Monthly Archives: August 2008

Hurricane Katrina: Then and Now

Banksy in New Orleans

In honor of the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in New Orleans, the focus of this post will be on a few resources devoted to documenting the storm and its aftermath.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geodetic Survey’s Hurricane Katrina Images provides access to images of the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

The Skeleton Krewe has posted a set of images on Flickr documenting New Orleans three years after the storm. has posted a set of images on Flickr that include satellite images, maps, graphs and GIS data not only for Hurricane Katrina but also Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.

Banksy’s been to New Orleans; his official site documents the work he’s done there recently.

You can also find images of Banksy’s work on Flickr by searching “Banksy” and “New Orleans”.

Library of Congress: Built in America Online

Library of Congress

From the Library of Congress Built in America site:

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies including examples as diverse as the Pueblo of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge, and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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TinEye Image Search Engine


From the TinEye Web site:

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology. Given an image to search for, TinEye tells you where and how
that image appears all over the web–even if it has been modified.

Just as you are familiar with entering text in a regular search engine such as Google to find web pages that contain that text, TinEye lets you submit an image to find web pages that contain that image.

Check the TinEye blog for the latest news and information.

You can also find out what’s new by checking the TinEye Releases page.

Explore Historical Maps in Google Earth and Google Maps


The over 120 historical maps in the Google Maps and Google Earth Rumsey Historical Maps Collection have been selected by David Rumsey from his collection of more than 150,000 historical maps. In addition, there are a few maps from collections with which he collaborates. Each map contains rich information about the past and represent a sampling of time periods (1680 to 1930), scales and cartographic art, resulting in visual history stories that only old maps can tell. Each map has been georeferenced, thus creating unique digital map images that allow the old maps to appear in their correct places on the modern globe. Learn more here.

Image source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

ARTstor Adds European Architecture and Sculpture Images

From ARTstor:

Sara N. James is contributing approximately 600 images of European architecture and sculpture to the Digital Library. The collection focuses on Italian and English architecture, particularly sites in England, including cathedrals and parish churches from the norman romanesque period; ecclesiastical buildings in the early English, decorated, and perpendicular styles; medieval secular architecture including castles, marketplaces, and town halls; perpendicular gothic collegiate buildings; and tudor, elizabethan, baroque, and neoclassical country houses and churches. Photographed in situ during James’ travels throughout Europe, the images provide contextual views of sculpture and architecture from various angles.
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More South Asian and Cuban Art and Architecture Added to ARTstor

From ARTstor:

Alka Patel of the University of California, Irvine is contributing approximately 14,000 images to the Digital Library. Her fieldwork photography focuses on the Islamic artistic and architectural history of South Asia from the 12th to the 18th centuries, as well as Cuban architecture of the 18th through early 20th centuries.
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Early 20th Century Photographs of China Available Online

Sydney Gamble

Sydney D. Gamble Photographs at Duke University:

“Duke University Libraries has launched an online digital collection of about 5,000 photographs shot primarily in China between 1917 and 1932. The photographs were taken by Sidney Gamble, the grandson of Procter and Gamble co-founder James Gamble, and provide a glimpse into daily life unlike any other photographs from this period. A sociologist, China scholar, and avid amateur photographer, Gamble travelled extensively in China from Liaoning province in the northeast to Guangdong province in the south and to the western edge of Sichuan province along the border of Tibet. The photographs came to light when Gamble’s daughter, Catherine Curran, discovered the collection at the family’s home. She gave the entire collection to Duke in 2006, just before her death.”