Launch HyperCities

Getting Involved

How can I get involved?

We are looking for individuals, universities, community partners, and cultural institutions such as museums and libraries which want to contribute to the ever-growing repository of digital information related to the cultural, social, and urban history of city spaces.  New cities are constantly being added to the HyperCities platform, as content and expertise become available.  Content can include, but is not limited to, archival collections of historical photographs, historical maps and documents, oral histories, and community-generated content.

There are several ways to collaborate with HyperCities:

1. Individual media items can be either uploaded or linked directly to the HyperCities site at the relevant time/place coordinates. This is the easiest way for individual users to contribute to the HyperCities platform and curate their own objects, groups, and navigation routes.

2. Archival collections with geo- and temporally-referenced media objects can share their assets with HyperCities users by exposing their objects through our web-services.  A separate technical requirements document describes the implementation procedures.  Once the web service is activated, users will encounter media objects (identified by archive and owner) as they browse a given city and drill-down through time. This allows for a rich contextualization of media, facilitating discovery and associative learning.

3. We are interested in digitizing, geo-referencing, and tiling historical maps of cities.  As historical documents, maps are notoriously difficult to study because of their size and fragility; yet they are one of the most revealing and useful sources for understanding the history of city spaces, not least of all urban planning, neighborhood composition, and demographics.  HyperCities has streamlined the technical process to make historical maps available to the public and integrate them into the hypermedia platform.  After digitizing and geo-referencing the maps, we employ an automatic tile-generator to create map tiles at more than 15 zoom levels, with the most zoomed in levels generated on the fly.  Using an innovative interface and geo-temporal database built around the Google Maps API, data sets, 2D and 3D objects, and various media items can then be overlaid on the historical maps.  All maps and media objects are fully documented with exportable meta-data.

4. Collaborative City Partnerships and Grant Opportunities: If your institution is interested in pursuing a longer-term collaboration with HyperCities–such as a large-scale, city-based research and learning project, please tell us more about your project by filling out the Proposed Project Collaboration Form.  Our team regularly reviews and responds to all requests.