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GIS for the Digital Humanities

Resource guide for students and faculty interested in using GIS technology for digital projects using historical or current data

What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a collection of data, software, hardware and processes that facilitate gathering, managing, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data.

It is an emerging technology that has a wide range of uses in urban studies, environmental sciences, health, business, economics, digital humanities.

To use GIS you will need data that is referenced to places and locations on earth. 

This guide will help you find spatial data for your project and to identify GIS software and tools to create, manage, analyze and visualize data.

More information on what is GIS.

Why GIS in your Research?

Everything happened somewhere in space. most data and phenomena studied in the Digital Humanities have a geographic attribute. Either if it is a historical map itself, a series of events, or the relationship between people and places. GIS expands the possibilities to collect, store, analyze and visualize spatial data.

In this guide, you will find tools and resources to collect, download, analyze and visualize data from a spatial perspective. 

If you would like to explore more tools and data, visit our GIS and Mapping guide.

How to access GIS software and tools?

There are many options on GIS software and tools. Here we highlight two of them that can be your starting point.

Interesting resources and examples

GIS Specialist

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Felipe Valdez
Charles Library
Subjects: GIS & Mapping