Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mapping the humanities

The NY Times has an interesting article today about using Geographic Information System technology to map historical data. The reporter provides General Lee's view at Gettysburg, the spread of witchcraft accusations in Massachusetts in 1692, and the construction at Auschwitz as examples. The technology is similar to the one used by Eric Sanderson when he was writing Mannahatta, which I described in an earlier post, here.

It's a great article, and the links are worth clicking on. Here's a screenshot of the map of Boston's North Shore as of August 29, 1692, by which time there had been more than 120 accusations of witchcraft.

Source: http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/salem/maps/regionmap/regionmap.html

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