Monday, December 15, 2014

World Map Projection Collection Available from Ball State University Libraries

New Map Collection Available from the Ball State University Libraries’ Repository

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) includes a collection of nearly 140,000 maps and other cartographic resources.  Now the GRMC is making more maps from the collection available online via the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository

The newest DMR collection, World Map Projections, features a set of maps from the Central Intelligence Agency depicting maps of the world created in a unique format—a map projection.  The collection provides online access to 22 azimuthal equidistant projection maps of the world dating from 1942 to 1990.  This map projection creates maps where the center point is represented by different world cities—Kinshasa, Frankfurt, Panama City, Cairo, Moscow.  Using this projection, all points on the map are drawn at proportionately correct distances from that center point.

This collection offers users unique world views and provides a valuable research tool for students of geography.  Users can access the maps anywhere with available Web access and can save the maps to their computer.

The DMR provides access to several map collections:  Muncie and Delaware County Historic Maps and Atlases, United States Transportation Maps, Ball State University Campus Maps, American Cities Historic Maps, Indiana Natural Resources Maps, International Historic Maps, Maps of the World (CIA current maps), Delaware County Indiana Aerial Plat Maps, Indiana Historic County Atlases, United States Soil Maps, and United States Topographic Maps, and the New York Times World War I Maps.

For more information about using the DMR, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097 or the Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078.

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