Place, space and time studies with GIS

 GIS is a wonderful tool to enhance learning in the classroom.  This page sets out to explore the potential of GIS in the area of historical studies in particular. In essence we need to focus on the concept that time studies have a spatial dimension that can be highlighted by the use of GIS processes and field studies.  Such a premise is nothing new and has always been at the core of our treatment of many historical topics.  What is new is that we have a resource and technological tool in the form of GIS that can bring place, space and time studies alive for the students.  GIS processes such as area, point and line representation and tracing, image/feature/script hotlinking and thematic representation are perfect to trace and display historical data across space.


Historical GIS starters demonstrated in the course 

1. The spatial arrangement of graves in a cemetery and associated hotlinked image/script data and thematic characteristics.

2. Tracing of explorers routes with associated hotlinked image and script data.

3. World War 1 battle movements, data searches and hotlinked image links and data representations.

4. Map digitizing of aerial photographs to show change over time.

5. Polygon representations of a suburban block with associated created data tables showing feature thematics and hotlinked images and information.

 Download the paper on Historical GIS below



Download free mapping exploration chapter from the book, Historical GIS



 Download free World War 1 mapping chapter from the book, Historical GIS


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