Eric E. Poehler
- Assistant Professor
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Pompeii Bibliographic and Mapping Resource (PBMR) interweaves a bibliographic database, online GIS, and user interface to create a novel research environment for ancient Pompeii, gathering the diaspora of source material for the first time in a single, central location. Additionally, the PBMR allows users to navigate a map to find bibliographic data and to visualize that bibliographic data in the same map. Most importantly, the PBMR offers the unique ability to vacillate between spatial and bibliographic search tools, querying the data about both its thematic and spatial relationships. When complete the PBMR can serve as a model and documented example of how to leverage the underlying and implicit structure in landscapes for powerful analytical effect.