From: Scott Yeadon <scott.yeadon@an...> - 2006-10-18 06:32:11
That's really neat, we're finding Manakin actually adds a lot of value
to viewing these sorts of collections (well, pretty much any collection
Leo Monus who works with me here has almost completed a similar kind of
theme for simple objects (image, video, sound) where lat/long metadata
is provided by the researchers. Leo's using Google Earth and Google Maps
as opposed to Yahoo Maps but there are similarities to your demo theme.
You can get a sneak preview of an almost-demo-able version at
If the site works, Click on "Places" button to show a Google Map of the
region (Yellow hands means we have some DSpace items from that location
and you can view metadata etc about them). The "Ecoterms" button is
basically a subject browse and the "Google Earth" button opens up Google
Earth (assuming you have the client installed and kml associated with
the client app) and allows you to navigate the collection via Earth.
The target group is remote researchers who are working in different
areas in the same region (West Arnhem Land in a remote part of northern
Australia) and the theme will provide an access point that essentially
collates the work of various researchers in a way that's useful to other
If you have the Google Earth client installed on your desktop, when
Google Earth starts up, just double-click on the "Bidwern collection"
link in the left-hand menu. If Google Earth asks you to save unsaved
temporary items when you exit click on "No" (we haven't been able to get
an initial check of the menu items to see if the Bidwern markers have
been installed before as yet). Note if you're running Linux, trying to
run more than one Google Earth kills your desktop requiring a reboot to
The client reps here are really enthusiastic after seeing this, and the
Manakin component has really allowed existing and new clients to view
DSpace in a different light. So, (yet again) well done on the Manakin
work, it has (yet again) made us look good (and avoided us having to
write a bunch of custom Cocoon generators)!
>Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 18:42:09 -0500
>From: "Scott Phillips" <scott.a.phillips@...>
>Subject: [Dspace-devel] Manakin geofolios demo
>To: "DSpace Developer List" <dspace-devel@...>
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>We just installed a new demo showing off a new theme developed for
>Manakin by Alexey Maslov and Adam Mikeal. The problem this theme
>attempts to address is discovery of spatially related items. In this
>case we have a collection of 227 static folios from the USGS that have
>been scanned and put on-line, each of them with coordinates. The theme
>mines this data and uses yahoo map's API to display create a visual
>map showing the folios location. Due to the size of the original
>collection (just over half a terabyte), a sample of 12 folios are used
>for this demo. However all the folios can be found in a standard
>DSpace located at http://txspace.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/2490.
>Manakin DSpace demo:
>The collection consists of a series of map folios from the U. S.
>Geological Survey produced between 1894 and 1945 entitled Geologic
>Atlas of the United States. Each of the folios includes both
>topographic and geologic maps for each quad represented in that folio,
>as well as reports with information on that area. Only 227 folios were
>produced, so the area covered is very limited.