At the end of August we posted about “soft launch” of two “Research Hubs” inside two U. of North Carolina libraries.
Today, the UNC Library formally announced that one of the hubs is now home to a new Liquid Galaxy display system.
From a UNC Library Blog Post:
The installation, made up of seven screens joined in a semi-circle, invites exploration with a high-resolution display and intuitive navigation. The Library knows of no other Liquid Galaxy in North Carolina.
“From the moment the installer closed his tool box, students have been lining up non-stop to try the screens,” said Amanda Henley, one of the Library’s two Geographic Information Systems librarians.
Developers at Google created Liquid Galaxy in order to display Google Earth images and data linked to Google Earth, which is sometimes referred to as a virtual globe. The Google Earth library includes files such as maps, 360-degree building tours, geographic features, ocean data, street views, satellite images, and images of the moon and Mars.
Henley is currently working to add digitized maps and images from UNC-Chapel Hill to the display in Davis Library. The collections include interactive maps that are part of the Library’s North Carolina Maps project and Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway. Both projects laid historic maps over current ones in order to demonstrate changes to the natural and built landscape.
Read the Complete Blog Post
Take a Look at the Liquid Galaxy Display in Action with GIS Librarian Amanda Henley.