The main aim of Atlascine is to streamline the process of transforming audiovisual material into a digital map and to enable a direct interface between audiovisual material, text and the map. With the latest version of the platform, researchers in many disciplines can use the map not only as a way to visually synthesize large volumes of annotated stories and to identify new patterns and structures in these stories, but also to navigate within the stories themselves and find specific events that link stories and places.

Atlascine’s development has been driven by three main principles: (1) the map should not replace the story but accompany it; (2) the mapping process should be as transparent as possible; and (3) the map and the story are to be made fully interconnected in order to expand our ability to navigate within and between stories, their maps and their places. To read more on the history of Atlascine, please visit our History page.


The Atlascine project is led by Sébastien Caquard in close collaboration with Emory Shaw at the Geomedia Lab of Concordia University.

The software development for Atlascine was carried out at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Center (GCRC) of Carleton University by Jean-Pierre-Fiset, Decheng Zheng, Robert Oikle, and especially Alex Gao, under the supervision of Amos Hayes, Peter Pulsifer, and D.R. Fraser Taylor, using the open-source Nunaliit software. Thanks also to Tanvir Islam, Jazmin Romero, Ryan Taylor, and Andrew Schoenrock from Research Computing Services (Carleton University). This project also benefited from the research work conducted by Sabine Bergler, Nadia Bilal, Nadia Sheikh, Catherine Dominguès, and Rodolphe Gonzalès.

Thanks to all those who shared their stories and agreed to make them public, not only providing content but also giving meaning to the Atlascine project.

Thanks to all those who contributed to developing atlases with Atlascine and advancing the project: Daniel Naud, Stefanie Dimitrovas, Emory Shaw, José Alavez, Sepideh Shahamati, Léa Denieul, Jessica Babikian, Marianne Vergez Couret, Cynthia Hammond, Vanessa Sicotte, Lea Kabiljo, Tom McGurk, Élise Olmedo, Mengqian Yang, Paul Moore, Piyusha Chatterjee, Marie Lavorel, Sarah Bengle...

Thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and CANARIE for their financial support. Atlascine is graciously hosted on the servers of Concordia University - Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS).


For more information about Atlascine or to inquire about collaborations, please contact Sébastien Caquard at

For technical inquiries, please contact Emory Shaw at

To propose an enhancement or to report a bug, please open an issue on our GitHub repository.