March 2000

Larry W. Laliberte, Editor
University of Oregon - Eugene

Electronic Version - March 2000. To be included in a future print version of the Information Bulletin.

1. News
      1.1 Announcing GIS Day 2000
      1.2 U.S. Geological Survey Updates
      1.3 USGS Adds SPOT Imagery to Satellite Archive
      1.4 LC announces changes to the treatment of Macau
      1.5 Changes to the implementation of the MARC 21 bibliographic format
      1.6 Curator: The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK
      1.7 Membership list for the GeoData Organizational Initiative Drafting Team now online
      1.8 Contract language requiring commissioned data developers to provide metadata
      1.9 Meeting of Maps and Minds now published on the Internet
      1.10 CARTO 2000 - Into the Millennium
2. New Maps, Books, etc.
      2.1 New Mapping of Western North America compiled by Ken Rockwell
      2.2 Articles of Interest
        2.2.1 Environmental & engineering geoscience
        2.2.2 Isis
        2.2.3 Library of congress information bulletin
        2.2.4 Mercatorís World: the magazine of maps, exploration, and discovery
        2.2.5 New York Times' online technology section
        2.2.6 Publishers weekly
      2.3 Internet Resources
        2.3.1 Current Geographical Publications
        2.3.2 Beta Testers wanted for a Web-based metadata conversion tool
        2.3.3 New Forestry Course Available at the ESRI Virtual Campus
        2.3.4 Interactive Topographic Map of the World
        2.3.5 The Observatory ABAA Antiquarian Books, Maps and Prints
        2.3.6 6.0', 1:24000 Topographic Maps of the Los Angeles Coastal Plain
        2.3.7 New this month at SpatialNews.com & The GeoCommunity
        2.3.8 Institute of Cartography, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Online Atlas
        2.3.9 INSIDE Idaho project has moved into the testing stage
        2.3.10 Location guide to General Land Office (GLO) survey plats
        2.3.11 Digital images of maps from the David Rumsey Collection
        2.3.12 Mapping the Millennium: A Thousand Years of Maps (Hill Monastic Manuscript Library)
        2.3.12 Current Literature on GIS and Libraries
3. Meetings and Other Educational Opportunities
        3.1 Upcoming National Conferences, Seminars, Talks, etc.
        3.2 Upcoming International Conferences, Seminars, Talks, etc.
4. Contributors to This Issue
5. The Western Association of Map Libraries

1. News

1.1 Announcing GIS Day 2000

The National Geographic Society, American Association of Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and ESRI invite you to join GIS users around the world in educating three million children and adults on how GIS technology affects our everyday lives. GIS Day 2000 will be held November 15, 2000. The website is available at : http://www.gisday.com/

1.2 U.S. Geological Survey Updates

1.2.1 Subject: Revised Information Products Available from Denver

The USGS has revised the information products listed below to reflect price changes as of November 1999. They are available in electronic format from the "USGS Information Products About Mapping and Related Subjects" Web site http://mapping.usgs.gov/mac/isb/pubs/pubslists/index.html.

Please recycle any printed copies of the superseded information products. Printed copies have been received from the printer and are available from USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225 (FAX: 303-202-4693)

1.2.2 Subject: DRG's Available on the TerraServer

USGS Digital Raster Graphics (DRG's) are now only a click away on the Microsoft TerraServer at http://terraserver.microsoft.com/. The USGS and Microsoft have combined their expertise and resources to provide the general public with on-line access to maps as well as aerial views of the earth. The USGS provided technical assistance to Microsoft on processing the DRG's. Microsoft took the USGS data and sectioned, re-sampled and compressed it, creating millions of image titles that can be served quickly on the Internet.

The DRG's provide full, seamlessly displayed, coverage of the conterminous United States and Hawaii from 1:24,000/1:25,000, 1:100,000, and 1:250,000-scale maps. TerraServer visitors can download the image tiles at no charge. The site also provides links to ordering information for those customers who want to purchase full DRG's.

There are four ways to search for a map on TerraServer: searching by specific place name, using TerraServer's "Advanced Find" search feature, using the world coverage map, or locating a place of interest by using the list of "Famous Places." In addition, TerraServer has several new features for users, including new zoom levels, simpler and faster loading of new data, and enhanced information about each image. Users can also link from the USGS Geographic Names Information System and the National Atlas of the United States Web sites to an image on the TerraServer.

ESIC's can send comments and questions about DRG's on the TerraServer to Beth Duff at bduff@usgs.gov

1.2.3 Subject: Two Fact Sheets Discontinued

The following fact sheets are obsolete and have been discontinued. Please recycle any remaining paper copies.

1.2.4 Subject: Minerals and Materials Information CD-ROM

The February 2000 issue of the U.S. Geological Survey's "Minerals and Materials Information" CD-ROM is now available. This CD supersedes all previous editions and includes the "1993-1998 Minerals Yearbook" chapters, the "Mineral Commodity Summaries (1995-1999)," the "Statistical Compendium (1997-1990)," "Metal Prices in the United States Through 1998," and other publications. The CD features Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 with search capabilities and may be run from a PC, Macintosh, and other computer systems.

The "Minerals and Materials Information" CD can be purchased from the Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The GPO stock number is 024-004-02469-1. The price is $17.00 domestic and 21.25 foreign. The price includes regular domestic postage and handling.

Minerals information is also available through the MINES FaxBack at 703-648-4999 and the minerals Web site: http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/

1.2.5 Subject: Published Data Users Guides Discontinued

The USGS has discontinued distribution of published Data Users Guides both for sale and with orders for digital data. Paper copies of the following Data Users Guides are no longer available.

Because some of the information contained in the published Data Users Guides is out-of-date, ESIC's should recycle any remaining sales stock. ESIC's may retain paper copies of Data Users Guides for reference purposes.

An electronic version of Data Users Guide 6 is included on the GNIS CD-ROM and on the GNIS Web site. http://mapping.usgs.gov/www/ti/GNIS/gnis_users_guide_toc.html

For the most current technical information about geospatial data, please refer customers to the National Mapping Program Standards. National Mapping Program Standards are available in paper format from USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225. They are $5.00 per set plus $5.00 handling per order. Standards documents are also available in electronic format from the Standards Web page. http://mapping.usgs.gov/standards/

1.2.6 Subject: State Fact Sheets for South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming

The following State fact sheets have been received from the printer:

Please recycle superseded publications. State fact sheets are free-of-charge and can be requested from USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225 (FAX: 303-202-4693).

Electronic versions of USGS fact sheets listed by State are available on the World Wide Web. http://water.usgs.gov/wid/index-state.html

1.2.7 Subject: Index of National Mapping Program Documentation

The National Mapping Division (NMD) has converted the "Checklist of the Manual of Technical Instructions" into a web-based publication called the "Index of National Mapping Program Documentation" at http://mapping.usgs.gov/mac/nmpindex.html The Checklist has been a printed publication, listing all currently available Technical Instructions, Technical Instruction change pages in historical order, Supplemental Technical Instructions, Miscellaneous Instructions, Data Users Guides, Policies, and draft documents in the review and approval stage. The Checklist was updated and re-issued quarterly.

The new web-based Index supersedes the Checklist, while maintaining and possibly expanding its functionality. Please recycle any paper copies of the "Checklist of the Manual of Technical Instructions" and change all references for the "Checklist of the Manual of Technical Instructions" to the "Index of National Mapping Program Documentation." The Index will be updated on an as needed basis.

NMD would like to evaluate the functionality and content of the new Index to ensure that customer requirements are being met. Please submit suggestions and comments to cyknutson@usgs.gov

1.2.8 Subject: Publications Status Report

USGS has discontinued or changed the format for the following fact sheets:

1.2.9 Subject: Index of USGS Topographic Maps by Physical Feature Online

With over 57,000 different USGS topographic maps published, finding one that shows a particular physical feature of interest presents a challenge. A new online index at http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/public/outreach/featureindex.html offers educators and other data users the ability to identify the map for hundreds of physical features that formed as a result of erosion, glaciation, karst, volcanism, tectonics, or other processes. Users may also select these features by state.

1.3 USGS Adds SPOT Imagery to Satellite Archive

The U.S. Geological Survey and SPOT Image Corporation have agreed to make 700,000 historical SPOT satellite images available to other federal agencies as early as this summer.

The SPOT imagery will complement the Landsat archive by substantially increasing the number of low-cloud-cover images and by filling gaps in Landsat coverage. In addition to environmental research, satellite data are used by customers worldwide in the government, commercial and educational communities for applications in areas such as forestry, agriculture, geology, oceanography, land mapping and geographic research.

"The USGS welcomes this opportunity to work with SPOT Image Corporation to get important information about the Earth's landscape and the dynamics of change into the hands of users of satellite imagery," said USGS chief geographer Richard Witmer. "This partnership draws upon and enhances the capabilities of both organizations and provides another gateway to these data," Witmer said. "At the same time, the partnership helps ensure these data are preserved for future use."

The USGS EROS Data Center (EDC) in Sioux Falls, S.D., holds one of the world's largest collections of aerial and satellite images of the Earth's land surface. The EDC will permanently archive the SPOT scenes acquired over the United States from 1986 through 1998 as well as provide catalog query services, order fulfillment, and product generation to federal research and operational users. Products will be distributed at the cost of reproduction, plus a royalty fee paid to SPOT Image Corporation for use of the data. Users should continue to contact SPOT Image Corporation directly to order post-1998 imagery and non-U.S. imagery or to arrange for satellite programming to acquire images in the future.

As the nation's largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the USGS works in cooperation with more than 2,000 organizations across the country to provide reliable, impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners and other customers. This information is gathered in every state by USGS scientists to minimize the loss of life and property from natural disasters, to contribute to the conservation and the sound economic and physical development of the nation's natural resources, and to enhance the quality of life by monitoring water, biological, energy and mineral resources.

News Release, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey: March 20, 2000

Contact: Karen Wood, 703-648-4447, kwood@usgs.gov and Ron Beck, 605-594-6551, beck@usgs.gov

1.4 LC announces changes to the treatment of Macau

LC has an announcement about changes to the treatment of Macau since it has been transferred from Portuguese control to China. Please take a look at this announcement at : http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/macau.html

1.5 Changes to the implementation of the MARC 21 bibliographic format

From Caplan,Ellen caplane@oclc.org to various lists, March 2000

At the end of April 2000, OCLC will begin making changes to its implementation of the MARC 21 bibliographic format. Most of the changes from Updates nos. 1-3 of USMARC Format for Bibliographic Data and from changes announced in MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data will be implemented. Because there are a number of changes being made, OCLC will implement the changes in this MARC Bibliographic Update project in phases.

Technical Bulletin 236 gives the details of all the changes for this MARC Update. It is available on OCLC's Web site at http://www.oclc.org/oclc/tb/tb236/index.htm in both PDF and HTML versions. In addition, OCLC will send print copies to OCLC libraries beginning the week of March 20th.

The phased implementation begins in late April. We are planning for a first phase installation date of April 23rd. This includes most of the MARC format changes outlined in Technical Bulletin 236, code list changes, and workform/record display and 006 prompt changes. We anticipate a second phase being installed on May 7th. This includes the changes for Encoding Levels '3' and '4'. We do not have dates for other phases yet. We will notify OCLC libraries if there is any change to our planned installation dates. See Technical Bulletin 236 for complete details.

1.6 Curator: The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK

The National Maritime Museum Greenwich, UK, has world-famous collections of charts, atlases, maps and globes. We are seeking a well-qualified, enthusiastic professional from a relevant discipline who will assume responsibility for the intellectual management and interpretation of these collections. The person appointed will help to implement the Museum's policy to broaden its academic base and improve access to its collections through digital technology. S/he will lead in the interpretation of the collections through the Museum's research, publication and display programmes.

While a research interest in the history of cartography is highly desirable, we expect that specific knowledge of the collections will be acquired in post. The Museum invites applications from experienced historians, map curators, geographers and others from related disciplines who feel that they have the necessary expertise and commitment to take on this challenging and responsible position. It is envisaged that the person appointed will have a postgraduate qualification, ideally a record of publication and some experience of teaching. Experience of museum work would be an advantage.

Please send a letter and CV to Personnel Services, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF.

Closing date for the receipt of applications: 3 April 2000.

1.7 Membership list for the GeoData Organizational Initiative Drafting Team now online

The membership list for the GeoData Organizational Initiative Drafting Team is now online at http://www.fgdc.gov/GeoAll/drafting.html

The GeoData Organizational Initiative Drafting Team has scheduled a series of "geodata town meetings" to provide a forum for discussion and the opportunity to comment on the drafting team work-in-progress.

Plan to attend one of these town meetings.

You are encouraged to post your comments to the GeoData Organizational Initiative webpage http://www.fgdc.gov/GeoAll/

1.8 Contract language requiring commissioned data developers to provide metadata

From Lynda Wayne Lwayne@email.com to various lists, March 2000

Anne Payne with the Wake County, North Carolina GIS program is drafting contract language requiring commissioned data developers to provide metadata. We would appreciate input and examples from other organizations who have done the same. Please reply to me (Lynda Wayne) and I will compile results for the list if there is sufficient response.

1.9 Meeting of Maps and Minds now published on the Internet

(Press Release from UCSB, 3/3/00)

Zoom into any spot on the face of the Earth, and find out what exists there from hospitals to parks, even old photographs of the place. Its a dream that is being brought into reality by geographers from around the world. A major step forward toward facilitating this dream took place at an international meeting in the nation's capitol and its report is now published on the Internet, thanks to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Held at the Smithsonian Institution, the Digital Gazetteer meeting was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Digital Gazetteer is an emerging tool that gives access to vast amounts of information through place names, according to Linda L. Hill, research specialist at UC Santa Barbara. Its a way to connect place names to coordinates of latitude and longitude, to informational text, to photographs and many other types of information, she said. Tapping into the Internet at: http://www.alexandria.ucsb.edu/gazetteer/dgie/DGIE_website/DGIE_homepage.htm will land the viewer at the Digital Gazetteer Information Exchange Workshop, (DGIE), a homepage where the full report on the October 99 workshop can be found. The site includes presentations, discussions, slides and reference material.

The digital gazetteer is a tool to link place names to digital representations of those places, said Hill. A digital gazetteer is a powerful concept in georeferenced information. It georeferences place names with latitude and longitude coordinates and then links them to images, data, text and many other types of information. The digital gazetteer also categorizes places by type so that, for example, schools, hospitals, and parks can be identified in a given area, explained Hill. Gazetteers translate place names to coordinates, giving people ways to find georeferenced information using place names. The digital gazetteer is an essential component of the federal governments Digital Earth Initiatives, according to Hill. The concept is to pick any spot of the face of the Earth, and to be able to zoom into it, finding out all there is to know, including maps, satellite images, statistics, county plans, to environmental impact statements, historical information and even the location of area restaurants.

We might want to know what state parks are located in Southern California, said Hill. "Using Southern California as a place name, a gazetteer can provide a geographic footprint that can then be used to find state parks located within that area. Its a way to link place names with georeferenced information. Official gazetteers for countries and states establish authorized forms of place names, she explained, while local and application-specific gazetteers document locations of local interest. Digital gazetteers are now available on the web, including those of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (and similar gazetteers in other countries and at the state level), the Gettys Thesaurus of Geographic Names, and the Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer (URLs for these can be found at the DGIE web site). Gazetteer data also exists as components of on-line atlases, mapping services, and GIS datasets. Many gazetteers exist only in printed form. A goal of DGIE is to enable the interchangeable use all of this data and facilitate the building of digital gazetteers for specific applications.

The workshop was funded by National Science Foundation programs in digital government, geography, geosciences, and digital libraries. The primary contact is Larry Brandt of the digital government program. Linda L. Hill was the principal investigator (lhill@alexandria.ucsb.edu) and Michael Goodchild was the co-principal investigator, both with UC Santa Barbara. A group representing the Alexandria Digital Library at UC Santa Barbara, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and a set of federal agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Imagery & Mapping Agency, and NASA convened the two-day workshop to develop an understanding of the potential of indirect spatial referencing of information resources through geographic names -- and to identify the research and policy issues associated with the development of digital gazetteer information exchange. Participants from a wide range of communities, from U.S. federal and state governments, commercial and academic organizations, and international organizations participated in the event. Workshop highlights include acknowledgment of the immediate opportunity and requirement to coordinate the building of shareable digital gazetteer data in the interest of digital earth applications; the importance of the temporal aspects of gazetteer data; and the need for a gazetteer service protocol to support distributed gazetteer services.

1.10 CARTO 2000 - Into the Millennium

From David L. Jones, Map Librarian david.jones@ualberta.ca to various lists, March 2000

'CARTO 2000 - Into the Millennium - Cartography and Map Collections for a New Century' is approaching. This joint conference of the ACMLA (Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives), CCA (Canadian Cartographic Association) and WAML (Western Association of Map Libraries) will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, from May 31 - June 4, 2000.

Pre-conference kits containing program, registration, travel and accommodation information and registration forms have been mailed to members of the 3 associations - Watch for a business-size envelope from University of Alberta Libraries in your mail box next week. Registrations forms may be returned by mail or fax! Detailed conference information is available from the conference website: www.library.ualberta.ca/maps2000/

The conference registration form will also be available from the website (PDF format) next Friday (April 7th). Our program convenors have been overwhelmed with excellent papers please check out our program details and come to Edmonton - we assure you of an interesting and enjoyable conference. Cartographers and map librarians/archivists who are not (yet) members of the associations are also invited to attend. Check out the website for details. Looking for to seeing you here in May.

2. New Maps, Books, etc.

2.1 New Mapping of Western North America by Ken Rockwell


Burns, L. E. Total field magnetics and detailed electromagnetic anomalies of selected areas near Ketchikan, southeast Alaska. 8 maps on 8 sheets, scale 1:31,680. Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Geophysical report 1999-16A-H OCLC #43422408

Resource GIS and Imaging (RGI). Alaska-Yukon topography. Scale 1:3,500,000. [Vancouver? B.C.] : Resource GIS and Imaging (RGI), 1998. OCLC #43499165

U.S. Forest Service, Intermountain Region. Arizona Strip District visitor map, Arizona. 3rd revision, scale 1:168,960. St. George, Utah : Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip District, 1999. OCLC #43469411


MapMEDIA Corp. The Inside Passage & Queen Charlotte Islands : large scale maps of the British Columbia coast from Vancouver to the Alaska Panhandle. 2000 ed., scale 1:1,000,000. Whitby, Ont. and Oshawa, Ont. : Peter Heiler Ltd. ; Distribution by MapArt Pub. Corp., 1999. OCLC #43385531

Verma, G. Discover Canada's British Columbia. 4th ed., scale 1:1,500,000. Vancouver, B.C. : ITMB Publishing Ltd., 1998. OCLC #43411982


Allan Cartography. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Scale 1:487,805. Monterey, CA : Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, 1999. Reported by Phil Hoehn at Stanford. Available from the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Foundation for $19.95. See website at http://www.mbnmsf.org/pages/education.html

Ansley, F. Highlight of literary L.A. Pictorial map, not drawn to scale. Accompanies Los Angeles Times book review, Sunday April 25, 1999 [p. 11-14]." OCLC #43484701

California gold country. Pictorial map, not drawn to scale. Troyes, France : Actual; Santa Barbara, Calif. : distributed by Map Link, 1999. OCLC #43533054

Compass Maps. Ski map California-Nevada. Scale [ca. 1:100,000] Modesto, Calif. : Compass Maps, inc., 1999. OCLC #43453758

Lindquist, Robert B. San Diego County recreation map & guide. 2nd ed., scale ca. 1:250,000. Bellevue, Wash. : Great Pacific Recreation Maps & Guides, 1999. OCLC #43458199

Peterson, M., and Branum, D. Seismic shaking hazard maps of California. Scale ca. 1:2,534,400. Sacramento : Dept. of Conservation, Division of Mines and Geology, map sheet 48, pub. 1999. OCLC #43443188


Pierson Graphics Corp. Colorado ski atlas & winter recreation guide. 1 atlas (103 p.) Premier ed., scales differ. Denver, CO : Pierson Graphics Corp. and Maps Unlimited, 1999. OCLC #43385496


Sami, David. An international travel map of Hawaiian Islands. 1st ed. 12 maps, scales 1:150, 000 and 1:400,000. Vancouver, B.C. : International Travel Map and Multi Mapping, Ltd., 1998. OCLC #43520815


3-D TopoQuads. Montana, East . 8 computer optical discs, based on USGS 1:24,000-scale quadrangles. Yarmouth, Me : DeLorme, 1999. OCLC #43422647

3-D TopoQuads. Montana, West . 8 computer optical discs, based on USGS 1:24,000-scale quadrangles. Yarmouth, Me : DeLorme, 1999. OCLC #43422578

Skipp, Betty, et al. Geologic map of the Sedan quadrangle, Gallatin and Park Counties, Montana. Scale 1:48,000. USGS Geologic Investigations Series no. I-2634, pub. 1999. Version 2.0. online ed. ACCESS: http://greenwood.cr.usgs.gov/pub/i-maps/i-2634


Linda Newman reports the following newly available from the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, 775/784-6691 ext. 2 http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales.htm

Bell, John W. Geologic map of the Corn Creek Springs Quadrangle, Nevada. Scale 1:24,000. NBMG Map 121, pub. 1999, $10 plus shipping.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Bouguer gravity map of Nevada - Lovelock sheet. Scale 1:250,000. NBMG Map 122, pub. 1999, $8.50 plus shipping.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Earthquakes in Nevada, 1852-1998. Scale 1:1,000,000. NBMG Map 119, (Supercedes Map 111), pub. 1999, $8 plus shipping.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Gold and silver resources in Nevada. Scale 1:1,000,000. NBMG Map 120, (Supercedes Map 91), pub. 1999, $5 plus shipping.


Mist gas field. Scale 1:24,000. Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries, Open-file report no. O-00-1, rev. of Feb. 2000. OCLC #43539679


Campbell, David L. Aeromagnetic and gravity maps of the central Marysvale Volcanic Field, southwestern Utah. Version 1.0. U.S. Geological Survey geologic investigations series no. I-2645-B. ACCESS: http://greenwood.cr.usgs.gov/pub/i-maps/i-2645-b/

3-D TopoQuads. Utah. 8 computer optical discs. Yarmouth, Me : DeLorme, 1999. OCLC #43515864


Western Cartographers. Goshen County, Wyoming : series NCYAXP. Cadastral map showing landowners. Scale ca. 1:100,000. South Sioux City, NE : Western Cartographers, 1999. OCLC #43385106

Western Cartographers. Platte County, Wyoming : series 100690. Cadastral map showing landowners. Scale ca. 1:100,000. South Sioux City, NE : Western Cartographers, 1999. OCLC #43385112

DeBruin, Rodney H. Oil and gas fields map of central and northwestern Wyoming basins. Scale 1:350,000. Laramie, Wyo. : Wyoming State Geological Survey, Map no. 53, pub. 1999. OCLC #43373239

U.S. Geological Survey. Digital atlas of the greater Yellowstone area. Version 0. 2 computer optical discs : ArcView GIS 3.1 from ESRI. Pub. 1999. OCLC #43369613


Johnson, Robert Neil. Gold diggers atlas. 11th ed. 64 p. Susanville, Calif. : Cy Johnson & Son, 1999. OCLC # 43519105


Martin, James C. Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900. 174 p. Austin : Texas State Historical Association, 1999. (Originally published by the University of New Mexico Press, 1984.) OCLC #43380665

2.2 Articles of Interest

2.2.1 Environmental & engineering geoscience, Winter 1999 v 5, no. 4, pg. 441

2.2.2 Isis, December 1999, v 90, no. 4, pg. 775-780

2.2.3 Library of congress information bulletin, January 01 2000, v 59, no. 1, pg. 5

2.2.4 Mercatorís World: The magazine of maps, exploration, and discovery, March 01 2000, v 5, no 2.

2.2.5 New York Times' Online Technology Section

From: Peter A. Kurilecz peter.kurilecz@woodsidesummitgroup.com to various lists, March 2000

New York Times' online technology section has a interesting little Q&A piece on the long term storage of data. Click on the following link. http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/00/03/circuits/articles/16askk.html Also at the end of the piece is a link to a bio of the author. Click on it and I think you will find it interesting.

2.2.6 Publishers weekly, January 24 2000, v 247 no. 4, pg 173

2.3 Internet Resources

2.3.1 Current Geographical Publications - The January 2000 issue of Current Geographical Publications is now available at http://leardo.lib.uwm.edu:80/cgp/.

2.3.2 Beta testers wanted for a Web-based metadata conversion tool

From: Dan Foley dan_foley@USGS.GOV to various lists, February 2000. The Energy and Environmental Information Resources Center, a joint project between the University of Louisiana and the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, is seeking beta testers for its Web-based metadata conversion tool. If you are interested in moving Federal Geographic Data Committee compliant metadata created in your institution into your MARC-based library catalog, we would like you to try out our tool and give us some feedback. No software installation necessary! It all works via the Web. URL: http://cuadra.nwrc.gov/converter/. For further information, please contact: Adam Chandler adam_chandler@usgs.gov

2.3.3 New Forestry Course Available at the ESRI Virtual Campus

"Characterizing Forests using ArcView GIS," a new six-module course, teaches GIS through forestry applications and exposes students to the way forest managers use GIS to characterize forests with maps, numbers, tables, and charts. Students use actual forest inventory data to conduct a number of activities, from mapping forest attributes to calculating forest landscape metrics. Take the free module, Mapping Forest Attributes, to get started,

2.3.4 Interactive Topographic Map of the World

This is a demonstration applet to investigate how the OpenGIS Web Mapping Testbed server/client protocol works. For more information contact Ian Turton at the Centre for Computational Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT. 0113 2333392

2.3.5 The Observatory ABAA Antiquarian Books, Maps and Prints

From: Dee Longenbaugh deelong@alaska.net to various lists, February 2000. I am quite pleased to announce the establishment of a Web site (The Observatory ABAA Antiquarian Books, Maps and Prints) http://www.observatorybooks.com Still quite bare bones, but improvements are coming. Comments welcomed.

2.3.6 6.0', 1:24000 Topographic Maps of the Los Angeles Coastal Plain

From: Philip Hoehn phoehn@sulmail.stanford.edu (for William Bowen william.bowen@csun.edu) to various lists, March 2000.

Between seventy and eighty years ago, Los Angeles County began producing a series of 6.0', 1:24000 topographic maps of the Los Angeles coastal plain and adjacent mountains and valleys. What makes these maps remarkable is their detail in documenting the landscapes of the 1920s, a significant period in the evolution of modern Los Angeles and neighboring communities. Almost twenty years ago I photographed the maps in a reduced black and white form. I recently scanned these negatives, creating an archive of 600 dpi GIF files that I have loaded into the web site of the California Geographical Survey. The archive may be found in the Electronic Map Library of the Survey at a location titled "Los Angeles County Historical Topographic Maps"

Each of the files contains approximately 1.6 MB of data, so you should avoid downloading them via a slow modem connection. I am experimenting with other levels of document resolution and other formats in order to diminish download times for those individuals not interested in high-resolution materials. In the meanwhile, the maps may be downloaded as is. They will display at VERY LARGE scale in your browser's window, requiring you to scroll a great deal. If the file is downloaded and opened in Adobe PhotoShop or a similar program, it may be manipulated and printed as a high-resolution document suitable for instructional and research use. Among the treats these maps give us are the detailed contours of the landforms and precise routes of the streets and trolley lines. Individual buildings are shown for most areas.

2.3.7 New this month at SpatialNews.com & The GeoCommunity

SpatialNews GIS NewsMagazine edition #14 - Features include a primer on Windows CE, feature article on Improving field productivity, Census 2000 update, and a look at a cool Canadian Gov't Mapping website - ResSources http://www.spatialnews.com/newsletter/2000/feb/contents.html. Also included:

2.3.8. Directory of Government Mapping Sites - From Glenn Letham glenn@geocomm.com to various lists, March 2000

I'm currently involved in building a directory of government webmapping sites - These are areas of government websites that have a dedicated web mapping server and are using GIS to build and serve dynamic maps online. I'd appreciate any input you could provide so if you know of a resource or have a favorite local government site that you visit please submit the required info via the feedback mechanism provided at http://www.geocomm.com/links/addgovlink.html (or simply email it to gletham@geocomm.com). Please note, we currently have over 100 listings and will be making the directory available to you in the near future.

2.3.9 Institute of Cartography, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Online Atlas

- From: Philip Hoehn phoehn@sulmail.stanford.edu to various lists, March 2000. Charlotte Derksen of Stanford came across a reference to this interesting online atlas from the Institute of Cartography, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: Internet Atlas of Switzerland = Internet Atlas der Schweiz available at : http://www.geod.ethz.ch/karto/atlas/atlas.html

2.3.10 INSIDE Idaho project has moved into the testing stage

From: Lily Wai lwai@uidaho.edu to various lists, March 2000.

Our INSIDE Idaho project http://inside.uidaho.edu has moved into the testing stage. We are ready to test this geospatial and numeric data site funded last year by a Congressional Appropriations grant. We expect to complete the project by the end of this year. You are selected to be a small core group of people to help us with the testing. Please take a look at this site, and send in your input and comments to me before March 23rd. We would like to know what your experience is in navigating through the various pages on the site. Your input would be taken seriously in our next project phase in refining the site. Points for you to comment on, e.g.:

  1. Interface functionality -- ease of navigation
  2. Terms used -- self-explanatory
  3. Contents -- what else to include (we intend to include the core geodata sets, such as DEMs, DOQs, and Tiger data besides the DRGs that is available now, and more maps would be available on the Atlas site; the Interactive Mapping site is still being developed
  4. Speed -- download a quad to see how long it takes from your library or via a modem from home, etc
  5. Any obvious mistakes, typos, etc

2.3.11 Location guide to General Land Office (GLO) survey plats

- Location guide to General Land Office (GLO) survey plats for 30 public Land states is on the Web thanks to the Illinois State Library. For more information see http://www.library.sos.state.il.us/isl/ref/glo/glolocguide.html

2.3.12 Digital images of maps from the David Rumsey Collection

We wanted to bring to your attention our Historic Map Web site, http://www.davidrumsey.com The Web site currently makes available to the public over 2,300 very high-resolution digital images of maps from the David Rumsey Collection, one of the largest private collections of historic maps in the United States. The site will include over 5,000 map images by year-end.

The Web site is powered by the revolutionary Insight Browser software from Luna Imaging, Inc., which enables the user to zoom in on and pan around the maps revealing rich details. Although the original digital map images are huge (some approach 2 gigabytes in file size), Luna's Insight software allows for easy manipulation of the maps, on all computers. Each image is accompanied by a full description giving detailed information about the map.

2.3.13 Mapping the Millennium: A Thousand Years of Maps from the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library

The Hill Monastic Manuscript Library is pleased to announce an on line exhibit entitled: Mapping the Millennium: A Thousand Years of Maps from the Library. The exhibit can be viewed at the following site: http://www.csbsju.edu/hmml/centers/malta/events/map%20exhibit/maps.html. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Theresa Vann, Curator of the Malta Study Center, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

2.3.14 Current Literature on GIS and Libraries

From: Cathy Moulder moulder@mcmaster.ca to various lists, March 2000. If anyone is maintaining a link to the Current Literature on GIS and Libraries bibliography, please note the following address change: http://www.mcmaster.ca/library/maps/gis_libr.htm

3. Meetings and Other Educational Opportunities

3.1 Upcoming National Conferences, Seminars, Talks, etc.

3.2 Upcoming International Conferences, Seminars, Talks, etc.

4. Contributors :

Larry W. Laliberte lwl@darkwing.uoregon.edu
Ken Rockwell krockwel@library.utah.edu
Kathryn Womble kwomble@u.washington.edu

5. The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML)

WAML News and Notes is a moderated bulletin of the Western Association of Map Libraries.

The Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) is an independent association established to encourage high standards in every phase of the organization and administration of map libraries.

Membership in WAML is open to any individual, institution, or business interested in furthering the purposes of the organization. For further information, contact the an officer listed below or visit the WAML web site at : http://gort.ucsd.edu/mw/waml/waml.html.

WAML Officers as of July 1, 1999

Greg Armento
University Library
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4367

Vice President/President Elect
David Decklebaum
University of California, Los Angeles
Maps and Government Information
4510 Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
(310) 825-3135

Muriel Strickland
2465 Baja Cerro Circle
San Diego, CA 92019

Jenny Stone
University of Washington
Map Collection & Cartographic
Information Services
Basement, Suzzallo Library
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
(206) 543-9392

Past President
Linda Zellmer
Arizona State University Libraries
Map Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
(602) 965-5973

Business Manager
Richard E. Soares
WAML Book & Fiche Sales Manager
Brigham Young University
P.O. Box 1667
Provo, UT 84603-1667
(801) 378-6179

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