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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.

Humap also works with individual researchers to create interactive maps and guest blogs. We currently have two published academic guest blogs:

  • PhD candidate Idroma Montgomery’s blog on Black and Queer culture in interwar London and New York.
  • Dr Samantha Brummage’s blog on Uxbridge’s prehistoric landscape.

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 and involve the local community in place-making on an entirely new scale.

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. This project unites local knowledge and the archival content of several

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 ran 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.

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 11,632 records and 383 collections. 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.

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]

“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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