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Presented at EDUCAUSE 2009 in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2009 by Michael Howser and William (Bill) Miller from the University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center - …

Presented at EDUCAUSE 2009 in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2009 by Michael Howser and William (Bill) Miller from the University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC.

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  • 1. MIX, MASH AND SHARE: EMPOWERING 21ST CENTURY RESEARCH WITH MAPS Michael Howser & William (Bill) Miller University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center – MAGIC November 5, 2009 ,
  • 2. OUR MISSION The University of Connecticut Libraries’ Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) collaborates with university departments and state agencies, and organizations to provide the citizens of the state of Connecticut and researchers across the globe with access to Connecticut f C ti t focused geographic information. With a f d hi i f ti focus on providing idi access to maps, geographic data and resources MAGIC is committed to “Digitizing the Past to Empower 21st Century Research” through providing online access to Connecticut geographic data via the world wide web with tools and resources which enable anyone to explore our data and maps. Digitizing the Past to Empower 21st Century Research
  • 3. WHO IS BEHIND MAGIC • Bill Miller – Map Library Manager p y g • Michael Howser – Undergraduate Education/GIS Librarian • Jeff Dunn – Geography PhD Student • Cary Lynch – Geography PhD Student • Thomas Bachant - Biomedical Engineering UG • Joel CCinteron – History UGG • Steven Daniels – Undecided UG • Tia Hogan - Actuarial Science UG • Anna Kuziara – Geography UG • Doug Sands – Geography & Philosophy UG
  • 4. Shifting the Paradigm Content (Teaching) Paradigm • We have what they want! Interactive Paradigm • Mapping made simple Learning Paradigm • What our users want Discovery Paradigm • What a great Idea! Empowering Users
  • 5. The Content Paradigm: Th C t t P di We have what they want! Pre June Pre-June 2008
  • 6. CONTENT PARADIGM • “We know what the We • Official Terminology user wants” • Structure is preferable • If the user really wants y to searchingg this data they can • 37800 = Connecticut install a plug-in or • Advanced user software focused • Users want to see • Library focused b a y ocused metadata b f d before the h map or data • 200,000+ maps in p print
  • 8. USABILITY ISSUES • Difficult to Navigate, Access, View - (NAV) • Click, Click, Click, , , , Click… • Great Content Hidden by Jargon/Terms • Multiple Formats
  • 9. The Interactive Paradigm: Th I t ti P di Mapping Made Simple June 2008
  • 10. MAGIC 2 0 ONLINE MAP VIEWER 2.0 • Implemented the CadCorp online map viewer • Multiple formats with no-plugins • Custom Map Creation • Training, support and hosting provided by Progeos
  • 11. TRANSITIONING • MAGIC 2.0 maps streamlined and user friendly • MAGIC Website was still difficult to navigate • General vs. Advanced Users
  • 12. INITIAL FEEDBACK Questions Responses • Can I search for my • Town level search address? • Mash-ups with Google • Do you have more address search data available? • More data added • How can I create a • Streamlined custom custom map? map c eat o ap creation • Web Map Service ( (WMS) for GIS Users )
  • 13. The Learning P di Th L i Paradigm: What Our Users Want June 2008 Present 2008-Present
  • 14. WHAT OUR USERS WANT: A LEARNING PARADIGM Users Wanted What we Focused on • Minimal learning curve • Downloadable Maps & • Data/Maps they need Data when they need them • Search Options • Downloadable Maps & • Functionality Data • Usage data & • Self-discovery Se d sco e y feedback eedbac • Search Options • Georeferenced Maps • Georeferenced Maps • General Users
  • 15. CLEARING THE FOG • Provided vision for initiatives related to: • Website redesign • Digitization Efforts • Mash-ups • GeoCommons • Mobile Applications Development • Faculty Learning Community • Outside the Neatline Blog
  • 16. THE SHIFT FROM EXPERT TO GENERAL • Uploaded historical maps to flickr • Redesigned website, g , streamlined data pages, added dynamic viewers
  • 17. WEBSITE: DATA PAGE TRANSFORMATION • Converted existing data to uniform formats • KML and Google Maps Preview Options • Ability to add data to “My Maps” “M M ”
  • 18. WEBSITE: SEARCH OPTIONS • Search Engine Optimization • Examine Keywords to y determine where to focus efforts • Develop search tools • Enable serendipitous discovery of your content
  • 20. MASH-UPS
  • 21. GEOCOMMONS • Collaborative learning space • Integrate Maps and g p “Geo-everything” into • Presentations • Videos • Websites • Research • Create Maps & Mashups
  • 22. MOBILE APPLICATIONS • iPhone Applications • Campus focused • Maps for bus routes p • Undergraduate Student created
  • 23. FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY • Hands on Hands-on immersive learning on Mash-ups • Focus on curriculum integration • 15 members • Faculty (Art, Geography, Physics, Nursing, Marine Sciences Sciences, Chemistry…) • Instructional Designers g • Librarians
  • 24. OUTSIDE THE NEATLINE BLOG • Featured Maps • Did you Know • Potential Lesson Plans
  • 25. The Discovery Paradigm: What a great Idea! Empowering Users May 2009-Present 2009 Present
  • 26. STUDENT AS SCHOLAR MODEL: A MODEL FOR SUCCESS FOR STUDENT EMPLOYEES Creativity Self‐motivated Discovery Interdisciplinary Collaborative Paradigm Learning Paradigm Teaching Paradigm
  • 27. EMPOWERING SCHOLARS Our own Paradigm Shift Model Your Own Success • Focus on • Foster creativity Undergraduates and g • Look forward general users • Be aware of research • Provide multiple p • No is an unacceptable options for various response users • Collaborate • Instructions and tips • Continue to learn for integrating maps
  • 28. EMPOWERING NEW SCHOLARSHIP • Q: Where was the Charter Oak located and what is there today? • A: 1640, 1850 & 1893 Georeferenced Map of Hartford, CT + Google Maps Mashup = Answer
  • 31. CRITICAL PATH: WHAT CAN I DO AT MY INSTITUTION? • Scan maps • Explore hosted • Obtain Data options • Collaborate • Focus small first then • Georeference expand • Explore what others • Empower students to p are doing - David help create this Rumsey’s Historical u sey s sto ca content Map Collection
  • 32. QUESTIONS? • Visit us at: magic lib uconn edu
  • 33. SOURCES • Hodge, D., Pasquesi, K., Hirsh, M., & LePore, P. (2007, April) From Convocation to Capstone: Developing the Student as Scholar. Paper presented at the meeting of Association of American Colleges and Universities, The Student as Scholar: Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice, L C ti P ti Long B Beach, CA h CA. • New Media Consortium, & EDUCAUSE (Association). (2009). 2009 Horizon report, the web version. Austin, Texas: New Media Consortium. htt // C ti /h i 2009/