An interactive geo-spatial visualization tool for GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) and other geo-referenced humanities data ...

GlamMap is a geo-spatial visualization tool that allows users to visualize geo-referenced metadata of cultural heritage artifacts on an interactive, two-dimensional geographic map. The image on the left below, for example, shows the complete holdings of Trove, the national library of Australia. Every item is located at its place of publication and color-coded according to date of publication. Our interactive demo GlamMap Risse uses the publication records of over two centuries worth of logic books (1700-1940). See our paper and presentation at VALA 2014 for further details.

GlamMap easily extends to other types of geo-referenced humanities data. The image on the right below shows an adaptation of GlamMap for linguistic data from the Glottolog project. Please visit the interactive demo GlottoVis.

Caveat: GlamMap is fully tested and operational only in Chrome.

In the near future we hope to enable users to upload their own data into GlamMap. If you want use GlamMap now or are curious about an adaption to your data types, please contact us.

GlamMap: visualizing Trove data
GlottoVis: languages from the Glottolog project


A. Betti, D.H.P. Gerrits, B. Speckmann & H. van den Berg (2014). GlamMap: visualizing library metadata. In Proceedings of VALA 2014 - Libraries, Technologies, and the Future.


Arianna Betti (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam)
Bettina Speckmann (Applied Geometric Algorithms, Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)

Current Contributors

Hein van den Berg (Philosophy, VU University)
Thom Castermans (Applied Geometric Algorithms, Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)
Kevin Verbeek (Applied Geometric Algorithms, Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)

Former Contributors

Jasper Brekelmans, Chris Dekker & Dirk Gerrits


Prototyping GlamMap was possible thanks to funding from the The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen). Further development was funded by the European Research Counsel (ERC) as the Proof of Concept of the ERC Starting Grant ‘Tarski’s Revolution: A New History'. Currently GlamMap is being extended as part of the project 'Visual Analytics for the World’s Library Data' funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).