Digital mapping for the humanities

The Lab
Level 2 of the Digital Studio
West Wing of Arts West
(access via the rear lift)


Part of the Digital Research in Action workshop series.

Limited places available, make sure you register early so you do not miss out. Preference for this workshop will be given to Faculty of Arts staff and students.

Dr Katrina Grant (@orientalhotel)
Centre for Digital Humanities Research, ANU

Digital mapping is one of the most popular methodologies for working in the digital humanities. It is being used across a range of disciplines from art history, archaeology, literature, social and political history, archives, museums. Any project or collection that has some kind of place-based aspect to it can often benefit from a range of digital mapping approaches, even if you have never worked directly with maps or geographical methods. This workshop will offer suggestions for working with ‘messy’ humanities data, and suggest ways to manage the uncertainty and fragmentary nature of many of the sources we work with in the humanities. This workshop will demonstrate how digital mapping can be useful both as a practice-led research method and as an output for your research. It will demonstrate a range of ways to get started with digital mapping using open source web-based apps.

The workshop will be hands on and a chance to experiment with different methods. The workshop will be a scaffolded introduction to georeferencing, methods for mapping data, and, methods for extracting geodata from messy humanities sources (texts, old maps, images).

You will need a laptop, tools and software will be web-based. Examples and data sets will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring any historical maps (digitised), place-based data, and sources from their own research as these may be incorporated into the hands on activities.

Katrina Grant is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Centre for Digital Humanities Research. Trained as an art historian, she now works across a range of projects that emgage computational methods and dgital tools to extend humanities research. This includes a digital mapping project looking at climate change in seventeenth-century Italy, the development of digital educational resources for the National Museum of Australia, and, 3D modelling of archaeological bone collections for research and outreach, to name a few. She teaches digital humanities methods and project design to undergrads, masters and PhD students at the ANU.

Image: Screen shot from Digital Mapping the Roman Campagna