Launch of Oxford University’s Interactive Map

Designed to provide students, staff and visitors with an interactive web resource, the University’s first online interactive map was launched in December 2014. The map, a collaborative project between the University’s Estates Services and IT Services departments, provides users with a detailed and intuitive tool to help them navigate around the city and the University’s complex structure.

 

Using the map 

The map’s simple search function (available at www.maps.ox.ac.uk or via the main Oxford University website) clearly identifies the location of the University’s departments, libraries, colleges and halls. If a location has other related sites around the city, the map also reveals these to the user.

Once clicked, every University building has its own dedicated page providing detailed information. This includes a birds-eye view of the building, an image of the main entrance, a link to the main website associated to that building and (where available) a link to the University’s access guide providing disabled access information.

Planning, transport and lifestyle information

The map’s lifestyle tab also enables users to access other useful information, such as nearby places to eat and drink and the location of ATMs, post boxes, bus stops with real time departures, car parks and bicycle parking.

Future development

In order for the map to accurately represent the University estate, up-to-date data is continuously sourced from the University’s data repository, this work will be ongoing.

Throughout the planning and design phase, focus groups comprising staff and students were set up to ensure that the map’s design and functionality met user requirements.

These forums have led to requests for additional lifestyle features, such as postal collection times and park and ride data which hopefully, with time, will all become welcome additions.

Niall Strawson, Accessibility Advisor at Estates Services commented, ‘The launch of the interactive map has proved very popular, many people have said how helpful they are finding it.

‘Our vision is that the map becomes a central resource for staff and students and a useful tool for visitors.

‘Being the first release we are aware that there is room for development, therefore we are encouraging everyone to visit the map, play around with it and give us their feedback. 

For more information

If you would like to provide feedback on the look, feel and overall functionality of the map, then please email maps@it.ox.ac.uk

To embed the map in a department, college or other University website, follow the instruction at http://maps.ox.ac.uk/embedding.html

Published August 2015