Medieval Mediterranean

Research Tools & Sources

Excel Database

Method For Creating this Map & More

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The Mapped data of "Medieval Mediterranean" was created using MIT's open source program "Exhibit." This program allows you to take data and create a "dynamic exhibit" (in our case plot the data on a map). That data (including latitude and longitude) was first organized in an Excel spreadsheet, then (using MIT's open source "Babel") transformed into a JSON file (JavaScript Object Notation) displayable using Exhibit.

The map can expanded by adding to the present Excel Spreadsheet (request the Excel Spreadsheet)


"Exhibit enables you to create html pages with dynamic exhibits of data collections without resorting to complex database and server-side technologies. The collections can be searched and browsed using faceted browsing. Assorted views are provided including Timelines, tiles, maps, and more."


Latitude/ Longitude Tool:

MIT program to convert Excel Database into Exhibit JSON file:

Seem too complicated?
An earlier form of these sites was created using Google Maps/ Earth. These were limited by the inability to search the data and, thus, to compare data points. Google Maps however is fairly intuitive for most students.

Dante's Florence at Google
Ibn Jubayr at Google
Egeria's Jerusalem at Google
Twelfth-Century Rome at Google

Thanks to Faculty Lab at Drew University and especially Gamin Bartle, Sarah Ashley and John Saul for investigating, mastering, and teaching these tools.