GIS-Analysis, Mapping & Cartography

Dr. Catherine Jones, Kerry Schiel and Kaarel Sikk (University of Luxembourg)

Nowadays historians, geographers and social scientists have a myriad of digital resources (digital borne or digitised) at their fingertips. They may be formal or informal datasets open for public use or held behind closed doors, but all contain implicit or explicit geographical information. Thus, they are ready for use in research. The geographic information within has the potential to enrich our knowledge about the relationship between people, places and time, bringing us closer to more meaningful and nuanced representations of place and locale. In this proposed introduction to Geographical information Science (GIS) we critically discussed the emergence of the spatial methods within the humanities. Drawing upon a range of Geo-Humanities projects the workshop illustrated our conceptual framework for spatial modelling. We gained practical expertise with an Open Source GIS known as QGIS working with a historical dataset.