Towse: views from the hill

April 22, 2009

[URL] World Digital Library launched. FREE!

Filed under: history,libraries,maps,photographs,resource,URL — Towse @ 5:29 pm

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and 32 partner institutions today launched the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world. The site — located at — includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. It provides unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material.

from the site: The WDL focuses on significant primary materials, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other types of primary sources.

See also UNESCO’s Memory of the World project.

[via LOC’s Twitterfeed]

October 23, 2008

Imperial History of the Middle East

Filed under: history,maps,resource — Towse @ 1:00 am

Imperial History of the Middle East [SWF] … all that world history you’ve forgotten but probably would be better off remembering right now.

The Web is a wonder.

October 7, 2008

Today’s Electoral College Map

Filed under: election2008,maps,politics — Towse @ 7:50 pm

Today’s Electoral College Map

Another interesting map. This one shows the red/blue states with the state size distorted to reflect the state’s number of electoral votes.

Princeton Election Consortium, from whence this map comes, is another Election2008 Web site filled with tasty nuggets of data.

October 3, 2008


Filed under: maps,URL — Towse @ 7:14 pm


“MapTube is a free resource for viewing, sharing, mixing and mashing maps online. Created by UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, users can select any number of maps to overlay and view.”

Love maps. This site’s brill.

Map of the Week this week is Big Mac Index, which graphs (in 2007 prices) the price of a Big Mac in various countries across the globe.

UK tilt because of the UCL connection.

Site reference came via links sent on to me from Dan Goodman’s delicious bookmarks. Thanks, Dan, for all of ‘em.

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