Providing users with the best possible access to the unique cartographic
materials found in libraries has been a constant challenge
formap librarians. In a Web 2.0 world, existing mapping APIs make
it possible to extend the library OPAC past the text-based search
and enable users to locate maps using a familiar interface, such as
Google Maps. This article describes how librarians at the University
of Minnesota developed MapHappy, a “mashup” of their existing
map MARC records into a geospatial Web application providing
unique access to the print maps in their collections. As expected,
this project raised many questions and produced a new set of challenges
and opportunities; two such problems, the issue of missing or
faulty map coordinates and aligning the interface design with user
expectations, are discussed. And while still in beta, a variety of future
plans are considered for further development and improvement
of MapHappy. This project demonstrates that the representation of
library records in a geospatial format provides a more intuitive
and streamlined method of identifying maps and makes accessible
a wide range of data previously meaningless or invisible to users.
Johnston, Lisa R. and Jensen, Kristi L. (2009) 'MapHappy: A User-Centered Interface to Library Map Collections via a Google Maps “Mashup”', Journal of Map And Geography Libraries, 5:2, 114 — 130. DOI:10.1080/15420350903001138
Article describes the process of creation for the web application MapHappy.
Johnston, Lisa R; Jensen, Kristi L..
MapHappy: A User-Centered Interface to Library Map Collections Via a Google Maps “Mashup”.
Journal of Map And Geography Libraries.
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