Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Web Interface Development for Artl@s"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Web Development
Project Description:
In collaboration with several research centers in Europe, Purdue is developing ARTL@S, a web-based atlas of art history. ARTL@S provides scholars with the tools and support needed in order to expound their narratives and qualitative evidence with spatial representations and quantitative analyses. It provides contributors with three interconnected digital environments: a Post-GIS database, where they can store and share their data with other scholars; a working interface, where they can query the database and automatically generate maps and graphs; and a public interface, where the public at large can browse data and generate maps. We have completed the initial phases of the project, namely the building of the database, the creation of the public interface, and the development of a beta version of the working interface. We are now working on adding new features to both the public and the working interfaces. In this next new phase we will establish a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and implement new digital tools in order to improve the Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities of ARTL@S, while increasing its usability. The ambition of the project is to take advantage of the recent advancement in web development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and allow users with little computer or GIS skills to visualize the information from the database
Expected Student Contributions:
Under the supervision of Drs. Kong and Dossin, the intern will have opportunities to participate in different stages of this project. Particularly, this intern will be expected to contribute to two major modules of the project, including the development of time animation function and incorporation of existing historical base map services into the web interface.. This project includes an architecture design of the web development, developing geospatial enabled modules, and deploy the final project on the server. Students will have opportunities to participate in each of the modules, including system architecture development based on available information, designing optimal algorithm, and usability evaluation, as well as writing articles.
Related Website(s):
Artl@s website: Beta interface:
Desired Qualifications:
1.Experience with web interface development and relational data base. 2.Understand Javascript and php development. 3.GIS development experience is a plus.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Kong, Ningning

Student Supervisor

Ningning Kong
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Catherine Dossin
College of Liberal Arts