Last week at IGES we had a rebirth of the map library as it became digital. This probably sounds more dramatic than it was.Â What we did was to create a new drive on the public network for IGES staff and students Â Â with a structured directory and put on some spatial data that relates to the Dyfi Biosphere. We alsoÂ highlighted Â a few Web Map Services that you can access andÂ invited some staff along to talk about using the area and how to create metadata through Geodoc.Â There is also anÂ open invitationÂ to staff and students to store any spatial data they want to make available to others on the drive as long as they also give it a metadata file to keep it company.
Really none of that had to happen in the map library but I think that the physical space it provides is more important than you might think. Now we have a place that encourages access to data Â and metadata creation. This together with a map librarian who willÂ help people through the use of the resourcesÂ like Geodoc, makes it a place for spatial data management and access. The walls have posters espousing data sources,Â Gogeo and metadata creation and IGES has taken a step towards changing its culture of data management.
I like to think of theÂ map library as a locus of good practice that will spreadÂ the message of spatial data management.