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Claremont McKenna Launches New Interactive Map

Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, has launched a new interactive map that is both optimized for mobile apps — so that it can be used by those who want to find their way around campus — and be accessed via the college's Web site as well — so that those who are not physically present can get the same kinds of information.

The online tool includes a way to take a self-guided interactive tour of the campus using the map, photos and three-dimensional renderings within the familiar Google Maps layout, allowing prospective students from anywhere in the world to get a visual picture of what their potential new campus might look like.

Users can click on a building or other campus features to read a description and see photos and videos. It includes 360-degree panorama views of prominent campus locations such as the Kravis Center, Flamson Plaza and the Emett Student Center.

At the same time, students and visitors who are walking the campus can use their mobile devices to get instant information about their locations, which are sorted by categories and can be selected or de-selected by preference. Public restrooms and emergency phones are noted as well.

The interactive map project was spearheaded by Lorraine Wang, Claremont McKenna's director of Web communications and new media, assisted by a team of students and interns. Three-dimensional models used in the interactive map were created by architect Daniel Gallagher and designer Stephan Manka.

Within the next year, a video tour feature with student guides, additional photos and panoramas of college landmarks and specialized campus tours will be added to the tool, which can be viewed at cmc.edu/map.

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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