ERIC Number: ED441405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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How To Put Your Maps on the Internet.
Allen, David Yehling
Many libraries are creating raster images of paper maps and making them available over the Internet. This presentation provides an overview of imaging technology for map librarians and administrators considering such projects. References in footnotes and the bibliography enable those interested to explore technical questions in depth. There are several approaches to digitizing and distributing raster images of maps on the Internet. Acceptable work for some purposes can be accomplished with very little expense or staff time. Producing high quality images of large maps, however, involves considerable commitments of time and money. Available technologies for digitizing maps include scanning from film (such as the Kodak Photo CD process), use of flatbed scanners, and high-end digital cameras. The advantages and disadvantages of these methods are discussed. Suggested images of large maps require very large data files, and methods of compressing and distributing these files are described. The importance of creating metadata that can be searched on the World Wide Web is also stressed. (Contains 15 Internet resources and 12 notes.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Information Technology, Maps, Metadata, Optical Scanners, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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