The NSW State Library is digitising their historic subdivision plans!
A news release posted yesterday has invited people to use social media to get their suburb to the top of the list by tweeting @StateLibraryNSW using #DigitiseMySuburb
Over 250 NSW towns and suburbs are included in the collection and the most tweeted suburb over the period 6th Jan to 17th Feb 2015 will move to the next in line for digitisation.
Subdivision plans from Alexandria are already available online if you are interested in that neck of Sydney.
Simon Sharwood from the website The Register has written about the online mapping problems caused by weak GPS and sloppy check-ins to social media services from smartphones:
“Next time you check in with foursquare or Facebook, please stand right outside the venue, make sure your smartphone has a very good GPS signal and describe the location accurately.
That’s the wish of the spatial data community, which is getting grumpy about user-generated spatial data.
To understand why…”
Click here to read the full article
Read the comments too!
Particularly if you are wondering about this post’s title…
Launched yesterday (Feb 29th 2012), Old Maps Online allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.