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Welcome to the home of Project Ortelius, the University of Texas at Austin’s map application refresh. This wiki will provide information, updates, and documents about the project.  We want to hear from you and welcome your comments either at this wiki or via email ( ).

The Goals

  • Give campus and the UT community an improved and familiar online map (using the Google maps API).
  • Partner with UT Operations to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate maps information.
  • Encourage local map development and a maps development community by making our GIS data publically available and creating a community showcase for GIS based applications.
  • Create and publish migration resources for technical and non-technical users
  • Encourage participation from the community of maps developers and users through public dialog, comments, emails, wiki releases and other communication venues.
  • Recommend future development to new governance and Maps Initiatives on Campus. We want to record and recommend the great ideas about maps from the UT community and help maps governance at UT Austin know what the public, maps developers, and campus communities want from our maps.


  • Several design students contacted the Web Technologies Team looking to find out more about our Maps Refresh project.  They had worked with Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability, University Operations and their professor on creating sustainability proposals for their semester long course.  I was very impressed with their presentation and invited them to come and present their work to the team which they did before the Thanksgiving break.  It is energizing to see the effort, thought, and creativity these students put into their vision for Maps on UT Austin Campus.  It has really started us thinking about ways to contextualize user contributed content so that we can present our official, vetted, canonical maps GIS data alongside the immediate, free-world of iPhone-toting-real-world map users.
  • We are reviewing drafts of use cases and requirements looking to review, expand and revise. We’ll be working with these project documents with an eye towards building a new WBS and schedule for 2010.  It’s true that we’ve been pulled and tugged for various important reasons this fall but we’ll be moving maps forward in the new year with your help.  We are really looking forward to it.

More Information:

Got Questions? Try our UT Maps refresh FAQ (including the why or it, the who of it, and what we do with all of your great suggestions)

Want to help?  We could use a hand with usability testing and data feed use from campus.  Let us know you are interested at

Have a Suggestion? Great! Send your good idea to:

Want to see the prototype that started it all? We’ve got a host of resources around the Prototype by iSchool student Larry Archer gives you a hint of the potential of a Google Maps API campus maps application. Visit the prototype section of this wiki for more information.

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