Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Representing Geographic Information with Map Mashups

Instructor: Olga Buchel

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

This four-week workshop will introduce you to Google Maps mashups as a way of representing and combining geographic information. In libraries Google Maps mashups can be used for visualizing geographic data in a wide range of contexts, including the history, science, business, law, and many others. Map mashups can shed light on collection contexts; they can make patterns and facts about collections salient; and they can facilitate knowledge discovery and visual exploration of geographic information in various contexts. This workshop includes tutorials on how to use Google Maps API, Google Fusion Tables, online gazetteers, and timelines for visualizing RSS files, KML files, datasets, images, maps, and other data. Participants will gain the skills to design mashups which they will be able to include in their web pages. Any experience with HTML and Javascript would be helpful.

Olga Buchel

Olga Buchel holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. Her specialization is in geodigital libraries, having worked at the Alexandria Digital Library, one of the first libraries to offer geospatial searches. For her dissertation she developed an interactive visualization for a book collection. She has taught on geodigital libraries at the University of Western Ontario.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.