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8 - Other Resources and Miscellaneous

Higher education resources

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There are a number of datasets available to Higher Education establishments through JISC agreements.

  • Digimap - delivers Ordnance Survey - and other - online maps and data for mapping to subscribing institutions in Higher Education and schools. Run by EDINA (but from August 2018 no longer funded by Jisc)

  • UK Data Service Census Geography - provides access to and support for, all census geography products 1971-2011. Includes boundary data for the UK, both current and historical, for thematic and statistical mapping

  • Landmap - provided orthorectified satellite image mosaics of Landsat, SPOT and ERS radar data and a high resolution Digital Elevation Model for the British Isles. No longer funded but some data still available.

Dating a map

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  • ​Geographia Limited : The date is usually disguised by the 'CUMBERLAND' code whereby the letters CUMBERLAND corresponds to the numerals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0, so that, B.RL. becomes 4.67 that is, April 1967. Not all Geographia maps include a date code

  • A comprehensive guide to dating maps printed by John Bartholomew and Sons of Edinburgh [PDF] by Ken Winch

  • Phil Hoehn has compiled a page of date codes for maps on the WAML site

  • There is some useful information on European oil company road maps on the Petrol Maps website including a specific section on dating.

  • Selected political changes that may assist in estimating the age of a world map or globe can be found here and here.

  • Some of the links on the Cambridge University Library Map Department website may also be useful

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Security issues

  • ​From the History of Cartography gateway website, articles about and links to information about the thefts of early maps, including a report on the seminar “Responding to Theft” held in 2002 at the National Library of Wales.

Co-operative ventures

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Miscellaneous but interesting!

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These pages were compiled by: April Carlucci (British Library Map Library); Tinho da Cruz (Department of Geography, University of Liverpool); Anne Taylor (Cambridge University Library). They are maintained by the Map Curators' Group of the BCS. Colleagues are requested to help keep this information current by e-mailing suggestions for inclusion, and details of links that don't work.

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