WorldMap: Researching and Creating Online Maps

Harvard University’s WorldMap is a platform developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information. This is a great tool for historical projects, as well as contemporary eco criticism, studies of urban environments and cosmopolitanism,  as well population studies. Users can track changes over time and make their own visualizations to highlight their work.

Researchers can upload, create and edit maps, share or edit view access, export raw data, use online cartographic tools, georeference, and publish work online. This is just one of many online digital humanities tools that enables a range of new methodological approaches and provides researchers with a fresh supply of data.


Mapping the Long Women’s Movement is a unique Digital Humanities project that maps and indexes oral histories relating to the “long civil rights movement.” Not only does this project seek to demonstrate the relationship between women’s rights and geography in the US, but MLWM also asserts that the movement itself is longer, broader, deeper, and more diverse than it is traditionally understood.

Explore this map to discover a range of oral histories recorded and indexed around the US, with a concentration in the American South. This inspirational project was formed by the Digital Innovation Lab at UNC, demonstrating the importance of oral history and the need for digital archiving.

Walking Ulysses is one of many online tools designed to help readers better visualize literary works by using maps. Developed by Boston College, Walking Ulysses lets you follow maps around historic Dublin, tracking characters and events from James Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses. You can read overviews, toggle between historic and contemporary views, and precisely measure the distances characters travel.

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