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Fri 22 May, Fri 5 Jun 2020
11:00 - 12:00

Venue: Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Provided by: Cambridge Digital Humanities


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Mapping the Past [remote delivery]

Fri 22 May, Fri 5 Jun 2020


This intensive workshop is split into two online chats and two 1-hour sessions. Participants will first learn to collect and process geospatial data from historical sources and process it using geographical information systems from Google Earth to QGIS.

The first online session introduces research techniques for collecting, arranging and mapping geospatial data from historical sources, and is taught by Dr Oliver Dunn. His session is split into two parts: Part A will introduce both online sessions by showing some of our own research that makes use of Google Earth, 3D Maps in Excel, and historical GIS. In Part B you will be asked to locate a set of Scotland’s historical lighthouses on historical maps online and map their location and other attributes in Google earth and 3D Maps.

The second online session introduces students to mapping humanities data using Q-GIS which is a free GIS (Geographical Information System) software platform. Course participants will need to download and install QGIS on their laptops before 5th of June. On the 1st of June there will be further details concerning downloading QGIS, a chat forum where we can discuss why you might wish to use GIS, and whether GIS is the right choice for you, and a release of course teaching materials. On 5 June you will be taken through the map creation process step-by-step. This session will be taught by Max Satchell.

Target audience

PhD students and staff or masters students


No prior knowledge of GIS is required but it will be necessary to install QGIS on your desktop or laptop before June 5th.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 22 May 2020   11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online Dr Oliver Dunn
2 Fri 5 Jun 2020   11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online Dr A.E.M. Satchell

Students to be able to collect and store data and create a basic map.


To enable attendees to make use of QGIS in their research


Two 1hr live online sessions and drop-in chat sessions.

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