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Digital Humanities at Georgia Southern

GIS & Mapping Tools

Google Fusion Tables: An easy to use application that allows you to upload datasets (saved as .csv for data or .kml for shapes) and fuse them together.  Even with a single dataset it is useful for making quick maps and showing patterns in the data.

Storymap: Another easy to use application that creates narratives out of maps--space to annotate and place images as well as show locations and movement on the maps itself.

ArcGIS Storymap: A more advanced version of the storymap, with greater functionality.  Check out the Gettysburg map with timeline and animated landscapes.

NYPL Map Warper: A tool for connecting historical maps with contemporary street and satellite maps--you get to help out the NYPL in the process.  Here is a similar project at the British Library.

Rumsey Maps Google Earth: Great maps stitched onto Google Earth.  There is a big database of maps here and examples of warping.

Storymap for Images: This application allows you to take a historical map or any image and annotate it with links.  

ThingLink (Florence Example): Another application like storymap--a bit easier to use but payment involved.

Neatline: Neatline combines maps and timelines.  It is connected with the web authoring tool Omeka. Robust but with a learning curve.  The quick start guide is here: http://libguides.richmond.edu/ld.php?content_id=10749496

Timeline JS: Timeline JS is really a tool for creating timelines ("cartographies of time" as Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton would say), but it is easier to use than Neatline and can be tied to maps.

Geojson Editor: Geojson is the geographer's version of Java script object notation (JSON).  This editor allows you to make basic points, lines, and shapes, automatically writing the code as you go.  A useful cheat and a good way to start learning the basics of geojson.

Examples:

Enhancing the Desert: A Pattern Language for the Production of Space by Nicholas Bauch.  Stanford University Press's first digital monograph as part of their digital publishing initiative.  Maps photos of the Grand Canyon by Henry Peabody taken between 1899 and 1930 onto the canyon itself. 

Konstantin Dierks's map of United States globalization--with interactive timeline.

ORBIS: The Stanford project for mapping travel times and trade in the Roman world

Photogrammar: A Yale project mapping photos taken by two government agencies from the Library of Congress between 1935 and 1945.

American Panorama: Multiple interactive maps from American history from Richmond University, and an article from Wired magazine about the project.

Ben Schmidt's discussion of his 2012 project on visualizing whaling routes.

Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 map made interactive by the Galileo Museum in Florence.

Updated 3-2017 Batchelor