Project goals and assumptions
The main objective of the project is to identify possible applications of modern geoinformatics as a research aid in the humanities using as an example a specific historical topic, i.e. the air drops of the ‘Silent and Unseen’ paratroops (in Polish: Cichociemni) carried out in the territory of the Generalgouvernement in the years 1941-1944.
In their research the authors endeavoured to provide a spatial analysis of airdrop zones during particular airborne operations as well as analyse the conditions that determined the choice of locations.
The research has been divided into the following stages:
- Building a knowledge base on selected aspects of the operations of the Cichociemni paratroopers during the Second World War based on an analysis of the spatial properties of available data.
- Creating a digital repository of materials and data on selected aspects of the operations of Cichociemni paratroopers during the Second World War.
- Determining the applicability of spatial quantitative analyses in historical research using selected examples of airdrops of the Cichociemni paratroopers in the territory of the Generalgouvernement in the years 1941-1944.
- Proposing a methodology for conducting spatial historical analyses based on geographical information systems (GIS).
- Documenting the operations of the Cichociemni paratroopers using information-based means of knowledge presentation, with a particular emphasis on spatial elements (maps, situational plans) for the needs of diverse groups of recipients.
- Disseminating the use of GIS tools and historical knowledge of the operations of the Cichociemni paratroopers during World War II among a wider audience.