Just before the end of a busy year, this post briefly summarizes the last steps takes towards the release of v1.0 of the OER World Map, the final one for phase II of the project.
The basic input templates have been refined. Most importantly, look-up functionalities for different value types are in place, which significantly enhances the usability. Controlled vocabularies such as the subject classification are presented in their hierarchies. The target audience(s) of a service can be entered in a similar way.
Linking entries with one another is another major use-case, consider e.g. adding a contact person to an organization. In the same way, services can be linked to their providers, projects with their participants etc pp. This lets the OER World Map grow into a highly interlinked database that allows to reveal many explicit and implicit connections.
The language of text values can easily be set and currently defaults to English. While not it is not exposed yet, we do support gathering multilingual data.
Events have been added to the data model and the input templates. An enhanced location-lookup widget is still in the making.
Query results can now also be downloaded as CSV to be further processed as a spreadsheet. The UI is currently not exposing this functionality yet, nevertheless it is available using content negotiation.
$ curl -H "Accept: text/csv" "https://beta.oerworldmap.org/resource/?filter.about.location.address.addressCountry=DE&filter.about.@type=Organization"
JSON can be be obtained in the same way, using the corresponding header “Accept: application/json”. Expect the different representations to be available from the UI early 2016.
The map of individual countries can now be embedded into external website with ease. A precondition for this is that iframe-tags are supported by the target platform:
This blog for example is hosted on wordpress.com which does not allow iframes. Being hosted, we cannot add the plugin that would allow us to do so. See this post on blogger.com for an example:
We look forward to working on phase III of the OER World Map project. Refinements of all major functionalities are planned for 2016, see the proposal for more information. Happy Holidays!