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Geographic Information System (GIS) and Digital Scholarship Research: Selected GIS Projects

Apart from geography, GIS software has been widely applied in different academic disciplines like history, archeology, cultural studies, literature studies, medicine and public health, etc.

Daoist Digital Museum


This first "Daoist Digital Museum" in the world that was established in 2015 was developed by Prof. Lai Chi-Tim of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Lai has been focusing for a long time on the study of Daoist history, temples and scriptures of Guangdong and of the development of said temples. The Digital Museum is the result of a long effort aimed at digitalising, computerising and integrating the results of his academic research on Daoism in Guangdong.

Daoist Digital Museum (2023)

Authorial London


Developed by Stanford University Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research, the project provides a map guide to different places of London city appearing in the works and biographies of 47 writers who have lived in or written about London. The project also offers the overlaying function and users can overlay historic maps of London city for comparison.  The project aims to enhance the knowledge of place in Literature Studies.​ 



Launched in 2006, SpatioEpi was initially a project by Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases in School of Public Health (now The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care) and students from the Department of Geography and Resource Management of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  The page was set up in 2007 to promote the study of public health, environmental problems and disease transmission in geographical perspectives. They have also created many maps displaying spatial data on current issues, e.g. the recent (Dec 2016) smog in China: Smog the silent killer.​

Other Examples

​​​There are other interesting GIS projects that provide visualization of the spatial aspects in their research: