IFRAME Controls for Google Street View

Hi Tiffany,

Yes, you have identified a potential problem with the street view – I chosen a view of the lab that does not match the street address for the lab.

For La Grande in particular, some trees blocked the view so I chose another location up the street (this is why you see a different address than the mailing address).

The “correct” street view that matches the mailing address: https://goo.gl/maps/bXuhzu1CEfR2

I agree this is a problem as it could potentially confuse our site visitors when the “correct” U.S. postal mailing address for the lab does not match Google’s “estimated street address” for any given street view.

Two possible solutions:

1) We might “turn off” the street view’s visible address (I don’t know how to do this, but I believe it is possible, based on the API options here for “Street View Controls:” https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/streetview#StreetViewControls

2) We might choose only the “street view” that matches the address (which may not offer the best “view” of the lab, for example, the “street address” for the Seattle Lab is the building address; I believe the entrance to the lab is on the “rear” of the building, which, in fact, is another street.

We might have less control over the scene using the IFRAME embed; it seems likely we’d have more control with the JavaScript API.

Unsure if the drupal module would support Javascript as-is.

Perhaps the template could be modified for labs? I know we have “bigger fish” to worry about right now.

-Tanner

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Posted on March 9, 2017, in Uncategorized, USFS Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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