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!
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This is awesome! I’m trying to do something quite similar with the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles as part of my dissertation. Is the GapVis interface available to other scholars or data sets?
Thanks Rebecca 🙂 We’re currently working on a more generic solution called the Geographic Annotation Parser although it’s not available yet and may not be in time for your dissertation. If you contact us directly however, Nick might have some ideas about how you can use TimeMap.js to do something similar.
Thanks! Will do. And congratulations on an awesome project 🙂
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