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How can geospatial storytelling revolutionise academic research?

The Universities of Liverpool, Coventry, and London are using Humap to create crowdsourced, collaborative interactive maps for academic research.

Interested in using Humap for a grant-funded project? Our Bid Kit has all of the information you’ll need for a great application.

Collaborate across sectors and disciplines

Facilitating relationships across disciplines, borders, and demographics is critical to academic research.

Our clients use Humap to bring together collections from partner institutions, forge relationships with the local community, gather data…to name just a few uses!

Layers of London, a £1.3M project from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), is partnered with several notable London institutions and thousands of voluntary contributors. Layers of London’s partners include:

Thought leadership

The overwhelmingly positive reception of such projects as Layers of London and Coventry Atlas demonstrates the interest the public have in heritage and place-making.

The Layers’ team have run webinars, school sessions, teacher CPD sessions, and sparked national interest in crowdsourced heritage. They won the Birkbeck Public Engagement award in the Collaboration category in 2020 and are often consulted on similar projects.

Using the map as a jumping off point, the Layers project team have:

  • Created 5 internships and 52 work experience placements for students, with projects including mapping blue plaques of Black Londoners and mapping Black Queer arts.
  • Ran 64 workshops (with the London Metropolitan Archives).
  • Delivered a webinar programme during the first Covid-19 lockdown consisting of 20 talks.
  • Delivered 24 school outreach sessions and 20 CPD sessions.
  • Reached 11 primary, 8 secondary, and 5 other schools.
  • Been contacted by 19 boroughs of London re: digitisation best practice and sharing their collections via the platform.
Image from Coventry Atlas.
"Coventry Atlas is used by teachers, historians and local people looking to get out and know their city: we’re therefore helping with placemaking in the city, giving people a feel for where they are from and an opportunity to reframe local history their way."
Dr. Ben Kyneswood Director of Coventry Digital (University of Coventry)

Crowdsource data

Humap’s user-generated content feature is perfect for crowdsourcing in-depth, local knowledge and gathering qualitative and quantitative data.

At time of writing, Layers of London holds 12,000+ records, 423 collections, 16 trails, and 64 overlays. The majority of these was uploaded by members of the public interested in leaving their own mark on the interactive map.

Whether you’re gathering oral histories, preserving at-risk heritage, distributing surveys or building connections with local communities, Humap’s user-generated content feature is the right tool for the job.

Image from Layers of London.
Layers of London “provides the infrastructure and platform for people to present the stories of their own heritage that have gone unrecorded - these are shown alongside academic research and historical artefacts.”
Layers of London: Mapping the Journey Evaluation Report

Individual researchers

Humap is passionate about supporting researchers at any career stage.

There are currently two individual researchers using Humap to create interactive maps for academic research. You can read Dr Samantha Brummage’s blog on prehistoric Uxbridge here and Idroma Montgomery’s blog on interwar queer culture in London and New York here.

Interested? Get in touch with [email protected].

Image from Idroma Montgomery’s Humap.
“The Humap team have been fantastic and incredibly supportive, making the learning process simple and painless.”
- Idroma Montgomery PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London

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