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Using maps to find digital stuff

The Archival Sounds Recordings website had recently introduced a new facility to allow users to explore their digitised sounds via maps.

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Instead of relying on browsing or searching via keyword, users can now click on the customised Google Map, which reveals sound recordings related to a particular place. This is particularly useful for collections that have a broad range of sources, such as soundscapes, accents or natural history recordings.

The work is part of a larger project JISC has funded to make digitised content searchable via geographic means. Involving EDINA, the University of Edinburgh, and three digitisation projects, the project is evaluating and testing what works and what doesn’t when you identify and then visualise geographical place names form large textual data sets.

More details on the project are available from the JISC website.

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