Giovanni d'Andrea - Mapping Law in Medieval Spain
Using metadata to chart and map the location of manuscripts in Spain
The Giovanni d'Andrea Mapping Law in Medieval Spain project was created as a pilot project to demonstrate the use of the vHMML Data Portal for creating digital humanities projects based on metadata found in vHMML Reading Room.
The records included in this project derive from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library microfilm project completed in Spain during the 1970s. It does not pretend to be an exhaustive list of Giovanni d'Andrea's manuscripts in Spain, but rather an example of using basic Geocharting to visualize the location of and size of current collections.
Due to advances in metadata harvesting, Dr. Daniel K. Gullo used JSON exported from vHMML Data Portal to create two visualization of the Giovanni d'Andrea's manuscripts: a catalog to provide easy access to vHMML Reading Room and a map to view location of these manuscripts in their current libraries.
The data used to create the map was harvested and converted using the same procedures. However, unlike the manuscript catalog database, data for longitude and latitude had to be manually entered in order to Geochart the collection using the JAVA script tool in Awesome Table. This data also required the use of an array to properly select a color code for each library, which too involved manual input of the code.
With the data prepared for Awesome Table, the file was exported from Google Sheets as a .CSV and imported into Datawrapper.de. This with Datawrapper some custom addition of html style codes was added within the application to stylize the format.