The project began in 1994 with the development of the Alexandria Digital Library (ADL), a distributed digital library with collections of georeferenced materials and services for accessing those collections. Project research focuses include:
- The ADL Gazetteer of worldwide placenames and other categories, including administrative areas, topographical features, and human-made features. Content somewhat slanted towards United States, based on U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) data
- Digital Earth - which allows the design, implementation, and evaluation of real-time 3D interfaces for visualizing ADL geospatial digital library content
- Textual Geospatial Integration (TGI) - investigation of methods of deriving georeferencing by placenames and references to places from text (for example, 5 miles south of Abilene).