Mapping in the virtual world

I just got an update from David Rumsey that there will be a special event at the map museum in Second Life Thursday March 6th at noon PST.

MIT Tech Review is reporting that Long Now board member and mapping maven David Rumsey is launching his historical map collection in Second Life this week.

A new installation inside Second Life is bringing alive one of the world’s largest collections of antique maps. Called the David Rumsey Maps Island (registration required), the Second Life site is San Francisco map collector David Rumsey’s latest high-technology plan to share his collection with as large an audience as possible. (See “From Lewis and Clark to Landsat.”)

Rumsey has also given a talk in our Seminar series, and some of his collection is in the featured layers on Google Earth where you can see historical maps overlaid on modern geography.

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