HistoryForge is a project of The History Center in Tompkins County, New York. It’s being developed at these early stages by a team consisting of David Furber, systems analyst and web developer from GORGES; Bob Kibbee, the former Map and Geospatial Librarian at Cornell University; and Kristin Yarnell, data analyst. Bob and David are both History Center trustees. Valuable input has also been provided by Christine O’Malley from Historic Ithaca. Lynn Thommen and Nina Piccolo, both also trustees of the Center, have provided invaluable grant-writing support.
David has built the software for building descriptions and census records while Bob and Kristin make sure the buckets are filled with data. Development and refinement continues as time and resources allow as we work toward development of a full-featured open-sourced prototype. Building information and records for the people of Ithaca in 1910 are added by a corps of volunteers.
HistoryForge is open source and is being designed so that it could be adapted by any community with historical maps and untapped information resources.
Development of History Forge to this point has been made possible by a generous contribution by Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, Robert B. Baxter, CEO and General Manager, with additional support by the Triad Foundation, Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission, and the trustees of The History Center in Tompkins County. Does your business have a sense of place and an interest in history? Please consider sponsoring HistoryForge. Use the contact form if you’re interested.
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HistoryForge is open source and is being designed so that it could be adapted by any community with historical maps and untapped information resources. The source code is available on GitHub: dfurber/historyforge.
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