What’s That Building? Using Google’s Map API to Create a Campus Map

Tony Miller (10.Nov.2010 at 09:30)
Talk at UNC CAUSE 2010 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

Google is the leader in Internet search engines. It has also surpassed many of its competitors in mapping and directions services. Unlike some other web mapping sites, Google has exposed its underlying data through an extensive API. This API lets us create dynamic map displays and applications suitable for desktop and mobile devices alike.

During this session I will describe our experiences in creating a campus Google map. In the spirit of this year's UNC CAUSE, we will describe how we used the expertise of many campus departments and individuals to improve the map for all users. We will also describe how we were able to make use of Google's hosted maps to allow for collaborative mapping without requiring any programming experience. Other areas of discussion include: soliciting feedback and corrections for your maps, encouraging participation to avoid stale data, and creating a balanced team to implement your own maps sites.

In addition to the always important user experience issues, we will describe the technologies available from Google and others to rapidly deploy maps to your university Web site.

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Rating: 5 of 5

10.Nov.2010 at 09:13 by Natsu Carr (14 comments)

enthusiasm + realistic approach = great presentation.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Nov.2010 at 09:14 by Breandan Dezendorf (2 comments)

Excellent presentation, covers all the high level parts, especially data ownership/data stewardship.

Rating: 4 of 5

10.Nov.2010 at 20:39 by Robert Kraus (9 comments)

Agree with most of the above. Presentation well done. A lot of info covered in a too little time (as is often the case). Still, it got me excited about trying out some of what this new Google technology has to offer (just hope I can find the time to try some of this stuff out). Will be looking for the slideshow for resources info.

Thanks

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11.Nov.2010 at 09:01 by Tony Miller (15 comments)

I'm not sure what the anonymous commenter meant about FERPA. All of the data sets I mentioned in my slides were about real world public data - the location of parking, housing, dining, computer labs. It's already published on web sites and in PDFs by every campus in the UNC System. No student information is exposed in any way. The only theory I have is that the commenter was worried about geoloction. Current map geolocation APIs (not to be confused with location based services like Gowalla / Foursquare / Facebook) only shows the current user of a device to see the device's location (based on GPS, cell tower triangulation, or IP address), and only if you allow it. The functionality doesn't point out to anyone else that "student Jane is here now in this parking lot".

Rating: 4 of 5

11.Nov.2010 at 16:42 by Zack Underwood (4 comments)

Good enthusiasm and openness about presentation including showing how others may or may not be ahead of the presenter's school! Good overview about Google Maps

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