Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Visualizing the Past: Mapping tools for the social scholarly web"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
visualization, computer graphics, programming, web design, GIS, history, archeology
Project Description:
The project proposes a new web based method of delivering historical information. Students will work on improving the site, and on adding textual, video, image or spatial (kml) content to a website, Visible Past, dedicated to visualizing historical information. The site also uses location aware tools and an Iphone app. Location aware applications filter and deliver to the user information that is relevant for a specific geographic virtual location or social situation. The project is designed to extend and to validate a theoretical framework for humanities research and learning. It also aims to establish a set of methodological tools for virtual reality research and learning that can be extended to other environments and locations.
Expected Student Contributions:
Students will work on improving the site functionality and on creating content for the site. This involves collecting and writing up information about the Roman World and about World War 2 sites. Content will be collected from scholarly databases and translated into articles for Visible Past. Students will work with dr. Matei and dr. Rauh on these tasks. Image and videos will also also be identified online and added to the site. Good writing and basic HTML skills are preferred.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
Sophomore, juniors and seniors from all majors can work for this project. Students with good computer skills intermediate to advanced programming (especially AJAX and php) or GIS 3D modelling are particularly suitable for this position.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Matei, Sorin A.

Student Supervisor

Sorin Matei
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Nick Rauh