Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Interactive Map Development for African American History Research"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Computer Science, GIS, web development, and historic data
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to develop a web-based map to visualize historic census data for African American history research. This will serve as a pilot study and teaching material for a potential summer institute hosted for secondary school teachers. Ten historic U.S. census data and maps are available between 1890-1980. In this project, we will link the data and maps, and create online maps to display geographic distribution patterns of population, race, education, voting, etc., and their changes over time. We will also develop data models to add additional information to these maps to reflect Purdue researchers’ interest. The final product will be a website hosted at Purdue University Libraries as a teaching resource available to the public.
Expected Student Contributions:
Under the supervision and guidance of Drs. Kong, Bynum, and Patton, specific tasks for this intern position include: 1. Database design and creation: convert existing information into a relational database. 2. Create historic maps based on census data. 3. Develop web-based map interface.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
1. Experience with web interface development and relational data base. 2. Understand Javascript development. 3. GIS experience is a plus.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Kong, Ningning

Student Supervisor

Nicole Kong
Assistant Professor of Library Science

Cooperating Faculty

Bynum, Cornelius
Patton, Venetria