The University of New Hampshire Library and its partner, the UNH Earth Systems Research Center, have been awarded a grant in the amount of $474,156 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program, to build PLACE, the Position-based Location Archive Coordinate Explorer. Among project objectives is to provide a toolkit for other institutions to implement in their geospatial digital collections. The project will contribute to two open source communities: Open Geoportal (OGP) and Fedora Commons. In this poster session we will provide an overview of the PLACE project timeline and a visual representation of its expected functionality and preliminary design. We will also distribute a progress report on the first year of our three-year project and hope to gather feedback on the outline for our toolkit from potential future PLACE implementers. PLACE will be a geospatial search interface that will use embedded geospatial coordinates to enable discovery of information that can be difficult to locate through text based searching. Through PLACE, via a click or delineation of a search polygon on a web map, users will zoom to a region and will locate all objects from the UNH Library Digital Collections whose geographic extents intersect. Initially, PLACE will provide access to geographic collections focused on the New Hampshire region, but it will be flexible and expandable as collections grow.

Poster presented at the ALA Annual Conference, June 28, 2014, Las Vegas, NV

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Project Team Members: Eleta Exline, Thelma Thompson, Michael Routhier, Val Harper, Meredith Ricker, Betsy Coleman, Sherry Vellucci, Rob Wolff.