Last Saturday, the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies and the WMU Libraries announced the gazetteer project to the attendees at the annual Cistercian Studies Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 11, 2013. (A link to the powerpoint and data dictionary are posted at http://libguides.wmich.edu/speccoll under the Cistercian Studies tab). We were delighted at the response from the community of scholars and look forward to working with interested parties as we move forward on this effort. If you are interested in supporting this effort, a letter describing the help that this would be to your teaching and research, particularly in view of the history of Cistercian studies at WMU, would be appreciated.
We currently have two students, Jan Volek (Czech and German) and Peter Dobek (Polish and Spanish), who are working on data development. We are also fleshing out the publications which will be digitized as a part of this effort and the features of the map and linking data. It’s a very exciting time for the project and we’ll be posting further updates soon.