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Project information

Project team

Jana Moser, Christian Hanewinkel, Rogalska, Alina, Mariam GambashidzeJakob Listabarth


Leibniz Institute of European History (Mainz, Germany; Lead partner), Leibniz Institute for East an Southeast European Studies (Regensburg, Germany), University of Mainz (Germany), School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Paris, France)

Duration of project

07/2021 – 06/2024

Funded by

Leibniz Competition, Leibniz Collaborative Excellence funding programme

Further information

Dr Jana Moser
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-133

Digital Map Workshop "Altes Reich" (DigiKAR)

Reshaping and visualising historical spaces

History is often perceived territorially, partly because historical maps are often based on surfaces. The DigiKAR project uses case studies on Electoral Saxony and Electoral Mainz to develop concepts of collecting, modelling and visualising historical data. The project is dedicated to questions of fragmentation and interconnectedness of spaces and deals with mobility and networking of actors. Visualisation research focuses on concepts of the representation of plurality and the competition of spaces.

A particularly exciting task is the cartographic representation of the affiliations of people, things and ideas to diverse, sometimes competing social, legal and ruling spaces of the imperial federation at different scales and levels of detail.

The project aims to scrutinise traditional notions of space and develop alternative solutions using location-based database-supported modelling and visualisation of data. Above all, these should make uncertainties in the data and allocations clear and allow the data to be classified.

The results will be made freely available in the form of best practices and tutorials.


Gambashidze, Mariam / Moser, Jana (2022): Mapping complex history on the web: is a point-based approach a better way? Abstracts of the International Cartographic Association, 5 (2022), 30