Atlascine is an open-source, online mapping platform dedicated to bringing stories and maps closer together. This tool combines multimedia storytelling with digital mapping technologies to enable researchers to create, interact with and study spatial relationships within and between stories.
The main aim of Atlascine 4 is to streamline the process of transforming audiovisual material into a digital map and to enable a direct interface between audiovisual material, text and the map. With the latest version of the platform, researchers in many disciplines can use the map not only as a way to visually synthesize large volumes of annotated stories and to identify new patterns and structures in these stories, but also to use the map to navigate within the stories themselves and find specific events that link stories and places.
Atlascine 4 was designed in close collaboration with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Center (GCRC) at Carleton University (Ottawa). The tool builds off of its previous versions by streamlining the process of transforming digital text (e.g. transcript of audiovisual material) to a digital map and to enable full interaction between these texts, the audio/video files from which they are derived, and their maps.