How this works

This isn't really a blog, but a growing list of links. I try to keep them organized by function. Please use the date of the post as your indicator of the last time I've updated a given post/subject.
I started this for my own reference (yes, as bookmarks), but decided to "set it free". Well, not that free. I don't like social bookmarking, so here it is.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Geography, mapping resources

Maps (a.k.a. yes, there is a way around it when your place is not on Google Maps!)

OpenStreetMap (searches through
BerkeleyMapper | code (GIT) | instructions
Global Gazeteer
SpeciesLink GeoLoc (Brazil)


Georeferencing Resources from ORNIS - best practices, guides, etc. | archive (this is too good to be lost!)

Region-Specific (very Americas-biased):
Andes Website - Lists of Andes mountain peaks in South America
Americas Maps - Perry-Castañeda Map Collection - UT Library Online
Brazil - IBGE - Cidades@ - Search current and historical names of cities in Brazil. See also
IBGE - Biblioteca (histórico cidades e municípios)
Global Volcanism Program (archived)
Latin Place Names File RBMS/BSC
The Map Library (archived) - useful for Africa localities
Mapas de México (archived)


Alexandria Gazetteer Serveroriginal site
Biogeomancer - Automated georeferencing for natural history collections  | sourceforge (this is out of date - see BerkeleyMapper)
CIA - The World Factbook - (direct link)
EarthSearch (archived)
Earth Explorer - USGS  
GBIF - organism occurrence data search
GeoLoc (SpeciesLink) - search localities of collections that sent data to SpeciesLink (Brazil) 
Geohack (this is not a query site, places findable through Wikipedia) | example | query by coordinates
Geonames | old NGA/GNDB query form
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (Research at the Getty) - [direct link
Global Gazeteer
Google Maps
Index Mundi
Perry-Castañeda Map Collection - UT Library Online
Tesauro Isoc de Topónimos | archived: the conceptual version can still be browsed; Hierarchical version needs Java | mirror search (version?) | download PDF (2003 edition)  | PDF (2004 edition, abridged) |  original address - Explore countries and locations
Wikimedia - Images generated from map library resources
World Digital Library
more databases:
DataHub (Humanitarian Data Project

last resource:
search for expressions like "way to ____"; "camino al ____" - likely to return travel journals and touristic guides what may not give you a technically accurate map, but will tell you if the place exists

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