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GIS & the Humanities

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Web Resources


Data Archives

  • AHDS: Arts and Humanities Data Service
    Includes training materials and a large number of case studies in a wide variety of subjects.
  • HDS: History Data Service
    A data warehouse located in England. Each data set is accompanied by complete metadata and ordering information. Not all data is available to those outside the UK. Includes data sets beyond the United Kingdom.
  • American Religion Data Archive
    This archive includes information about religious affiliation, religious groups, churches and church membership, and religious professionals. Data from nearly 200 surveys are included.
  • CESSDA: Council of European Social Science Data Archives
    Links from this site lead to dozens of data archives around the world. Included is information about religion, voting patterns, demographic data, and much more.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
    Nearly 8,000 cartographic objects (maps, atlases, globes, puzzles, etc.) from the 18th and 19th century are housed at this site. All images can be downloaded. There is also a GIS Browser showing maps of San Francisco, Boston, and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Other Resources

  • Census Data at Stanford
    Information on how to find and use Census data from 1790 to the present.
  • ECAI: Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
    The cultural atlas is designed as a tool for displaying and analyzing cultural and historical information. The projects are described through the metadata clearinghouse and include the Silk Road Atlas, the Great Britain Historical GIS, and the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library.
  • NHGIS: National Historical Geographic Information System
    This project is designed to aggregate and disseminate census data from 1790-2000. The project will be ongoing through at least 2006.
  • TimeMap
    The TimeMap software integrates spatial and temporal components into traditional GIS analysis. Currently available only to ECAI Associates, it will be freely available to the general public in late 2002.

  • The Perseus Project
    The goal of this project from Tufts University is to bring a wide variety of source documents to scholars worldwide. The site includes text, imagery, maps, gazetteers, and secondary sources.
  • The Valley of the Shadows
    This project, out of the University of Virginia, uses GIS to compare two communities, one Northern and one Southern, during the Civil War.
  • Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
    A second project from the University of Virginia uses GIS as a component of its analysis of the Salem Witch Trials. GIS is used to show the accusations in geographic space and time.
  • North American Religion Atlas
    This site uses a geographical interface to view historical religious information about the United States.
  • Time Pieces: Mapping the time and space of place
    Marilynn Taylor uses three dimensions to map her week. She uses maps generated in ArcView, brass tubing, and brass towers.
  • Cultural Resources Mapping & GIS Services: National Park Service
    A site explaining the use of GIS and GPS in the National Park Service. Over 90 Civil War battlesites have been mapped.
  • Lewis and Clark Across Missouri
    The primary goals of this project are to "geo-reference, digitize, and map all of the retrievable information from the Lewis and Clark journals and the 18th and 19th-century land survey notes along the Big River Corridors of the state of Missouri." Includes an interactive map server, virtual landmarks and campsites, sources, and links.
  • Lewis and Clark: 200th anniversary
    Spatial News has developed a Web page devoted to the Lewis and Clark anniversary. Links are provided to ArcIMS servers, interactive Web sites, and data.

  • Past time, past place: GIS for history by Anne Kelly Knowles. Available at Branner Library and the Social Sciences Data Center at Green. Call number: G70.212 .P38 2002.
    Each chapter features a different research project using GIS to explore historical questions.


GIS Presentations (.pdf format)

Last modified: October 7, 2008

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