Geographical Information Systems as a Tool for Exploring the Spatial Humanities
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; Lancaster University
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AbstractThis chapter will introduce the basics of geographical information systems (GIS) for humanities scholarship. It will provide a brief overview of how using GIS software can help researchers understand the geographies within their sources. It will briefly introduce how GIS models features and places on the Earth’s surface so that the reader is gets a basic understanding of the core terminology associated with GIS. It will then talk through the basics of how a researcher gets their sources into GIS software; how they can query, integrate and analyse data within GIS; and how they can disseminate their results using maps and electronic outputs such as KML files that can be disseminated using Google Earth. The conclusion will look briefly at what a researcher can and cannot expect to gain from using GIS and stress that mapping is only a part of the research process – good at identifying and describing patterns but limited in its ability to explain them. The chapter will be include several diagrams and will be extensively referenced.
CitationGregory, I. & Murrieta-Flores, P. (2016). Geographical information systems as a tool for exploring the spatial humanities. In C. Crompton, R. Lane, & R. Siemens (Eds.), Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research. Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.
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