National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

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US: A new project launched by Google has put more than 500 of National Geographic”s 800 historic maps online using Google”s Maps Engine platform. “People have collected our magazine fold-out maps for over a hundred years, and many of those maps are sequestered away in attics and garages,” said Frank Biasi, the director of digital development at National Geographic.

The new mapping layers can be found within Google”s Map Engine directory. National Geographic is one of the first organisations to participate in the public data programme, which will allow public access to material that has been primarily hidden away for years in its archives or collected in paper format by individuals.

Source: Wired