The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship

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David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, Trevor M. Harris
Indiana University Press, 2010 - History - 203 pages
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Geographic information systems (GIS) have spurred a renewed interest in the influence of geographical space on human behavior and cultural development. Ideally GIS enables humanities scholars to discover relationships of memory, artifact, and experience that exist in a particular place and across time. Although successfully used by other disciplines, efforts by humanists to apply GIS and the spatial analytic method in their studies have been limited and halting. The Spatial Humanities aims to re-orient -- and perhaps revolutionize -- humanities scholarship by critically engaging the technology and specifically directing it to the subject matter of the humanities. This book explores the potential of spatial methods such as text-based geographical analysis, multimedia GIS, animated maps, deep contingency, deep mapping, and the geo-spatial semantic web to re-orient humanities scholarship.


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1 Turning toward Place Space and Time
2 The Potential of Spatial Humanities
3 Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis for the Humanities
A Challenge for GIS in the Digital Humanities
5 Qualitative GIS and Emergent Semantics
6 Representations of Space and Place in the Humanities
7 Mapping Text
8 The Geospatial Semantic Web Pareto GIS and the Humanities
9 GIS eScience and the Humanities Grid
Toward a Research Agenda
Suggestions for Further Reading
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David Bodenhamer is Executive Director, the Polis Center, Professor of History, and Adjunct Professor of Informatics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

John Corrigan is Edwin Scott Gaustad Professor of Religion and History and Chairperson of the Department of Religion at Florida State University.

Trevor M. Harris is Eberly Professor of Geography and Chair of the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University.

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