Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Play Pac-Man Using Google Maps

Google Maps Makes Your City a Pac-Man Game

Open Google Maps today, and prepare to play the classic arcade game Pac-Man.  Next to the Street View option in the bottom left corner, a Pac-Man icon will appear.  Click the icon to make the streets a maze complete with the blinking features of the game.

Note:  If enough streets are not on the screen, the game cannot start.  But the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button allows users to play Pac-Man on Google Maps in another location.  Also Pac-Man only moves on the current screen—users will not be able to see what is happening off the map on the screen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Indiana Women's History Map from Ball State University Libraries

Her Story:  Mapping Indiana Women’s History

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is creating custom maps about Indiana’s rich history to commemorate the state’s upcoming bicentennial celebration.  The custom maps are geared toward the fourth-grade Indiana history curriculum and feature numerous people and places often neglected in the elementary social studies textbook.

The newest map in the collection, Her Story: Indiana Women’s History, features prominent women pioneers of the state.  Little-known women’s rights advocates like Helen Gougar of Lafayette, Anna Dunn Noland of Logansport, and Amanda Way of Winchester are featured on the map.  The map also features pioneers in politics like Virginia Jenckes, the first female from Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Katie Hall, the author of the bill to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday.  Women from sports, the arts, and education are also included.

Other maps in the series include a map of Indiana’s music history, a map showing movies that take place in Indiana, Indiana authors, high school boys’ state basketball champions, points of interest, Indiana political history, Native Americans of Indiana, Indiana automobile history, and Indiana sports history.

The maps include photographs from the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository and from the Indiana Historical Society.  The Indiana history maps are all available in the Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar repository.  The maps may be printed and used in the classroom or for research and learning projects.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Maps in the News from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News 

The Ball State University Libraries' GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) provides cartographic resources for research and learning projects.  These are some of the places in the news on maps (click to enlarge) from the GRMC and online news sources.

Australia Government Bureau of Meteorology map of Cyclone Pam

Central Intelligence Agency map of Israel, GRMC

International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation map of ISIL foreign fighters

BBC News map of ISIL fighters

Cropped Guide Map of Iraq showing the location of fighting in Tikrit, GRMC

Central Intelligence Agency map of Tunisia, GRMC

Central Intelligence Agency Country Profile map of Yemen, GRMC

Al Arabiya News map of Saudi Arabian military operation in Yemen
(click to enlarge)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Maps Presentation at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Muncie Sunday Star, Digital Media Repository

Eleanor Roosevelt at Ball State University, Digital Media Repository

Women in the World:  The Geography of Women’s History Program                   

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with a public presentation in downtown Muncie.  Women in the World is a special program featuring maps from the GRMC and historic photographs of women in Muncie from the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository.  The program will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, March 16 at the Cornerstone Center for the Arts at 520 East Main Street.  (Free parking is available).

The program will cover maps about women’s issues around the world (click maps above to enlarge).  Maps depicting education and employment inequality, women in government, healthcare issues facing women around the world, and discrimination and advancements in society will be shown.  Other maps showing the contributions of women in history will also be featured and coordinated with photographs of women in Muncie.

The GRMC created a special collection of online maps for Women’s History Month available from the Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar institutional repository.  These include maps about women working in agriculture, women heads of state, women in tertiary teaching, the travels of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the life of Madam C.J. Walker, and countries with high breast cancer rates.  (Type “women in the world map” in the search box in Cardinal Scholar to access the available cartographic resources).

Please contact the GRMC for more information about using maps for research and learning at 765-285-1097.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cricket Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

The Geography of Sports:  Cricket World Cup Map Available from Ball State University Libraries

The 2015 Cricket World Cup began on February 14 and runs through March 29 in New Zealand and Australia.  Fourteen teams are participating in the matches held in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, and Wellington, New Zealand; and Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, and Sydney, Australia.  The championship match will be held in Melbourne, Australia.

According to The Atlas of Sports: Who Plays What, Where, and Why by Alan Tomlinson, cricket is one of the world’s most popular sports.  “The Indian subcontinent, where cricket stimulates more passion than perhaps anywhere else, now generates 70% of world cricketing revenues.”  The map above from the atlas (click to enlarge) shows the status of membership for countries belonging to the International Cricket Council and the location of the Council headquarters (recently moved from London, England to Dubai, United Arab Emirates).

The chart shows the countries that have won the women’s or men’s World Cup.  A graphic notes that 32 million people watched the 20/20 (abbreviated format) World Cup final in 2009.  Australia has won the most World Cup competitions for both men and women.

The Ball State University Libraries’ Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library includes over 3,000 atlases of numerous geographical topics and locations.  The maps and other charts and graphics from atlases offer unique visual aids for students writing papers, presentations, or other types of research and learning.

For more information about using maps as visual aids, please contact the GIS Research and Map Collection in Bracken Library at 765-285-1097.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maps in the News: Maps of Pipelines before Keystone XL

Maps in the News:  United States Crude Oil Pipelines

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) has a collection of maps detailing the history of oil and natural gas pipelines in the United States.  Most of the maps were published by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earliest maps showing natural gas pipelines in the collection were produced by The Oil and Gas Journal in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1947.  The top map (above, click to enlarge) shows the routes from Indiana to the clustered area near the Gulf of Mexico and was published by The Oil and Gas Journal in 1953.  The red triangles depict the locations of refineries.  Gray and black lines show crude oil lines, and red dots show the locations of product lines.

The second map above was published by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1976 and is part of a set of 19 maps displaying the national energy transportation systems and flows.  This set of maps was commissioned by the Committees on Commerce and Interior and Insular Affairs of the U.S. Senate as part of a study of U.S. energy transportation.  The green lines are the locations of crude oil pipelines.  Brown depicts natural gas pipelines, and black lines are petroleum products.  The red lines depict coal slurry transportation.  The dashed black lines as seen in Indiana indicate pipelines that are proposed or under construction.

The last map and legend shows crude petroleum movement by all modes in 1974 published by the U.S. Geological Survey.  Green shows flow by pipeline, and blue shows flow by water.

Researchers may also be interested in a set of geological maps available in the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository.  The Indiana Natural Resources Maps collection includes maps of natural gas, coal, and petroleum deposits and the locations of stone quarries, pipelines, and wells dating from the 1880’s to the early 1900’s.

For more information about any of the maps, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mapping the Latest Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Rates

Frederick Goodall receiving polio treatment, 
The Other Side of Middletown Photograph Collection
Ball State University Libraries' Digital Media Repository

Mapping Measles:  The Geography of Vaccinations

ESRI, leading GIS software publisher, has created a Story MapThe State of Vaccinationsdepicting the latest measles outbreak and statistics for each state’s vaccination and exemption rates. 

The site includes a chart showing the number of measles cases by year since 2001, with the number of cases in 2014 being the highest in recent history.  A map published on February 11 using data from the Center for Disease Control and health departments shows the number of measles cases in 2015, with California being the highest.

The next map features vaccination rates for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) based on school vaccination data among kindergartners.  This map shows Colorado and Pennsylvania as states with vaccination rates “well below average.”  Click on a state for more details:  The national median for vaccinations for MMR was 94.7% in 2013-2014; Indiana’s rate was 92.9%.

The next map in the series explains varying state laws related to exemptions from vaccines.  Almost all states grant religious exemptions, but 20 states also allow philosophical exemptions from immunizations.  Users can click on the state for more details:  For example, Indiana only allows religious exemptions to vaccinations for students.

A map showing non-medical exemption rates shows Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, and Vermont with a “well above average” number of children with non-medical exemptions to vaccines.  The national median is 1.7%; Oregon has 7% of children with non-medical exemptions.  Another map shows the percentage of exemptions that are non-medical for each state.  West Virginia and Mississippi do not allow non-medical exemptions.  The Story Map also includes an article about states considering new legislation to limit vaccine exemptions.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) includes a computer lab with the latest ESRI GIS software.  Ball State University is part of the ESRI Site License Program, allowing students, faculty, and staff free access to the full suite of ESRI software products.  For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.