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This beginners course addresses the most common way humanities scholars wish to engage with maps and map making: building simple maps to illustrate locations and routes as part of your research. The course will introduce the key concepts of mapping (projections, coordinates, and geocoding addresses into coordinates) and explore the ways in which online tools can achieve most of the basic aims of many scholars.

Beginning in Google MyMaps, we will look at the advantages, and disadvantages of simple online mapping tools, and create maps to illustrate locations, journeys, and distributions. Once we meet the limits of Google MyMaps, we will move to ArcGIS Online. This platform allows a much richer control of the appearance of your map, and offers much more analytical potential. We will also consider the ways to use maps made online – such as within blogs, presentations, or as PDFs. Finally, we will discuss the limitations of online tools, and when you might want to move on to professional GIS tools like QGIS and ArcGIS Pro (such as for working with scans of historical maps, performing analysis, or preparing high quality maps for publication).


Session Leader: Dr Justin Colson (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)


All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.