Terra Digitae - Newsletter from the David Rumsey Map Center
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Terra Digitae - December 2019
Leonardo da Vinci Talk | Job Openings | Essay Competition | Library AI Conference 

We occasionally mail materials, and we would be happy to send our latest exhibition catalog which accompanied Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain, April 25-September 30, 2019. Please let us know if you would like a printed copy.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Was Leonardo da Vinci's World Map the First to Name America? A Quincentennial Reappraisal with Christopher Tyler
This 500th anniversary year of Leonardo’s death in 1519 is an appropriate moment for a reappraisal of his largely unrecognized contribution to global cartography. An obscure page of his notebooks in the Codex Atlanticus contains a world map in a unique octant projection, validated by the inclusion of sketch of this projection on a separate page, where he explores many forms of global projection. Christopher's talk will reassess the dating of Leonardo’s unique mappamundi to suggest that it predates the famous map of Waldseemüller (1507), and may thus have been the first map in history to use the name 'America'. 
Christopher W. Tyler, Ph.D., D.Sc. is founder of the Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center in San Francisco, with scientific interests in visual perception and the neuroscience of visual processing. He has studied the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci from his youthful activities as an extempore singer and artist's model in Florence to his architectural and anamorphic influences in the Court of Renaissance France. He has lectured widely in the US and Europe, and has held fellowships at Bellagio and Paris Descartes University.
3:15pm: Center Opens
3:30-4:30pm: Talk by Christopher Tyler
5:00pm: Center Closes

The talk is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration. Please register below.
Job Openings at the Center: Assistant Rare Map Librarian and Student Assistant

The David Rumsey Map Center (The Center) and Stanford Libraries is seeking a three-fourths time, three year fixed term Assistant Rare Map Librarian to provide outreach and manage projects related to the Center. The person in this public-facing position will work closely with the Head of the Center to leverage its technology to teach classes and workshops, support research, and run the exhibition program at the Center. He or she will work with other geospatial and map staff to bring to light new and existing collections for use by scholars at Stanford and beyond. The incumbent will work closely with the Head to stay abreast of trends in cartographic information and will be a forward-thinking, technologically savvy individual that is willing to partner with his or her colleagues to experiment with non-traditional ways of incorporating cartographic knowledge in the academy.

For a complete job description and requirements, and to apply, please click the button below.

The Center is also seeking a part-time Reference Student Assistant. For questions and to apply, please email TJ Cruzada at
California Map Society Student Essay Competition 2020: Now Open!
The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in California that use the Center's or any of Stanford University's maps in a substantive way. 

Submission Deadline: 9 AM PST on March 2, 2020.
Winner Notification: The winner will be notified the week of April 6, 2020.
Winner Paper Presentation: The award will be presented to the winner at Stanford University’s David Rumsey Map Center and at one or two locations to be chosen in southern California. The presentations will occur in May 2020.

For competition rules, submission guidelines and links, please visit this page.
Thursday and Friday, December 5-6, 2019 | Fantastic Futures 2019: Workshops and Unconference at the David Rumsey Map Center
On December 4-6, 2019, Stanford will host the Fantastic Futures 2019 Conference. It will convene thought and practice leaders from academia, libraries, industry and society to address questions and help shape the future of AI in libraries, and the role of libraries in AI.

The David Rumsey Map Center will host one out of three different workshop tracks on December 5, from 8:30am-6pm. Organized in multiple tracks, the workshops will provide practical instruction on a range of topics that address AI for administrators, content experts, catalogers, designers and engineers.

The Center will also host Fantastic Futures' Unconference on December 6, meant to provide an opportunity for self-organizing around interest groups, demonstrations of works in progress, and extended workshop sessions that grow out of those from December 5.

For more information, please visit this website. To register for the conference, please visit the link below.
Tours of the Rumsey Map Center

We continue to hold tours. Tours are comprehensive and include time to check out the technology at the Center. All tours begin at 10:30am and end at 12:00 noon.

For more information, and to register, please click on the link below.

Public Hours: 
1 pm to 5 pm. Please check our website as we occasionally close for classes or events.
Morning hours are reserved for classes and workshops.

Contact Us:
1(650) 498-8698 - phone 1(650) 498-9660 - fax Twitter: @rumseymapcenter Instagram: @rumseymapcenter
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