Digital Maps in Scholarship and Publishing

February 21, 2012
Diana Stuart Sinton, Ph.D.

Geographic information has long been central to disciplines ranging from anthropology to zoology, and many scholars are beginning to use digital tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial technologies to ask and answer a range of spatial questions. This talk will highlight issues of data preservation, peer review, data copyright, and community access, among others. I will share examples from numerous institutions of higher education and discuss maps that have been published online, in print, and at conferences.

Beyond New Media: Digital Scholarship and the Liberal Arts

December 8, 2011
Kathryn Tomasek, Ph.D.

Digital innovations have been contributing to dramatic revisions in the practices of teaching, research, and publications in disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences for at least the past five years. And whilst the implications of such innovations may have once remained marginal—especially to humanities disciplines—they are becoming ever more pervasive. These changes go far beyond the effects of social media and new devices.

The Walt Whitman Archive and Beyond: Publication in the Digital Age

November 15, 2011
Susan Belasco, Ph.D.

Using the digital Whitman Archive as a case study and a departure point, Professor Belasco will discuss how digital methodologies are prompting major shifts in professional practice in the humanities. Some of the questions she will explore are: How do new technologies change our traditional notions of scholarship? What does publication mean in a digital environment? How are digital environments prompting new genres of scholarly production? How do we evaluate digital publications?

Historical GIS & Digital Humanities

April 15, 2011
Anne Kelly Knowles, Ph.D.

Scholars in many disciplines are bringing new dimensions to their research and teaching by looking at the Humanities from a geographical perspective. This talk highlights the use of geographic information systems (GIS), and spatial inquiry more generally, as methods and modes of thinking that are changing historical scholarship.

Aligning Past & Present: New Tools for the Study of Historical Geography

March 11, 2011
Matthew A. Knutzen

The NYPL has built a toolkit at that enables the study of the historical landscapes. Utilizing these tools, the general public and scholarly community alike, can create powerful juxtapositions of old and new maps that both highlight and answer spatial questions. Furthermore, users can transcribe static images of historical maps into mashable datasets, unlocking the potential for new modes of historical and geographical inquiry and data visualization. During this talk, Mr. Knutzen will demonstrate, highlight and present use cases for

Humanities & Social Sciences Teaching and Research Using Maps and Spatial Data

January 13, 2011 to January 15, 2011
Alex Chaucer
Mike Winiski
Sean Connin, Ph.D.

This workshop presents a rare opportunity for faculty and staff to explore the potential of spatial thinking to improve pedagogy. The past few years have seen an explosion in free, easy to use, web applications that approach the power and flexibility of traditional Geographic Information Systems. As a result, scholars from across the academic spectrum have employed these tools to enable them and their students to pursue research questions from a spatial analysis perspective.

Visualizations for Teaching and Learning

December 15, 2010
Mike Winiski

In the book How to Lie with Maps Mark Monmonier claims that “a good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. Reality is three-dimensional, rich in detail, and far too factual to allow a complete yet uncluttered two-dimensional graphic scale model. Indeed a map that did not generalize would be useless.” Maps are just one type of representation in a rapidly growing field of information visualization, evident by the popularity of websites such as the following:

Digital Technology and Tibet: A New Paradigm for Knowledge

November 12, 2010
David Germano, Ph.D.

Digital Technology has revolutionized many sectors of our society in the brief three decade history of widespread use of personal computing and the internet, and yet higher education has been typically conservative and slow to assimilate the revolutionary implications of these new capacities. As a collective, and as individuals, we in higher education are quick to shift rhetoric but painfully slow to shift practices.