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An Interactive Astrological Calendar from 1544 for Google Earth
|| 8/11/2007 || 11:49 pm || Comments Off on An Interactive Astrological Calendar from 1544 for Google Earth || ||

Right click on the image below to download the .kmz file [3 mb] for Google Earth:

The other day when I was developing the Eastern Hemisphere version, I thought it would be neat to see what the calendar would look like in Google Earth. By using the image overlay function I was able to wrap the entire calendar over the surface of the earth. The result is a very unique way to interactively view the calendar in 3D.

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An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 – Eastern Hemisphere
|| 8/10/2007 || 10:31 pm || Comments Off on An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 – Eastern Hemisphere || ||

About a month ago I made the first version of the map using the Western Hemisphere. At the time I didn’t even think about making a secondary map for the Eastern Hemisphere.

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NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2007 Remix]
|| 7/9/2007 || 2:15 pm || Comments Off on NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA [2007 Remix] || ||

NOVA ET ACCVRATISSIMA TOTIVS TERRARVM ORBIS TABVLA - 2007 Remix by Nikolas Schiller

I updated the Library of Congress‘ version of Joan Blaeu‘s “A New and Accurate Map of the Entire World” (1662?) with NASA’s Blue Marble satellite images. Unlike the previous version, I decided to use a different satellite image for the eastern hemisphere so that the tip of Brazil does not overlap.

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An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 – Western Hemisphere
|| 7/8/2007 || 12:40 pm || Comments Off on An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 – Western Hemisphere || ||

An Updated Astrological Calendar from 1544 - Western Hemisphere

This morning I was looking through the digital collection of maps at the Geography & Mapping Division of the Library of Congress and found this astrological calendar on the 4th page of a Battista Agnese atlas published in 1544 (citation after the fold).

The calendar is built on two concentric circles; the inner circle depicts the Gregorian calendar and the outer circle shows the Zodiac calendar. According to the Wikipedia entry, the Gregorian calendar was not adopted for another 38 years after the atlas was published.

In the original drawing (below) the center of the astrological calendar was a very tiny earth. I believe it was drawn to show the earth’s celestial relationship to the seasons, and while the scale is off, the coloring is surprisingly accurate. By adding the satellite image over top of the original I gave it an update 463 years in the making.

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Donations to the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division
|| 8/25/2006 || 3:40 pm || Comments Off on Donations to the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division || ||

Today I donated the 8 maps I was commissioned to produce to the Library of Congress’ Geography & Mapping Division. I must say for the first time in my life I feel that my work, my existence, now has longevity to it. As in when I die, my work will live on. While the cartographic collection of over 5 million maps now has only 8 more maps, there is something truly special about knowing that the work I did in my short life will be remembered forever. After I left the Library of Congress I took a long walk to the Archives metro to take in the beauty of it all.

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LOC G & M
|| 10/28/2005 || 7:45 am || Comments Off on LOC G & M || ||

So last night I spent about 3 hours preparing an e-mail to the head of acquisitions at the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division. It outlines why I should have a special collection and I think I provide some compelling reasons as to why my maps would be of interest to the library. On the LOC website states:

Division’s collecting goals include the acquisition of items and collections that:

broaden and enhance worldwide geographic and thematic coverage
fill identified gaps in existing collections and map series and upgrade the condidtion and quality
document the work of distinguished cartographers and map publishers, particularly American
document and illustrate historical events
illustrate the purely aesthetic value of cartographic products
illustrate the technical process of map making, including the variety of printing techniques
document and illustrate developments in thematic cartography
document non-Western/non-European cartographic traditions
support the collections and reference resource requirements of other areas of the Library.

I went through each applicable line above and explain how my maps qualified. I have not sent the e-mail yet. If I do I’ll bury it in this posting at a later date….

So why the Library of Congress? why not? I have painstakingly backed up every map 2 times and I think the LOC would be one of the best places to archive these maps. I don’t have the exact number, I lost track a long time ago, but my guess is that I’ve made around 200 maps in the last year and a half. At last check, I had backed up about 650 gigs worth of CDs and DVDs- make that 1.3 terabytes of data…..Terra….that’s Latin for land and well that also happens to be the same subject matter my maps employ. Nice duplicity :-)





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