Tag: cartography

National Map Reading Week (17-23 October 2016)

Update 24.10.16 – If you did not manage to stop by the Map Library last week, please do not be shy to ask for a quick guide to map reading or help using maps in your work. Can you read

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Restricted Map Library services (14-16 September 2016)

The Map Librarian will be away from 14-16 September 2016.  As a result, Map Library services will be restricted as follows: Wednesday 14 September – Map Library open but offering limited services Thursday 15 September – Map Library open but offering limited services Friday

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A distorted view of the world

Think maps show the relative size of the world’s countries?  Most don’t! The world is a slightly flattened sphere and the land masses that we live on are all curved around it.  Flattening out the surface of a round Earth onto a

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Drawing a blank (map)

Is it just me or does this nautical chart look irresistibly recall to mind an episode of Blackadder II where the protagonist was handed a map of where he would be going on his next voyage asked if he would fill it in as he

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Marine Digimap free trial

Do you study the sea?  If so you might be interested in our new free trial to Marine Digimap running until 19th May 2016.   This resource depicts the UK marine and coastal zone environment and includes images of official charts, plus a vector

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Introducing: Geofacets

Geofacets is a geological mapping e-resource offering thousands of peer reviewed maps of relevance to geoscientists from peer reviewed journal articlesin a range of leading publications. It includes access to downloadable maps capable of integration with GIS software and links

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The world’s address in 3 words

Living in a city in a country with arguably the most sophisticated postcode system in the world, it is easy to forget that few places on Earth actually have an address.  Now the What3Words app offers a unique permutation of three English words that define

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Mapping our savings

Our Digimap subscriptions has saved us a colossal £1,536,168.12 in data downloads and map printing compared to paying the full commercial cost.  If we count all the duplicate map printing that we do, that saving rises to £2,425,068.39! There is

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The ultimate guide to 17th century geography

One of the largest and most splendid of the multi-volume Dutch world atlases,  the Blaeu Atlas Major, is now freely available online thanks to the National Library of Scotland.   The Blaeu Atlas Major represents the state of geographic knowledge

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Map projection transitions

An earlier posting (Maps have been lying to you) showed the effect that the Mercator map projection has on the way we perceive the world. The challenge of portraying on a flat surface the essentially spherical shape of our planet has

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