The “Digital Historical Maps of Singapore and Southeast Asia” project is funded by the Ministry of Education’s Social Science Research Thematic Grant. We are developing an online platform to enhance public and scholarly access to, and understanding of, historic maps of Southeast Asia.

The platform draws on the Southeast Asia historical map collections of our partner libraries: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford; Leiden University Libraries; and the National Library of Singapore.

The platform will improve public and scholarly understanding of a wide range of digitised historic maps by offering new pathways of sense-making:

Curating– coordinating across collections and facilitating dialogue between collections

Unlocking – improving searchability of maps through enhanced metadata linked to spatial, temporal, and attribute content

Interoperability – enhancing the understanding between maps by drawing on tools of geolocation, overlay, warping, Geographic Information Science (GIS)-enabled attribute extraction

Augmenting – extending meaning of maps by linking them to other historical data sets (historic images, archival manuscripts, scholarly references)