Resources for Students in History and American Studies Who are Engaging in Historical Research

Tutorials on Digital Projects, Historical Maps, GIS, and Digital History work Today:

Philadelphia Specific Resources:

Digital Humanities:

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.