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1. Define your home for this exercise (and future exercises): (5 pts)
You will be collecting and creating a mess of maps and information about a particular place you are familiar with in this and future exercises: home. You will compare your personal knowledge of your home with the way the place is represented on maps, providing a bit more of a critical perspective on how maps show us some version of the world.
Some of you may not have been born and raised in the US. You can use your non-US home for many of the exercises, but will have to choose a second home in the US for a few exercises where we are using data only available for the US. Select a place in the US you have spent some time in, enough to know the area a bit. If you have not lived in any area of the US besides Delaware, you can consider Delaware your second home.
Even if you were born in the US, you may have moved around. Select one of these homes - the one you feel you know the best, or care about the most. It is important that you know something about the place you decide is your home for this exercise - it should not be a place you are completely unfamiliar with. Please talk to the instructor if you have any questions about defining your home!
2. Topographic Maps of your Home on the WWW (20 pts)
"Topographic Map" defined at Wikipedia
Over the past decade the USGS (United States Geologic Survey) has made an effort to make its detailed topographic maps of the US available in digital form. You can still order paper maps, but most are decades out of date. Instead of ordering a paper map (which we have done in the past in this class), you will download a series of digital topo maps, the most recent and also the oldest version available for the area around your home (as defined in the previous section).
You will save two or three high-rez topographic maps, so make sure you are working on a computer you can save files on, then upload to your shared folder in Drive.
International Students: You have two options: find topographic maps of your US home or we can try to find a topographic map from around your actual (non U.S.) home.
Many countries in the world have a series of topographic maps covering all or most of the country. Topographic means - literally - topos "place" + graphein "to write." Thus topographic maps are those that show details about a place, typically elevations, rivers, roads, settlements, etc.
Topographic maps come in a variety of scales: showing more or less of the earth's surface.
Topographic maps that show a small area of the earth's surface - called large scale topographic maps - can show much detail, buildings, paths, even boulders and fences. Topographic maps that show a larger area of the earth's surface - with smaller scales - show less detail.
The USGS Topographic Maps come in a series of different scales. A few of the map series, at a scale of 1:24,000, 1:100,000, and 1:250,000, cover the entire United States. Other series cover selected areas of the U.S.
Open the KMZ in Google Earth. The same map should show up over the top of the Google Earth imagery. The map is put under Layers and in the Temporary Places folder. If that folder is not already open, open the folder.
Go back to the TopoView site and find an older topographic map of your home area. This may be a 24k map, but if there is not an older version, you can use a 63K scale map. This is a map that's approximately the same size as the 24k map, but includes 4 times as much area. Four 24k maps fit in one 63k map. Again, download a JPG and KMZ.
3. Finding Five Maps of your Home using Online Library Resources (25 pts)
There are a significant number of maps that you won't find with a basic Google search. An array of search tools, available through the library, provide access to these maps.
Details for your Search
1. CONSORT: One Map of Home:
From the main OWU Library page select Books & Media then do a Keyword search for maps of your home. You may find your USGS topo map linked here. Don't use it! Include a screen shot of one map and the full citation for one source found on CONSORT.
2. OhioLINK: One paper library resource related to Home:
Click on OhioLINK Library Catalog to search academic libraries in the entire state of Ohio. You will find fewer digital sources here, but can request non-digital materials from other libraries. Find some interesting book related to your home and request it. If a particular book does not circulate or is not available, find another. This item need not contain maps. You can't do this right before the exercise is due; it will take a few days to a week for your requested book to show up at Beeghly. Document the full citation for this source and include in your response to this exercise.
From the main OWU Library page select Find Databases and Other Research Tools then select All Databases A-Z. Find two maps of your home from any of the Databases - the ones listed below are most likely to produce results. Include a screen shot of each map and the full citation for the two sources.
4. Summon: One Map of Home:
From the main OWU Library page use Summon to search for maps of your home. Since information sources included above (CONSORT, OhioLINK, and OWU Databases) are linked to Summon, please make sure the map you find for this section is not one you already found. Include a screen shot of one map and the full citation for one source found on Summon.
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