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CCTV data in the Geoportal

 By Bria Parker Locations of street cameras in Washington, D.C. Privacy is a hot-button issue - with all the devices that listen to us, that monitor us, how do we maintain our privacy as citizens? Should we have to sacrifice privacy for safety? How pervasive is the surveillance where you live? The BTAA Geoportal contains datasets on the locations of CCTV locations and traffic camera for some of the metropolitan areas covered in our geoportal. Interested in how much surveillance monitors the landmarks in our nation's capital ? Wonder where traffic cameras are located in Des Moines, IA? Check out our Geoportal! Download layers (or grab web services APIs) and use a tool like ArcGIS online to combine CCTV layers with a host of other municipal data, like crime and safety, arts and culture districts, community development, health, and, location of farmers markets!

Featured Item: George Washington's own map of the whole group of farms at Mount Vernon, drawn in 1793

By Cecilia Smith George Washington's own map of the whole group of farms at Mount Vernon, drawn in 1793 What is the item? A land survey map of the Mount Vernon estate drafted by George Washington in 1793. What BTAA Library submitted the item? Penn State Interesting tidbits: At 17 years old, George Washington became a land surveyor in Virginia. He worked throughout Culpeper County surveying land and producing maps. This map depicts the five farms composing the Mount Vernon Estate: Mansion, River, Muddy Hole, Dogue, and Union. Washington includes a summary of the acreage by field for each of the farms and provides notes on surrounding areas in a box labeled “References.” The estate is bounded by the Potomac River on the south. This map is a 1931 reproduction of the original in the Huntington Library.