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Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI 49931-1200)
Donald Lafreniere (Project Director: July 2015 to present)

Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure

The creation of the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure, a digital resource that will provide information on the history and environment of the copper mining region of Upper Michigan through a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) portal containing digitized maps and archival documents.

The Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure creates a reference resource that combines the construction of an advanced historical geographic information system with a progressive initiative for public engagement. The rich historical and cartographic archives in this important mining region in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, paired with our active heritage community, make the Copper Country an ideal place for implementing this kind of cutting-edge participatory humanities project. A group of interdisciplinary scholars and graduate students is 1) creating digital historical environments in GIS from more than 600 historic maps and 16,000 pages of related social history documents made between 1850 and 1970, 2) building a highly-immersive interactive online Citizen Historians Portal (CHP), and 3) engaging a nation-wide heritage community to help build and contribute to this advanced space-time linked digital archives through the CHP and on-site public outreach workshops.

Project fields:
Geography; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 9/30/2019