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Friday, March 13 • 3:05pm - 4:25pm
Session 13: Mapping and Geospatial Projects: Plotting Workflows and Standards

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ORGANIZER: Jeannine Keefer, University of Richmond, VA

MODERATOR: Greta Bahnemann, University of Minnesota, MN

Jonathan Cartledge, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Chris Gist, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Greta Bahnemann, Mountain West Digital Library Geospatial Task Force representative

Mapping and geospatial projects have flooded all areas of humanities research in recent years; but like most digital projects there are a number of options to consider when it comes to organization, data, and delivery. The array of decisions that face a geospatial project planner are familiar to those already working within the VR community: metadata schema(s), controlled vocabularies, preservation, and delivery.

The collaborative nature of these projects creates exciting outcomes, but also presents some unique challenges. The use of controlled vocabularies for geographic metadata is relatively new practice. The application of this type of metadata varies widely depending on the vocabulary and standard selected. As we have seen with our institutional image databases, data migration and digital preservation concerns also need to be considered. The organization of data and the underlying data integrity are two important factors that will influence how well these projects can be migrated from platform to platform and/or combined with other projects in an institutional repository.

Friday March 13, 2015 3:05pm - 4:25pm MDT
Confluence C Room, Mezzanine Level, Third Floor The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street • Denver, CO

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