The Web Team is currently working with Communications and Marketing on a new maps web site for the University and we’ld thought we’ld share some of our plans for the new site.
We will be producing a new site for www.kent.ac.uk/maps powered by a new admin system to manage the the University’s map objects. We’ll be starting with just campuses and buildings but hope to add teaching rooms, car parks and other object types in time.
We’ll be linking our map objects up with Open Street Map for geospacial data, and using the relatively new open source map library Leaflet for our interactive maps. Search will play a big part in the new maps site and will be provided by our new Google Search Appliance which we are currently in the process of installing.
The admin system will produce a GeoJSON API for consumption by www.kent.ac.uk/maps. We also hope to make use of the API to power the maps section of the mobile web app we’re currently working on. If there is enough demand we may even open it to the public…
We’re a little while off having a releasable site, so for now we just wanted to share these concepts. Please note some of the functionality shown in these concepts is a bit hypothetical and further off than others. These concepts do not necessarily represent what the new www.kent.ac.uk/maps will look like, at least not the initial release anyway.