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Making Maps for Campus Collaborations


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This presentation, given at the QQML 2014 conference in Istanbul, describes a collaborative Google mapping project between the University of Arkansas Libraries and the University's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Using data on the current number of international students by country of origin provided by the OISS, we created a graduated color world map visualizing this information with Google Fusion Tables. The resulting map has been embedded in a web page on the OISS website and displayed on a large touch-screen panel in the student union during International Education Week. This presentation gives step-by-step instructions for easily creating such maps - a service which libraries might offer as a basis for campus outreach and collaborative projects.

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Making Maps for Campus Collaborations

  1. 1. Making Maps for Campus Collaborations 2014 International QQML Conference, Istanbul Kate Dougherty, University of Arkansas
  2. 2. International Students Map • Map of University of Arkansas international students by country • Library’s Diversity Committee outreach to the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) • Embedded in OISS website; large panel in Union • Semester basis – 3 maps to date
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  4. 4. Google Fusion Tables • Extension to Google Drive; Beta • Upload a table of your own data – Visualize as a chart, graph or map – Or, merge or “fuse” your data with a public dataset on Google Drive
  5. 5. Prepared Excel Spreadsheet • Entered zeroes in blank spaces • Made sure numbers are formatted as numbers • Added a column for the 3-letter ISO country codes
  6. 6. Create Table: Preview Columns
  7. 7. Create Table: Enter Metadata
  8. 8. Create Table: Preview • Auto-detected location/geographic info is highlighted • A new tab for a map view is automatically added
  9. 9. Geocode Locations
  10. 10. Default Map View • Points in center of each country • We wanted: countries colored in, with intensity reflecting no. of students • Additional step: merge our table with a public dataset having country outlines
  11. 11. Find a Public Table to Merge With
  12. 12. View Suggested Tables • By default, Google suggests public tables matching on the leftmost column. • ISO code in our case
  13. 13. Choosing a Public Table • Needed 100% matching rows across both tables (all countries in orig. spreadsheet) • Previewed with "view table" link • Looked for geographic keywords: “KML”, “geometry”, lat/long etc.
  14. 14. Preview Public Table: No Map Info • This table just has country names and codes • No lat/long or geographic keywords • Moving on…
  15. 15. Searching for Public Tables • Keyword search: – “borders" – "boundaries" – "international” • Looked for geographic keywords in results • Preview table
  16. 16. Preview Public Table
  17. 17. Preview: Zoomed Far Out
  18. 18. Preview: Zoomed in to Larger Scale
  19. 19. Select Table to Merge With
  20. 20. Merge Tables • Merged tables based on 3- letter country code field
  21. 21. Choose Columns to Merge • Deselected unwanted columns from the public table
  22. 22. View Merged Table
  23. 23. Visualize Merged Table as a Map
  24. 24. Style Features
  25. 25. Color by Student Total
  26. 26. Gradient – Option 1
  27. 27. Buckets – Option 2: More Control
  28. 28. Countries with No Students Transparent
  29. 29. Style the Info Window
  30. 30. Remove Columns from Display
  31. 31. HTML Editor for Custom Styles
  32. 32. New Info Window-Map Finished!
  33. 33. Sharing the Map
  34. 34. Set Permissions: Public Status
  35. 35. Publish Map
  36. 36. Other Potential Collaborative Projects • Campus sustainability projects and green buildings • Study abroad • Language programs • Rare book exhibits • Teaching faculty’s field work locations, intl. fellowships or conference presentations • Offer to embed interactive maps in course/topic LibGuides – Greek & German sites for Intro to Philosophy – History – Archaeology – Important geologic sites
  37. 37. THANK YOU! Kate Dougherty Geosciences and Maps Librarian University of Arkansas @kate_dougherty