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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
S. Max Edelson (Project Director: January 2012 to present)
William Ferster (Co Project Director: January 2012 to present)

MapScholar: A Web Tool for Publishing Interactive Cartographic Collections

The further development of MapScholar, an online interactive tool that allows humanities scholars and students to combine digitized maps from disparate humanities collections to generate dynamic visualizations for use in online scholarly publications.

MapScholar is an interactive visualization tool for historic map collections. It offers an open-source portal that gives individual scholars the independent means of gathering high-resolution images, analyzing them in rich geospatial contexts, and using them to illustrate new interpretations in the history of cartography and related humanities fields. It joins together data in industry-standard file formats with free and effective data-serving sites such as Flickr and Google Docs to display its on-the-fly visualizations. MapScholar enhances traditional books and articles by making it possible -- at no cost to publishers -- to mount stunning web displays of map collections assembled from libraries around the world. MapScholar’s key innovation is how it brings maps together -- regardless of the archive in which they sit -- for the purpose of generating new knowledge about human perceptions of geographic space.

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Project fields:
History, General

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$297,115 (approved)
$295,419 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 8/31/2016