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Phase III: Final Report

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Phase III: Final Report
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From the air : the photographic record of Florida's lands
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McAuliffe, Carol
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Gainesville
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Final report for LSTA grant.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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UF90000014:00003

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Title:
Phase III: Final Report
Series Title:
From the air : the photographic record of Florida's lands
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Mixed Material
Creator:
McAuliffe, Carol
Publisher:
Gainesville
Place of Publication:
FL
Publication Date:

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Grant final report
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Spatial Coverage:

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General Note:
Final report for LSTA grant.

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID:
UF90000014:00003


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University of Florida 09-LSTA-F-15 From the Air: The Photographic Record of Florida’s Lands Update to Final Report January 13, 2011 Phase III of the “From the Air” project had th e following stated goals: 1) expand the digital photographic aerial collection to include 1971-1990, 2) expand the technology infrastructure to include a file server that will permit users to independently download images and to add an advanced GIS data server, and 3) create a new user-friendly interface us ing Google API. The University of Florida has succeeded in fulfilling th ese goals outlined in the grant application and has also made additional progress filling in remaining gaps within the entire resource. When the term of the project was complete there was still some work left to do. As reported in the Annual Report, the project had unforeseen delays “caused by the contracting out of CNS virtual servers, staffing challenges, and th e addition of approximately 1,000 more aerial photographs than were originally projected, there are some activities left to be completed. As some delays occurred, dependent workflows and components were also delayed.” Below is an accounting of the activitie s completed to finish out the project. No additional resources beyond current staffing were required to complete these activities. Programming: The Google Maps API interface was upda ted to include the aerials from 19711990. This was done by matching the tiles with c oordinates provided by the GIS staff. All the aerial photographs from all three phases are now searchable and downloa dable through the new user-friendly map interface. Website Development: The website has now been updated to include educational resources developed through the course of the project. The “Resources for Teachers” portal is now online and accessible. It can also stand on its own so that K-12 educational site s can link through to the portal page (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/ aerials/teachers). The resource includes the updated education modules which have also been added to UF’s Institutional Repository. Also, the Ask-ALibrarian email service is now available on th e website through a partne rship with the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. GIS Interface and Server Upgrade : For the continued use of the GIS interface, 132,770 photo tile records within the da tabase from all three phases needed to go through a quality control/quality assurance process. As part of QA/QC process, the match between Digital Library Center scanned images and the GIS database requ ired a name by name match of each tile. As with any large data base during QA/QC various anomalies, i.e. duplicates, unmatched names, etc. are found which must be reviewed and adju sted. The extensive QA/QC process has proven more difficult than anticipated given the larger than expected number of tiles overall and thus larger number of tiles and tile naming conventio ns. Also as part of UF’s independent commitment to the collection the scanned tile s from Phase I and II were migrated to a new JPG2000 format and server which resulted in so me naming anomalies that also need to be resolved. Once the QA/QC is complete and anom alies resolved (i.e. duplicate records removed) the final total number of records may be sligh tly less than 132,770. At this time, 97% of the names conform. Additionally we experienced GIS Internet Map Server installation issues during migration of Library IT systems to virtual machin es/servers (CNS). Since the annual report, the GIS web interface has been migrated to the new platform but unanticipated GIS configuration issues with the new server will require additi onal programming by our IT department. We are actively working towards resolution to complete the upgrade to the GIS server and it is expected that this and the remaining naming anomalie s will be taken care of by January 31, 2011.

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University of Florida 09-LSTA-F-15 Marketing : Publicity featuring the new interface and new resources such as the 1971 1990 photography and educational website was delayed until the website was complete and functional for all of the loaded tiles. The dramatic increase in the total number of tiles, as compared to the initial projection, led to this delay. Electronic flie rs and announcements were sent out to various list-serves, including MAPS-L to reach the map community, fl-lib for Florida librarians, GEOGD-L to reach educators interested in geography resources and also distributed to organizations such as the Florida Association for Media in Education. The resource was also promoted on Facebook.com and during the annual GIS Day celebration at UF. Publicity is ongoing and we expect also to be presenting the pr oject at various conferen ces, including a poster presentation at the Florida Libr ary Association and possibly pres enting at the Florida Council for the Social Studies. The Florida Department of E ducation has agreed to list the website on their resources page which has replaced the S UNLINK catalog. In addition, on Feb. 25, 2011 the website will be promoted and demonstrated in a live webinar “Hot Topic” presentation to AskA-Librarian participants around the state. We w ill be discussing the project, its goals and how AAL participants can tap into the historic aerial photography of Florida resources. Since the final resource ended up with over 300% of the expected total additional resources, it caused a time delay and the resource is only now fully available. A final reporting of the remaining indicators listed in the Outcomes Chart will be provided to the granting agency by March 15, 2011 or as soon as they are available. Beyond the initial activities outlined in the grant, UF seized opportunities to further increase the value of this resource. The original plan wa s for the Digital Library Center to ingest 7,473 digital images of historic Florida aerials from the Department of Transportation. However, this number only accounted for the time frame of 1971 1990. To make the resource as complete as possible, the decision was made to also incl ude previous years of aerial photography which represented an additional 30,000 file s from the Department of Transportation. Since metadata and a clear organizational struct ure were not present for the files on the DOT hard-drive, these files required a lot of effort on the part of DLC staff. Also, a labor intensive clean-up process to take care of duplication and e rror files was undertaken and requi red visual inspection of every image. These actions brought the total processed aerial files for this gran t project up to almost 60,000 which is 300% of the projected amount for this project. Thus, while the project has encountered some minor delays, all project goals have been met and exceeded with three times the number of tiles added to th e aerials digital collection.