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Aluka, a resource providing access to a wide range of scholarly data, has created a webpage that documents cultural heritage sites throughout the African continent. By employing Aluka's interactive map, the user can access images of architecture, cultural rituals, and historic sites along with textual data detailing the site's significance and current condition.
- Ancient Rome 3D
is a digital recreation of over 7,000 buildings during the reign of Constantine (circa 320 CE).
This mashup of Google Maps and Freebase – an open and collaborative database of the world’s knowledge – allows a user to search by location or by architect and view the information plotted on a map.
- Architecture Web Resources
The Architecture Studies Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has an online guide containing links to web resources on topics related to architecture. This continuously evolving database was established in 1993 by Jeanne Brown, head of UNLV Architecture Studies Library.
Travel site Arounder uses Google maps to organize interactive, panoramic exhibits of a number of European cities and a few American sites. For each location listed on Arounder, a number of panoramic views are available including views of church interiors, city streets, public plazas, and natural or manufactured landscapes.
- ARTstor Blog: Teaching with ARTstor Category
The ARTstor blog's Teaching with ARTstor category is a useful tool for determine how best to use materials contained in the ARTstor collection. Each Teaching with ARTstor entry focuses on a unique topic ranging from African architecture to race and identity in American art to women's suffrage, and provides material to support these subjects.
Bio Mapping is a community mapping project that asks how will our perceptions of our community and environment change when we become aware of our own and each others intimate body states.
- British Library Online Gallery
This site showcases over 90,000 items in the collections of the British Library, including over 1,000 maps and plans of London.
- British Museums Collection Database
Currently includes objects from Africa; the Americas; central, east, south and southeast Asia, including the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese ceramics; ancient Egypt and Sudan; Europe; ancient Greece and Rome; the Middle East; Oceania; prehistory; the Museum’s collection of two-dimensional art.
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online visual resource collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.
- CIA - The World Factbook: Regional Maps
The CIA World Factbook contains regional maps of the world's continents and major water bodies. These maps contain accurate and current geographical information and can be downloaded as high resolution jpegs or pdfs.
- Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a stockphotgraphy site hosting millions of royalty-free and rights-managed images. Corbis' search mechanism allows the user to generate results based on camera angle, point-of-view, and resolution. Corbis also hosts a number of special collections.
- David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 18,460 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
- Digital Sanborn Maps
Created for fire insurance purposes, these maps are rich and detailed. UTSOA has access to the Texas collection.
- Early Real Estate Insurance Maps of New York
Hundreds of real estate maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn from the 1850s-1860s. Originated by William Perris and commonly called "fire insurance maps," they show streets, blocks, tax lots, and use classifications plus earlier natural and manmade features.
- Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
The University of California, Berkeley has created the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) as "a global consortium of people who share the vision of creating a distributed virtual library of cultural information with a time and place interface." ECAI uses the concepts of time and space to organize and analyze visual data as well as integrate it into a broader network of cultural phenomena.
- Flickr Hive Mind
The Flickr Hive Mind photography search engine is a crowd-curated search tool with a number of search return options along with features that allow users to create groups, tag favorites and search by rights type.
Fotolia is a royalty-free stock photography site with over 7.25 million photos and illustrations and almost 0.5 million vectors.
- Genmaps: England, Wales and Scotland Maps
Rootsweb presents Genmaps, a site devoted to online images of English, Welsh and Scottish maps from dating as early as the 12th century to the 20th century. The website possesses a drop down menu for England, Wales, and Scotland and allows the user to pick a specific map by county. These maps are pooled from a variety of different locations, including journal publications, history books, and engravings. Though many of the maps are free of copyright protection, many images, as specified, are still under copyright law and as such, will appear on the host site.
A free, web-based service that allows you to create, customize and share interactive maps using your own data. Upload KML files, spreadsheets or utilize the vast amount of datasets already available on the website.
Satellite images available to the public, free of charge.
- German History in Documents and Images
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of original historical materials documenting German history in ten sections beginning with the early modern period and moving into the present. Each section includes an introduction to key historical developments during the period as well as a selection of primary source documents (in German and English), images and relevant maps. All of the materials can be accessed through keyword and author searches. Advanced options also allow searches to be limited and refined.
- Google Earth Prado Masterpieces
Google Earth has incorporated ulta-high resolution images of fourteen masterpieces from the Museo del Prado’s collection.
- Great Archaeological Sites
The Great Archaeological Sites website, administered by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, links to a number of sites that catalog archaeological findings at locations both inside and outside of France. Linked sites focus on the cave paintings at Lascaux and Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc, Greco-roman culture in Lattes and Languedoc, and medieval architecture in Saint-Denis, along with several additional locations dated between the prehistoric and medieval periods.
- Hargrett Historical Maps Database
The University of Georgia's Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library created a database that provides access to historical maps documenting sites around the globe from as early as 1500.
- Heritage Documentation Programs
Heritage Documentation Program, as a service of the National Park Service, administers the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS), the Historic American Engineering Record (HAERS), and the Cultural Resources Geographical Information System Facility (CRGIS). The documents produced through these programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. Records on nearly 40,000 historic sites, consisting of black and white photographs, measured drawings, and written historical reports, are maintained in a special collection at the Library of Congress, available to the public copy-right free in both hard copy and electronic formats.
Hypercities is a Google Maps-based interactive platform that incorporates archival maps to contextualize urban areas historically, allowing users to experience the historical parameters of cities and districts and to witness certain exploratory, trade and cultural activities.
- International Dunhuang Project
The Internation Dunhuang Project is a consortium of academic institutions from all over the world that hosts over 270,000 images of paintings, textiles, and manuscripts that document Eastern silk road culture.
- Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH)
JSAH Online will mediate the dialogue between traditional modes of scholarship and emerging media, supporting film, video, virtual modeling, digital mapping, QTVR panoramic photographs, and zoomable images that will enrich the readers experience and understanding of the architectural subject.
LandScope America is the culmination of a collaborative effort between NatureServe and the National Geographic Society to document American landscapes. The resulting interactive map organizes visual data geographical allowing the user to view videos, panoramas, snapshots, and factoids of the country's natural treasures.
- Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge
USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington developed this website to confront the issues that plague urban historical investigations of Los Angeles. The site content examines the city through images and, essays both historical and historiographical, to treat the subject comprehensively. The content includes photographs, plans, models, maps, photomontages, and "reflexive index sets," historic images grafted onto a present-day photograph to demonstrate the scope of site history.
- Mapping Gothic France
Mapping Gothic France is a visual exploration of the parallel narratives of Gothic architecture and the formation of France. The site includes databases of images, texts, charts and historic maps, allowing users to triangulate French political and architectural history geospatially and temporally in addition to offering a narrativized accounting of France's Gothic structures.
- Mapping Main Street
"Mapping Main Street is a collaborative documentary media project that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos and videos recorded on actual Main Streets."
- Mapping the Recovery of New Orleans - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
In New Orleans, a local research group GCR & Associates has mapped the population trends in the city post-Katrina from 2006-2010. These trends are based on utility, sanitation, mail and voter activity statistics. Check out the article in New York Times for a graphic representation of the analysis.
Mi Modern Architecture is a user-generated database that covers international contemporary buildings (over 2,000). Use it as a research tool or as a guide for planning an architectural tour of a city.
- Museum of the City of New York Collections Portal
The Museum of the City of New York Collections Portal provides access to over 100,000 high-resolution historical photographs highlighting construction, architecture and local culture.
- New York City Department of Records Municipal Archive Online Gallery
New York City Department of Records Municipal Archive Online Gallery holds over 870,000 images from 30 different historical collections comprising 160 years of New York City history. Images can be searched and stored on a designated workspace for use in research and presentations. Motion picture and sound recordings are also available.
- Nolli Map of Rome
an interactive website allows you to explore Rome’s natural environment, demographics, infrastructure and architecture
- NYPL Maps Google Earth Index
This resource allows you to embed Fire Insurance Atlases of New York City into a Google Earth layer.
- Online Archive of California
The OAC facilitates and provides access to primary sources and their digital facsimiles, including maps, architectural and engineering records held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.
OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project and a wiki-style map of the world that allows you to view, edit and use geographical data.
- Paris 26 Gigapixels
Paris 26 Gigapixels provides high-resolution, panoramic views of the French capital. The image is set up for zooming and also includes icons that provide commentary on various points of interest in the city.
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Links to over 11,000 digitized maps from the collection.
Make your own online vector map with Planiglobe.
- Reseau Art Nouveau Network
The Reseau Art Nouveau Network was formed in 1999 to provide a general appraisal of the conditions of Art Nouveau buildings throughout Europe. In the process, the network created an image bank including photographs of Art Nouveau architecture, industrial design, sculpture and art in its 22 member cities and regions. In addition, the network provides a comprehensive list of theses completed on the topic of the Art Nouveau as well as a list of documentation centers in order to facilitate and encourage further study.
- Scholars Resource
Scholars Resource hosts a number of image collections from contributors including Archivision, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The combined collection supports art historical curriculum in a number of areas including Prehistoric, Western, Islamic and Levantine, African, Asian, and Oceanic art.
- Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) blog
The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) blog explores American cultural history and resources relevant to its study. Entries investigate cultural events, the lives of American artists, gender history, photography, architecture and more, in addition to providing information about emerging or reemerging resources and resource centers relevant to research in the social sciences.
- Social Explorer
Containing hundreds of interactive data maps of the United States, Social Explorer allows you to make maps and reports, visually analyze the demography of the U.S., and explore historical demographic data.
- Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project
Carved on the walls of the Templum Pacis between 203-211 CE, the map of Rome includes extremely detailed floor plans of everything from public baths to apartments.
- TARO: Texas Archival Resources Online
TARO makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections.
- Texas Bird's-Eye Views
This collection at the Amon Carter Museum contains over 60 bird's eye views from the 19th and 20th centuries of 49 cities in Texas.
- The BBC's New Web Application Dimensions
The BBC introduces Dimensions, a new experimental application based on the Google Maps prototype. By picking from a wide array of categories, including environmental disasters, cities in history, and festivals and spectacles, the user can map out the moment in history over a specified area.
- The Giza Archives Project
Containing excavation photographs, expedition diary entries, maps, and digitized books and articles, this site aims to become the world's central repository for the archaeological history of the Giza site.
- The Glocal Project
A collaborative, multifaceted artist-led project that examines the changing role of digital image making today.
- The National Map, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
The National Map is an interactive topographical map service sponsored by USGS.
- The State Hermitage Museum Digital Collection
The State Hermitage Museum Digital Collection provides access to high-resolution images of artwork, furniture, maps, archaeological artifacts, textiles, and more. The collection has a general search tool but can also be navigated by browsing geographically organized galleries categorized by field (Paintings, Prints, and Drawings, Applied Arts, Textiles, etc.).
- The Virtual Museum of Iraq
The Virtual Museum of Iraq offers the viewer an interactive website that gives one as close an impression as visiting a museum in person. It features images and descriptions of exhibits ranging from prehistoric to Islamic in virtual “halls”.
- The Wellcome Library
The Wellcome Library has assembled an eclectic library of images that range from architectural photographs and representations to scanning electron micrographs (SEM) of cancer cells and bacteria. The Wellcome Library’s image collection is a useful resource for contextualizing architectural history, examining biological forms to create unique designs, and enhancing visual perspectives of the broader sphere of human biological, sociological, historical, and anthropological relations.
- Turning the Pages
Turning the Pages Gallery provides access to virtual books featuring illuminated manuscripts from the early Renaissance, atlases, botanical illustrations, religious texts and more.
- United States Geological Survey
This site contains links to geologic information, maps, and geospatial data.
- USGS Photography Library
The library consists of photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present.
- Virtual Museum of Canada
The Virtual Museum of Canada combines a number of collections from Canadian museums into an interactive and easily accessible format. With over 785,000 images in its Image Gallery, the VMC includes visual material ranging from contemporary paintings and photographs to World War I era helmets, chandeliers, textiles, and more.
The WhatWasThere project was inspired to provide a new human experience of time, space and place - a virtual time machine that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past. The website creates a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: location and year. The goal is to create a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). WhatWasThere accepts all users to download photographs and contribute to this unique way of viewing history.
- Wikimedia Commons
With content that is created and maintained by volunteers, Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts.
The California State University WorldImage database organizes 75,000 images into portfolios highlighting a wide range of content from around the globe including images of cities and building technology, religious and cultural art and artifacts, architecture, material culture, and more. In addition WorldImages hosts a few special collections including faculty contributions, special exhibits and the Sourisseau Academy Clark B. Waterhouse Collection.
- Yale University Art Gallery eCatalogue
The Yale University Art Gallery's eCatalogue allows internet users to search a collection of over 185,000 objects which includes over 2000 years of painting, sculpture, furniture and other interior/industrial design objects from all over the world.