Maps, Data, GIS
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McMaster University Library has launched its first digitization project in an effort to provide more remote and universal web access to unique resources in our collection. Our first project is the digitization of 425 military maps and 480 air photos from our World War I collection.
McMaster has an uncommonly rich collection of detailed, topographic maps known as trench maps . As well as delineating trenches, these maps show the locations of many positions of military importance such as machine gun nests, trench mortars, artillery and enemy head quarters to name a few. Most date from the years 1917 and 1918 and cover the Canadian sector of the Front in France and Belgium. The maps are also a lasting record of the myriad stages of evolution in mapping that occurred during the war as a result of advances in survey techniques, aerial photography and photogrammetry.
Digitization will finally allow researchers from around the world to view, pan and zoom images to a level of detail surpassing that which can be seen in person without the aid of a magnifying glass.
The index to the maps in our collection is already available here.
Please note that the annual power down for the Statistics Canada Main Computer Centre (MCC) has been scheduled for Saturday December 2, 2006. E-Stat will be unavailable at this time.
Full service should be restored at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 3.
The 2006 Census dissemination project is pleased to announce the
official release of the Preview of products and services, 2006 Census,
catalogue no. 92-565-XWE.
The Preview of products and services offers a complete overview of the
proposed products and services that will be released based on the 2006
Census of Population and 2006 Census of Agriculture results. Information
(where applicable) will include major characteristics and content,
What ' s new? in comparison to 2001, levels of geography,
availability/delivery methods, release timeframe and pricing.
Please view the Preview of Products and Services at this site.
Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn announced on October 12th that Canadian topographic maps will continue to be available in paper format. The planned closing of the Canada Map Office was described in an earlier news story.
The government's plans to discontinue paper map-making and switch to a digital-only map database resulted in a flood of letters and calls from citizens, educators, map vendors and librarians. Concerns expressed included the needs of map users without access to high-speed Internet or to the large-format plotters necessary to produce maps from digital files, as well as fears of cost increases, loss of a product usable for recreational and educational uses, and insufficient infrastructure to support a digital-only product equitably nationwide.
Public opinion appears to have influenced the government's decision, as well as the realization that digital maps are limited in their applications and require far more technological support than is presently available in the vendor and library networks across the country. A CBC audiofile provides more information on the decision (see "Federal government stays in the paper map business", October 12, 2006).
McMaster's very fine rare map collection now has a new access tool. A web-based searchable database has replaced the original static html web pages. Click here to see the improved version.
The new database search functions allow researchers to investigate what maps we have by title, date, cartographer, geography or by keywords in the physical description. Special icons indicate if maps are manuscript or are included in rare texts. Where images are available, these are linked directly to the map's description.
There are presently around 900 sheet maps described in the database. Maps of Europe and of the Hamilton area are still being added. A later project will see maps in rare books and atlases added as well. As many of our holdings are unique and researchers from around the world are browsing our collection descriptions on the Internet, we are very pleased with this improvement to our access tool.
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The JFK Presidential Library and Museum has announced that they intend to digitize about 48 million pages of documents, 400 000 photos, and 1200 hours of video. Documents will be digitzed first and can be expected in the next year and a half. The whole project will take about a decade to complete. For more information, please visit this site.