A Fresh Look

While cataloging maps as a freshman undergraduate research assistant, Stevie Hinojosa recognized the area he was cataloging. For the first time, he came across a historic map of his hometown of Aransas Pass. The map showed a proposed right-of-way project by the Texas Department of Transportation in 1979. Stevie was intrigued by by the map and how different the road networks were from today. Stevie is studying Geographic Information Science at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Spatial {Query} Lab at Conrad Blucher Institute.


Prehistoric GIS

Little known fact: prior to the Computer Age brains had to serve as our GIS and cartographic outputs were penned. In this collection we have thousands of historic maps and plats. For the most part they are boundary and topographic surveys at large scales (high detail, small area for those that have forgotten). Not to detract from the amount of work that went into these project, but they cannot compete with the complexity of most geoprocesses used in a quality geographic information system. That is why today I would like to present to you what I am calling ‘the oldest… Read more »