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SOPS Mapping User Stories
« on: 30 September 2016, 11:11:44 »
This is a summary of SOPS Mapping User Stories provided by members in the very early days of the project

People said they would like to be able to:
  • easily find out what (free) current and historic maps are available for my 'place' online
  • find out what copyright restrictions I need to adhere to when I find a map I want to use (in a book, on a website etc)
  • understand how the base and layer aspects of the mapping work so they can be easily interchanged
  • drill down from a road to a specific series of houses
  • put annotations on current and historic maps electronically (either freehand or with icons)
    • have a misc identifying feature this can be a simple pin and the ability to indicate any random issues
    • annotate maps with a form of 'neighbourhood mapping notation' to detail the landmarks, landscapes of my one-place community today
    • use historic maps to identify the locations of specific features/buildings
    • identify various markers: local markers such as the mill or church, historical markers - blue plaques, geographical - the river & railway
  • show data from my records on maps
    • annotate maps to show where different people lived – e,g. I might want to mark all those serving in WW1 or annotate with different symbols to indicate the occupation of the head of household or household size
    • use a map and cross reference against deaths recorded in a given period, in a given location
    • annotate maps to show incidences of a surname in different records eg 1881 census, pre 1600 parish registers
    • use historic maps to visually track changes in population over time, both in terms of residents of particular properties and the village as a whole
    • align the maps to a census entry or directory listing? So can we plot that in Primrose Cottage Mrs Jones is there in 1881 and Mrs Smith is there in 1891
  • use maps to consider route ways and transport links into and out from my community and how these change over time
    • use maps to consider emigration and immigration patterns over time
  • enable different countries and languages
  • screenshot or save material to webspaces, blogs, documents and share amongst social media channels

Specific 'ideal' needs were prioritised by one member as:

Must be able to:
  • have access to free current digital maps for my place of interest
  • identify a point of interest, e.g. postcode, address, place on current map, lat-long
  • mark locations within my place of interest, such as houses, buildings, cemeteries, parks etc
  • make notes against my marked locations
  • place predefined icons on maps, e.g. icons for roads
  • know copyright restrictions for any maps I use
  • know source for any maps I use
  • identify places in the British Isles
  • zoom in and out on maps
  • save 'my' maps in a standard format, e.g. JPEG
  • see all the maps I have created
  • use this tool without training if I am able to use MS Office products
  • (eventually) identify places in Continental Europe and overseas

Should be able to:
  • have access to free historic digital maps for my place of interest
  • put sources for my notes
  • see my notes on hover or click
  • 'turn on' my notes so they stay displayed on the map
  • put URLs against my marked locations, e.g. link to an historic record, website etc
  • put photos against my marked locations
  • put information from different times against my marked locations, e.g. death in 1830, death in 1911, residents in 1871 etc
  • view events within specific timeframes
  • distinguish different types of events for my marked locations, e.g. residents, births, deaths etc
  • view specific types of events, not just all events
  • view specific types of icons, not just all icons
  • layer historic maps on top of current OS map
  • see marked locations and notes of current and historic layers together
  • associate property names and addresses with marked locations
  • associate surnames with marked locations
  • draw on maps using standard shapes, e.g circles, lines, arrows etc
  • add text to maps
  • view the same property across historic map layers
  • know what other digital maps are available for my place
  • use the mapping tool on my mobile device
  • print my maps
  • embed my maps in a blog or on a webpage
  • share my maps via Facebook, Google, Twitter
  • share my maps with other named users of the mapping tool
  • get help from this tool when I get stuck

Could be able to:
  • identify the boundaries of my place of interest, which might be a house, street, town, part of a city, parish, group of villages etc
  • visually distinguish events in different timeframes
  • access different types of maps, e.g. road networks
  • access different map views, e.g. terrain, satellite
  • set which map type I prefer, e.g. OS, Bing etc
  • view all events for a specific property name
  • view all events for specific surnames
  • draw on maps freehand
  • add new icons , 'define your own'
  • identify the start and end points for migration/movement and show them connected
  • show number of occurrences of an event , e.g. number of migrants, surname occurrences
  • visually distinguish events based on number of occurrences
  • specify source and copyright restrictions (for maps that I have added myself)
  • look up general advice on copyright
  • accommodate foreign languages, e.g. Dutch, French
  • buy the part of the map for my place (for digital maps that cost money)
  • know any maps available for my place, including printed ones or ones available on other websites
  • customise what I see on my tool based on my place of interest
  • add digital maps that I have sourced myself to the mapping tool
  • take a JPEG image of a map, e.g. from a book, and be able to layer it on top of a digitised map
  • access to FamilySearch 1851 jurisdictions to get parish and other boundaries (
  • layer FamilySearch jurisdiction map on top of other maps
  • see examples of what I can create with this tool
  • password protect my maps if I choose to
  • allow others to annotate my map
  • identify groups of users
  • have 'community' maps that are available to all users in a group to see
  • have 'community' maps that are available to all users in a group to annotate
  • limit functionality for different user groups, e.g. only Society members can use our icon library
  • use an online service (paid) which will digitise maps of my place of interest that I source myself
« Last Edit: 30 September 2016, 11:48:54 by PeterC »