Progress update – developing a ‘geo-browser’
A few posts back we detailed the work carried out so far. Since then, and using the information gathered, we have been hard at work on various tasks:
- Formulating a roadmap for UK Data Archive INSPIRE compliance, with expert input from EDINA.
- Feeding back into Archive practise and procedure, including the continued development of a comprehensive list of spatial unit definitions for use as a controlled vocabullary.
- Designing a web resource to present the data we have collected to our users, and better enable use of our social science survey data in a geospatial context.
I’ll talk about this last activity in a little more detail. Since the beginning of the project we have been considering how we can create something tangible to help our geospatial data users, and this represents a first forray in that direction. We have dubbed out concept a ‘geo-browser’, a web based resource discovery tool that brings together study level information, unit definitions and boundary data. Two metadatabases will sit under the site, one containing data on studies and the units they contain (providing the ‘study view’); the second being a structured list of unit definitions and other data (for the ‘unit view’). These data will sit under a faceted search/browse interface, allowing the user to find data of interest quickly and intuitively using any combination of filters and search terms. The graphic below is an early snapshot of the design.
The crux of the design is the movement between study view and unit view , with linking off to third party boundary data from either interface. This work is likely to influence future developments to Archive services, so is an important pilot in addition to a unique resource.