UALC Geospatial Discovery Task Force

Charge for the Task Force:

The Geospatial Discovery Task Force of the Digitization Committee of the Utah Academic Library Consortium is an ad hoc committee whose charge is as follows:   


1.       Identify existing geospatial metadata practices used by Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) partners and other digital libraries, as well as other disciplines and organizations.

  • Identify areas for potential development and improvement (e.g., key issues and problems)

  • Identify easily achievable practices that MWDL partners can implement in the interim before a final recommendation is made.

  • Identify examples of map-based search Interfaces, successful and unsuccessful


2.       Develop guidelines for MWDL partners to use in standardizing metadata practices to optimize geographically-based discovery of digital resources.

  • Suggest steps for addressing key issues and problems

  • Recommend revisions to the MWDL Dublin Core Application profile to accommodate geospatial metadata


3.       Develop recommendations and instructions for creating map-based search interfaces or augmenting existing interfaces with map-based search functionality.


4.       Identify and share tools related to geospatial metadata and the creation of map-based search interfaces.


5. Create the following deliverables:

  • An online bibliography of resources

  • Guidelines for MWDL geospatial metadata practices

  • Recommendations & instructions for creating map-based search interfaces or search functionality

  • Final report on the task force’s activities, findings, and recommendations.   



Co-Chairs

Liz Woolcott
Metadata Librarian
Utah State University
Merrill–Cazier Library
435-797-9458
liz.woolcott@usu.edu

Kristen Jensen
Electronic Business Project Manager
Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
801-245-7243
kjensen@utah.gov