How We Work

St. Petersburg / Lake Ladoga Map

The St. Petersburg / Lake Ladoga region as shown on the Geographical Atlas of the Russian Empire published in the 1820s

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With GIS we can extract provincial boundaries.

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And district boundaries as well.

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We can locate villages with churches and those without.

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Remove villages and bring in district towns.

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We can identify road networks.

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And bodies of water.

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We can let some layers of information fall away.

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Recombine others.

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And begin to see patterns.

St. Petersburg / Lake Ladoga Map
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We are creating a version of Russian history you can see as well as imagine. We want to collapse the distance between the archive and the audience. We want you to be able to interact with the stories we tell, as well as with the raw data we use to craft those stories. We want to convince you that it is the work of mapping, rather than the map itself, that matters.

What does our work involve?

We harvest information.
Design databases.
Visualize relationships.
Map distances.
Calculate densities.
Contextualize statistics.
Shape narratives.
Code solutions.
Articulate taxonomies.
Annotate images.
Assemble bibliographies.
Document processes.
Interpret patterns.
Seek anomalies.
Locate.
Talk.
Wonder.
Experiment.
Fail.
Learn.
Improve.
Build.