(KATV, Source: UofA) Fayetteville - It'snever been easier to find campus landmarks and get directions at the Universityof Arkansas thanks to a new digital version of the campus map that is intuitiveand easy to use. The new application, campusmaps.uark.edu,is integrated with Google Maps, the industry-leading mapping interface.
"The number of students andvisitors who access information through their mobile devices continues toincrease, so the new map will be much more convenient and useful forthem," said Chris Nixon, director of digital design and development in theoffice of university relations. "We tried to make everything on campussearchable and shareable so finding buildings or specific locations will be aseasy as possible."
For example, a user's cell phone canfind the location of the user on the mobile version of the map through GPStechnology.
Other features include:
- Pop up windows that provide information abouteach building on the map, including the address, and which allow thatinformation to be emailed or shared on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
- A way point system that identifies the bestwalking route between two locations on campus.
- Bus routes and parking lots listed by color.
- Lists of bicycle racks, motorcycle/scooterparking, public art, historical markers, handicap accessible points, emergencyphone boxes, dining locations and computer labs.
- An intuitive search for buildings and otherpoints of interest that auto-suggests possible locations.
- A comprehensive listing of buildings along withtheir four-character campus codes.
"While the new map is a vastimprovement over the previous static version, it's only the beginning of whatwe can do," said Nixon. "This is really just the foundation on which we plan tobuild additional features that will make navigating the campus even easier inthe future."
Other planned features includereal-time tracking on the map of buses, allowing patrons to know when the nextbus will arrive at a particular stop; handicap accessible routes from parkingto buildings; a Senior Walk lookup; the ability to place a map on any web site;and the ability to show routes for the university's yearly move-in project.
The new campus map replaces a staticsite that was implemented in 2006.
Digital design and development, adepartment of the office of university relations responsible for the creationand maintenance of all university technology-based communications, partneredwith the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, the department of facilitiesmanagement, the office of educational access and the department of transit andparking to complete the campus map project.
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