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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

The History of America’s Maps

July 3rd, 2014 by Susan Smith

I’m looking forward to this one:  Esri has developed an application to better access and manipulate maps from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Topography map of Chicago

Topography map of Chicago

The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer has the capability to let users to access the historical maps as high resolution georeferenced images for use in web mapping apps and also features a timeline so they can easily select the desired maps.  The HTMC contains more than 178,000 legacy maps scans dating from late 1884 to 2006.  The ability to bring the HTMC maps into a GIS environment plus many other improvements is part of this capability. My guess is we will hear about this at Esri User Conference in a week and a half.

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