First up Shannon Vossepoel introduced us to the Arctic Connect projects,
showing us mapping visualisation software and Arctic Scholar – a site
which uses mapping coordinates where available. Adroitly, Shannon
announced that ASTIS will change name to AIDA (Arctic Information
Discovery and Access) unusually this is welcomed by staff in the
Next up Stefano Biondo spoke on GeoIndex+ a geospatial platform for
research data of the north.
Stefano is from the Centre Geostat, a service from the Universite Laval
library in Quebec so was bravely and capably speaking in a second
language. There’s some capable people in in this room methinks!
GeoIndex+ allows you
to find, use and exploit geospatial data.
Stefano gave us two well chosen examples of data that can be retrieved
using the software:
1.) the journey by John Franklin was used as an example of how a
historical map of Franklin’s route can be retrieved and analysed.
Creative Commons licenses are used and maps can be downloaded and used
as required. Google maps format can be specified.
2.) bathymetric data from the CCGS Amundsen – a Canadian icebreaker
which facilitated mapping of the Canadian Arctic seafloor. Awasome to
see some live demos of this.
Bringing this round to the conference theme of Mapping change and
showing how this project is adding value and giving a second life to
collections was most inspiring.
James Kari described the complexity of researching native place names in
Alaska – fascinating. Inevitably there are 7 different words for streams
in the Athabaskan dene languages.
I feel Sharon Tahirkheli’s frustration in describing the development of
the Cold Regions Bibliography from its’ start in 1962. Now, although new
records are not being added to the database (except on Permafrost) the
database has been migrated and can now can be used on a mobile phone