Originally designed as a software-development-project GeoTWAIN grew to become a combination of research, software-development and interdisciplinary teaching in order to maximise sustainability of the GeoTWAIN-project.
In our research cluster on transculturality many projects deal with georeferenced data. Our tool GeoTwain works on visualisation techniques for such data. It is the aim of GeoTwain to provide easy visualization of 4-D-information based on Google Earth and to grasp spatial relationships embedded in historical evidence to analyse, recombine and disaggregate geo-referenced historical data without having to use more specialized and highly complex GIS Tools. Envisioned visualization with GeoTwain allows for fast and efficient assessment of georeferencing’s analytical potential in any given case; it also allows the user to carefully weigh further investments in data enrichment in relation to expected findings. Both the development and application of GeoTwain are embedded in our broader research environment infrastructure, the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA).