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  1. David Rumsey Map Collection: Georeferenced Maps Metadata

    2023

    This subset of the metadata from the David Rumsey Map Collection was created for the collaboration between David Rumsey and Machines Reading Maps. luna_omo_metadata_56628_20220724.zip contains metadata sourced from both Luna Imaging and Old Maps Online on 24 July 2022 for all georeferenced maps in the David Rumsey Map Collection (~57k records). normalized_luna_omo_metadata_20230405.zip contains a more user friendly version of the same metadata, unpacking some of the nested fields in the previous file. Please consult the README for details about the transformations used for the normalized file.

  2. David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University Libraries

    The David Rumsey Map Collection was started in the mid 1980s and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 16th to 21st century maps of North and South America, the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials.

  3. David Rumsey Map Collection Text on Maps Data [Version 2]

    Chiang, Yao-Yi
    2023

    This data package contains datasets of text on maps recognized from a georeferenced subset of ~57k historical maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection. It includes files for different versions of the dataset accompanied by Data Sheets and this Cover Sheet. Each dataset was created with the \textit{mapKurator} software library and contains all instances of text as it was automatically identified on a single, physical map sheet, or a composite of sheets. Each text identified by \textit{mapKurator} is saved as a polygon json `Feature` with geospatial coordinates for 16 vertices and has the following properties: `text` (the \textit{mapKurator} predicted transcription of the text within the polygon), `score` (the confidence score for the text detection), `postocr\_label` (a prediction for a normalized version of `text` that is based on a post-processing step), and `img\_coordinates` (the pixel coordinates of the polygon). This data has not been verified or evaluated in any way and will contain significant errors, both in terms of false positives (map features recognized as text, but which are not in fact text), (missing) false negatives (text that \textit{mapKurator} has failed to recognize), incorrect detection (bounding polygons that do not correctly enclose a word), and incorrect recognition (the transcription of the text contains errors). Please see the Data Sheet for each version for more details.

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  1. Maps

    Stanford Libraries' large collection of historical and contemporary maps, globes, and atlases circulates from the Branner Earth Sciences Library. The David Rumsey Map Center also holds over 16,000 historic maps and cartographic objects.

  2. David Rumsey Map Center group visits

    This is a page that describes how to request a David Rumsey Map Center group visit.

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  1. (Composite Map) (Facsimile) Rocque's Map of London. 1746 (Raster Image)

    Rocque, John, -1762, Jenkins, Nicholas, 1961-, Kindred London Mapping Project, and Steiner, Erik B.
    1746

    This raster layer is a georeferenced image of a map titled "Composite Map: (Facsimile) Rocque's Map of London. 1746." Published in 1919, this compo...

  2. Georeferenced maps of Africa

    Stanford Geospatial Center
    2013

    The collection contains georeferenced maps selected from Stanford University Libraries Maps of Africa Collection. Stanford’s Maps of Africa Collect...

  3. United States of America (Raster Image)

    Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis
    1820

    This layer is a georeferenced image of a map of the United States. The original map was published in 'A Complete Genealogical, Historical, Chronolo...

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