[Humanist] 29.774 digital history masterclass (London)

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Sat Mar 12 09:04:20 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 774.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:02:24 +0000
        From: Adam Crymble <adam.crymble at gmail.com>
        Subject: Digital History Masterclass

Dear Fellow Humanists,

We will be hosting a free digital history masterclass at the Institute of
Historical Research in London on 19 April 2016 (2-4:30pm). Places are
extremely limited to ensure participants receive individual attention.

Sign up:


This 2.5-hour ‘masterclass’ offers a practical workshop in which
participants will learn how to ‘geocode’ hundreds of place names in a
historical dataset and build a customised map with the results. Geocoding
refers to the process of linking tabular data with specific geographical
locations, which allows you to map that data, and enables more advanced
geographical analysis.

Participants will be provided with historical data to geocode, extracted
from the Alumni Oxonienses, containing the place of origin of thousands
of Oxford university students in the early modern era. In the workshop
these will be geocoded and mapped using publically available maps of
English and Welsh historic counties.

Two approaches are introduced: simple table joins between descriptive
statistics, and full geocoding using customised gazetteers. It is expected
that once you have completed this lesson, you will be able to generalise
the skills to prepare your own historical data in the same manner.

The masterclass will be led by Justin Colson, lecturer in Digital
History at the University of Essex. He works on late medieval and early
modern social and economic history with a focus upon trade, occupations and
sociability. As well as using Geographical Information Systems extensively
in his own research, he teaches regular training courses in GIS for
Historians at the Institute of Historical Research.

Optional Extra:

Participants are encouraged to attend an optional seminar (5-7pm) at the
IHR by Hannah Williams, who will describe her work on ‘Mapping Paris:
Artists and their Neighbourhoods in the 18th century’ 

All the best,
Adam Crymble
Lecturer of Digital History
University of Hertfordshire

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