The Libraries invited Mano Marks, Senior Developer Advocate for Google’s Geo APIs, to visit Smithsonian Institution on Friday June 3rd. Mano graciously offered his time to run a hands-on demo/chat to talk about ways to visualize geographic information before he continued on to George Mason University to hold a workshop at THATCamp. 44 staff from 16 different units across the Institution, ranging from programmers to web designers to data curators explored the ways we could enable others to view, understand and interact with our geographic data using Google Fusion Tables, Google Maps, and Google Earth.
Through his demonstrations, and using our own data as examples, staff saw how our geographical data could be easily incorporated into various projects and, most importantly, be used to tell stories. Discussions ranged from coding and applications integrations to basic questions of how to best present and navigate among data elements.
Mano encouraged everyone to follow him on twitter at twitter.com/manomarks (where he also kindly provided links to his slides) and find more about his projects at his “Random Markers” blog http://randommarkers.blogspot.com/
—Suzanne Pilsk and Keri Thompson