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Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Steven Arlyn Wernke (Project Director: September 2014 to present)
Jeremy Mumford (Co Project Director: March 2015 to present)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
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$59,498 (approved)
$59,498 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2017

Deep Mapping the Reducción: Building a Platform for Spatial Humanities Collaboration on the General Resettlement of Indians

Prototyping of two resources to enable geospatial scholarship on the Andean region of South America. In particular, the project would shed light on the history of indigenous communities living within the 16th-century colonial Reducción system.

Researchers of antiquity around the world share common fundamental problems of fragmentary and patchy information. Scaling up spatially is especially difficult, as diverse researchers must piece together localized understandings of past social processes. In the Andean region of South America, where no alphabetic textual record exists prior to 1532, understanding the social transformations brought by Spanish invasion is especially challenging. But emerging spatial humanities tools can mitigate such impediments to reconstructing Andean settlement history. This project will adapt and extend such technologies through the development of two integrated, open source tools: 1) LOGAR (Linked Open Gazetteer of the Andean Region), a crowd sourced, edited online gazetteer, and 2) GeoPACHA (Geospatial Platform for Andean Colonial History and Archaeology), a geospatial database and browser-based interface for producing thematic and analytical maps. Together, these tools will enable production of the