1. theatlantic:

    Good Deed of the Day: Help Geo-Reference the British Library’s Map Collection

    The British Library needs your help.

    It is in the process of turning its gargantuan collection of maps into a digital resource tied to Google Earth. This allows people to see ancient and modern maps at the same time, with a slider to fade between the centuries. It’s easy to compare a city to its younger self, or observe the geographic impact of dams, bulkheads, and embankments. You can spot the mistakes — or marvel at the accuracy — of mapmakers working in the pre-electric age.

    But for this to happen, the Library needs people to set up control points linking old maps to satellite data. It’s simple: you find recognizable locations and join them. Then, the software uses your input to mesh the two maps. (You can learn about georeferencing and be assigned a random map here.)

    Read more. [Images: The British Library]

    I did a map of the Netherlands.

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      As if I needed a new hobby.
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      Good Deed of the Day: Help Geo-Reference the British Library’s Map Collection The British Library needs your help. It is...
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      Interesting
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      Whenever this project is finished writers will crash the site. That sounds so useful.
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      Good Lord Yes. I am a georeferencing wizard.
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      There goes all of my free time forever.
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