Mapping for the Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut in March 2017 (5 hours).
This is a five-hour course that introduces basic elements of modeling spatial data for the humanities, data creation with gazetteers and making simple interactive maps with a symbology appropriate to the data.
Participants who complete this workshop will
- understand the basics of spatial data (formats, types, accuracy).
gain a basic appreciation for the concept of data modeling
- learn where they can get spatial data appropriate for humanities inquiry, or how they can create it themselves.
- gain a basic appreciation of the critical, interpretative side of making a map.
- experiment with extracting locations from text.
- appreciate different kinds of spatial data curation (manual, semi-automatic and automatic).
- use geolocation services on their smartphones to generate some basic data.
- learn to make a basic interactive map using Carto (and within a web hosting, if skill level permits).
(1) What are spatial data, that is, the data we need to make basic maps? In what formats, do such data come?
(2) Where can we obtain spatial data? How can we create spatial data? What is a gazetteer? What is a spatial repository?
(3) Examples of digital maps projects: Edmonton Pipelines, Mapping Dante, Year of the Riot, Harlem 1935, London Chatty Map, Slave Revolt in Jamaica, Going to the Show, Mapping the Lake District: A Literary GIS, Linguistic Landscapes of Beirut, Digital Karnak, NYT’s pick, Wandering Rocks, NoSweatShakespeare map, (LOTR, Life of Maya Angelou, Novel City Maps), Photogrammar, Literary Geographies of Christine de Pizan, Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, Mapping the Mahjar
(4) Two hands-on examples:
b. Making a map using data captured with smartphone apps.
(5) How can we stylize those maps and share them with others?