Announcing the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal

Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Geospatial Data Project recently launched the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal. The Geoportal allows searching across thousands of records of openly available geospatial data sets and scanned maps; it is built with the open source GeoBlacklight software. It is ready for you to use for your geospatial research.

Librarians and and geospatial specialists from ten of the member institutions of the Big Ten Academic Alliance make up the Task Force that oversees the project. They collaborated to compile and edit the metadata records that power the Geoportal and continue to develop the project and add records to the Geoportal.

Currently, the Geoportal searches records of openly-available geospatial data primarily from the home states of the institutions that make up the task force: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. However, the Geoportal will continue to grow and add more records.

You can search the scanned maps from the University of Michigan’s Clark Library in the Geoportal. The scanned maps searched by the portal include items covering areas from all over the world. Visit the Clark Library’s website for more information about the map collection.

The project is grateful to developments in the open source geospatial community, particularly Geoblacklight, OpenGeoportal, and OpenGeometadata.

You can read more about the project