Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
Lecturer, Independent Activities Period 2017

Mapping History workshop introduced 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Today, visual and digital tools are increasingly being used in the social sciences and humanities for translating historical documents into datasets that can be digitally manipulated and recombined.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 covered :

  • 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.