Funded Research

The WHC has successfully raised external funding for a number of world-historical research initiatives.  


The World-Historical Gazetteer

This is a project to create content, standards and digital infrastructure for a World-Historical Gazetteer (WHG). It has two parts. The first is a spatially and temporally comprehensive index of significant world-historical place names (the Spine). The second is a linked data ecosystem, standards, and user tools to support collaborative digital and data-driven historical scholarship at the global scale (the Ecosystem). 

The CHIA Project

The Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA, formed 2011) links academic and research institutions in North America and Europe—with ties to institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. CHIA was funded from 2013-2015 through a research grant from the National Science Foundation  (NSF).  Participants in this grant included the WHC, the School of Information Science (now SCI), Harvard University, Boston University, Michigan State University, and the University of California at Merced.  


World-Historical Dataverse serves as the public archive of the CHIA project. Datasets available here were submitted by contributors, retrieved by CHIA staff, or created by linkage of existing datasets. They have been documented systematically according to the CHIA Level 1 standard of documentation. The datasets are curated and preserved permanently according to the practices of Harvard Dataverse.

Mellon History of Science

In 2009, the World History Center partnered with with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the University of Pittsburgh Press in a publishing initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The initiative looked to articulate the study of science (and technology) within world history and to identify global perspectives in the history of science.  Read more.