Research Projects

imagineRio: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of Rio de Janeiro's Social and Urban Evolution

imagineRio is a searchable atlas that illustrates the social and urban evolution of Rio de Janeiro over its entire history, as it has existed and as it has been imagined. Views of the city created by artists, maps by cartographers, ground floor plans by architects, and urban plans by city leaders all drawn from iconographic, cartographic, and architectural archives around the world—are located in both time and space while their associated visual and spatial data are integrated across multiple databases and servers.

levantCarta/Beirut: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of Coexistence

An online mapping platform that illustrates the urban evolution of Beirut, over its entire history as well as across its social, cultural, and religious diversity. Primary sources, such as views of the city, historical maps, archeological surveys, and architectural projects are located in time and space while their associated visual and geographic data are integrated across multiple databases (including an open-access digital library of images, a geographic information system, an open source relational database, and a content delivery web service).

instituteRice: A Temporal and Illustrated Map of the Rice University Campus

The goal of instituteRice is to create an online mapping platform that illustrates the evolution of the Rice University campus, as it existed as well as it has since been imagined. Primary sources from the Woodson Research Center, such as photographs, historical maps, and campus plans, will be located temporally and spatially while their associated visual and geographic data will be integrated across a number of databases (including an open-access digital library of images, a geographic information system, an open source relational database, and a content delivery web service).

traveLog: Mapping Historical Itinerancies

A collaborative digital platform for mapping historical itinerancies. This interactive tool allows scholars to represent large amounts of data on georeferenced historical maps, visualizing travel within contemporaneous representations of cartographic space. The platform also builds relational databases that integrate digital libraries of images and geographic information, synthesizing historical context and metadata for diachronic performative peripateticism. As a new visual and geospatial media technology, traveLog helps researchers gain temporal, kinetic, aural, and aesthetic knowledge of places and travelers as they once existed and as they were once imagined.