About GlamMap

GlamMap is a geo-spatial visualization tool that allows users to visualize geo-referenced metadata of cultural heritage artifacts on an interactive, two-dimensional geographic map. The image on the left below, for example, shows the complete holdings of Trove, the national library of Australia. Every item is located at its place of publication and color-coded according to date of publication. Our interactive demo GlamMap Risse uses the publication records of over two centuries worth of logic books (1700-1940). See our paper and presentation at VALA 2014 for further details.

GlamMap easily extends to other types of geo-referenced humanities data. The image on the right below shows an adaptation of GlamMap for linguistic data from the Glottolog project. Please visit the interactive demo GlottoVis.

Notes & future work

In the near future we hope to enable users to upload their own data into GlamMap. If you want to use GlamMap now or are curious about an adaption to your data types, please contact us.

Caveat: GlamMap is fully tested and operational only in Chrome.


Behind GlamMap


A. Betti, T. Castermans, B. Speckmann, K. Verbeek & H. van den Berg (2016). GlamMapping Trove.
In Proceedings of VALA 2016 - Libraries, Technologies, and the Future.

A. Betti, D.H.P. Gerrits, B. Speckmann & H. van den Berg (2014). GlamMap: visualizing library metadata.
In Proceedings of VALA 2014 - Libraries, Technologies, and the Future.


T. Castermans, B. Speckmann, K. Verbeek, M.A. Westenberg, A. Betti & H. van den Berg (2016). GlamMap: Geovisualization for e-Humanities.
In Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (Vis4DH) at IEEE VIS 2016.


Arianna Betti (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam)

Bettina Speckmann (Applied Geometric Algorithms, Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)

Current Contributors

Hein van den Berg (Philosophy, VU University)

Thom Castermans (Applied Geometric Algorithms, Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)

Kevin Verbeek (Applied Geometric Algorithms, Computer Science, TU Eindhoven)

Former Contributors

Jasper Brekelmans, Chris Dekker & Dirk Gerrits


Prototyping GlamMap was possible thanks to funding from the The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen). Further development was funded by the European Research Council (ERC) as the Proof of Concept of the ERC Starting Grant Tarski’s Revolution: A New History.

Currently GlamMap is being extended as part of the project Visual Analytics for the World’s Library Data funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in partnership with OCLC. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the largest online public access catalog (OPAC) in the world.