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Cultural Resources GIS Program, NPS This is the official page of the National Park Service, Cultural Resource GIS Program.

The Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) is the only program within the National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to developing and fostering the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) technologies in documenting, analyzing and managing cultural resources. For 20 years the mission of CRGIS has been to institutionalize GIS and GPS into the daily practice of c

The Cultural Resource GIS Facility (CRGIS) is the only program within the National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to developing and fostering the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) technologies in documenting, analyzing and managing cultural resources. For 20 years the mission of CRGIS has been to institutionalize GIS and GPS into the daily practice of c

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Ok...this was too fascinating NOT to share! It's not a map....but how cool would it be to map resources like this? Thank...
06/14/2022
Mystery trolley car found hidden inside N.J. house getting a new life

Ok...this was too fascinating NOT to share! It's not a map....but how cool would it be to map resources like this? Thanks you Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS for showing this off!!!

A Hamilton house was built around a century-old trolley car, which will now be restored.

Have you seen this? A fascinating new exhibit about what we haven't seen from Tutankhamun's tomb discovery....including ...
06/08/2022
What We Overlooked in King Tut's Tomb

Have you seen this? A fascinating new exhibit about what we haven't seen from Tutankhamun's tomb discovery....including all those that contributed to the excavation...

A new exhibit focuses on the Egyptians left out of the story of the most famous archeological find of the 20th century.

Still planning your summer vacation? Well...try letting the data be your guide! Enjoy the trip?https://www.traveller365....
06/06/2022
The ultimate European road trip, according to data

Still planning your summer vacation? Well...try letting the data be your guide! Enjoy the trip?
https://www.traveller365.com/articles/TheultimateEuropeanroadtripaccordingtodata?fbclid=IwAR0QfKE0o1q2BpTCUJmLOhB8n5wILOhKBlaBeTqvuZ7oNtI8kdhXFsVluI4

The ultimate European road trip, according to data Travel Computer scientist and data analyst Randy Olson is known for using his data tinkering skills to answer big questions and calculate the ultimate strategy making life easier such by planning  a US road-trip map that tells us exactly where to g...

So, have you ever put something down in the "safe place" for it and then promptly forgotten it was there?  Check out som...
05/24/2022
6 Unexpected Treasures Found in Curious Places

So, have you ever put something down in the "safe place" for it and then promptly forgotten it was there? Check out some of these resources that ended up in some interesting spots!!

From a Nazi code machine found at the bottom of a bay to a vintage Babe Ruth card hidden in a piano.

I know, it's not Friday....but sometimes you just need a diversion, right? Check out this collection of maps.....tell so...
05/19/2022
These World Maps Will Blow Your Mind

I know, it's not Friday....but sometimes you just need a diversion, right? Check out this collection of maps.....tell some interesting stories!

Discover cool facts and figures through this collection of 100 amazing world maps.

So...it's a nice cool morning here in Washington, DC today.  Do you like hot or cold? Seems like most of us like it in t...
05/09/2022
Mapped: The World's Population Density by Latitude

So...it's a nice cool morning here in Washington, DC today. Do you like hot or cold? Seems like most of us like it in the middle, or even hot! Check out this interesting population by latitude map!

How much of the Earth’s population is located near the equator? This map visualizes the world’s population density by latitude.

Wait....what? Invisible streets? We've heard of folks making maps and naming places/streets after themselves or made-up ...
05/02/2022
The Italian Streets That Don't Exist on Any Map

Wait....what? Invisible streets? We've heard of folks making maps and naming places/streets after themselves or made-up things...but this is a new one!

How a system designed for circus performers and traveling salesmen helps homeless people access services.

Ok....its not a map, but these are still important resources that need to be preserved...and digitized so everyone can a...
04/27/2022
Saving the Sounds of the Early 20th Century

Ok....its not a map, but these are still important resources that need to be preserved...and digitized so everyone can access them. Check out this cool project!

Some recordings in the New York Public Library’s wax cylinder collection haven’t been heard in generations—until now.

Well...it's Earth Day...how could we not post a map? Check out this interactive map that lets you see how the earth has ...
04/22/2022
This Map Lets You Plug in Your Address to See How It's Changed Over the Past 750 Million Years

Well...it's Earth Day...how could we not post a map? Check out this interactive map that lets you see how the earth has changed over time! Check out your home town and watch it over time.....
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-lets-you-plug-your-address-see-how-neighborhood-has-changed-over-past-750-million-years-180971507/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&fbclid=IwAR3A_RwcgvPCTPFCfYlefeL_e_YnPxhBjXjPoWG18ZxqjzI-2L0JD7kzpAo

The interactive tool enables users to home in on a specific location and visualize how it has evolved between the Cryogenian Period and the present

Who uses LIDAR? We do!!! It's amazing to reveal landscape features that we might otherwise overlook.  We have never foun...
04/18/2022
Jungle-Penetrating Lasers Reveal Thousands Of Ancient Mayan Structures

Who uses LIDAR? We do!!! It's amazing to reveal landscape features that we might otherwise overlook. We have never found anything as dramatic as this....how about you??
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/junglepenetrating-lasers-reveal-thousands-of-ancient-mayan-structures/?fbclid=IwAR3yE6V528natZK3Zr6yAKpbwYHKeTrupckP7x6NcQ44Y15EL7gO_IDIwoI

Hidden below Guatemala's lush Petén rainforest lies an ancient city not touched by humans for more than 1,000 years, but in its heyday it was home to milli

So close to the weekend....that makes you happy, right?? How about the happiest countries? Where do you fall on this map...
03/31/2022
Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2022

So close to the weekend....that makes you happy, right?? How about the happiest countries? Where do you fall on this map??

Which countries are the happiest—or unhappiest—and why? This map breaks down happiness levels for nearly every country.

We have mapped many battlefields, but have not done a lot of analysis on the various forces attached. Check out this vis...
03/21/2022
Mapped: All the World's Military Personnel

We have mapped many battlefields, but have not done a lot of analysis on the various forces attached. Check out this visualization of what countries have in terms of military troops. An interesting way to display the maps and the numbers!

Which countries have the biggest army sizes in the world? This map reveals all the world’s military personnel.

While the fire at Notre Dame was painful to watch happening, and horrible to see in its aftermath...there are some inter...
03/16/2022
Ancient sarcophagus found under Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

While the fire at Notre Dame was painful to watch happening, and horrible to see in its aftermath...there are some interesting developments as the reconstruction begins. Check out this amazing discovery!

Archaeologists have found an ancient lead sarcophagus under Notre Dame cathedral along with fragments of a rood screen, offering a new insight into the history of the building which is currently under reconstruction after a devastating fire in 2019.

Taking a break? Check out this amazing discovery...for all of our underwater archaeology fans....look at the preservatio...
03/09/2022
Ernest Shackleton's Endurance ship found in Antarctica after 107 years

Taking a break? Check out this amazing discovery...for all of our underwater archaeology fans....look at the preservation of this ship!!

More than a century after it sank off the coast of Antarctica, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance has been located, apparently intact and in good condition.

No politics or statements...just some historical maps that describe how the borders of the USSR have changed and why. So...
03/07/2022
4 Historical Maps that Explain the USSR

No politics or statements...just some historical maps that describe how the borders of the USSR have changed and why. Some interesting context to current events.

These historical maps tell the story of the USSR, and how its territorial expansion and contraction is linked to current geopolitical events.

We've been thinking a lot about Ukraine lately.  Here are some maps that explain facts about Ukraine and familiarize wit...
03/01/2022
Map Explainer: Key Facts About Ukraine - Visual Capitalist

We've been thinking a lot about Ukraine lately. Here are some maps that explain facts about Ukraine and familiarize with the landscape.

Ukraine has made headlines due to ongoing tensions with Russia. In this map infographic, we examine Ukraine from a structural point of view

You know how the thing you want to show on a quad map always splits across the corner of 4 maps?? Infuriating!! Well...H...
02/25/2022
On Demand Custom Topographic Maps | U.S. Geological Survey

You know how the thing you want to show on a quad map always splits across the corner of 4 maps?? Infuriating!! Well...Happy Mardi Gras....no more!! Check out this USGS tool where you can center a quad on whatever YOU like!!!!!!!

The U.S. Geological Survey continues to advance the topographic map with on-demand custom mapping.

We're still commemorating Black History Month as we look forward to a long weekend. Check out this cartography collectio...
02/17/2022
Louise E. Jefferson – A Hidden African American Cartographer | Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress

We're still commemorating Black History Month as we look forward to a long weekend. Check out this cartography collection from Louise E. Jefferson at the Library of Congress....fantastic maps!!

Thanks Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS for pointing us to this great resource!!!

This is a guest post by Iris Taylor, a senior cataloging specialist in the Geography and Map Division. It is a common belief that you can acquire inspiration from a variety of people, places, or things. Seanna Tsung, a Library of Congress staff member, recently uncovered a unique collection of maps....

Time is very important in navigation, GPS and getting locations.  Have you ever thought about where time came from? We w...
02/14/2022
A brief history of time: What is it and how do we define it?

Time is very important in navigation, GPS and getting locations. Have you ever thought about where time came from? We wouldn't have our inventory of cultural resources documented with GPS without time!! Check out this discussion of time!

Oh...and happy Valentine's Day...you've only got so much TIME to get the perfect gift to get out of trouble!
https://astronomy.com/magazine/news/2022/01/a-brief-history-of-time-what-is-it-and-how-do-we-define-it?utm_source=asyfb&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=asyfb&fbclid=IwAR2pwhKc5gJxVb73VfdohUJsjDlhc5G5PZaw6QYbOPErPrHBdwRwKHPt6Ao

Even though time has existed since the beginning of, well, time, it was still necessary to invent it.

Want to get away? Looking for some destinations that are not busy or filled with lots of folks? Try these pretty amazing...
02/09/2022
The world's most fascinating abandoned towns and cities

Want to get away? Looking for some destinations that are not busy or filled with lots of folks? Try these pretty amazing and historic spots!!!

Whether destroyed during war, evacuated for ammunition practice or left after nearby precious metals and minerals turned out to be in short supply, these are the world's most fascinating abandoned towns and cities.

We do a lot of work relative to disaster preparedness, recovery and response.  Check out this great interactive map/dash...
02/07/2022
Interactive: Natural Disasters Around the World Since 1900

We do a lot of work relative to disaster preparedness, recovery and response. Check out this great interactive map/dashboard to look at the impact of disasters per country over the years!

This interactive dashboard, which covers over a century of data on natural disasters, shows a declining global death toll over time.

Let's celebrate Black History Month!! We have put together several story maps that cover civil rights topics and the con...
02/02/2022
Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

Let's celebrate Black History Month!! We have put together several story maps that cover civil rights topics and the contributions of African American troops in WWI. Check out this one which we put together to with our colleagues in Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS:

A tour of the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites

Check out these great story maps that we partnered with our colleagues at Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS to create...
01/27/2022
A Virtual Tour of the John Muir Trail

Check out these great story maps that we partnered with our colleagues at Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS to create!

By The National Park Service's Historic American Landscapes Survey

Watching the news and wondering how Europe got to be Europe? Take a look at this cool animated map showing all the bound...
01/25/2022
Animation: How the European Map Has Changed Over 2,400 Years

Watching the news and wondering how Europe got to be Europe? Take a look at this cool animated map showing all the boundaries in Europe and how they have changed over the past 2400 years or so. Pretty cool to watch the changes!

The history of Europe is breathtakingly complex, but this animation helps makes sense of 2,400 years of change on the European map.

Ok...underwater archaeologists...this one is for you.  What does the surface of the earth look like without any water? S...
01/21/2022
Draining the World’s Oceans to Visualize Earth’s Surface

Ok...underwater archaeologists...this one is for you. What does the surface of the earth look like without any water? Seems like being able to see that on a small scale might really help find some cool resources underwater!
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/cp/draining-the-worlds-oceans-to-visualize-earths-surface/

Over two-thirds of Earth’s surface is covered by water and hidden from sight. This animation drains the world’s oceans to reveal the bottom.

We have been exploring using machine learning to "teach" the GIS to find potential earthworks on new park property to he...
01/18/2022
Scientists Are Mapping Every Solar Panel in the World With Machine Learning

We have been exploring using machine learning to "teach" the GIS to find potential earthworks on new park property to help target survey work...but check out this machine learning project!
https://interestingengineering.com/mapping-every-solar-panel-in-the-world-with-machine-learning?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=Jan15&fbclid=IwAR2YyqppngY6o7pNZcc-eQxRSi_GeZu5MeYxlUXfv4U93Y-kHn419DLF924

As solar becomes more predictable, grid operators will need to keep fewer fossil fuel power plants in reserve

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Looking forward to a Merry Christmas and happy new year? Here's a look at the happiest places from this year....how do you rank?
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapped-global-happiness-levels-in-2021/?fbclid=IwAR02DfgeJq-5pleRrZ-XKX3H1SG0R_PiS7MchRjaBejxa_p1qDAWn4KwgjY
We love maps of all kinds....but check out this cool look at how language follows trade routes!
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/mapping-words-along-trade-routes/?fbclid=IwAR0OB03PQpvvZp4U9peOwiiFTd3VmGkAzM80dNoTgUJqyBp78uhugDRScrI
So, David may have retired...but his influence on the things we think are cool will always remain. Maybe we should put together a fund to send David to this spot for a little investigation!!
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hawaiian-history-russian-fort-elizabeth
This is a BIG week for CRGIS...we are wishing our wonderful military historian a fond farewell as he rides off into the sunset of retirement. Please wish David Lowe well!! We're very sure that you will see him around the battlefields however......

We're not crying.....you are......we will miss you terribly David, but your contributions to our program, to the battlefields and to the NPS will never be lost!!!
A wonderful example of overlaying a historic 19th Century map atop modern data, in this case an aerial image of New York City. Thanks to Margie Purser and Taft Kiser for bringing it to our attention.
Ok...so although we don't feel quite as cooped up as we did last year, there are still some travel considerations. Given that, check out some of these amazing sites...we can at least day dream!!
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/mystical-sites-europe
We don't usually think of rainforests in Britain, but check out this article: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mapping-britain-endangered-rainforests
Does this sound familiar: “Knowing where the rainforests are is a crucial part of knowing how to save them.” Substitute "cultural resources" for "rainforests" and now we are talking!!
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