Design and Development of Personal GeoServices for Universities

  • Andrea Ballatore
  • Thoa Pham
  • Junjun Yin
  • Linh Truong-Hong
  • James D. CarswellEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Personal GeoServices are emerging as an interaction paradigm linking users to information rich environments like a university campus or to Big Data sources like the Internet of Things by delivering spatially intelligent web-services. OpenStreetMap (OSM) constitutes a valuable source of spatial base-data that can be extracted, integrated, and utilised with such heterogeneous data sources for free. In this paper, we present a Personal GeoServices application built on OSM spatial data and university-specific business data for staff, faculty, and students. While generic products such as Google Maps and Google Earth enable basic forms of spatial exploration, the domain of a university campus presents specific business information needs, such as “What classes are scheduled in that room over there?” and “How can I get to Prof. Murray’s office from here?” Within the framework of the StratAG project (, an eCampus Demonstrator was developed for the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) to assist university users in exploring and analysing their surroundings within a detailed data environment. This work describes this system in detail, discussing the usage of OSM vector data, and providing insights for developers of spatial information systems for personalised visual exploration of an area.


Personalised maps GeoServices Spatial-business data linking OSM 



Research presented in this paper was funded by a Strategic Research Cluster Grant (07/SRC/I1168) by Science Foundation Ireland under the National Development Plan. The authors gratefully acknowledge this support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Ballatore
    • 1
  • Thoa Pham
    • 2
  • Junjun Yin
    • 3
  • Linh Truong-Hong
    • 4
  • James D. Carswell
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Spatial StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceNational University of IrelandMaynooth (NUIM)Ireland
  3. 3.Department of Geography and Geographic Information ScienceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)ChampaignUSA
  4. 4.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity College Dublin (UCD)DublinIreland
  5. 5.Digital Media CentreDublin Institute of Technology (DIT)DublinIreland

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