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National Geospatial Advisory Group holds quarterly meeting in September 2017

September 29, 2017
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held their fall meeting September 6-7, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Viriginia.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  The role of the NGAC is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  Full minutes of the meeting, PowerPoints, and lightning talks are available on the NGAC website.

2016 NGAC

NGAC releases transition documents

January 13, 2017
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) has released three documents of interest to the geospatial community.  Two of the documents were written to aid in the transition to a new administration in Washington, DC.  The third document is an overview of emerging technologies that will impact the geospatial landscape in the near- and mid-term future.  Taken together, these works provide a broad overview of the thinking of the NGAC members as they look forward to the next few years in the geospatial sector.

Philip Hatfield, Curator of Digital Mapping, British Library

Phil Hatfield, British Library: Two talks on maps, digital mapping and his book "Lines in the ice: Exploring the roof of the world"

October 27, 2016
by G. Salim Mohammed

Philip Hatfield, Lead Curator for Digital Mapping at the British Library will be giving two talks at the David Rumsey Map Center on Tuesday,  November 1, 2016. For both talks please come up the Rumsey stairs that lead off the entrance door at the Bing Wing Rotunda. The Bing Wing Rotunda is in the Bing Wing of Green Library. Read on for details on the talks.

California Map Society / Rumsey Map Center Paper Award

California Map Society / Rumsey Map Center Paper Award

October 11, 2016
by G. Salim Mohammed

The California Map Society (CMS) is a founding friend of the David Rumsey Map Center. As partners, the Society will underwrite and facilitate the jurying and awarding of a Student Paper Award.

The award carries a cash prize of $1,000; an additional $400 will be used to fund travel to the northern and southern California speaker events where the award winner will present his or her paper under the auspices of the California Map Society. The deadline to submit is  February 17, 2017; the presentations will happen the week of April 24, 2017.

National Geospatial Advisory Group Holds Fall Meeting

October 2, 2016
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held its fall meeting at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, West Virginia on September 27-28, 2016.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  The role of the NGAC is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  Full minutes of the meeting, PowerPoints, and lightning talks will be available on the NGAC website shortly.  

Colleagues who worked on the Rumsey Map Center Project

A Tribute

April 29, 2016
by G. Salim Mohammed

Today marks the end of our first week of the opening of the David Rumsey Map Center as a library and special collections center within Green. Between the opening and this week, we have had over 600 visitors and now that the excitement of the opening is behind us, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for being instrumental in making this happen.

A Cropped Part of Rebecca Solnit's Monarchs and Queens Map 2010

Maps from Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

May 24, 2015
by G. Salim Mohammed

This exhibit will be on display May 22-28, 2015 at the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections.

Rebecca Solnit, a former visiting fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West and Stanford University Libraries where she focused on Glen McLaughin’s collection of Maps of California as an Island, is a writer, historian and activist based in the Bay Area. She has authored fifteen books, including Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (2010).

Mappa [sic] geologico do Brazil, Geological Society of America, 1991 Branner, John Casper, Contributor.

John Casper Branner's Map of Brazil: Original or Facsimile?

April 24, 2015
by G. Salim Mohammed

The Branner Earth Sciences Library is named after John Casper Branner (1850-1922). Branner was, among many things, a geologist, an academic and a founding member of the faculty at Stanford and went on to become Stanford’s second president. He was also president of the Geological Society of America and served as the president of the Seismological Society of America.

 

Mappa [sic] geologico do Brazil, Geological Society of America, 1919. Branner, John Casper, Contributor.

California, Palo Alto Sheet

The Stanford Geological Survey Exhibit at Branner Library

April 16, 2015
by Julie Sweetkind-Singer

From the very start of Stanford University, geology students were sent into the field to learn mapping.  John Casper Branner and John Flesher Newsom taught field mapping to budding geologists first on the campus and then in the Santa Cruz mountains.  In 1903, an official course was inaugurated called, "Field Geology," taught by geology and mining professors Dr. Branner and Dr. Newsom.  Summer field trips took place every year until 1987.  Students mapped areas such as Mt. Hamilton (San Jose), the Sonoma Range, the Summit King Mine, the Santa Lucia Mountains, and the Snake Range in Nevada. 

The current exhibit at the library includes a map from 1895 by R.B. Marshall covering all of the Stanford lands and out into the marshy Bay, Thomas Dibblee's field notebook from 1932 when he was still in high school, Mary Balch's report on the geology of the New Almaden quadrangle from 1929, the expense account ledger from 1937 showing the expenditures for the season, and more.