Posts Tagged ‘cartography’


July 4, 2013

Our Map Library now has a new set of Ordnance Survey Landranger maps that you can borrow. Here’s one view of why this “bio-optical knowledge recording and information dissemination system” is so great. But please don’t use ours as a handkerchief.

Visualizing friendships

April 12, 2012

A recent survey of 20 cartographic experts from around the world flagged this up as one of their top ten most expertly designed maps. Plotting the link between a Facebook user’s location and that of their  friends reveals a remarkably detailed map of the world. Remember that all you are seeing here is great circle arc joining a sample of pairs of facebook friends. It’s best viwed by clicking the link to ‘View high-res’.


Magnificent Maps

April 29, 2010

Maps have been receiving a lot of air time recently on both television and radio. The Telegraph even carried the headline “Maps – the new rock ‘n’ roll” in a feature about the current map season on BBC4. Tomorrow sees the opening of a new exhibition at the British Library, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art, which runs until September. The accompanying web site, with illustrations and video descriptions from the curators, is excellent.

Chinese Map

January 13, 2010

A Chinese map dating back to 1602 has been unearthed recently showing China in the centre of the world and also includes the Americas and most of Europe (but not the British Isles!)

Here are a couple of websites with more information about this historic find:

Norwegian Cartozoologic Society

January 6, 2010

How many times have you looked at a map and thought “Crikey, that street layout doesn’t ‘alf look like an aardvark!”? This society was conceived in 1974 to promote “The science or practice of discovering and studying animals outlined paradigmatically by street layouts as they appear on maps”. What a shame that the site exhibits so few examples and appears not to have developed at all since 2003.

There are some interesting comments at

Secret Cold War mapping

September 7, 2009

Today is the start of the Society of Cartographers 45th Annual Summer School, which this year is being hosted by the University of Southampton. In a timely piece of publicity, the Cartographic Unit at Southampton has launched a service that allows you to purchase prints of Soviet Cold War mapping of various towns and cities. Among other things, these uniquely detailed maps highlight strategically important buildings. In other words, targets.

There’s a BBC News report about the maps here:

and a piece relating to Soviet mapping of Manchester here:

Our own Map Library has a couple of examples, but sadly no sheet depicting Portsmouth.


November 6, 2008

TOTD went to an exhibition in our Eldon building today.  Well worth checking out if you’re local.

If not, check out just one of things decorating the wall – a map which looked like an normal Ordnance Survey map but turned out to be a ‘map’ of a thesaurus entry.  Fascinating for word lovers and map enthusiasts alike.

You can see a description and an electronic version of the map here:

and might want to check out the site more generally:

Worldmapper: the world as you’ve never seen it before

February 8, 2008

really is the world as you’ve never seen it before but for the self-confessed “innumerate” contributer, “it brings stats to life”.