RESOURCE: Geospatial Historian

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The Geospatial Historian, modeled after the Programming Historian, is a “tutorial-based open access textbook for historians and digital humanists that aim to teach digital mapping and GIS skills.” Current lessons include Google Maps and Google Earth, Installing QGIS and Adding Layers, Creating New Vector Layers, and Georeferencing. The site editors are looking for additional contributions ...

RESOURCE: Stately: A Simple Map Font

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Looking for an easy way to use maps in your web project? Check out Stately, a simple way to make state-level choropleth maps of the United States using HTML and CSS. Ben Markowitz of Intridea developed this symbol font, wherein each state functions as a glyph within the font. Use HTML list items for states ...

POST: The Digital Data Backbone for the Study of Historical Places

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In preparation for their March 10 SXSW Interactive session, Why Digital Maps Can Reboot Cultural History, Butch Lazorchak (Digital Archivist, Library of Congress) and Matthew Knutzen (Geospatial Libarian, NYPL) discuss digital geospatial tools, using maps to tell stories, and digital stewardship and preservation issues in mapping projects. Knutzen goes step-by-step through the NEH-funded New York City ...

POST: The CODATA Mission: Preserving Scientific Data for the Future

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At Spellbound Blog, Jeanne Kramer-Smith has posted on a session from The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation conference, sponsored by UNESCO in cooperation with the University of British Columbia and held in September 2012 in Vancouver. Untangling the acronyms, Kramer-Smith identifies the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) ...