Virtual map table for collaborative research with maps and geodata

The goal of this project was the creation of a virtual map table for collaborative research on primarily historical maps and geodata (WebGIS). This virtual map table was integrated into a web portal with modular tools and services for project, quality and data management. This digital working environment and the ability to work on historical maps in situ offer solutions to a number of pressing problems facing contemporary spatial research in the humanities:

  • orientation in pre-modern spaces through the development of historical maps
  • active and source-oriented research on maps as opposed to with maps
  • collaborative work online rather than on desktop applications with very high access barriers
  • accessibility through concentration on core functions and target-group-oriented documentation
  • integration with services at the University Library
  • rights management and evidence of provenance
  • standard conformity of the compiled geodata through assisted data modeling
  • long-term storage
  • propagation and re-importation of datasets under new queries.

Status and duration

The project ran from April 2016 to December 2018 and is therefore complete.

Project partners

  • Research groups from the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context“
  • Institute of Frankish-Palatine History and Regional Studies
  • Chair of Geoinformatics
  • University course “Interdisziplinärer Arbeitskreis Historical GIS - the HGIS-Club
  • Heidelberg University Library
  • University Computing Centre (URZ) (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline)
  • The State Archives of Baden-Württemberg (External partner)


This project was funded by the Ministry for Sciences, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg (MWK) (Förderprogramm E-Science - Virtuelle Forschungsumgebungen).