The MAPA: Digital Atlas of Ukraine program, undertaken by the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University and its partners, brings the latest innovations of information technology to studies of modern Ukrainian history and contemporary political geography. We conduct our own studies and encourage scholars and students within Harvard community and beyond to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for illustrating and explaining economic, historical, political, and social transformations within Ukraine using spatial and temporal analysis.

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The Great Famine project focuses on the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33, also known as the Holodomor (“death by starvation”), and widely considered in Ukraine and beyond to be a genocide. The project is concerned with the geospatial analysis of Holodomor losses and the factors that may have influenced distribution outcomes. It uses the data provided by a group of Ukrainian and U.S. demographers.

The Revolution of Dignity project aims to contribute to a reconceptualization of regionalism in Ukraine. Mapping data on the region (oblast) level avoids arbitrary scaling into predefined macro-regions, and allows researchers to explore and explain intraregional and cross-regional differences and similarities in the changing social and political context of 2013 and 2015 Ukraine.  lenin toppled
maidan The Independent Ukraine project, undertaken in cooperation with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, deals with popular attitudes towards Ukrainian sovereignty since 1991 as measured by support or opposition to unity with Russia. The annual survey data, supplied by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (Ukraine’s leading surveying and polling agency), maps the changing popular preferences in Ukraine’s twenty-six administrative units and reveals interesting dynamics before and after the turbulent events of the Euromaidan Revolution and the subsequent undeclared war with Russia.
The Rus’ Genealogy project is part of a larger attempt to shift the perceptions of modern scholars to include Rus’ in the wider narrative of medieval Europe, and create a picture of the medieval European world that fits the evidence from the primary sources - one that stretches from the Atlantic in the west to the Dnieper River in the East. One of the chief ways to do this is by looking at the connectivity between Rus’ and the rest of Europe - and one of the most interconnected places was in the arena of dynastic marriage. family yaroslav the wise
Podillya Sutkictsi The Historic Podillya in the late Middle Ages project presents the place names (settlements, castles, hydronyms) identified up to date in the territory of historical Podillya in the Late Middle Age.

If you are using GIS in your research on Ukraine and would like to become part of MAPA GIS Network, please register your project with us. This will help us link the community of GIS scholars working on Ukraine, share findings, and organize future workshops and conferences related to GIS research.

The MAPA: Digital Atlas of Ukraine program is partially funded through support provided by the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation and the Ukrainian Studies Fund, Inc.


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