• Digital Historic Skies

    Project Director(s):
    Jodi Lacy, Pedro M.P. Raposo
    Author(s):
    Pedro M.P. Raposo
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Arts, History of science, Interdisciplinary studies
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, NEH Digital Humanities
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/M6JH21
    Abstract:
    The Adler Planetarium’s Digital Historic Skies will create an interactive mobile application that teaches the general public about art, history, and science in cultures throughout the world through the use of historic celestial maps and the current night sky. The application will incorporate citizen science data, a smartphone’s GPS, historic celestial cartography from different cultures, and current astronomical data. When users look at any region of the sky, they will easily access engaging and relevant historic, cultural, and contemporary astronomical information. The project has three major goals: 1) to develop an alpha prototype citizen science project to catalog celestial objects in Adler’s historic maps; 2) to develop a proof-of-concept prototype mobile phone application that teaches about cultures through historic celestial cartography; and 3) to draft implementation plans.
    Notes:
    Preliminary planning and development of a web-based project to crowdsource information about historical astronomical maps, as well as a mobile application that would offer both humanistic and scientific interpretation of these materials.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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