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Library of Congress to show 1st US map after sale

AP – “A Washington businessman is loaning the first U.S. map printed in North America to the Library of Congress after buying it for $1.8 million. The library announced Monday that David Rubenstein bought the 1784 map at auction in December. It had been held by the New Jersey Historical Society since 1862.”

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Library of Congress holds conference on origins of portolan charts

Washington Post – “Hessler, 49, is one of the world’s leading experts in trying to decode the mysteries of the maps, and presented some of his dazzlingly intricate research at a Friday conference at the library, “Re-Examining the Portolan Chart: History, Navigation and Science.”

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‘Citizen cartographers’ map the microcosms of the world

Washington Post – “Coast had the idea for OpenStreetMap in 2004, when he was a student living in London. Coast had a GPS and a laptop, you see, and he figured that with a little programming magic he could build a map of his local haunts that contained more useful information than any service he could find online.”

More at Open Street Map

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China Is Center of World on 1602 Map Shown in D.C.

Bloomberg – “In December, Deanna Marcum of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. got a call with an offer that was too good to refuse: a chance to exhibit a 400-year-old complete map of the world, the first China had seen.”

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Wikipedia Edits in Real Time…With Maps

This is almost as addictive as Twittervision (via)

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We Need More Maps!!

Aaron Schmidt – “At the very least, enjoy the pretty map.”

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We Need More Maps!!

How can librarians help Miss Teen South Carolina:

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