Publication Date

Spring 4-19-2017


School of Business


Business: Management Information Systems


Map, Application, Interactivity


Databases and Information Systems | Management Information Systems | Software Engineering | Technology and Innovation


The use of navigational technology in mobile and web devices has sharply increased in recent years. With the capability to create interactive maps now available, navigating in real time between locations has become possible. This is especially essential in areas and organizations experiencing rapid expansion like Liberty University (LU). Therefore, the author proposes a project to create an interactive map application (IMA) for LU’s academic buildings that is scalable and usable through both the university’s website and with a mobile application. There are several considerations that must be taken into account when creating the LU map application, such as development methods, platforms, programming languages, software, userbase, and cost. The software development lifecycle is used in order to properly analyze, plan, design, and implement the LU map application. Activity, use-case, and entity-relationship diagrams are used as a basis for the implementation of the application which is created with a user-centric design and security as a priority. Despite some limitations to the LU map application, it provides a preliminary model of how an interactive building map could be used to provide students and faculty new ways to navigate a university setting.