Tue15Jul2014Fri18Jul2014Lancaster University, UK
ERC Summer School in GIS for the Digital Humanities
The ERC Summer School in GIS for the Digital Humanities is an intensive, hands-on introduction to the use of Geographical Information Systems aimed at PhD students and other junior researchers in the digital humanities.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is the field of geography devoted to the visualisation, in the form of maps, of non-visual data sources. These data sources can range from statistical databases to corpora of literary texts.
The Summer School in GIS for the Digital Humanities is sponsored by the European Research Council as part of the five-year project Spatial Humanities: Texts, Geographic Information Systems and Places. It is taught by Prof. Ian Gregory.
- Prof. Gregory is the principle investigator of the Spatial Humanities project, and a leading specialist in GIS and its application across the social sciences and humanities. He is the author (with P. S. Ell) of the book Historical GIS: Technologies, Methodologies, and Scholarship.
Over four days, a series of intensive lab-based sessions will be used to introduce GIS, from the basic concepts, to the use of key software including ArcGIS, to a consideration of approaches for applying GIS in different kinds of humanities research. The aim is to give participants the skills needed to exploit GIS techniques in their own research – allowing the spatial dimension to emerge in the study of digital humanities.
There are additional daily lectures shared with the other two Summer School events, each illustrating cutting-edge research using corpus data.
For more information on the programme and how to apply, please visit the event webpage.