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This tutorial shows how to use the Strand Map Service and NSDL Search Service to build a custom map browser to display specific maps and display relevant NSDL resources in the Information Bubble for the benchmarks. The tutorial builds off of knowledge from the Basic Tutorial and covers more advanced topics such as creating a custom strand selector to provide access to a subset of maps. Since the advanced tutorial will involve modifying the user interface created for the Basic Tutorial. You can download the files for the basic tutorial and start from there. |
Scenario/Goal: Create an advanced Strand Maps user interface with a custom strand selector that shows only high school level earth science resources from the DLESE and Harvard-Smithsonian Digital Video Collections. View a Demo
To proceed with this tutorial, you will need:
Although not required, it is useful to have the following:
To create a custom strand selector we need to know the Strandmap Service IDs, which are referred to in this tutorial as SMS IDs, for the maps or part of maps that we intend to display. To acquire a map ID, navigate to the specific map in the NSDL Science Literacy Maps and copy the ID from the browser's address bar. For example, the Plate Tectonics map, located at http://strandmaps.nsdl.org/?id=SMS-MAP-0049 would have the ID SMS-MAP-0049.
By using the Science Literacy maps user interface and navigating the astronomy related maps, we know that the map IDs that we want are
The Strandmap Service API provides the ability to limit the maps displayed to any level within the maps. It is possible to only show specific strands or specific grade bands of maps. To determine these sub IDs, you'll need to use the JSON explorer and traverse the JSON returned.
Since we only want to provide access to the high school level (grades 9-12) of the astronomy maps, we'll need to use the JSON explorer to determine which IDs correspond to these subsections of the astronomy maps. The strand maps data model is based on a hierarchy that shows the relationships between benchmarks, the relationship between a benchmark to a grade band and strand, the relationship between a strand or grade level to a map, and so on. Therefore, to determine which ID for a grade band to use, we'll need to start with a benchmark that is within that grade band for a particular map.
For example, to determine the ID of the grades 9-12 grade band in the Plate Tectonics map:
To make traversal easier, the strand and grade levels are listed above the gray JSON code area. Grade levels IDs are expressed by SMS-GRD and strand IDs are expressed by SMS-STD. For our example, only one grade level is listed so we can use the ID returned in our strand selector (SMS-GRD-0047). Some benchmarks may belong to multiple strands or grades, especially if the benchmark is found in multiple maps. In this case, you should click the explore link next to the possible IDs to verify that the grade band ID belongs to the appropriate map.
Repeat this process to get the 9-12 grade band ID for the Use of Earth's Resources map (SMS-GRD-2063).
Starting with the files for the basic tutorial we will create a custom strand selector.
The <strandSelector> div tag is used to automatically populate the user interface with the default strand selector. Since we are replacing the default strand selector with a custom selector, remove that div tag entirely and replace with the following selector code.
This snippet generates a new selector widget that sets the ID parameter on the page when submitted. The ID parameter is used by the Strandmap Service to pull up a particular map.
To display resources, we need to create a tab for them in the InfoBubble. The InfoBubble is a singleton object that controls the content, appearance, features and behaviors associated with the information bubble widget that appears in the maps. It allows you to add or remove tabs, register actions that are performed when the bubble is opened and closed, and access data associated with the bubble. The methods available for the infoBubble object are explained in the API documentation.
The Strand Map Service provides two resource tabs that automatically perform searches over the NSDL collections. The Aligned Tab only returns resources that have been explicitly aligned to the current benchmark. The Related Tab returns resources that contain similar keywords as the current benchmark as defined by the service.
Within the setUpStrandMap function, which was described in Step 4.a. of the basic tutorial, add the following code snippet to include a tab for aligned resources.
If you want a tab for related resources, include the following code snippet after the aligned resources tab
The tabs are displayed in the order they are added, so add this snippet before adding the NSES Standards tab if you want the resources to appear first. As a reminder, the setUpStrandMap function is a user-defined callback function that is used to provide additional instructions to your interface.
This will limit the Aligned Resources tab to only the DLESE and Harvard-Smithsonian Digital Video collections. If you want to limit the Related Resources tab, use the following snippet.
By default, both tabs will search over the entire NSDL repository if no collection IDs are provided. Note: Not all benchmarks have aligned or related resources. If no resources are found, a message indicating so will appear in the tab's content.
To find the collection IDs, go to the NSDL.org Search User Interface and search over a keyword of your choosing. Collections that provide metadata for each resource are listed on the right side of the page. Hover your mouse pointer over the collection you want to choose and click the About this Collection link. On the next page, look at the browser URL and copy the value for the collection ID, which is the value provided after the '/collection/' directory. For example if the collection URL is http://nsdl.org/search/collection/843818/, then the value you should include in your collections array is 843818. The collection ID value should be added to your array to only search over resources in that collection. You can include any number of collections to your array.