Jan 4, 2022

New Directions for the David Rumsey Map Center

The David Rumsey Map Center has published an article that will interest many genealogists:

“The map center, home to an estimated 250,000 physical maps and more than 200,000 digital maps from 1500 to the present is a cross between a library and a laboratory, replete with leatherbound atlases, spinning globes, enormous high-definition touchscreens and several virtual reality stations.”

Map collector and authority David Rumsey with wallpaper made from one of his most treasured maps.

Further in the article, there is the following statement:

“Throughout the next few years, the center will continue to advance the technology it makes available to visitors, Rumsey and Mohammed said. They hope to incorporate artificial intelligence to make it possible to search for words on digitized maps regardless of their orientation or position, as well as a framework for systematically searching digital map files across platforms and databases. They’re also looking to put greater emphasis on data visualization and to expand into the metaverse, which could “pull users into the map world,” Rumsey said.”

You can read this and a lot more in the full article at: