Harvard WorldMap is an online, open source mapping platform developed to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information.  The system attempts to address the gap between desktop GIS which is generally light on collaboration, and web-based mapping systems which often don't support the inclusion of large datasets.

WorldMap -  Mapping the Russian Empire

WorldMap allows anyone to:

  •     Upload layers overlay them with thousands of other layers
  •     Create and edit maps and link map features to media content
  •     Publish data to the world or to just a few collaborators
  •     Export data to standard interoperable formats
  •     Make use of online cartographic tools for symbolizing layers
  •     Georeference paper maps online using Mapwarper.net.

New geodata discovery capabilities are being developed, and the platform is being migrating to the latest version of GeoNode.  Other organizations are building their own collaboration platforms around WorldMap, including Zhejiang University in China and Ritsumeikan University in Japan.  Many organizations use the underlying GeoNode platform including the World Bank and the U.S. State Department.

Please write us at worldmap@harvard.edu and tell us know what works and what doesn't.