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President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Kelly O'Neill (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Imperiia: An Information Ecosystem for Russian History

The further development of a map-based platform and enhanced set of tools to better integrate spatial history and Russian studies, allowing scholars to make connections between disparate sources and identify new research questions and areas of study.

We are applying for a Level II Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support a 12-month project from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. This funding will support the first attempt to not only apply the tools and methods of spatial history to the Russian past but to build an open framework for collaborative historical GIS work in the field of Russian studies. The information ecosystem we are building is intended to uncover and forge meaningful connections among historical sources, both quantitative and qualitative, that have not been studied together before. Our goal for the grant period is to shift from our current focus on database design and data development to three methodological challenges: 1) machine-based extraction of spatial data from texts and maps, 2) definition of a flexible, extensible ontology that will connect all project elements, and 3) innovation of a map-centric digital platform for visualizing, analyzing, and interpreting Russia’s spatial history.

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Project fields:
Russian History

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$99,783 (approved)
$99,783 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 6/30/2022