Debbie Hall, Senior Library Assistant, Map Room, Bodleian Library
References and further reading:
The British Cartographic Society Map Curators Group maintains an online Directory of UK Map Collections.
A few topographical maps are directly available online and can be printed out (e.g. those of the United States published by the USGS)
the Bodleian Map Room’s list of online maps
David Rumsey’s collection of early maps of the world and the Americas
BGN gazetteers can also be searched freely online
Fleet, Chris. Putting old maps in their place? Practicalities of geo-referencing and delivering historical maps online. Presentation given for “The map library as a GIS lab,” MCG Workshop, Sep 2008. Slides online at http://www.cartography.org.uk/default.asp?contentID=834
One example of a successful online reference tool, based on a library’s historical collections, is the National Library of Scotland’s excellent range of early maps of Scotland.
georeferencing in indexing maps for users within the library - James, Nigel. GIS in the map library. Presentation given for “The map library as a GIS lab,” MCG Workshop, Sep 2008. Slides online at http://www.cartography.org.uk/default.asp?contentID=834
One new map indexing tool, created with the support of the Moravian Library in Brno, is MapTiler
Despite the vast number of maps that can be viewed online, digital mapping data in formats that can be used in a GIS system, or manipulated by the inexperienced user, are less widely available - see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/guides/maps/mi_data.htm for some sources.