September 10 - 12, 2013

Zig Mapping: Building a mobile map for people with disabilities


Zig Mapping: Building a mobile map for people with disabilities


Have you ever arrived at a destination on campus, only to have to circle around to find the accessible entrance? And once you find the right entrance, would you not want to share your discovery with others? Although the campus has a long history of accessible construction, finding a fully accessible path can still be a challenge. Up to now this has largely been a process of individual trial and error.

UCLA’s OIT (Disabilities and Computing Program + GIS Research Group) proposes to build a crowd-sourced campus map that will empower people with disabilities to share and access relevant information that will aid them in getting in and around campus. The Zig Map is a spatial data bank of critical information markers - locationally tagged resources that will include not only simple tags, but also detailed descriptions about them. The project intends to provide the general public with locational data on ramps, entrances, stairs, routes and hazards. It will also allow the community to add their own markers with useful tidbits that help the disability community "zig" around campus with greater ease.


Patrick Burke, Coordinator, Disabilities and Computing Program, Office of Information Technology, UCLA
Yoh Kawano, GIS Coordinator, Office of Information Technology, UCLA
Albert Kochaphum, GIS Expert, Office of Information Technology, UCLA




Technical Level


  • Usability and Accessibility
  • Mobile Web App
  • WAI-ARIA, ADA and Section 508