Identifying Metadata on Soviet Military Maps: An Illustrated Guide

  title={Identifying Metadata on Soviet Military Maps: An Illustrated Guide},
  author={Martin Davis and Alexander J. Kent},
In the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the commercial availability of previously classified Soviet military mapping has revealed the vastness of a global mapping project, previously unknown to the rest of the world, comprising detailed topographic maps and city plans at several scales. Although numerous libraries and archives around the world have acquired these maps, and continue to do so, difficulties in interpreting the metadata of each sheet have led to errors and… 

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