Research Project

HeiMAP: a virtual map table

The goal of heiMAP is the development of an online research platform with modular tools and services for project and data management, especially for the collaborative work with and on predominantly historical maps and geographic information in the humanities. Maps contain multiple layers of information about contemporary and pre-modern space. To make scientific use of the embedded geographic information, interdisciplinary collaborative work with high demands on internal communication, efficiency and interdisciplinary multimedia data management are required. The envisioned virtual research environment will allow researchers from the humanities to work with and on digitized (historical) maps and geographic information in a web-based Geographic Information System (WebGIS) online instead of working with desktop applications with high entry barriers and limited accessibility. The modular design of the WebGIS and compliance with international standards ensure a flexible connection to the web portal, which connects several tools and services, such as database systems for storing the metadata (with interfaces to external databases), various communication and organization tools, a central data store, a forum and various project management tools. The inter-site and secure use of all tools is guaranteed by the identity management from bwIDM. The connection to the Heidelberg research data repository heiDATA, whereby the publication of scientific data can be done (with DOI) will improve the reuse possibilities of scientific research results. heiMAP will allow new approaches to a number of urgent research questions in the humanities by using geographic information and also providing the tools to document and publish datasets and results in a sustainable way.


State of Baden-Württemberg

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg (MWK): Förderprogramm E-Science - Virtuelle Forschungsumgebungen.

Project Partner

Computing Center (URZ) Heidelberg University: Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline
Exzellence Cluster Asia & Europe in a Global Context: Dr. Armin Volkmann
Institut für Fränkisch-Pfälzische Geschichte und Landeskunde: Prof. Dr. Jörg Peltzer/ Dr. Kilian Schultes
GIScience Research Group Institute of Geography: Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf
University library Heidelberg: Dr. Veit Probst

external partner:
Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg: Prof. Dr. Robert Kretzschmar

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