Digital Humanities Models
Paris: City of Light
This site provides a map with the locations of composers’ homes, theaters, and important landmarks in Paris between 1900-1950. Additionally, it provides links to other pages in the City of Life website that detail specific information about public tourist attractions (this includes pictures, sound clips, and short films about the location). While this map uses different icons to indicate the type of location and provides general knowledge, the map uses no GIS system to link the icons to the locations; therefore, the overlay of icons becomes offset with the picture underneath if the page is zoomed in or out too far.
Early Modern London
Link: Early Modern London
Created in a collaboration between professors of Oxford and Victoria University in England, this is a map of “Early Modern London” which outlines buildings and roads in color-coded categories based on type of location. Any combination of the categories may be shown on the map, and clicking on a specific venue produces a pop-up that provides information about the location. The entire site is open-code, open-access, and open-source (which is beneficial for others looking into conducting similar research). However, the creators have yet to include information for many of the locations on the map.
In this article posted on the Azavea Atlas website, John Branigan details his first experience working with CartoDB, an open source PostGIS database that graphs information on a map with the capabilities to include bar graphs (among other graphing techniques). This map in particular deals with OPEC’s data on known oil reserves from 1960 to 2011. While the data is not relevant to our research, Branigan highlights specific capabilities of CartoDB and praises its user-friendly nature.