Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8
Digital Humanities Laboratory
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Correction of the bias in my grading

Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013

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Semester 1 : Content of each course
• (1) 19.09 Introduction to the course / Live Tweeting and Collective note
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Semester 1 : Content of each course
• (7) 6.11 Pattern recognition / OCR / Semantic disambiguation
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Geographic Information System (GIS) within the Digital
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What is a GIS ?

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What is a GIS ?

”A GIS is a kind of database management system that links each item of data to a
coordinate-based repr...
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The Historical Geographic Information System (H-GIS)
For approximately 17 years, the GIS and more specifically the ”Hist...
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The Historical Geographic Information System (H-GIS)
For approximately 17 years, the GIS and more specifically the ”Hist...
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Why scholars are insterested in GIS potentialities ?

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Why scholars are insterested in GIS potentialities ?

• Visualization of information in a geographical/geopolitical con...
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What are the main challenges of using GIS within History ?

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What are the main challenges of using GIS within History ?

• Historians skepticism towards computer science (Gregory, ...
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Evolution of the projects
The 2004 conference ”History and Geography : Assessing the Role of Geographic Information
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Scanned manuscripts, transcription and GIS visualization.
Salem Witch Trials Archive - 2002
(http: // salem. lib. virgi...
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The problem of administrative boundary changes.
• Nowadays borders/boundaries are seen as standard units.
• The main is...
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The problem of administrative boundary changes.
Great Britain Historical GIS - 2001
(http: // www. visionofbritain. org...
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The problem of administrative boundary changes.
China Historical GIS - 2001-2010
(http: // www. fas. harvard. edu/ ~ ch...
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The problem of administrative boundary changes.
Collaborative GIS on Italian borders - 2012
(http: // geo-larhra. ish-l...
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Digital editions of maps, Digital atlases
The Peutinger Map - 2004
(http: // peutinger. atlantides. org/ map-a/ ,
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Digital editions of maps, Digital atlases
The Peutinger Map - 2004
(http: // peutinger. atlantides. org/ map-a/ ,
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Digital editions of maps, Digital atlases
DARMC - Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization
(http: // darmc. har...
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Military History
The Valley of the Shadow - 1993-2007
(http: // valley. lib. virginia. edu/ )
The Battle of Gettysburg ...
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Military History
The Valley of the Shadow - 1993-2007
(http: // valley. lib. virginia. edu/ )
The Battle of Gettysburg ...
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Military History
The Valley of the Shadow - 1993-2007
(http: // valley. lib. virginia. edu/ )
The Battle of Gettysburg ...
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Route planner
ORBIS : The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World 2012 (http: // orbis. stanford. edu )

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Modeling Venice Shipping Lanes - Demo with ArcGIS for
Desktop 10.1

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Some softwares for your projects :

• Quantum GIS http://www.qgis.org/fr/site/
• GRASS GIS http://grass.osgeo.org/
• Ar...
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Reconstructing past landscapes and urban morphology.
Nolli’s map - 2005 (http: // nolli. uoregon. edu/ preface. html )
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Reconstructing past landscapes and urban morphology.
Visualizing Venice - (http: // visualizingvenice. org/ about/ l )
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Reconstructing past landscapes and urban morphology.
Visualizing Venice - (http: // visualizingvenice. org/ about/ l )
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CityEngine Demo

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Conclusion
• Translating historical sources into a GIS database can be a complex and long process
(Knowles 2008, Gregor...
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Conclusion
• Translating historical sources into a GIS database can be a complex and long process
(Knowles 2008, Gregor...
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Conclusion
• Translating historical sources into a GIS database can be a complex and long process
(Knowles 2008, Gregor...
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References
Gregory, Ian N., and Paul S. Ell. 2007. Historical GIS : Technologies, Methodologies, and
Scholarship. Cambr...
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  1. 1. Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 Digital Humanities Laboratory M´lanie Fournier - Fr´d´ric Kaplan e e e frederic.kaplan@epfl.ch - melanie.fournier@epfl.ch
  2. 2. o Correction of the bias in my grading Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 2
  3. 3. o Semester 1 : Content of each course • (1) 19.09 Introduction to the course / Live Tweeting and Collective note taking • (2) 25.09 Introduction to Digital Humanities / Wordpress / First assignment • (3) 2.10 Introduction to the Venice Time Machine project / Zotero • 9.10 No course • (4) 16.10 Digitization techniques / Deadline first assignment • (5) 23.10 Datafication / Presentation of projects • (6) 30.10 Semantic modelling / RDF / Deadline peer-reviewing of first assignment Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 3
  4. 4. o Semester 1 : Content of each course • (7) 6.11 Pattern recognition / OCR / Semantic disambiguation • (8) 13.11 Historical Geographic Information Systems, Procedural modeling / City Engine / Deadline Project selection • (9) 20.11 Crowdsourcing / Wikipedia / OpenStreetMap • (10) 27.11 Cultural heritage interfaces and visualisation / Museographic experiences • 4.12 Group work on the projects • 11.12 Oral exam / Presentation of projects / Deadline Project blog • 18.12 Oral exam / Presentation of projects Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 4
  5. 5. o Geographic Information System (GIS) within the Digital Humanities Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 5
  6. 6. o What is a GIS ? Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 6
  7. 7. o What is a GIS ? ”A GIS is a kind of database management system that links each item of data to a coordinate-based representation of its location, such as point, line, polygone, or pixel” (Ian N. Gregory 2008). Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 7
  8. 8. o The Historical Geographic Information System (H-GIS) For approximately 17 years, the GIS and more specifically the ”Historical GIS” appeared, carrying new potentialities for studying the past (Knowles 2002, 2005, 2008 ; Gregory and Ell 2008 ; Goodchild 2008). Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 8
  9. 9. o The Historical Geographic Information System (H-GIS) For approximately 17 years, the GIS and more specifically the ”Historical GIS” appeared, carrying new potentialities for studying the past (Knowles 2002, 2005, 2008 ; Gregory and Ell 2008 ; Goodchild 2008). • Geospatial technologies • Analytical techniques • Display and analyze information located somewhere on Earth Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 9
  10. 10. o Why scholars are insterested in GIS potentialities ? Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 10
  11. 11. o Why scholars are insterested in GIS potentialities ? • Visualization of information in a geographical/geopolitical context • Examination of those information at different scales • Finding, describing and explaining spatial patterns (Gregory 2008) • Addition of collateral data • Possibility of sharing the data (Goodchild 2008) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 11
  12. 12. o What are the main challenges of using GIS within History ? Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 12
  13. 13. o What are the main challenges of using GIS within History ? • Historians skepticism towards computer science (Gregory, Kemp and Mostern 2001 ; Bodenhamer 2008) • Historians relationship with geography and cartography • Management and representation of uncertainty, incompleteness, errorprone data • Management of paradata (metadata within the GIS field) • Access to the sources, documentation of the sources (Grossner 2010) • Rectification of old maps Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 13
  14. 14. o Evolution of the projects The 2004 conference ”History and Geography : Assessing the Role of Geographic Information in Historical Scholarship” presented and criticized the first generation of projects (http: // hul. harvard. edu/ publications/ hul_ notes_ 1319/ activities. html ). The objective is, as the conference did, to give you a good idea of the variety of GIS techniques for history. Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 14
  15. 15. o Scanned manuscripts, transcription and GIS visualization. Salem Witch Trials Archive - 2002 (http: // salem. lib. virginia. edu/ maps. html ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 15
  16. 16. o The problem of administrative boundary changes. • Nowadays borders/boundaries are seen as standard units. • The main issues are : they shift through time, the representation of space is different through time, sometimes it is even impossible to determine the exact boundaries. • Different possibilities exist to represent the administrative space (polygons, polylines, or even points in certain cases). Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 16
  17. 17. o The problem of administrative boundary changes. Great Britain Historical GIS - 2001 (http: // www. visionofbritain. org. uk/ ,http: // www. gbhgis. org/ ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 17
  18. 18. o The problem of administrative boundary changes. China Historical GIS - 2001-2010 (http: // www. fas. harvard. edu/ ~ chgis/ ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 18
  19. 19. o The problem of administrative boundary changes. Collaborative GIS on Italian borders - 2012 (http: // geo-larhra. ish-lyon. cnrs. fr/ ?q= atlas-historique/ regroupement-de-territoires ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 19
  20. 20. o Digital editions of maps, Digital atlases The Peutinger Map - 2004 (http: // peutinger. atlantides. org/ map-a/ , http ://www.cambridge.org/us/talbert/index.html) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 20
  21. 21. o Digital editions of maps, Digital atlases The Peutinger Map - 2004 (http: // peutinger. atlantides. org/ map-a/ , http ://www.cambridge.org/us/talbert/index.html) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 21
  22. 22. o Digital editions of maps, Digital atlases DARMC - Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (http: // darmc. harvard. edu/ icb/ icb. do ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 22
  23. 23. o Military History The Valley of the Shadow - 1993-2007 (http: // valley. lib. virginia. edu/ ) The Battle of Gettysburg - 2013 (http: // storymaps. esri. com/ stories/ 2013/ gettysburg/ ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 23
  24. 24. o Military History The Valley of the Shadow - 1993-2007 (http: // valley. lib. virginia. edu/ ) The Battle of Gettysburg - 2013 (http: // storymaps. esri. com/ stories/ 2013/ gettysburg/ ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 24
  25. 25. o Military History The Valley of the Shadow - 1993-2007 (http: // valley. lib. virginia. edu/ ) The Battle of Gettysburg - 2013 (http: // storymaps. esri. com/ stories/ 2013/ gettysburg/ ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 25
  26. 26. o Route planner ORBIS : The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World 2012 (http: // orbis. stanford. edu ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 26
  27. 27. o Modeling Venice Shipping Lanes - Demo with ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 27
  28. 28. o Some softwares for your projects : • Quantum GIS http://www.qgis.org/fr/site/ • GRASS GIS http://grass.osgeo.org/ • ArcGIS http://enacsoft.epfl.ch/lasig/ Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 28
  29. 29. o Reconstructing past landscapes and urban morphology. Nolli’s map - 2005 (http: // nolli. uoregon. edu/ preface. html ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 29
  30. 30. o Reconstructing past landscapes and urban morphology. Visualizing Venice - (http: // visualizingvenice. org/ about/ l ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 30
  31. 31. o Reconstructing past landscapes and urban morphology. Visualizing Venice - (http: // visualizingvenice. org/ about/ l ) Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 31
  32. 32. o CityEngine Demo Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 32
  33. 33. o Conclusion • Translating historical sources into a GIS database can be a complex and long process (Knowles 2008, Gregory 2008). Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 33
  34. 34. o Conclusion • Translating historical sources into a GIS database can be a complex and long process (Knowles 2008, Gregory 2008). • GIS provide/create new knowledge about geographies of the past. Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 34
  35. 35. o Conclusion • Translating historical sources into a GIS database can be a complex and long process (Knowles 2008, Gregory 2008). • GIS provide/create new knowledge about geographies of the past. • GIS offers an alternate view of the history (dynamic representation of time and place) and it’s a good reflexive tool (Jessop 2004, Bodenhamer 2008). Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 35
  36. 36. o References Gregory, Ian N., and Paul S. Ell. 2007. Historical GIS : Technologies, Methodologies, and Scholarship. Cambridge University Press. Grossner, Karl. 2010. Representing Historical Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems. University of California, Santa Barbara. Jessop, Martyn.2004. The visualization of Spatial Data in The Humanities. Literary and Linguistic Computing 19 (3). pp. 335-350. Knowles, Anne Kelly. 2002. Past Time, Past Place : Gis for History. ESRI, Inc. Knowles, Anne Kelly, and Amy Hillier. 2008. Placing History : How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship. ESRI, Inc. http://www.maphistory.info/index.html Digital Humanities 101 - 2013/2014 - Course 8 | 2013 36

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