GIS on the Cheap

  • Tim Shearer (for Mike Graves), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

Code4Lib 2011, Wednesday 9 February, 13:00 - 13:20

Using a few tools that you probably already have laying around your library I’ll show how OpenLayers can be used to create a dynamic interface for browsing and searching your digital collections geographically. With very little effort Solr can be made to serve up results directly into OpenLayers creating all sorts of mapping possibilities. With a little more effort a Postgres database can handle complex polygon searches. I’ll talk about how we’re developing a lightweight GIS framework to provide a new user experience for interacting with a number of our collections in unique ways.