• "U.S. Air Force dependents watch a flight tracking map that is tracking a 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing aircraft, with Airmen." Courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    U.S. Air Force dependents watch a flight tracking map that is tracking a 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing aircraft, with Airmen
    • Creator
    • Department of Defense. American Forces Information Service. Defense Visual Information Center. 1994-.
    • Description
    • The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Eielson Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SRA Joshua Strang Release Status: Released to Public.
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    • Unrestricted.
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    • National Archives and Records Administration
    • Contributing Institution
    • National Archives at College Park - Still PicturesNational Archives at College Park - Still Pictures

  • "Bedrock geologic map of the Red Oak 7.5-minute quadrangle, Nash County, North Carolina." Courtesy the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

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    Bedrock geologic map of the Red Oak 7.5-minute quadrangle, Nash County, North Carolina
    • Date
    • 2012-2012
    • Creator
    • Stoddard, Edward F., 1949-. North Carolina Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources, Department of Environmental Quality.
    • Description
    • "This open file report is preliminary and has been reviewed internally for conformity with the North Carolina Geological Survey editorial standards or with the North American Stratigraphic Code. Further revisions or corrections to this preliminary ma... more
      "This open file report is preliminary and has been reviewed internally for conformity with the North Carolina Geological Survey editorial standards or with the North American Stratigraphic Code. Further revisions or corrections to this preliminary map may occur prior to its release as a North Carolina Geological Survey map.". less
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    • State Document see http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,63754.
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    • North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
    • Contributing Institution
    • North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

  • "Fixed broadband: change in maximum advertised download (October 15, 2013); Utah Broadband Project Map of the Month Series." Courtesy the Utah State Library via the Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Fixed broadband : change in maximum advertised download (October 15, 2013); Utah Broadband Project Map of the Month Series
    • Date
    • 2013
    • Description
    • This month the Project’s mapping team compared how advertised broadband speeds have changed since the beginning of the Utah Broadband Project. The comparison goes from Fall 2010 – Fall 2013. Fall 2010 was the first data collection round in which ... more
      This month the Project’s mapping team compared how advertised broadband speeds have changed since the beginning of the Utah Broadband Project. The comparison goes from Fall 2010 – Fall 2013. Fall 2010 was the first data collection round in which all of the known broadband providers participated with the mapping arm of the Project by providing their service areas and associated speeds and technologies. The most recently collected provider data is for Fall 2013 and is ready and waiting to be submitted to the NTIA and FCC when they re-open for business. This map shows the increase in the reported fixed broadband download speeds by the change in the number of NTIA speed tier intervals. This map is relevant to site-specific broadband use via fixed wireless, cable, DSL, and fiber optic connections. less
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    • The Utah State Library Division considers state publications made available by state agencies and political subdivisions as required by Utah Code Ann. § 9-7-201 to 9-7-209 to be in the public domain under U.S. copyright law (17 U.S.C.). All informat... more
      The Utah State Library Division considers state publications made available by state agencies and political subdivisions as required by Utah Code Ann. § 9-7-201 to 9-7-209 to be in the public domain under U.S. copyright law (17 U.S.C.). All informational materials in this government publication are in the public domain, and as such, are not restricted by copyright law unless otherwise stated. less
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    • Mountain West Digital Library
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    • Utah State Library

  • "Creating a crop maze with GPS." Courtesy the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

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    Creating a crop maze with GPS (page 4)
    • Date
    • 2004-06
    • Creator
    • Roberson, Gary T. University of North Carolina (System).
    • Description
    • Caption title.
    • Rights
    • State Document see http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,63754.
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    • North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
    • Contributing Institution
    • North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Today, travelers in the United States still use maps for familiar navigational purposes, but the maps they consult differ greatly from their counterparts centuries (and even decades) ago as they have been enhanced greatly by digital technologies and electronics.

The rise of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer-based mapping shifted the static nature of older maps to a state of persistent revision and enhancement, making maps dynamic and more reliable. Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS), which allows users to locate themselves on a map using a personal device, offer precise tools for work and pleasure and are found in everything from phones to cars. The new geographic technologies have improved many aspects of modern life: online maps that serve as business directories and provide point-to-point directions by car, bus, or bicycle, flight maps that assist computer pilots and entertain long-distance air travelers, urban mapping applications that can identify crime, gas prices, and apartment rentals, and specialized research mapping solutions capable of providing insight into oceanographic trends and weather patterns.Despite specializations and specificity of the many types of maps available, they continue to be tools American use with passion. Most apps in the second decade of the 21st century, like FourSquare, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have built in location-sharing systems, mapping our every move and enabling us to track our friends and our own whereabouts and to find our way through the digital and physical world at any moment. No longer are maps something we simply use; they have become a part of us.