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UCSB receives gift of CITIPIX aerial imagery archive worth $14.3 million

Posted by UCSB Library on August 8, 2008

The UCSB Libraries Map and Imagery Laboratory (MIL) announces the acquisition of the Citipix aerial imagery collection. MIL is a provider of aerial photography, satellite images, and other spatial data via the Internet. The Citipix aerial photographic-archive covers 65 metropolitan areas in the United States and encompasses nearly half a million original negative images. When available, these images will become part of the Alexandria Digital Library whose mission is the preservation and access of historical spatial data.

The Citipix imagery is unparalleled in resolution and the geographic areas covered fit nicely with MIL’s other content of high-quality Earth imagery and mapping data. MIL’s mission is to preserve, in trust, geospatial data for future researchers in the education community. The Citipix archive consists of film negatives with six-inch ground resolution in color-stereo aerial photography all taken between 1999 and 2002. The Citipix project provides a snapshot of United States urban history. This collection is a significant addition to MIL’s extensive collections of historical aircraft and satellite imagery. MIL has in excess of six million maps and images, spanning many world regions and time periods.

For more information, see the press release at


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