For our recent presentation on curriculum mapping, I wanted some compelling background images for our slides, instead of a standard looking Keynote or PowerPoint template.
Thanks to the (highly recommended) tumblr of Jo the Librarian, I came across these beautiful, 16th century Turkish maps — a natural way to thematically connect our mapping presentation. They served as the backdrop for each slide (with their opacity limited to 30% to make the text readable). I rotated in about ten different maps.
All of them come from an atlas drawn by Piri Reis, an admiral in the Ottoman Turk navy, and scanned and placed in the public domain by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Not only do they host these images on their website, they have a prominent “download” button on each scanned digital object.
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