Maps, maps, and more maps!!

Maps are wonderful! I love maps!  I also love the idea of being able to click on a map and find information about the spot that I clicked on.  We use this technology to find apartments and make hotel reservations, why not to search digital libraries or find the references we historians need to write our many multitudes of papers? 

I can certainly sympathize with Schwartz’s frustration at flipping through a book and not finding any visual representation of the location being described.  As a Civil War historian, there is nothing more annoying than reading pages upon pages about a certain battle and not finding any visuals of the terrain or troop movements, or the surrounding population.

Geo-spatial information is fundamental to history and should be used whenever possible.  It is exciting to see that someone is trying to put all this information together and make it easier for those of us who are not technologically savvy to find what we are looking for.  Even if the article may have gone a little over my head. 

I also find it easier to search visually than textually, but that’s just me!

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