Welcome to the informal blog and wiki for the Spatial History Project, where we have collected our readings, techniques, process documentation, and more. This continuously-evolving resource is intended to shed light on how we develop the materials published on the Spatial History Project website and elsewhere, and will hopefully provide insights for those initiating their own work in spatial history.
You can use the search bar to the right to explore the contents of this site, or you may select from a drop-down menu to view posts by various categories. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve grouped specific resources as potential responses to the questions posed below:
How do I get started with a spatial history-type project? What methodological questions should I engage with before I dive in?
To help with this question, we’ve assembled some essential readings from the courses we’ve taught to familiarize new researchers with the theoretical underpinnings of spatial history, spatial practice, and visual design, among others:
- History 401a syllabus and reading list
- Spatial History Annotated Bibiography, developed by members of the Spatial History Project community in 2011.
- A list of articles related to spatial history and historical GIS available as pdfs on the Spatial History shared drive (sul-koala)
To learn more about how to use visual design principles to understand data and to communicate an idea or argument, see this post. Finally, this post points to resources for getting a handle on statistics and data analytics. As you can imagine, delving into spatial history requires pooling knowledge from diverse fields and disciplines.
What are some examples of spatial history, data visualization, and design to provide ideas and inspiration?
What are the most common tools used in the Spatial History Project, and how can I begin learning how to use them in my research?
This post provides a summary of those tools, and then links to additional resources specific to those tools.
What should I consider when working collaboratively and managing research projects?
This post provides some ideas.
Where can I find data for my project?
This post provides links to known sources plus strategies for finding new sources.
What are best practices for documenting my work and the data I’ve used and/or created?
“Metadata” is the term used for data about data. A basic overview can be found here.