In the Proof of Concept GLAMMap we create a software to visualise large collections of books and other cultural artefacts on geographical maps. A sofware that looks nice and is easy to use.

More in technical details, GLAMMap investigates scalability, societal relevance, and innovation and commercialisation potential of a rudimental visualisation tool we have developed in a previous pilot project, Mapping Philosophy.

We will integrate an automatic, user-customisable metadata harvester in a fully functional visualisation software prototype apt to large-scale data visualisation.

We call the resulting package GLAMMap.

GLAMMapís automatic harvester will replace our pilotís Mapping Philosophy's manual data-collecting method, and scrape from (meta)data repositories seven metadata sets (place of publication, author, title, year, subject classification, publisher and full-text links), three more than our pilot. The original ERC metadata set (7100 books in logic 1700-1940) will be used for benchmarking.

We want to design GLAMMap as a free, open-source, flexible, user-friendly and user-empowering, attractively designed, web-based metadata visualisation tool capable of displaying any GLAM holdings (collection of cultural heritage artefacts) in a quick, cost-cutting and insightful way.

GLAMMap will have societal, commercial and scientific applications to the benefit of consumers of culture, investors and cultural heritage institutions.

You can follow this project on Twitter: @mapGLAM.

People involved

Arianna Betti (Axiom Group, Philosophy, VU University)
Hein van den Berg (Axiom Group, Philosophy, VU University)
Bettina Speckmann (Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)
Dirk Gerrits (Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)

and with the advice and participation of

Shenghui Wang (OCLC/Worldcat)
Jenifer Gatenby (OCLC/Worldcat)

State of Affairs

This project is funded by the European Research Counsel (ERC) as the Proof of Concept of the ERC Starting Grant ĎTarskiís Revolution: A New History'.