Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jewish Women’s History on Google Maps

Jewish Women on the Map

From Emma Lazarus’ poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, to Barbra Streisand’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jewish women’s history is written on the streets of North America. The Jewish Women’s Archive have today launched 'On the Map', a Google Maps mashup to highlight these landmarks, that tell the stories of Jewish women.

The map uses the Drupal content management system with the Google Maps API, to create an interactive, crowdsourced record of Jewish women’s history landmarks in America. Users can also add landmarks to the map.

With 'On the Map', the Jewish Women’s Archive hope users can plan walking tours of new cities or discover sites in their own neighborhood. On the Map will also allow researchers to locate and share important sites, help teachers plan real or virtual field trips, and empower those using it to play a role in mapping the heritage of Jewish Women.

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