What is Location Intelligence?

Location intelligence refers to the mapping of the geographic relationships associated with data. Resources including GIS are used to provide individuals and organizations with information about how people are interacting with various applications and services based on their location. Smartphones and tablets are naturally driving the proliferation of this technology because of their built-in location-sensitive sensors and other features. A growing facet of location intelligence in libraries is location-based services that provide content that is dynamically customized according to the user's location. For example, hyperlocalization tailors content delivery to a geographically defined community; a person on campus would receive relevant information, such as news and services. New location intelligence technologies are applying this capability into buildings and interior spaces with remarkable accuracy. A recent compelling development for location-based services is the advent of indoor geolocation, which is providing users with very specific information tailored to their exact location within a space, allowing fine-tuned information or services to be accessed from their exact location in 3D space, so that even different floors of a building can be identified.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to academic and research libraries?

  • assisting our patrons with locating a book, a computer, a study room, bathrooms, etc. Imagine never getting lost in a library again! Although it does take away the serrendipitious moments. - dianeb dianeb Oct 23, 2016
  • agree to the first part! But libraries can also try to support the effect of serendipity. With iBeacons you can give additional information about electronic resources connected to a certain place in a library. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Nov 8, 2016
  • Building on Rudolf's comment above, the value of location and way finding technologies extends beyond locating books, study rooms, etc. to recommender services for digital resources as well as where to find expertise. It's one way for libraries to embed into the virtual and physical navigation activities of users at an individual level. - sandore sandore Nov 11, 2016

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on academic and research libraries?

  • geolocation or indoor navigation are an integral part of digital transformation in libraries where you move around in a blended digital and analog environment [[[user:frank.scholze|1478251451]** - liusq liusq Nov 12, 2016Location intelligence could help users to locate resources and space exactly and save their time.

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