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(May 17, 2013) - Library Map Prize 2013

The Map Department is proud to present Maria Haras with the 2013 Library Map Prize for the best use of maps in a senior essay or equivalent. Maria's prize winning essay titled "Envisioning Los Angeles in the LA Times: The topographical imagination of Charles H. Owens" was a very well written senior thesis elucidating how the influential imagination of Owens' illustrative and cartographic skill under the direction and vision of LA citizen, real estate speculator, and publisher of the LA Times, Harry Chandler, was brought to life in the pages of the LA Times during the first half of the 20th century. Maria was able to convincingly demonstrate how Owens' ability to illustrate Chandler's vision of Los Angeles and the world through his artistic and spatial skills resulted in much of Chandler's vision for Los Angeles becoming a reality. As Maria puts it in her thesis: "Owens visualized hundreds of public projects for the Times’ voting readership: a Union Station, a downtown Civic Center, a Public Library, the Griffith Park Observatory, Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Aqueduct."

Besides the Chandler Owens relationship and the impact it has on Los Angeles, which I found similar to the Medici Michelangelo/Brunelleschi relationship and the impact it had on Florence, Maria also pointed out the unique cartographic style which tended to constitute much more illustrations than most cartographic works. She also was able to weave this biography of Owens and Los Angeles largely from the analysis of the dozens of maps by Owens she utilized and included in her thesis while focusing on her discipline (History). The significant role the use of these maps played in the central theme of her thesis along with Maria's ability to provide the in depth analysis of these primary source materials and their significance in the historical development of Los Angeles has earned her the 2013 Library Map Prize.

Maria will receive a certificate along with $250 for the prize. The Map Department would like to thank all the seniors who submitted a senior essay for this year's Map Prize.

 

(May 29, 2012) - Library Map Prize 2012

The Map Department is proud to present Sarah Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein with the 2012 Library Map Prize for the best use of maps in a senior essay or equivalent. Sarah prize winning essay titled "Mapmakers, Poets, and Playwrights: Imagining the World as Round" was a very well written and unique analysis utilizing many maps and reference sources from the Map Department. Sarah will receive a certificate along with $250 for the prize. The Map Department would like to thank all the seniors who submitted a senior essay for this year's Map Prize.

(September 11, 2007) - SimplyMap Web-Based Demographic Mapping

The Kline Science Library has recently purchased licensing for a new, and very powerful, demographic mapping tool, SimplyMap.

SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap turns complex data into valuable information that is easily accessed through an innovative and user-friendly interface.

Of particilar interest to Yale GIS users is the ability prepare and download shapefiles of demographic data for use in ArcGIS Spatial Analysis Software.

With SimplyMap, users can:

  • Access thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables.
  • Develop interactive thematic maps and export high-resolution images to word processing or presentation software.
  • Select, sort, and compare data across multiple locations and build custom reports that can be exported to a spreadsheet for additional functionality.
  • Explore historical census data to understand how regions change over time and use estimates and projections to analyze current and future trends.
  • Make informed personal and business-related decisions. Questions like “what are the social and demographic characteristics of my neighborhood?” and “where should I locate my retail store?” are quickly answered with SimplyMap.
  • Combine locations and search for areas based on specific criteria.

Geographic Research partners with premier U.S. data providers to give SimplyMap users the most current demographic, business, and marketing data available. SimplyMap provides the following nation-wide data*:

  • Demographic Variables: Population, Age, Race, Income, Ancestry, Marital Status, Housing, Employment, Transportation, Families, and more.
  • Historical census data: including 1980, 1990 & 2000, plus current year census estimates and 5 year projections.
  • Business Variables: Detailed Consumer Expenditure, Business & Employee Counts by Industry (by NAICS Code), Consumer Price Index, Quality of Life & Consumer Profiles, and Market Segments.

*Data for all geographies include census block-groups, census tracts, ZIP codes, cities, counties, states, and the entire United States.

SimplyMap Login Page (Must be Using a Yale IP Address for Access)


(September 4, 2007) - The Yale GIS Workshops...

The Map Collection at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library is proud to announce the continuation of the Yale GIS Workshops. These workshops are intended as an introduction to ESRI's ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems Software Suite, for which Yale University maintains an Enterprise-level license. The workshops are open to all Yale University Community members and we are particularly interested in exposing undergraduate students to spatial analysis using GIS.

All workshops are held on Thursday afternoon and start at 1pm. The sessions and are generally designed to last 1.5 - 2 hours, with time for addressing specific needs after the tutorial sessions. The exception is the Introductory session, which is designed to last 2.5-3 hours.

All workshops will be held in the Library Electronic Classroom, which is located at Sterling Memorial Library, Room 609 until the Cross Campus Library renovation has been completed (sometime in October) when the workshops will be moved to the CCL Electronic Classroom 1a.

REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOPS HERE!


(August 21, 2007) - ArcGIS 9.2...

The latest release of ESRI's ArcGIS Software, 9.2, is now available for Faculty & Staff to download at the Yale Software Site. Students can obtain a 1-Year Licensed copy of ArcGIS from Map Collection Staff. Two packages have been provided, one with the basic ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 installation, including the tutorial data, and the other including the Developer's Kit, and the ArcINFO Workstation product necessary for those interested in using command-line based tools. If you are a lab manager, and need to upgrade a number of machines, contact Stacey Maples about using the network installation package.

Yale Software Site

ESRI - What's New in ArcGIS 9.2


(February 13, 2007) - Maps Online...

We are now making digitized versions of certain selections from The Map Collection available online, using the JP2000 format. At this time, these maps are being digitized based upon faculty & student needs. As cartographic materials are digitized and catalogued, the images will also be available through Orbis, the Yale Library's online catalog system. Viewing these images in your browser requires the installation of the LizardTech ExpressView Plugin for Netscape®, Internet Explorer and Safari Web browsers. Unfortunately, there is currently no plugin for support in Firefox.

Maps Currently Online...


(January 22, 2007) - The Yale Map Collection GIS Workshops!

The Map Collection at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library is proud to announce the continuation of the Yale GIS Workshops. These workshops are intended as an introduction to ESRI's ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems Software Suite, for which Yale University maintains an Enterprise-level license.

The workshops are open to all Yale University Community members and we are particularly interested in exposing undergraduate students to spatial analysis using GIS.

We are changing the schedule slightly this year to combine the Introductory and Intermediate Workshops into single Introductory Sessions that will be offered four times over the course of the semester.

We are making the workshop sessions "drop-ins," so that registration is no longer required. However, because there are only 16 available seats in the Electronic Classroom, availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage interested participants to continue to use the registration page, however, so that we may gauge interest.

All workshops are held on Monday afternoon and start at 4pm. The sessions and are generally designed to last 1.5-2 hours, with time for addressing specific needs after the tutorial sessions. The exception is the Introductory sessions, which are designed to last 2.5-3 hours. All workshops are held in the Library Electronic Classroom, which is located at Sterling Memorial Library, Room 609.


 

(December 15, 2006) - The New Map Collection Website!

Welcome to the new Map Collection Website. We are Still in the process of transfering and updating content from the old website, as well as adding new content that better reflects our goal of integrating Print & Digital Map Services. Check back often, as there will be new content added frequently.

 

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