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HK-50091-13

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Peter Bol (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)
Suzanne Blier (Co Project Director: 07/01/2013 to present)

Extending WorldMap to Make It Easier for Humanists and Others to Find, Use, and Publish Geospatial Information

Continuing development of the WorldMap platform, a system that allows scholars, teachers, and students to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information.

WorldMap is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University as an open source and open access online platform for visualizing and sharing spatial data. It has attracted considerable use since released in July of 2011. We propose making improvements to WorldMap which will transform it from mapping portal to geospatial node on the web. We will develop a new data catalog to expose WorldMap contents for interactive use in systems outside WorldMap. We will gather map metadata from map servers around the world to add to this catalog, eventually maintaining a complete index of map services. To improve search in a metadata-weak map services environment we will add the capability to search by time; develop a mechanism for exposing feature level text to layer search; and use rankings, usage statistics and internal links to weight search results. We will also enable users to create temporal gazetteers and contribute them to a common crowd-sourced gazetteer.

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Project fields:
Geography

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$320,888 (approved)
$320,888 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2016