolina, 1822, Pick's time-line historical chart from 1858, geological and oil maps of Pennsylvania, 2 editions of Rand McNally's Business Atlas, 3 editions of Johnston's Royal Atlas, the atlas edition of Viele's map of New York City from 1874, and more.

David Rumsey Map Collection -- New Maps

December 14, 2009

Geography of a Recession

The Decline: The Geography of a Recession

Interactive map showing unemployment rates by U.S. county from January 2007 through October 2009.

December 9, 2009

New USGS Map Format

A New Generation of USGS Maps

"Arranged in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format, US Topo maps are available free on the Web. Each map quadrangle is constructed in GeoPDF® format from key layers of geographic data -- orthoimagery, roads, geographic names, topographic contours, and hydrographic features -- found in The National Map, a nationwide collection of integrated data from local, state, federal, and other sources."

Click the link above to read the press release...

December 7, 2009

BWCA in Google Earth

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness organization has posted KML files for the BWCA!


December 4, 2009

Strange Maps


California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.
By Frank Jacobs -- Slate.com

December 1, 2009

NEW! Interactive Campus Map (BETA)

The new Interactive Campus Map allows you to move around, zoom in or out, see an aerial view and includes layers for libraries, emergency phones, parking, tunnels, skyways, transportation and more!

Interactive Campus Map (BETA)

Gift Ideas For Your Favorite GISer


A personal favorite: