ObieMAPS is one of the first major projects undertaken by the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures. It is meant to make it much easier for anyone on and off campus to see connections across departments and programs in terms of geography, time periods, themes, or topics. It is a showcase for Oberlin's many connections with the world, and for our collective language skills.
In a more general sense, ObieMAPS allows the public to get a better sense of the richness and diversity of intellectual life on campus, and the global nature of Oberlin as an institution. ObieMAPS allows anyone to see in one click, for instance, what Oberlin faculty specialize in South-East Asia, who can read French, who works on the Middle Ages, or what courses deal with photography. The main idea is to group or link courses and faculty not through the administrative structures that happen to house them, but the actual content of their courses and intellectual or artistic projects.