WN@tL: Historic Aerial Photography in Wisconsin: Discovery and Access Online

July 26 - 7:00PM - 8:15PM
UW Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall, Room 1111, Madison, WI 53706
Cost: Free


Jaime Martindale, map and geospatial data librarian, Arthur H. Robinson Map Library, Department of Geography

A.J. Wortley, senior outreach specialist, State Cartographer’s Office, Department of Geography

About the talk

Aerial photographs are extremely useful research resources for visualizing how landscapes have changed over time. Wisconsin’s first comprehensive aerial flight was completed by the United States Department of Agriculture between 1937 and 1941. Originally archived at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Robinson Map Library, these photographs have been digitally preserved and are now available for viewing and downloading online. This presentation offers a historical narrative of aerial photography in the United States — with an emphasis on Wisconsin — and it will highlight the Wisconsin Historic Aerial Image Finder: an online application developed by the staff at the Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office to view and download some of the oldest imagery in our state.

About the speaker

Martindale has been the map and geospatial data librarian at UW–Madison’s Robinson Map Library since 2003. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation and her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She was the geographic information systems (GIS) librarian at Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library prior to taking over UW–Madison’s Robinson Map Library. Martindale’s professional interests include geospatial data curation and preservation, metadata, geoportal applications and development, and digital preservation of maps and aerial photographs. She is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, and assisting with access to library collections, including its maps, atlases, photos, and digital geospatial data. She teaches introductory workshops in GIS and does course-related instruction in geography, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and library and information studies.

Wortley has been with the Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office since 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His professional interests include open data publishing, online map application development, and providing service-learning opportunities for students that combine skills in programming, web publishing, and GIS. Wortley is responsible for technical project management and supervising a team of student employees across an array of programming projects that allow students to develop better technical skills for postgraduation employment.

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