Spatial Techniques for the Digital Humanities
A workshop for faculty
Monday & Tuesday, August 13 & 14, 2012
In recent years a plethora of new tools and methods have become available for transforming and studying the materials of traditional humanities research, along with new forms of digital media. Many aspects of the humanities also involve geospatial relationships, and many of these tools, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), make it significantly easier to collect, analyze, and understand spatial data.
Many examples of digital humanities are discussed and catalogued at sites like http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/checking-in-with-digital-humanities-questions-answers/, http://dhcommons.org/projects, and http://www.digitalhumanities.org/. A cascade of new books address the subject, in particular the spatial humanities. And the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has even established an Office of Digital Humanities.
Now the Five College Consortium has begun a Digital Humanities Initiative with support from the Mellon Foundation, and is sponsoring this workshop on Spatial Techniques for the Digital Humanities. It will focus on the activities, content, and media of interest to humanists, including current projects in the Five Colleges. Plenty of time and opportunity will be available for participant networking, discussion, and discovery.
The preliminary schedule is below. If you would like to attend or have questions, please fill out the response form.
Day One: Monday August 13, 2012
Day Two: Tuesday August 14, 2012
|8:30 – 9:00||Coffee|
|9:00 – 10:30||Creating Maps from Text Data
Geoparsing, mapping place names and street addresses: ArcGIS
|10:30 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 12:15||Positioning Historical Maps
Online Map Libraries & Google Earth
Georeferencing scanned maps to line up with current spatial data: ArcGIS
|12:15 – 1:15||Lunch|
|1:15 – 2:45||Abstracting Historical Maps
Extracting and editing features from scanned maps; analyzing your results: ArcGIS
|2:45 – 3:00||Break|
|3:00 – 4:30||Cartographic Enhancement
Preparing maps for publication — conventions, projections, color, labeling, elements, representation, etc.: ArcGIS