About

Who we are

This program is collectively managed by librarians and geospatial specialists at thirteen research institutions from across the Big Ten Academic Alliance.


Map of Participants

1. University of Chicago

2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3. Indiana University Bloomington

4. University of Iowa

5. University of Maryland

6. University of Michigan

7. Michigan State University

8. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (host institution)

9. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

10. Ohio State University

11. Pennsylvania State University

12. Purdue University

13. University of Wisconsin - Madison

What we do

    • connect scholars across the Big Ten Academic Alliance to geospatial resources

    • support the creation and aggregation of discovery-focused geospatial metadata

    • provide the technology project staffing and infrastructure to build and host a geoportal

    • actively participate in the development of open source geospatial technology and infrastructure

    • contribute to the Big Ten Academic Alliance by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs

The BTAA Geoportal

    • connects users to digital geospatial resources, including GIS datasets, web services, and digitized historical maps from multiple data clearinghouses and library catalogs

    • a search tool fostering access to externally-hosted data

    • saves researcher time by centralizing regional geospatial data discovery into a single interface

    • provides discovery to the most up-to-date resources

    • allows users to search by What, Where, and When, without needing to know Who or Why

    • contains

      • GIS data produced in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Ohio, & Wisconsin

      • historical scanned maps from all across the globe

Visit the BTAA Geoportal

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