Mapping Scotland's information landscape

Mapping Scotland's information landscape
Scotland's Information is a service for identifying, locating and accessing the locations of Scotland’s library, archive and museum collections on Google Maps.
This collective mashup was undertaken for the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and developed by the Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR) at the University of Strathclyde.

All service facilities can be used through mouse-clicks; no keyboard is necessary.
You can choose which collections to locate on the map through a variety of clickable interfaces:

• A static map of Scottish unitary authorities
• Tag clouds (metadata by distinct words or phrases)
• Alphabetical lists

Mapping Scotland's information landscape
Before accessing the Google Map you should click on a region on the clickable static map or choose the name of the region in the list (the number of locations marked on a Google Map is too great to be displayed at once). You can specify information domains to be displayed. It’s possible to include all three information domains (archives, libraries, museums) in the display, or restrict it to a single domain.
This great example of a collective mashup demonstrates once more how the map can streamline cumbersome data and organize any kind of information in a simple, readable and engaging way.

Actually, we will soon launch the similar map built for the French Book Association (Le Motif). The map will localize all the libraries, bookstores and book-related events in the Ile-de-France region.
I'll give you more details very soon.

Tuesday, April 20th 2010

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