Sunday, September 8, 2013

Istanbul for Academics

Today's map, from Emily Neumeier, is sort of a companion to our earlier Istanbul Food Map, with lots more information for academics visiting or working in Istanbul this coming semester. Emily explains more down below:

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"Now that the academic year is almost upon us, I wanted to highlight a mapping project of contemporary Istanbul for Ottoman historians, by Ottoman historians. The Google map "Istanbul for Academics" was specifically designed for scholars (whether they be grad students, professors, or independent academics) who are coming to work in Istanbul for the first time. Rather than focus on historical sites, this resource has information about all of the relevant research institutes, libraries, museums, as well as places to shop, have a coffee, etc. The result of a collective effort of contributions, primarily from graduate students residing in Istanbul, this initiative was inspired by a similar resource created by the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

The advantage of Google is that this map can be edited or amended by anyone who has access to the internet, so the content is constantly being updated as sites move, close, or open. Hopefully this site can be a resource to newcomers to Istanbul, so please pass it along to any of your colleagues or students who might get some use out of it. Also, it would be great if those of you who have a lot of experience in the city would be willing to contribute to the map by adding your own favorite places.

The map can be accessed with this link: Basic instructions on how to contribute can be found on the site."