Contributor Spotlight: Purdue University

This post is part of a monthly series to highlight each Big Ten Academic Alliance university that contributes to the geoportal.

Posted Apr 11, 2019Authors: Yue Shirley Li and Nicole Kong

Project Task Force Members

Yue (Shirley) Li, GIS Analyst and Nicole Kong, GIS Specialist

Overview of Collections

Purdue University Libraries has contributed three major collections to BTAA Geoportal, ranging from state geospatial data collection to libraries’ georeferenced imagery collection.

  • IndianaMap -- IndianaMap is the largest publicly available collection of Indiana GIS data and maps. It includes a wide variety of Indiana data from federal, state, local organizations and agencies, and universities.
  • Purdue historical campus imagery -- This collection includes historical imageries for Purdue University West Lafayette campus from 1890 to 2014. These maps are preserved and scanned from a digital scholarship initiative to educate the Purdue community and the public about the historic grounds and structures of the campus.
  • Wabash River historical map and imagery -- This includes the topography maps and aerial imageries for Wabash River from Logansport to Terre Haute in 1929. Included in BTAA geoportal, each map and imagery in this collection now has a static page to visualize, access and download the data.

The Geoportal in Action

The BTAA geoportal is a great platform for discovering, visualizing and accessing maps and GIS data. By providing static pages for our georeferenced imagery, it increases the discoverability and accessibility of these collections. We also find it a useful tool for students to search for data for their projects. We have talked about the geoportal in various classes, guest lectures and workshops. It is also included in our libguide and website as an important GIS data source.