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Delorme offers 55,000 Quad maps in electronic form

Library Systems Newsletter [May 2000]

The U.S. Geological Service has produced more than 55,000 maps covering nearly 4 million square miles of the country. The collections are costly to organize and service, so they are mainly found in large academic research libraries. DeLorme, a major map company, has developed software and digitized USGS' 7.5-minute quad maps so that they can be stored on and retrieved from CD-ROM or DVD in 2-D or 3-D perspectives. Each priced disk is at $99.95 and contains all of a state except for seven states that require two disks and eight states that are combined on a disk with one or two other states. Its package price for the entire collection is $649.95-a price of just over $01 per map.

The company also offers TopoUSA, detailed maps of the entire country at a price of $99.95. Regional atlases and gazetteers are available at $74.95 each.

Groups can view the maps using a digital projector. Teachers in a private high school viewed a demonstration of the maps. They were asked to critique the impact of digital projection. The $9,000 digital projector generated less enthusiasm than the "one-cent" maps.

[Contact: Delorme, (800) 569-8313; Web:]

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 20 Number 05
Issue:May 2000
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Record Number:7106
Last Update:2023-12-01 12:25:32
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00