Resources for Students in History and American Studies with Interests in Digital Projects
Tutorials on Digital Projects, Historical Maps, GIS, and the Digital Use Today:
- Miriam Posner‘s (Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, UCLA Digital Humanities) “How did they make that?” a blog entry that helps you identify the tools and starting point for most digital projects
- Dale Winling’s (Professor at Virginia Tech) outstanding tutorials at his site Urban Oasis.
- Benjamin Mearns (Lead Geospatial Information Consultant at University of Delaware IT)’s Excellent tutorial on mapwarper, maptiler, etc. (aka making historial maps work for current digital projects
- Larry Milliken (Liaison Librarian for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drexel University) Tutorials I and II on using Google Fusion Tables to map U.S. Census Data.
- Johanna Druker’s (UCLA, Information Studies) excellent syllabus with tutorials for her Introduction to Digital Humanities
Philadelphia Specific Resources:
Mapping Tools for Historians:
- Hypercities (Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA and USC.)
- WorldMap ( developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA) at Harvard to lower barriers for scholars who wish to explore, visualize, edit, collaborate with, and publish geospatial information.)
- MapStory (Wikipedia global data commons)
- David Rumsey Map Collection A massive collection of digital images of historical maps
Self-Directed Learning about GIS:
- David DiBiase (Penn State U.)’s excellent introduction courseware on the Nature of Geographic Information
- Other courseware options from Penn State’s GIS certificate program (courseware is free), scroll down for Geography and GIS
Sample Digital Public History projects that use mapping in innovative ways:
Secondary Reading on GIS, Digital Humanities, and Historians:
Patricia Cohen. “Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land,” New York Times, July 26, 2011. (Sample maps are largely dead, pointing to the transitory nature of interactive digital history and its maps).
Evan Cordulack and Peter Bol, “What is the “Spatial Turn”? GIS and the Historian.”
J.B. “Jack” Owens. “What historians want from GIS” ArchNews Online, Summer 2007.