Archiving Geospace

Kewl! UCSB Librarian Named “Pioneer of Digital Preservation” … by the Library of Congress. The pioneer? Larry Carver. At first glance (all I’ve taken), it looks like a cross between Google Earth and an über reference librarian.

“Geospatial technology in the context of libraries is to create software to search for information by pointing to a place on the Earth’s surface and — say using the Internet — ask what data, books, art, etc. is available for that spot or location. It searches by using longitude/latitude coordinates to look for information about that spot. So, the technology is a complex software that can search over millions of maps, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, or any other information that has location information in its metadata [catalog record].”

Okay, it has nothing to do with oral history. Unless you’ve got a project that calls on lat-long data. (latitude longitude)  But it’s cool cool cool.

From the Library of Congress’ site:

The geospatial collections are not limited to images. “The ADL [Alexandria Digital Library] engine is agnostic when it comes to data with geospatial coordinates,” said Carver. “It doesn’t have to be a map or a photograph. ADL doesn’t care what the object is as long as it has a geographical footprint of some kind.” This enables searches for any data that includes a coordinate system, such as demographic data, census and socio-economic data, real estate and even biological systems. The possibilities are almost limitless; any information that can be related to a spot on the Earth can be searched through the use of an online map client such as Globetrotter.

Hey, isn’t this exactly what projects such as John Fox’s Memory Miner do? Embed location data with other data sets?




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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on December 10, 2008 in • Digitality
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