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CDH Guided Project: GIS and digitisation of historical maps for research 'Mapathon'

Dr Alexis Litvine (History, Cambridge Digital Humanities).

This CDH Guided Project series will offer an overview of GIS techniques applied to digitising historical material and platforms for crowd-sourced digitisation. This project concludes with this live “mapathon” session on International GIS day, i.e. November 17. During this event, participants will all meet (in person preferably but online will be possible) for a friendly but competitive digitisation challenge against participants in a similar guided project held in France — Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Participants will need to commit to joining the live sessions and to set aside at least 3-4 hours of individual digitisation work. Participation in the final “mapathon” (online or in-person) is also expected, but no prior GIS knowledge is required. 

Format:

This event will be offered online and in-person.

As the course will use primarily cloud-based computing (even for high-performance computing applications), no specialist computing hardware or specific operating system or software is necessary. However, if you only have a trackpad on your computer, we HIGHLY encourage you to borrow a mouse from a friend for this project; digitising old maps with a trackpad is very painful!

Eligibility: 

For participants who have undertaken the CDH Guided Project: GIS and digitisation of historical maps for research

Date: 
Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
In-person and online - Faculty of History, Seminar Room 5