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NEWS (MAR. 2017)

The crowd helps unlocking historical maps of the Caribbean

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has started the project Maps in the Crowd. Nearly 1,100 digitized maps of the Caribbean will be unlocked with help from visitors, students and others who are interested. The project started on the 2oth of March and will continue until May 2017. With participation of the public we hope to improve the accessibility of digital map data for teaching and research.  

A special application has been developed to help the participants connect the digitalized historical maps, through the process of georeferencing, to a modern topographical map in Google Maps. It is quite straightforward: the historical map and its modern counterpart can be connected by designating five or more corresponding control points. The georeferenced map will then be shown as an overlay in Google Maps. Everyone who is interested is welcome to join our project. More information is available on the blog Maps in the Crowd.

The Caribbean Maps
The collection of Caribbean maps consist of printed and hand-drawn maps (some of them in more sheets) and some atlases from the sixteenth to twentieth century of Central America and the Caribbean in general and the Netherlands Antilles in particular. The larger part of this collection is part of the bequest of the nineteenth century map collector Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis (1797-1872), complemented with maps from the collections of the Royal Institute for Southeast-Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).

System Maintenance - February 2nd, 2017

The SobekCM environment will be undergoing system maintenance and an upgrade to SobekCM 4.10.1 (February 2nd). This upgrade will result in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) site to be unavailable starting at 6 a.m. (EST) and will be operational again by 8 a.m. (EST).

For any issues after the upgrade is complete, please contact us at

For a full list of enhancements that will be included in this upgrade, please visit

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.

Please join us for an upcoming event featuring innovative digital work in digital/public scholarly publishing on April 11, 2017, at 11am (Miami Time). Presenters: Nathan Dize and Abby Broughton, on Colony in Crisis, (More about this webinar and upcoming webinars in the series.)

Click here to participate in the online event:

See the archived videos of the webinars: 

Haiti: An Island Luminous

The Digital Library of the Caribbean is pleased to announce the launch of Haiti An Island Luminous in French and Haitian Creole during the Haitian Studies Association’s 28th Annual Conference in Cap-Haïtien on November 10 - 12, 2016.

The online exhibit is an introduction to Haitian History and Haitian Studies that combines rare books, manuscripts, and photos scanned by archives and libraries in Haiti and the United States with commentary by over one hundred (100) authors from universities around the world.

The site was first launched in English during the Global Caribbean Exhibition V at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami) in January 2014. This year, the Haiti An Island Luminous is made available in Kreyòl and Français in order to reach readers around the globe. Check out the new trilingual site:

Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project, Launch on Oct. 26, 2016

Please join us for the launch of the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project Records Online on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM At the Barbados Museum. See full details in the event flier.

University of Florida and Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí begin strategic collaborations

dLOC Partners Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí and University of Florida have a new information sheet on planned and developing projects and programs. See the full announcement.

See all news and see the dLOC Newsletter.