The internet search for old maps is vastly easier than it was in the past, thanks to such initiatives as the Old Maps Online Portal,
a collaborative effort of The Great Britain Historical GIS Project
based at The University of Portsmouth, UK
and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland
, with additional assistance from the Moravian Library of the Czech Republic and the David Rumsey map collection (more on the David Rumsey collection later). As the website notes, the easy-to-use portal “allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.” The website also includes a blog.