The map collection of the Geography and Regional Studies Library comprises about 100,000 map sheets. The project aims at making a collection of maps that are not protected by copyright visible and accessible as well as at preserving the collection.
The maps are catalogued in accordance with the RAK and RDA rules. They are assigned geographical coordinates (geotagging using Bounding Box), digitised (resolution: 600 dpi) and preserved digitally on Phaidra. A sustainable and well-structured presentation on the Internet enables users to easily find items and to use additional applications. In addition, the project’s participation in an expert portal aims at further increasing the visibility and at offering a graphical search option.
To protect the original material, it is relocated to acid-free folders and moved to new shelves.
April 2013 - December 2018
Status in September 2016: To date, almost 10,000 map sheets have been catalogued and can now be found on u:search. About 5,500 maps have been scanned, 653 of which are available online as individual maps that are not protected by copyright (https://goobi-viewer.univie.ac.at/viewer/) and 185 of which have been archived on Phaidra (https://phaidra.univie.ac.at/view/o:423816).
We are currently working on the integration of multi-part maps and map series.