Maps are a wonderful way to explore a collection that has a geographic aspect. Zooming, panning and clicking pins are a fun and interactive means for users to discover resources, as well as to see the spatial relationship between them. Some example uses for a map interface are to plot items such as:
- Photographs taken around the world.
- Landmarks and historic places or streets.
- Public art on city streets.
- Artifacts found or manufactured in various locations.
Maps can be dynamically drawn and populated using data from one of these search engines and a map base layer from OpenStreetMaps, Google or Bing.
Map pins can be clicked to show details of records related to that spot, with links into the search engine for further details and exploration.
Within traditional search results, we can also embed a map showing locations related to the currently viewed record.
Map interfaces are usually based on latitude and longitude co-ordinates in a record, but Andornot can help geocode your data with this information if it doesn't already have it.
Contact Andornot to discuss adding a map interface to your collection.
Learn more about Andornot's map interfaces in these blog posts: