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Geospatial data & map resources 
Postgraduate workshop & seminar 
programme 
2014 
Special Collections
Using maps for research 
• Topography 
- Natural and man-made features, 
- Contour lines, 
- Elevations and land formations 
• Historical research 
- Making sense of the past 
• Business 
- Business planning 
- Conservation restrictions 
- Population centres 
- Transport routes 
• Family history 
- Genealogy research 
- Name changes
Using maps for research (cont.) 
• Travel 
- Plan trips 
- Local attractions 
- Recreational facilities 
• Recreation 
- Walking trails 
- Driving holidays 
- Camping sites 
• Military history 
- Strategic military information 
• Science and the environment 
- Convey scientific information 
- Natural vegetation 
- Climate zones
Maps in Special Collections 
• Scope 
- Africa 
- South Africa 
- Local 
• Status 
- Catalogued 
- Uncatalogued 
- Digitised
Where and how to find them 
• Catalogued maps 
– in the Library catalogue 
• Digitised maps 
– found on DigiTool 
– in three categories: 
- African Historical Maps 
- Cape Town Street Plans 
- Military Mapping, including two Imperial Map series: 
i) Imperial Maps of South Africa 
ii) Imperial Maps of the Cape of Good Hope 
• Help to find maps 
– Oceanography LibGuide
Other Sources of African Maps 
• Atlas of Mutual Heritage: 
http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/ 
• Afriterra: http://www.afriterra.org/ 
• Africa South of the Sahara: http://www-sul. 
stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/map.html
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GIS - special collections UCT

  • 1. Geospatial data & map resources Postgraduate workshop & seminar programme 2014 Special Collections
  • 2. Using maps for research • Topography - Natural and man-made features, - Contour lines, - Elevations and land formations • Historical research - Making sense of the past • Business - Business planning - Conservation restrictions - Population centres - Transport routes • Family history - Genealogy research - Name changes
  • 3. Using maps for research (cont.) • Travel - Plan trips - Local attractions - Recreational facilities • Recreation - Walking trails - Driving holidays - Camping sites • Military history - Strategic military information • Science and the environment - Convey scientific information - Natural vegetation - Climate zones
  • 4. Maps in Special Collections • Scope - Africa - South Africa - Local • Status - Catalogued - Uncatalogued - Digitised
  • 5. Where and how to find them • Catalogued maps – in the Library catalogue • Digitised maps – found on DigiTool – in three categories: - African Historical Maps - Cape Town Street Plans - Military Mapping, including two Imperial Map series: i) Imperial Maps of South Africa ii) Imperial Maps of the Cape of Good Hope • Help to find maps – Oceanography LibGuide
  • 6. Other Sources of African Maps • Atlas of Mutual Heritage: http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/ • Afriterra: http://www.afriterra.org/ • Africa South of the Sahara: http://www-sul. stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/map.html