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Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Hosted and administered by the Department of Anthropology in partnership with MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, The Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative is a platform for interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration in the domain of digital cultural heritage. In addition, the initiative strives to equip students with the methodological skills necessary to creatively apply information, communication, and computing technology to cultural heritage materials, questions, and challenges. 

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from the Cultural Heritage Informatics blog:

Mortuary Mapping Summer Expansion

June 8, 2015 | Lisa Bright Mortuary Mapping, my online site documenting the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Historic Cemetery launched in early May. This first phase of the project focused on the creation and implementation of the interactive maps of the burials using Cartodb. However, I see Mortuary Mapping as a space that will grow alongside the project research. Next month I will be traveling to California to conduct archival research. I’m hoping to ideally locate the burial records (although all attempts to locate them thus far have failed), early maps of the area, and any newspaper information related to the cemetery. This summer I plan to expand Mortuary Mapping by adding an archival section. I will not only be sharing digitized images from the archives (pending of course individual archive regulation regarding the redistribution of their material), and creating a database of the information I locate. Anthropologists are all about context, and I hope that adding some about the site will allow others to connect with the cemetery, as well as save other researchers a bit of legwork. I look forward to sharing my finds from the archives!

Current and Recent CHI Projects


The Lansing area has a long and deep history of use by Native communities in the Great Lakes. While there were only a few permanent habitations in the area, it was well known as a point of transit and a place to gather resources.

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Visualizing Southern Television

Between 1942 and 1960s, television networks spread across the United States like wildfire. “By 1954, more than 40 million sets were around."

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The Cuboriente website project is dedicated to a digital image mapping of Africa-inspired religio-cultural heritage in the eastern, Oriente region of Cuba. 

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Virtual Black Romulus Cultural Heritage Map

Digitizing and preserving African American history and heritage is an important mission in the digital age.  Providing access to K-12 and undergraduate students and educators, as well as the community at large, is the largest challenge. Read More