David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

June 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Urbanism | No Comments »

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 11,000 maps online, all of which you can search and view through their insight browser. They also provide an online 2D and 3D GIS browser. In 2D, multiple historical maps from the collection can be overlayed with GIS vector data to reveal the history underlying the current landscape. Launch the TimeViewer for an animated sequence through the history of your selected maps. (The interface is slow, but we’ve all been spoiled with Google’s Maps and Ajax.) In 3D, historical maps warped by digital elevation models (DEMS) provide a fly-through environment in a virtual terrain of the past.

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