Harvard WorldMap is an Open Source mapping platform developed to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information. 

WorldMap is under rapid development with the development of several major enhancements funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation currently underway. In addition, WorldMap is in the process of migrating to a much more recent version of its underlying platform GeoNode. Please accept our apologies for any difficulties you might encounter during this construction period, which will continue through September of 2016.

The WorldMap system attempts to fill a gap between desktop GIS which is generally light on collaboration, and web-based mapping solutions which generally don't support the inclusion of large datasets.

WorldMap enables researchers to:

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