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With new technology advances, and the capabilities of OpenStreetMap, the new University map has the potential to be a constantly evolving and improving platform, open to student's and employee volunteers' ideas. The process of implementing your own creative ideas onto the campus map design is simple and it is also explained in the edit page. Allowing the map to be updated by the campus community leverages the strengths of OpenStreetMap.
The first change to the map will be updates in terms of accuracy, new buildings, and such. The conversion to OpenStreetMap for our data makes it much easier to update and change the data. The responsibility of updating the content of the map should not fall to one individual in one department, but rather to many student and employee volunteers across campus, thus leveraging the crowd sourcing capabilities of OSM.
A few examples of future possible features are:
- A computer labs layer, including their locations, operating system, such as Windows, Apple or Linux (and thus, consolidate this map into the campus map).
- A libraries layer showing all of the library locations on campus, when they're open, and possibly what content lives there.
- Add building floor plan data, to really help students, and others, navigate through the built environment on campus.
- To add to the functionality of the interface, a routing service would be greatly beneficial, so users could get directions from one location on campus, to another. After floor plans have been included, these locations could be rooms in different buildings.
- A "Current Event" layer, showing important current news, such as road detours, and emergency info.
These are just a few of our groups ideas for functionality of the campus map but in reality there are many interesting and powerful features that can be created using OpenStreetMap and we encourage anyone interested to get online and try to improve the University map!
For information about how you might update the content of the map, check out the How to Edit page.