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Open Source Tools for Spatial Analysis or Mapping
There are many open source applications and software available for spatial analysis and visualisation of spatial data. Here are two options and their guides that you may consider using if you want an alternative from ArcGIS.
R/Rstudio (Unix, Windows, Mac OS)
QGIS (Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS)
Tableau (Windows, MacOS)
Useful Web Apps/Tools
Heatmapper: Create your own heat maps at the click of a mouse. Overlay your own image and input your own data to automatically generate the heat map. This tool would be useful for behavioral studies or space ethnography.
Datawrapper: Open source tool helping anyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes. It is easy to use, gives you full control and is customisable.
Easel.ly: Thousands of templates for various purposes.
Canva: Easy drag-and-drop. Templates available.
Pikotochart: Interactive charts and maps. Large library of images and icons.
Historical GIS: technologies, methodologies and scholarship by Historical GIS is an emerging field that uses GIS to research the geographies of the past. This technology offers unparalleled opportunities to add insight and rejuvenate historical research through the ability to identify and use the geographical characteristics of data. Historical GIS introduces the basic concepts and tools underpinning GIS technology, describing and critically assessing the visualisation, analytical and e-science methodologies that it enables and examining key scholarship where GIS has been used to enhance research debates.
Call Number: CL G70.212 Gre 2007
Publication Date: 2007-12-13
Toward Spatial Humanities: historical GIS and spatial history by The application of GIS to issues in history is among the most exciting developments in both digital and spatial humanities. Describing a wide variety of applications, the essays in this volume highlight the methodological and substantive implications of a spatial approach to history. They illustrate how the use of GIS is changing our understanding of the geographies of the past and has become the basis for new ways to study history.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2014-04-14
History and GIS: epistemologies, considerations and reflections by Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - either as "standard" GIS or custom made Historical GIS (HGIS) - have become quite popular in some historical sub-disciplines, such as Economic and Social History or Historical Geography. "Mainstream" history, however, seems to be rather unaffected by this trend. More generally speaking: Why is it that computer applications in general have failed to make much headway in history departments, despite the first steps being undertaken a good forty years ago? With the "spatial turn" in full swing in the humanities, and many historians dealing with spatial and geographical questions, one would think GIS would be welcomed with open arms. Yet there seems to be no general anticipation by historians of employing GIS as a research tool. As mentioned, HGIS are popular chiefly among Historical Geographers and Social and Economic Historians. The latter disciplines seem to be predestined to use such software through the widespread quantitative methodology these disciplines have employed traditionally. Other historical sub-disciplines, such as Ancient History, are also very open to this emerging technology since the scarcity of written sources in this field can be mitigated by inferences made from an HGIS that has archaeological data stored in it, for example. In most of Modern History, however, the use of GIS is rarely seen. The intellectual benefit that a GIS may bring about seems not be apparent to scholars from this sub-discipline (and others). This book wants to investigate and discuss this controversy. Why does the wider historian community not embrace GIS more readily? While one cannot deny that the methodologies linked with a GIS follow geographical paradigms rather than historical ones, the potential of GIS as a 'killer application'nbsp; for digital historical scholarship should be obvious. This book brings together authors from Geography and History to discuss the value of GIS for historical research. The focus, however, will not be on the "how", but on the "why" of GIS in history.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2012-12-05
Tools for Text Analysis / Network Analysis
GEPHI: Gephi is the leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks.
Voyant (word counts, trends): Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment.
TAPoR: TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal for Research) is a platform to discover research tools for studying texts.
DiRT: DiRT (Digital Research Tools) is a directory of tools organized by research activity.
Data Cleaning Tools
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful open source tool for working with messy data, cleaning it and transforming it from one format into another.
Compilations of DH GIS Projects
British Library: Cartographic perspectives from BL Map Librarians
National Library Board Spatial Discovery - Explore over 3,000 high resolution copies of maps/plans
Historical Map - Downloadable street maps (from 1954)
One Historical Map - Interactive viewer of historical street maps and geotagged photographs
National Archives of Singapore - Read here. Government files, private memoirs, historical maps and photographs, oral history interviews
USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer
>178,000 of USGS (USA) maps, dating back to 1884, searchable by city.
Old Maps Online
Searchable portal to other websites with maps. The maps only go back to 1000 CE, but they come from a large range of source websites. (Note: Not all maps are downloadable)
British Library: Magnificent Maps
Maps can be works of art, propaganda pieces, expressions of local pride, tools of indoctrination… Find out about 4 maps on this exhibition: Psalter World Map (c. 1265), Fra Mauro World Map (c. 1450), The Americas (1562), The Island (2008).
Stanford University Libraries: Japanese Imperial Maps
Japanese military and imperial maps held at Stanford Libraries