The Farmington MCHP team has built a mapping component into their project. They are plotting several points on portable GPS units and then using that information to create maps for their Community Website. One of the team members central to this effort is Tyler Durand, an intern for the Center for Community GIS and a student at the University of Maine at Farmington. Tyler, along with the rest of the Farmington MCHP team are identifying historic sites important to their exhibits, capturing the coordinates and then will create maps that show the location of the sites while also providing links to more information. It should be a really interesting way to get into some of the collections and information they plan to share. What’s more they seem to be having a great time doing it — traipsing across fields, riding on back roads and talking to people around town as they map the coordinates. The reports I’ve heard back from them indicate that they’re finding lots of interesting things and picking up all kinds of stories from the landowners they meet.
Have fun everyone — don’t forget to wear your orange while you’re out there!