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New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use

New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use
When I was a kid, my father brought home from I know not where an enormous collection of National Geographic magazines spanning the years 1917 to 1985. I found, tucked in almost every issue, one of the magazine’s gorgeous maps—of the Moon, St. Petersburg, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe’s ever-shifting boundaries. I became a cartography enthusiast and geographical sponge, poring over them for years just for the sheer enjoyment of it, a pleasure that remains with me today. The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. What does this mean? Can you—as I did with my neatly folded, yellowing archive—have all the maps in full-color print? This, explains the NYPL, “is the process where digital images of maps are stretched, placing the maps themselves into their geographic context, rendered either on the website or with tools such as Google Earth.” Related Content: Related:  Public DomainsSpecial Maps

why do so many people love making maps? - bookforum.com / omnivore follow us omnivore Why do so many people love making maps? Aug 30 2013 3:00PM From Wired, Betsy Mason and Greg Miller introduce the Map Lab: A quest to find, explore, and make maps; meet Anthony Robinson, the man who wants to teach the world to make maps; and why do so many people love making maps? Here is a map of places actually discovered by Europeans — the tiny islands that European explorers really did discover. Advertisement top of page Download 448 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs. You may remember that we featured the site a few years ago, back when it offered 397 whole books free for the reading, including American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885–1915; Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings from the Royal Library; and Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Related Content: Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online

Google Street View Great Websites to Explore History The websites below are not intended only for history teachers but for anyone interested in taking a journey back into history.Some of them provide document search that allows you to search into the most important historical documents from well known and trusted archives. You will also find timelines documenting the major historical events or if you like maps then you can track back the history on maps. All these resources are free to use and do not require any download or software installation.Just browse through the selection below and click on any title to access the webpage. Make sure you share them with your students and colleagues as well. 1- Look Back Maps This is a website that allows users to view historical pictures of various locations on Google Maps, search for specific locations and even add images. 2- Timelines 4- This Day in History As its name suggests, this is a section where you will find important historical events that happened on this day. 5- World Digital Library

Histoire Mondiale ATLASES: Poetics, Politics and Performance - An online Exhibition from Special Collections and School of Geographical Sciences The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge. We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Anyone interested in the history of the Guggenheim will want to spend time with a collection called “The Syllabus.” To read any of these 109 free art books, you will just need to follow these simple instructions. 1.) You can find many more free art books from the Getty and the Met below. Related Content: Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum Download 397 Free Art Catalogs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices

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