Description: Maps.lds.org provides a simplified user interface for locating LDS places of worship anywhere in the world.
The Web application leverages spatial data management technologies from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and rich base map support from Google and Microsoft.
Unlike the previous Meetinghouse Locator, the new maps.lds.org provides a more visual, dynamic user experience. You can switch from road to satellite or aerial views, zoom in or out, and drag the map around.
In places where accurate street information does not exist, meetinghouse chapels can be located by placing a marker on the map to select the location rather than typing an address. With each new selection, information on the page changes without reloading.
When you search for a location, results are provided in two categories: “Closest Meetinghouses,” which shows the three meetinghouse locations physically nearest to your location. And “Assigned Congregations,” which displays a list of available congregations a person may attend for the selected location. The available congregations include language-specific worship services (such as Spanish, Portuguese, or Tongan), young single adult (YSA), student, and others.
Local leader contact information is also provided to assist those who may have additional questions about attending a worship service or about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .
Technologies Used: ESRI, Oracle, Google, Microsoft, Web Services, .NET, Java, Ajax
Status: Released Aug ‘08.
Community Involvement: Testing. You’re invited to explore the new maps.lds.org and post your feedback using the site’s feedback link provided on maps.lds.org. You can post comments or questions; note bugs, quirks, and other problems; or suggest enhancements you would like to see in upcoming versions of the product.