This project is a collaboration between UC Davis Library departments – DataLab and Special Collections.

Special Collections is undertaking a project to identify and digitize unique maps in our collection. Library volunteer, Scott Sibbett, is working with Map Assitant, Dawn Collings, to identify which of the library’s holdings are unique in the University of California system. The pilot focuses on out-of-copyright maps. After the list list of maps is complete, high quality scanning will begin, starting with the smaller maps that can be scanned on our existing scanning equipment, followed by larger maps that will be scanned off site.

DataLab is undertaking a demonstration of how these digitized maps can be used in digital applications to share the data in a geospatial way and to produce new knowledge from synthesizing the information contained in these maps. In the initial phase, GIS Data Curator, Michele Tobias, is compiling an online interactive map using the pilot data from this project. Long-term goals include creating an online interactive map as a search interface for the larger collection of scanned and georeferenced maps.