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- Long-standing WAML member Yvonne Wilson retired from the University of California, Irvine at the end of June. We wish Yvonne a happy retirement, though expect to see her at future WAML meetings.
- Job Announcments:
A Geographic Information Systems Specialist position is open at Purdue University Libraries.
Stanford University Libraries has a new position for a GIS Software Developer.
New Maps of the WAML Region
Publications about Mapping
- A new list of articles from Phil Hoehn.
Video: How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s (The Atlantic)
- New book from ACRL: Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Libraries
- This ia great looking book on the graphic display of information: Information Graphics (TASCHEN).
- A fabulous announcement from NACIS:
I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our journal's website, which can be found at http://www.cartographicperspectives.org. I'd also like to make you aware that, as of the release of the content for 2012, Cartographic Perspectives (CP) had the distinction of being the only fully open access journal of cartography in the world!
In April 2012, the NACIS Board of Directors decided to complete the transition of CP to a fully open access journal, moving away from the overly-complicated mixed open and subscription-based access model. With all content immediately available to anyone, CP is strategically positioned in the mainstream of the rising open access movement, and as a leader of this movement in cartography.
One advantage of open access is that we can make articles available in the timeliest manner. Our site currently features a collections article from Boris Michev of the Cornell University Library. This piece will eventually appear in a fully formed and formatted issue of CP (#71). But since we already have this piece on the shelf and it's open access, why wait? You may also note that the last two issues of 2011, CP 69 and CP 70, are now fully open and freely available from our site. Plans are underway to migrate previous issues of CP to the new website, but for now you can access older issues at http://www.nacis.org/index.cfm?x=42.
I'll be sure to keep you informed as we post new articles and issues, and as CP moves forward in this new and exciting direction.
Editor of Cartographic Perspectives
Other Map Organization
- GSIS: Newsletter (posted 6 months after publication)
- CUAC : Cartographic Users Advisory Council
- ANZMaps: The Australian and New Zealand Map Society Newsletter
- The WAML 2012 Meeting at the Univerisity of Hawai'i at Manoa from October 30-November 2nd is fast approaching. Please check the meeting page for the latest updates. The registration form was recently posted. Please send the registration form and payment no later than October 15.
Airfare when I booked last week for a direct flight from San Diego on Alaska Airlines was $336, which is about $200 less since the last News & Notes. This might be a great time to buy a ticket if you haven't already.
note from Tom Brittnacher on the geoportals pre-conference:
Are you interested in developing a geoportal for your library, or already started on the process? Then join us at the WAML Fall Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii for a pre-conference hackathon:
Supporting Geospatial Search and Discovery: Geoportals
Map libraries have faced increasing demand to make geospatial data available to their patrons online. As a result, interest and knowledge in creating and supporting geoportals has become core to many map libraries' services. This session will be a chance for those participants who work with and support geoportals to discuss their strategies and work, and an opportunity for those interested in starting geoportals to find out more about software, issues, and potential solutions.
Please note that this session will be both highly technical (we will do some coding during the session) and organized like an unconference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference) where the participants propose and present sessions.
Co-hosted by WAML and GILS
GIS in Library Services (GILS) is an informal gathering where GIS Librarians can share knowledge about technical issues that are not typically discussed at librarian conferences, but are more relevant to library work than those discussed at GIS conferences. The interactive, participant-led meetings include discussions, demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm
UH-Manoa Hamilton Library, MAGIS Lab, Room 006C
Register for this event on the WAML Fall Meeting registration form by checking next to YES under "Attending pre-conference all-day workshop?"
There is no additional charge for this event.
Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Press Release: Census Bureau Releases New Version of TIGERweb
The U.S. Census Bureau announces the release of a new version of TIGERweb, a Web-based map viewer from the agency’s Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System (TIGER) database.
TIGERweb allows users to view and query census geographic areas and features such as roads, railroads, rivers, lakes and other larger bodies of water. It currently displays boundaries, names and codes for 2010 Census legal and statistical geographic areas, such as counties, cities, towns and townships, census tracts and urban areas. In addition, TIGERweb contains population and housing unit counts from the 2010 Census for each of the geographic areas. See also: Introduction to TIGERweb (video).
- Swedes Find Stolen Atlas in New York (The New York Times)
- Apple and Google Go Head to Head Over Mobile Maps (NY Times)
- Google Maps, Earth updated with high-resolution imagery for 25 cities and 72 countries and regions. In related news, Bing Maps updated with high-resolution imagery. Not to mention, Google Maps vs. Bing Maps: A Showdown of Satellite Images (PC World).
- The Future of the Map Isn't a Map at All—It's Information: Google's vision for geospatial information: "We don't want a monoculture where there is just one map of the world. There never has been; there never will be." (The Atlantic)
Finding Coordinates on Google Maps (Gadgetwise, NYT). While you're at it, upload building floor plans with the new Google Maps Floor Plans.
- What's going to be found on Google Earth next, the Loch Ness Monster? For now it's Lost Egyptian Pyramids.
- A slightly older edition of Martin Waldseemueller's world map, the 5th known, was recently discovered at a library in Munich, which has released the map online.
- A rare atlas is returned to the Gettysburg College library 54 years later (PDF newsletter, see page 12).
- Amazon is getting into the mapping business with the acquisition of 3D mapping startup UpNext.
- Smithsonian Magazine has a feature on the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection: A Treasure Trove of Old Maps at Your Fingertips.
- A reminder that the online store at National Grographic is a good place for map gifts, or something for yourself, such as new items like "My Town" TOPO! Map Clock and Map Coasters, Custom Nautical Tile Clock and Nautical Coasters, Personalized Aerial Map Jigsaw Puzzle and Hometown Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle, and other Custom Map Products.
- Film Map and Song Map available from Dorothy.
- Crumpled City Maps: Unlike traditional paper maps which can be awkward to deal with, the Crumpled City™ Map can be easily crammed into your pocket, backpack or the carrying pouch provided. without having to worry about refolding it along the original creases. Moreover, the maps are printed on special technological material that makes them the lightest and most resistant maps on market, as well as 100% waterproof. Of the 32 cities available, most are in Europe. North American coverage: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Toronto.
Future WAML Meetings:
Conferences, Classes & Exhibitions
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No report this time from Tim. Here is an announcement from ACMLA:
BEST PRACTICES IN CITATION OF CARTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS
The Bibliographic Control Committee (BCC) of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) is proud to announce the launch of its major guide to the citation of cartographic materials and geospatial resources at last week's Annual meeting of the ACMLA (CARTO 2012).
This is a major work, compiled primarily by Alberta Auringer Wood (Map Librarian (Ret), Memorial University of Newfoundland) with assistance from other former members of the BCC. It covers 27 different basic forms with 3 - 5 examples of each form. It will be a valuable tool and resource for map and spatial database users. Although currently only available in English, a French version is planned.
This will be a valuable tool for students and scholars. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada License and is recommended for inclusion in map and geospatial related guides.
It is available from the ACMLA website at:
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Maps & Web Sites of Interest
David Rumsey June 24 site update: 1,828 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 32,413 maps and images. Included in this addition are early Yosemite guide books; the Allgemeiner Schulatlas, 1825, a remarkable German school atlas; 216 Maps and Images from Pocket Maps, 1825 - 1920; 12 U.S. County Atlases, 1864 - 1890; The Times Atlas of the World Mid-Century Edition, 1959; Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind, 1837; 30 U.S. Civil War maps from Histoire de la Guerre Civile en Amerique, 1883; Adams' Synchronological Chart of Universal History, 1881; and 140 Separate, Broadside, Real Estate, and Manuscript Maps, 1776 - 1944. All titles may be found by clicking on the View links or images below. Or click here to view all 1,826 new maps and images.
Featured Map, August 21st: Mapping the Heavens in 1693. Ignace Gaston Pardies created a series of six beautiful star and constellation maps in the late 17th century. All six map plates join together to make a unified view of the Heavens as seen from the Earth....
- The world of wine is covered at:
Wine Spectator Maps of Wine Regions
- Church vs beer: using Twitter to map regional differences in US culture: Geo-data experts from Floatingsheep.org have mapped geolocated Tweets across the US to illustrate regional differences in culture. Use the map to find out what each county's Tweeters prioritise: church or beer. Original study at Floating Sheep.
- Mapping the government's local food work as a way to keep it alive: Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released what it’s calling the “2.0 version” of its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. For those not in the know, the Compass is a map of all of the local food projects — including farmers markets, food hubs, infrastructure, and producers — the USDA funds.... (Grist)
- Landsat is 40 years old and a big set of images have been released to, in part, produce A Satellite Time-Lapse Wondermap (The Atlantic Cities). Landsat's Most Historically Significant Images of Earth From Space (Wired).
- USGS Rolls Out New LandsatLook Viewer: In honor of this, the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat 1 launch, and in preparation for Landsat 8 in February 2013, the USGS has rolled out a prototype viewer that allows easy access to the over 3 million scenes in the Landsat archive. Find out more about the LandsatLook Viewer. Go to the LandsatLook Viewer.
- The Geography of Craft Beer: America has more craft beer breweries today than at any other point since 1887... though there's apparently room for even more in California, where it seems a new brewery opens with every passing week in San Diego. In related news: The Geography of Bars and Restaurants. #1 in bars: New Orleans; #1 in restaurants: San Francisco. (The Atlantic Cities)
- Civil War buffs would probably be interested in a new website devoted to Fort Moultrie in Charleston, SC, including a 3D reconstruction of the fort and several original maps and plans.
- United Shapes: A map of things states are shaped like from xkcd.com (large image, purchase poster)