IU Libraries recognized for map digitization

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I’m excited that the Indiana GIS Community recognizes the value of historical map collections and the amount of work that goes into making these collections digitally available to the public.  I could not be prouder of our project team and the excellent work they’ve done to scan, describe, and geo-reference this important map collection.

Co-Principal Investigator, Theresa Quill

Project Team

Scanned map from Russian military

Team members for Eastern Bloc Borderlands: Digitizing Russian Military Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, 1883-1947, included:

Conner Capik, GIS Specialist
Michelle Dalmau, PI
Alexis Fain, Digitization Specialist
Ardasher Khashimov, Metadata Specialist
Matthew Leetz, GIS Specialist
Theresa Quill, Co-PI
Veronika Trotter, Metadata Specialist
Sarah Ward, Image and Metadata Quality Control Specialist


The Indiana Geographic Information Council, an organization working to lead the application of geographic information in Indiana, recognized IU Libraries in the Education and Non-Profit category at the annual GIS Conference in Bloomington.  Excellence in GIS Awards acknowledge organizations for their exemplary use of geospatial technology in various projects.  The recognized project, Eastern Bloc Borderlands: Digitizing Russian Military Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, 1883-1947, digitized the maps, allowing widespread access to the collection.  The Russian Military produced these maps in the years surrounding World War II, and they now offer students and scholars across the globe a unique perspective of the historical context of the time period.

“Changes in political boundaries, war, forced resettlement, and demographic shifts permanently changed Eastern Europe,” points out Theresa Quill. “These maps provide scholars with a unique historical view of the pre-war landscape,” she said.

IU Libraries continues to lead multiple digitization projects, employing technology to support research and offer resources to both students and international audiences.  


This article written by Lauren Oxender, IU Libraries Summer Content Intern and student at Indiana University's Media School.