ETHorama: Map-based access to digital information resources

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ETHorama: Map-based access to digital information resources

11. ICA Conference Riga, April 20-22, 201607.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea1

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About ETHoramaPhilosophical approachWorkflow Searching on the mapThe future?

||Innovative map-bassed access to selected digital information resources generated by ETH-BibliothekOne step forward for library work is the location-based indexing of old prints, maps and journal articles up to individual page level

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea3About ETHorama

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The platform offers geographical access to geotagged documents (text, fotos, maps etc.)

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea4About ETHoramaBasis-Layer: Map (Google Maps)Level 1: Geographically connected documentsLevel 2: Thematic collectionsLevel 3: Historical travels



Merging different electronic resources with a geographical relation A new way to present digital contentAccess to documents directly into their initial system;there is no need for a duplicated data managementThe selection of the content is the result of an intellectual process; it is not only a link and document collectionETHorama is a platform for everyone, not only for researchers

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea5Philosophical approach


Benefits:Explorative: Through zooming we can discover the holdings on the map in a visual wayEasy: Simple and easy structureExtendible: It is also possible to extend the presentation on the map to other regions and/or countriesA broad topic in a large chronological view07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea6ETHorama versus other similar platforms?

||07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea7WorkflowSource SystemsBackend:eZ PublishKnowledge Portal

Frontend:ETHorama viaGoogle Maps


The searching, the selection and import are taking place in the Knowledge Portal via an Import-Backend07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea8Workflow: Searching, selection and import


Work steps:Importet content is distributed by document typeEdit metadata

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea9Workflow: Edit (I)


Work steps:POI / AOI generating, geo-referencing and translating

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea10Workflow: Edit (II)

||07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea11Work steps: Getting online

Documents are manually linked with POIs/AOIs One POI/AOI can be linked with several documents


Right from the start all content is displayed on the mapThe navigation on the map is possible via different stages: from country view to local view

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea12Search on the map: navigation (I)


With one click on an AOI/POI we can see all the related documents sorted by typ

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea13Search on the map: navigation (II)


By choosing a document, you will get only a previewThere is the possibility to access the document in its initial system or to make a search in the Knowledge Portal

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea14Search on the map: Back to the sources (I)


In the Knowledge Portal we can display all other content from ETHorama through the Geographical reference button

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea15Search on the map: Back to the sources (II)


We can search for locations, AOIs/POIs or keywords07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea16Search on the map: Filtering the content

||Thematic (subject) collectionsIn the beginning, all subjects are listed Selecting a single subject, the corresponding POIs are presented on the mapClicking a POI, all corresponding documents are shown

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea17Search on the map: further offers (I)


Historical travels (I)

150 travelogs (from 16. to 19. century)16 are online

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea18Search on the map: further offers (II)


Historical travels (II)

Each travelog is organized in a similar way like Thematic collections They are scheduled in a chronological list After choosing a specific travelog, the map shows only the related AOIs/POIs 07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea19Search on the map: further offers (II)


A possible further functionality: CrowdsourcingIntegration of additional sources (2016)

07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea20ETHorama: In the future?


Thank you for your attention!

meda.hotea@library.ethz.ch07.05.2016Dr. Meda Diana Hotea21



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