This analysis evaluates how PhillyHistory.org merged their unique special collection materials with geospatial-based progressive technology to challenge and educate the global community. A new generation of technologically savvy researchers has emerged that expect a more enhanced user experience than earlier generations. To meet these needs, collection managers are collaborating with community and local institutions to increase online access to materials; mixing best metadata practices with custom elements to create map mashups; and merging progressive GIS technology and geospatial based applications with their collections to enhance the user experience. The PhillyHistory.org website was analyzed to explore how they used various geospatial technology to create a new type of digital content management system based on geographical information and make their collections accessible via online software and mobile applications.

About Author

Gina Nichols is the archivist for the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, CA. Nichols has master’s and baccalaureate degrees in history from California State University Northridge with concentrations in U.S. history and archival management. She is currently working on her MLIS at San Jose State University focusing on information science and digital curation.