Gent Gemapt

Deep Mapping De KrookGent Gemapt is a a participative geotemporal platform for sharing, presenting and using digital heritage collections 


In this pilot project (September 2020-2023) we link archival and heritage collections with historical maps to reconnect them with each other, with the city and the people from Ghent. The basic assumption is that all kinds of data and source types can be 'mapped' and that georeferencing and annotation are inviting methods for the public to unlock our heritage. With Gent Gemapt we put the concept of a 'deep map' into practice and aim to create a multidimensional map of the city that provides better insight into the urban landscape, for the public as well as for researchers. We will use IIIF-technology to integrate heritage collections by multiple partners and develop further Madoc technology to annotate images, archival documents and maps participativly. The enhancer of our platform is Omeka S.

In the first phase (sep 2020-aug 2021) we will provide a proof of concept for the neighborhood of De Krook, the city library. In the second phase (Sep 2021- Aug 2022) Gent Gemapt will be enrolled for the whole territory of Ghent and in the third phase (sep 2022-aug2023). In the third phase, we will rollout the participative projects and open up our platform with Linked Open Data.

As a development heritage project, Gent Gemapt is financed by the Flemish Government - Departement Cultuur Jeugd Sport en Media. Partners in the heritage project are Ghent University Library, AMSAB-ISG, Liberas, STAM Gent, Archief Gent, Huis van Alijn en Industriemuseum. GhentCDH finances the development of underlying technologies and the Urban Gazetteer.

Urban Gazetteer

In the core of Gent Gemapt, GhentCDH is working on an Urban Gazetteer of the city of Ghent. An Urban Gazetteer is a list, a collection of 'places' (streets, buildings, monuments, water) with all their temporal and spatial properties. An Urban Gazetteer is an invaluable tool for organizing information for anyone who wants to do research or who wants to 'archive' the city history. Gazetteers provide unique identifiers - in the form of URIs - enabling us to connect data coming from different digital sources, archives, and libraries more easily.