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eWilliamsburg and Beyond: Managing Historical and Spatial Data for an 18th-century Town

Lisa Fischer
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Author Bio
Lisa Fischer is head of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Digital History Center (DHC). Part of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, the DHC engages in the application of innovative technologies to study Virginia’s eighteenth-century capital and supports digital initiatives within the Foundation's Research Division. She is currently the Project Director for eWilliamsburg, which involves the development of tools employing Geographic Information Systems for studying the historic town. The initial phase of the project, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, resulted in an interactive map providing access to the Foundation’s large collection of archaeological, architectural, and historical research reports (to visit the online version, go to http://research.history.org/ewilliamsburg/). The ongoing phase of this project, which is also being supported by the NEH, will result in a GIS-based resource for studying the development of Williamsburg across the eighteenth century.

Lisa received her M.A. in Anthropology with a Specialization in Historical Archaeology from the College of William & Mary and her B.A. from Amherst College. Prior to joining the DHC, she worked in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Archaeological Research and at the Corporation for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

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