BTAA Geoportal: An update on collections, metadata, and interface design
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The Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal provides discoverability and facilitates access to geospatial resources curated by librarians and geospatial specialists at twelve participating research institutions. Since the geoportal’s initial launch in the summer of 2016, steady progress has been made to enhance discovery and access to over 5,000 geospatial datasets and scanned maps. Throughout the last year, project working groups have focused on collection development, metadata coordination, and interface design. This work has included augmenting collections and identifying gaps, streamlining metadata workflows, and performing usability testing to help identify interface design improvements. This presentation provides a series of updates from the working groups and will offer a look to the future as we address project growth and strategic planning efforts.