Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Water Cooler Wednesday #3 - Screenshots

At last, we have screenshots.

We patterned the general layout after Google Maps with the search controls on the left. The search results on the right are calculated based on the search area designated by the circle on the map.

When a place is selected using the search box, the map automatically centers to that spot and zooms in. The search box even has autocomplete.

The shaded circle represents the search area. It can be dragged across the map.

You can also adjust the size of the search area by dragging the border of the circle in or out.

We have plans to add many more features, such as:
  • Hovering over the search results will highlight their location on the map
  • Adding filters for the year and record type in the upper left
  • Clicking on results will show where they are located within their repositories
  • Ability to view jurisdictional boundaries on the map, including historical boundaries

What do you think? What features would you like to see?

1 comment:

  1. Looking good so far, guys!

    Depending on how you plan on specifying year search ranges, I can picture a timeline-type interface, with draggable arrows to set the start and end.

    Depending on how much space you can afford to dedicate to it, you could also represent the search results as points on this same timeline, so at a glance, users can see that there's a large cluster of records in this two-year span, say, and that the last few out way out here in the rest of the 20-year search range.