Maps, Data, GIS

Mac's maps help solve Aussie grave mystery

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McMaster's collection of First World War maps has helped put an end to the 84-year-old mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Private William Phillips' remains.

That's how long Phillips, an Australian soldier killed in the final months of the Great War, was buried beneath another man's headstone.

Katie Daubs, a reporter for the Toronto Star, is currently walking the Western Front and wrote about the story here.

An excerpt from the story is below:


First World War trench maps go digital through McMaster project

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By Mark McNeil

A key strategy of First World War trench warfare involved sending pilots in flimsy planes on dangerous missions over European battlefields to take aerial photographs.

The pictures formed the basis of hand-drawn maps, hustled to officers for use as military intelligence and to front-line soldiers so they would know where to aim their artillery.

The information could mean the difference between winning and losing a battle.


Mac maps guide Toronto Star journalists across Western Front

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By Wade Hemsworth

While two journalists from the Toronto Star are walking the Western Front, the man in charge of McMaster’s maps is keeping the team supplied with information that helps them understand exactly what they’re seeing and what it meant 100 years ago, when war gripped the countryside of Belgium and France in a grim and costly stalemate.


See What's New at the Library

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With a new term come new assignments and new research projects. And to the Library come new books, e-books, videos, journals, and many other resources. Want to keep up-to-date on all of these new Library materials? We can help! We’ve added a function to the Library Catalogue to show you the most recently added items across all of our collections.


Second World War maps provide digital treasure for researchers around the world

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A McMaster collection of 2,650 maps from the Second World War, once confined to paper, are now available to the world online.


A New Space for the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection

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On Wednesday, January 18, from 4-6 pm, the Library will celebrate the formal re-opening of the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection in its new space on the first floor of Mills. The Map Collection houses over 130,000 paper maps, 10,000 maps in other formats, 17,000 air photos and 3,000 atlases, including reproductions of the Library’s rare maps collection.


Map Collection Opens Doors

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The Lloyd Reeds Map Collection in Mills Library will be one of seven McMaster campus landmarks open to the public on Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2, 2010. McMaster students using maps, atlases and air photos know this location well. Now local citizens and visitors to Hamilton will also have an opportunity to see this beautiful space and some of the treasures in our collections as part of the Doors Open Hamilton weekend.

 


Hamilton through an Artist's Eyes: Library Acquires Valuable Maps

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The Eiffel Tower is there.  And the Colosseum.  And possibly your own neighbourhood.  We are referring of course to Google Street View, an enhancement of the popular Google Maps that offers a street level perspective of select cities, including Hamilton.


Funding for New Geospatial and Health Data Tool

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Government of Ontario funding through the OntarioBuys initiative has been approved for the “Geospatial & Health Informatics Cyberinfrastructure Project”. Although this may sound like bureaucratic-speak for something really dull, users of geospatial and health data at Ontario universities are very excited! 


Mystery at Messines solved

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McMaster’s website of World War One trench maps recently prompted an inquiry from Pipe Major John Spoore RVM, a 23-year veteran of the London Scottish Regiment. On 31 October 1914, the London Scottish was instrumental in a major battle at the Windmill of Messines in Belgium.


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