GapVis is the visualization interface which we have developed for exploring and reading texts that reference ancient places. It includes maps and data visualizations that help you navigate through a text geospatially, see what locations are referred to at different points in the narrative, and dig into the details to learn more. The single-screen application comprises of three “views”:
The Summary view gives you a big-picture perspective on what places are referenced in the book and where they appear in the narrative structure.
The Reading view offers an interface for reading the text, including a narrative timeline and a map of recently-referenced places.
The Place Detail view provides deeper information about a particular geographic location, including a network map of related places based on narrative co-reference.
We should point out that GapVis is still a “beta” application (which is basically a Web 2.0 equivalent of a little animated man with a shovel). But we hope it’s solid enough for you to test out some of these approaches and find out more about ancient places. Have a play with it now by clicking here and experience a new way of reading!