The point of departure of MapOE is the Ali Pasha Archive. This is a published collection of documents, housed in the Gennadius Library Archives in Athens, composed of correspondence with various functionaries and communities in Ali Pasha's area of control or in various centers of imperial authority, as well as number of debt and credit contracts and agreements between Ali Pasha's scribal bureau and individuals and communities. Though partial and not necessarily systematic, this particular collection is composed of almost 1,500 documents written in a linguistic medley based on Greek, but that also employing Greek script for formulaic Ottoman-Turkish, Persian and Arabic phrases and long honorific salutations, alongside Albanian, Vlach, French and Italian words.
Ali Pasha until his death in 1822 had created a large network of correspondence through the ottoman provinces until the ottoman centre in Istanbul. The Greek Archive of Ali Pasha of the Gennadios Library consists of almost 1500 documents derived from the secretary of AP at the centre of his power at Ioannina. The archive has been transliterated and published by the Institute of Neohellenic Studies of the National Institution of Research and houses the correspondence of Ali Pasha with different communities, with his associates and also with ottoman officials. The content of the documents is usually related to fiscal, financial and military topics.
The examination of each document is being operated through the transliteration of each document which is published on each volume, but also by examining the information provided by the editors of the volumes in a small summary right before each transliteration.
The research aims at the categorization of each document in a spreadsheet. So far the categories of the database are forty eight:
3. Synchronization and Elaboration
The categorization is synchronized with the database of ottoman documents concerning Ali Pasha and also the place names are synchronized with the place names of the Gazetteer.
4. Data visualization
The data table will be analyzed by Tableau software. The key points of the data (especially the people and topics) will be explored. Plus, deeper questions will be developed and answered with further analysis.
The spatial data in the table will analyzed by Tableau and ArcGIS software. Relevant maps are created in order to understand the geographical basis of the analytical relations.
First, textual interpretation of graphs, charts and maps will be provided.
The information gathered from the database will be compared to the findings from the database of Ali Pasha that is based on Ottoman documents.
Below is an agreement (şart) dated 1810 between community of the Kolonia district and Ali Pasha. The community leaders declare their support to Ali Pasha and promise to be his allies against his enemies. The document is probably related to the employment of forces by Ali Pasha during the war at Berat and the campaign at the Danube. It is signed by various representatives from various villages of the Kolonia district.