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25 January 2008 - update
As mentioned previously, we keep adding new files every few days, so please check relevant folders, at present, in particular "other maps".
Today we have added 15 new files to the "flagship" folder of WIG 1:100 000 and there are more to follow in the next few weeks.
1. The institution we approached some time ago for a permission to scan a large number of their maps has turned us down.
2. We have scanned approx 1000 of our own maps of various types and scales. As it will take some time to process the files and they will be added continuously, rather than in bulk, we will not be able to announce every single map added, please check sub-pages from time to time. Most of the new maps are new, others are old files, but re-scanned for better quality. We will make it clear what is new and what is a replacement.
3. Slowly, but surely, we will tidy up the "other maps" folder, sorting the files and providing additional information. We have begun with German maps and added a city plans folder, to be reworked and expanded.
4. Last but not least, the Mapster interface has been updated with English and German version and the map index pages open faster.
A link to the database of place-names (run by our friends) has been provided, see the panel to the left (bottom).
The main map folder (1:100 000) has been updated - both 300 and 600 dpi files brought together, plus some extra information on the maps themselves (edition, type, year, etc).
As we are due to receive nearly 100 new of those maps, but only in 300 dpi, the links in the main folder reflect this, i.e. you will see the links but no maps YET. We will have the maps ready in the next few weeks, please bear with us.
Two more WIG maps (1:300K) have been added, we expect to have them all (approx 30 sheets in total) available mid-September.
We are awaiting a decision from a certain archive/museum on whether we can scan their entire map collection (approx 2000 - 3000 maps, WIG and others from Central and Eastern Europe). This would obviously make quite a comprehensive collection to say the least. Fingers crossed.
6 colour maps by WIG in 1:25 000 scale (area around Terespol / Brzesc (Brest), plus one double scan of Bydgoszcz in the same scale have been added to the file list. The sheets in colour come from mid-1920s, hence the irregular titles.
Our friends from the
site Archiwum Map Zachodniej Polski
have created a place-name
search tool based on a US database,
with maps available through all three partner sites, i.e.
mapy.eksploracja.pl, mapy.amzp.pl, mapywig.org. and with a link to the
current situation as displayed by googlemaps.
Database active at
the moment includes place-names found within the current
borders of Poland, Lithuania, Belaurs and Ukraine (other countries
covered by the maps on our sites will follow). The database will be
developed and new elements
added (English interface, map calibration files, location of smaller
villages, alternative place-names and other maps). The files
are LARGE - when a map is selected, the left click on the icon is to
crash your browser (most likely outcome), the right click saves the
file to a destination of your choosing on your computer.
In the process of preparing the project, our friends also created an index of
WIG maps in 1:100 000 scale
(these are the maps listed in the Maps 1:100 000 folder on our site in
600 dpi resolution).
The index can be slightly out of date at times due to a lag between us
adding new files and our friends updating the index. If any files
don't load, please come back to our site for the latest links.
project includes other multisheet maps of Central and Eastern Europe in
various scales, to reload
them please enable java and press F5 if the site appears not to respond.
1. Four 100K sheets have been added: "Mosty" and "Wiazanowiec" are earlier editions (mid 1920s) of the sheets we have already got. "Brzesc" is a WW2-time German colour version of a 1930 Polish edition, "Vranow" is a sheet "For internal use only" from Czechoslovakia. All of them are high-res images (approx 15 - 20 Mb), but imperfect (A4-scanned, then stitched). We will replace them with better ones when we have them re-scanned on a large format scanner (approx June). The files added have been marked with bold dark red font.
2. We have received 21 sheets "Wylacznie do uzytku sluzbowego" (for internal use only, in other words "confidential"), showing areas east of the pre-ww2 eastern border of Poland (i.e. territory of the Soviet Union). They are very rare and thus interesting sheets, temporarily only in low-resolution (approx 2Mb each file). We do hope to have them re-scanned (at 600 dpi) and put up on the site within the next month. The files added have been marked in bold, dark blue font.
3. "Other maps". It looks like finally all links to the files work. In the next few days we will add another couple of files; the list is growing and perhaps becomes a bit too confusing, we will try to organize the "other maps" by their origin or function.
The information relates ONLY to the WIG maps in 1:100 000 scale:
If you need to download a large number of those maps (or all of them) we would appreciate if you could put it on hold for the next 24 hrs. It will take us that long to modify the existing jpg scans to make them open quicker (they're too memory-intensive, which most users have probably noticed, to say the least). If you need to download any of those files within the next 24 hrs and if the download fails, please try again in the next few minutes (approx 10 min).
Information for people who have already downloaded some or all 1:100 000 WIG maps: in the next 48 hrs we will provide a small zipped batch converter (plus instructions) on how to turn the jpgs files you already have got (progressive jpg) into a "normal" jpg. The resulting files will be about 10% larger, BUT less processor and memory intensive, in other words, they will open quicker.
We would like to apologize for this problem and we do hope the result will be satisfactory to all the people who have struggled with the last 3 batches of WIG maps posted since 24 December 2006.
We are very grateful to Jacek, who runs a friendly www.mapy.amzp.pl site for pointing out the problem and supplying the solution.
The last bulk pack (112 sheets) of 100K WIG tactical maps is available
now, temporarily on a separate page, HERE.
The rest of the 100K maps in their regular folder.
As usual, we would be grateful for any comments on broken file links,
mis-labeled sheets, poor quality, etc.
Since we now have almost complete coverage of the 100K sheets
( we are approximately 12 short), we will focus on: providing
more user-friendly map access, completing the 300K coverage
and getting more 25K maps.