Mapping in the Humanities

Given the growing integration of mapping into digital humanities projects, geographic  information systems (GIS) has become a particular useful tool in these endeavors. Whether used as a repository of spatially linked data or as a visualization tool, GIS has created an open invitation for the collaboration of scholars, students, and practitioners from different disciplines. This open invitation can only reach its full potential if current GIS users are able to incorporate non-GIS users into the development of future of projects. With this in mind, I would like to invite current GIS and non-GIS users to a discussion on the concept and capabilities of GIS for mapping purposes in the humanities. In keeping with the spirit of THATCamp, I envision this as a spontaneous discussion/demonstration where we can:

1) share personal views and experiences with mapping tools/software,

2) answer questions or uncertainties that may be keeping you or other users from implementing mapping technology into current or future projects,

3) explore mapping tools/applications,

4) explore opportunities for collaboration.

Participants from all levels of mapping and GIS competency, software operation, and practical backgrounds are welcome! The goal is to share different perspectives and to answer as many questions as possible. I have no preference on the timing of the session, morning or afternoon will work well. However, space and time are limited, so I’m open to a merger with other mapping/GIS sessions as well. I look forward to meeting all campers!


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