Atlas Viewer is a way to explore the Harvard Library’s geographic materials spatially, rather than page by page. Previously, the only way to peruse a digitized atlas was one page at a time, in order, but Atlas Viewer provides the capability to explore atlases geographically. It sets atlas images in their proper geographic location on top of a base map similar to Google maps by using geo-referencing information to place the image in the proper orientation and scale relative to the base map. Atlas Viewer is currently limited by performance problems associated with the current generation of technologies.

Project Team: 

Bonnie Burns
Librarian for Geographic Information Systems
Lamont Library

Justin Clark
Web Applications Developer
Berkman Center for Internet & Society