The OAT is working on creating a site for publishing information about labs, see:
We programmatically created posts for each lab with basic information using the CSV Importer plugin. We used categories and tags to organize the lab information. Crystal Barton updated the Translucence theme to use custom categories and tag labels from the custom tag and category base name specified in the site settings (see: Custom Categories and Tags Labels). This enabled us to rename “categories” to “specifications” and “tags” to “software.”
Each lab post was categorized according to building, department, operating system and number of seats. Each lab post was tagged with a list of all the software available on its each of its workstations.
Steve Crull, our computer systems coordinator then embedded to each post a lab map generated with LabStats. Aaron Forsyth suggested we only show an excerpt of lab posts so it would be easier to see a list of labs available in a given building or department or labs can had certain software installed. We’re still working on refining this excerpt view to provide the most relevant information.
Adrian Jelley has taken panoramic photos of many of our labs. To learn how he did this, see his blog post “How to create panoramic photos using Adobe Photoshop.”
We’re also working on adding descriptions of each specification (i.e. category) and each software (i.e. tag). So on the page that lists of labs in a given building, the building “description” specifies the department in that building and includes a link to a Google Map of its location, see:
The site is still a work in progress, but we think it will be a great resources for faculty and students.