Don't Waste Space: how GIS can aid Digital Humanities research


Event type: Workshop


On some level, almost all Humanities data is spatial. Whether we are dealing with material remains found in a specific place or with landmarks recorded in a document (whether real or fictional), space provides the context and locational fixing of most of our work. When we deal and engage with space in our data, we can unlock new potentials and discover new insights into material with which we were beginning to feel familiar. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become the dominant tool for spatial analysis, providing a whole suite of opportunities to spatially locate, study, and understand our data. This talk will examine the role of space and GIS in the Digital Humanities, including both potentials and pitfalls, and provide an introduction which should help you begin to understand how GIS could aid your own research.

Biography: Chris Green is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in GIS at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. He works on the English Landscapes and Identities project (, which is a legacy data / data collation project attempting to write a history of 2,500 years of the English landscape from the Middle Bronze Age to the Domesday Book. Chris's research interests are focused around dealing with time and temporalities in GIS and on spatial visualization (or cartography as we really should still be calling it!).


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