OSCON 2004: David Rumsey on Online Digital Libraries


This morning's keynote was David Rumsey, President of Cartography Associates. Rumsey's website is called he David Rumsey Map Collection and what a collection. The physical collection consists of over 150,000 maps, mainly from the 18th and 19th century. The online collection is no less phenomenal and is more than just a collections of GIFs or PDFs. The maps and other art is all interrelated and interactive. Its almost impossible to describe in words how incredible all this is. You literally have to see it to believe it. To get a feel, they have a Flash tour of the collection. The collection has a special browser that runs inside IE or Mozilla. This collection is a real high water mark for online digital libraries to strive for. I rarely see a keynote speaker at a conference get a standing ovation, but David did this morning. It was well deserved.