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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (Chicago, IL 60605-2403)
Jodi Lacy (Project Director: September 2013 to October 2015)
Pedro M.P. Raposo (Project Director: October 2015 to present)

Digital Historic Skies

Preliminary planning and development of a web-based project to crowdsource information about historical astronomical maps, as well as a mobile application that would offer both humanistic and scientific interpretation of these materials.

The Adler Planetarium’s Digital Historic Skies will create an interactive mobile application that teaches the general public about art, history, and science in cultures throughout the world through the use of historic celestial maps and the current night sky. The application will incorporate citizen science data, a smartphone’s GPS, historic celestial cartography from different cultures, and current astronomical data. When users look at any region of the sky, they will easily access engaging and relevant historic, cultural, and contemporary astronomical information. The project has three major goals: 1) to develop an alpha prototype citizen science project to catalog celestial objects in Adler’s historic maps; 2) to develop a proof-of-concept prototype mobile phone application that teaches about cultures through historic celestial cartography; and 3) to draft implementation plans.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; History of Science; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016