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History of the Digitization Project of the Laor Cartographic Collection

​The National Library, David and Fela Shapell Family Digitization Project and the Hebrew University, Department of Geography, Historic Cities Research Project created and opened in 2002 the digital collection: Ancient Maps of Jerusalem. This project, based on the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection, contained a variety of maps of Jerusalem, both real and imaginary, dating from 1486 through 1930. Each map was accompanied by detailed bibliographic data, and was presented in a variety of image formats, including the zoomable MrSid format.

A parallel joint project, Historic Cities, contains maps of historic cities throughout the world. The project was made possible by a generous grant of the Council for Higher Education in Israel - Planning & Budgeting Committee.

In 2007, The National Library, David and Fela Shapell Family Digitization Project, launched the Holy Land Maps website. This project, based on the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection, contained over 1,000 maps dating from 1462 through the early 20th century. Each map was accompanied by detailed bibliographic data, and was presented in a variety of image formats, including the zoomable MrSid format.