May 23, 2022

Journal Article: Merging Special Collections with GIS Technology to Enhance the User Experience


Merging Special Collections with GIS Technology to Enhance the User Experience


Gina L. Nichols
San Jose State University


Student Research Journal
School of Information, San Jose State University
Vol 5, No 2


This analysis evaluates how merged their unique special collection materials with geospatial-based progressive technology to challenge and educate the global community. A new generation of technologically savvy researchers has emerged that expect a more enhanced user experience than earlier generations. To meet these needs, collection managers are collaborating with community and local institutions to increase online access to materials; mixing best metadata practices with custom elements to create map mashups; and merging progressive GIS technology and geospatial based applications with their collections to enhance the user experience. The website was analyzed to explore how they used various geospatial technology to create a new type of digital content management system based on geographical information and make their collections accessible via online software and mobile applications.

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