MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Mapping History

Nil Tuzcu, Research Fellow

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/18
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Mapping History workshop will introduce digital tools and workflows for visualizing  and interpreting historical data, and presenting historical information with online maps.

Today, visual and digital tools are increasingly being used in the social sciences and humanities for translating historical documents into datasets that can be digitally manipulated and recombined. Mapping is an effective tool for reconstructing the past, which reveals the spatial relationships that stimulated cultural, social and political change over time. Students will learn basics of QGIS and web mapping with Leaflet JS.

This two-day workshop will cover :

Georeferencing historical maps

Creating vector files with QGIS (for example, tracing an old rail system)

Introducing the time factor into digital workflow

Creating multilayer historical web maps and developing a tool for comparing different layers.


Contact: Nil Tuzcu, 9-514, 617 253-4510, TUZCU@MIT.EDU

Mapping History Session-1

Jan/19 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM TBD, Bring your laptop

Nil Tuzcu - Research Fellow

Mapping History Session-2

Jan/20 Fri 05:00PM-07:00PM TBD, Bring your laptop

Nil Tuzcu - Research Fellow