World Historical Gazetteer creates new historical knowledge

Ruth Mostern, director of Pitt’s World History Center, spearheads the World Historical Gazetteer digital atlas supported by CRC. The WHG is searchable by names of places and natural features covering several thousand years, with data in multiple layers from sources linking people and events associated with places. “The gazetteer is a two-way platform for scholarly communication,” explains Mostern. “It will improve people’s own research while researchers also contribute to a growing shared resource.”

At left is the skyline of modern Istanbul, Turkey, identified in the WHG by the city's many names in different languages, and associated historical events over millennia.

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