June 24, 2021

New Reference Resource From U. of Texas at Austin: “Digital World Map Broadens Scope for Middle Ages Teaching and Research”

From the University of Texas at Austin:

Online users can now travel back in time to the medieval world by clicking through a collection of international research on the first digital platform of its kind from The University of Texas at Austin.

The Web portal known as “MappaMundi” — a Latin word meaning “world map” — presents the world of 500-1500 A.D. on a modern platform created by UT Libraries. It opens a gateway to the digital resources collected through the Global Middle Ages Project, founded in 2007 by Geraldine Heng, an associate professor of English and comparative literature at UT Austin; and Susan Noakes, a French and Italian professor at the University of Minnesota.

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The portal features six digital projects, with more being developed during the next year, including “Global Ivory,” a collection of descriptions and histories of 12 ivory objects from around the world; and “Mapping the Mongol World: Cities.”

This growing collection allows scholars and teachers to study and analyze data, creating their own kaleidoscopic understanding of the world in deep time.

“Curated Web resources like MappaMundi will become increasingly important to teaching and research because of their range, diversity and depth,” Heng said. “It’s fully multidisciplinary and serves academic communities in several disciplines, as well as the public.”

The Technology Innovation and Strategy team at UT Libraries built the site in nine months, after the Global Middle Ages Project partnered with the UT Libraries to secure a two-year Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship for Data Curation in Medieval Studies, a role filled by Ece Turnator, a scholar in Byzantine history.

Direct to MappaMundi

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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