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Map Digitization Project

Menendez presentation at the Tennessee Geographic Information Council annual conference

Gabriela presented on her project in April 2015 at the Tennessee Geographic Information Council annual conference at Montgomery Bell State Park. She won the TNGIC award for the Best Student Map.

Exhibit: The Robert A. McGaw Tennessee Map Collection
Fellowship: Project Proposal

About the Project

The Map Digitization project entailed digitizing and georeferencing the Robert McGaw Map Collection, and any other maps with similar content. The goal of the project was to look at the many different ways in which the perceptions of Tennessee have changed since 1790. In particular, the focus was on the historical, environmental and cartographic changes seen with the Cumberland River. The results of the project were used in a digital exhibit for the library. The Fellow digitized a set of maps, brought them into a geographic information system to georeference (make them “map-able”), and stored them in the university repository. This project served to augment paper map services currently offered in the library as well as provide subject matter for the digital exhibit in the library.

Gabriela Oré Menéndez

About the Fellow

Gabriela Oré Menéndez is a Peruvian archaeologist with interests in pre-Hispanic imperialism in the Andean region, with a focus on provincial relations in the Inka Empire. She graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), where she earned her B.A. in Archaeology (2007) and her Masters degree in Archaeology with a mention in Andean Studies (2012). Oré taught Archaeological Survey for four years at the same university. More recently she has studied ceramic production using archaeometric methods and has been particularly interested in the development of production and exchange networks in the Inka Empire. She also has an ongoing interest in the development and application of new spatial technologies for archaeological research. Ms. Oré is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University.