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Projects in the Digital Humanities
This page serves as a showcase for Digital Humanities projects that use GIS and DVA to illustrate patterns in ways that are innovative, attractive, and hard to duplicate in traditional scholarly media. The Animated Slave trade map uses a time slider to show the journeys of all known slave ships from 1560-1860. Pause and click on a dot to see the name of the ship and other information. The Valley of the Shadow battle map follows units from two towns throughout the American Civil War. Orbis, a project from Stanford University, allows the user to calculate the difficulty, time and expense of any journey in the Roman Empire, 200 CE. Hestia is a tool that maps all places mentioned in Herodotus' Histories, as well as showing the frequency that each place occurs in the text, and relationships to other places mentioned with it. Mapping the Republic of Letters: Alembert is just one example of a data visualization of an author's correspondence from this fascinating site. The Pelagios Project is a more general and adaptable tool for those wishing to view a map of the ancient world in context with other digital resources in Classics. Finally, the StoryMaps demo is an example of work that the relative beginner may achieve with the StoryMaps platform by Esri-telling a story that combines maps, imagery, and words in a dynamic interface.
Animated Slave Trade Map
Animated Slave Trade Map
A shocking and compelling visualization of all known ships in the slave trade with a time lapse of 300 years. If you pause the map, and click on a dot, you can see the name of the ship, its starting point, destination, and other data from the The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.
The Valley of the Shadow
The Valley of the Shadow Battle Map
Above is an example of the battle map from The Valley of the Shadow site. Simply select the unit from the dropdown menu and watch their journey through the battles and engagements of the American Civil War.
The Valley of the Shadow is a digital history project about the American Civil War, hosted by the University of Virginia, detailing the experiences of Confederate soldiers from Augusta County, Virginia and Union soldiers from Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Mapping the Republic of Letters
D'Alembert: Mapping the Republic of Letters
A map of the location of D'Alembert's correspondents, as well as their gender and nationality. Click on "Visualization" to see the DVA of D'Alembert's letters, or go to case studies for visualizations of other famous authors' letters, such as Ben Franklin or Voltaire.
A Queens College and Brooklyn College CUNY-based project in which the user can create maps based on 220 years of demographic data. Contains many useful categories of data with subsets, and easy options for changing the symbolism of the maps.
Travel the Roman Empire with Stanford Orbis
ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World simulates the time and price costs of travel by land, river and sea across the mature imperial transportation network, notionally approximating conditions around 200 CE.
An open source GIS project that brings together the mapping tiles used in the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire with many online databases of classical texts, epigraphy, and other information.
HestiaVis is an interactive mapping tool and heat map which shows the location, frequency, and associations of all places mentioned in Herodotus' Histories. Available in English and Ancient Greek.