Overview of Coordinator's Duties
Our basic goal is to get maps online that are useful to genealogists, so being SMC (State Map Coordinator) would involve pretty much that. We are currently in the process of getting up at least a few maps for each state, and creating indexes for them.
Keep your site backed-up, and try to keep the map sizes small enough to fit on a floppy disk. Make sure they are non-copyrighted, or get written permission. There are “nuances” to getting the right compression on a jpg, and don’t hesitate to ask for help in that arena. It is very easy to ruin a perfect map by using the wrong techniques for saving it.
Try not to overwrite any of the files in the main directory, but if you do, contact Deb Haines immediately. There is a copy in the “zzbackup” directory if you can handle the replacement yourself.
Look for maps that fit your states needs. Encourage contributions. Ask questions. Give answers. Make suggestions. Do good work. Have fun.
The United States Digital Map Library has an email list for the discussion of project business, and maps. You will be automatically subscribed to USGW-ARCHIVES-MAPS-L when you become a State Map Coordinator. When you upload new maps, announce it to the list!
All state pages are being established having a similar appearance. This is intended to keep us user friendly. Please don’t use frames. Plan pages for the handicapped and older browsers.
The above links should prove helpful with friendly webdesign ideas. Links
Each state map page should link back to the main US Digital Maps Library page, the Archives page for that state, the main state USGenWeb Project page, and to RootsWeb. If a public domain map is obtained from a site such as the Library of Congress, a courtesy link should be placed with the map link.
Since our basic goal is to Archive maps, it defeats our purpose to link to maps all over the Internet. Try to obtain permission to upload them to our Archives. Links to maps within the Archives system is okay... i.e., anything within the ~usgenweb/ directory.
Small graphics are okay, but don’t use a lot of useless graphics such as decorations, or “awards”. The maps are size-intensive enough. No user wants to wait for 5 minutes for an index to download. There will be a special page made for the entire project, if we get any prestigious awards.
We strictly follow the U. S. Copyright laws. Please visit the Copyright Page for additional information.
Modern made maps (such as migration patterns, etc.) that are based on good solid research are highly welcome. As a matter of fact, we could use a coordinator just for this specific project. Don’t forget to get any permissions and/or courtesy links needed.
Some maps display more than one state. KY and TN is a common combination. These maps can be placed in the /usa/usmaps/ directory for all relevant states to use, or you can put them in your own directory. (and everyone can use them from there.)
This project is for team players only. We are here for sharing. These pages are dedicated to Donald Leroy Spidell, a truly dedicated Archives team player.
U.S. DIGITAL MAP LIBRARY INDEX
Linda Russell Lewis