Project

Title
USGS Historic Topographic Map Scanning Project  
Geographic Area
Nationwide  
Organization
University of Wisconsin--Madison  

Descriptive Information

Url
http://infotrek.er.usgs.gov/pls/htmldb/f?p=182:1:3421198413713854611  
Status
In-Process  
Publisher
USGS  
Metadata Compiled
Yes  
Metadata Format
Dublin Core  
Num Items
9000  
Scale
1:24,000; 1:62,5000  
Years
1882 - 9999
Description
The goal of this project is to digitally preserve all USGS topographic maps printed by the agency. About 2300 WI maps were scanned during the pilot project in the summer of 2005 and we have continued utilizing the Robinson Map Library's collection of USGS maps to scan the remaining Midwest region. At present, completed states are: WI, IL, & MN (NE is in progress). Discussions are currently ongoing regarding IA and IN possibly being scanned by USGS business partner HIG, Inc. who will utilize those University Library collections rather than collections at UW-Madison. The plan is for the imagery to be geoprocessed and accessible via an application in GOS. Compression and web accessibility are being discussed at the present time. No decisions have been made as of yet. The uncompressed TIFFs will be deposited into the National Archives and will serve as the official archival record. Collaboration with other scanning projects will be an essential piece to this project. USGS plans to develop a similar website to track the progress of this scanning project and will potentially allow other institutions to contribute collections of their own depending on scanning specifications. This website will be announced as soon as it is up and running. Official contacts for this project are Greg Allord of USGS and Jaime Martindale of UW-Madison.  

Technical Information

Download Available
No  
File Format (Original Scan)
uncompressed TIFF  
File Format (Display)
uncompressed TIFF  
Resolution
508 ppi  
Compression Ratio
 
Image Management Software
being determined  
Geo Referenced
No  
Rectified
No  
Willing to share your grant proposal?
Yes  

Contact Information

Organization
University of Wisconsin--Madison  
Name
Jaime Stoltenberg  
E-Mail
jstoltenberg@wisc.edu  
Phone
608-262-1471