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Maps! Maps! Maps! November 27, 2009

Posted by gordonwatts in computers, DeepTalk, Maps.
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I have become a big of the DeepZoom technology, as anyone who has been reading these posts a while knows. I’m also a big fan of maps – especially old ones. I’ve never been brave enough to purchase any on eBay or anything like that, but I’d love to eventually own a few and hang them on my wall.


In the meantime I make use of the fantastic resources of the web. UW recently put up a small collection of old maps, from the 16th to the 19th century. Some of them are stunning. I definitely recommend spending some quality time exploring them.

The default interface that is presented to you, however, is a bit of a pain. For each map, scroll down to the “detailed view” entry below the map picture and click on that. They used Zoomify to encode the images in a nice zoom-able interface.

Sweet. I wish they had done one or two things a little differently:

  • Higher resolution images so you can zoom in even further
  • Put all the maps on a single page, with perhaps some information (and a search tool) on the right hand side. Check out Hard Rock’s example.
  • Can’t make it full screen. 🙂

I wish more people would do this for collections of images like these maps. It makes navigating them a lot of fun, and it is still possible to display the metadata.