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A place in history: A guide to using GIS in historical research.

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Published

Publication date2003
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherOxbow
Number of pages80
ISBN (Print)1-84217-036-8
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameArts and Humanites Data Service
PublisherOxbow

Abstract

This guide is intended for historians who want to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS). It describes how to create GIS databases and how to use GIS to perform historical research. Its aims are to: • Define GIS and outline how it can be used in historical research • Evaluate the way GIS models the world • Describe how to get data into a GIS • Demonstrate the basic operations that GIS offers to explore a database • Review how time is handled in GIS • Explain how GIS can be used for simple mapping and more advanced forms of visualisation • Discuss quantitative data analysis within GIS • Illustrate the use of GIS for qualitative analysis The book provides a broad sweep of GIS knowledge relevant to historians without assuming prior knowledge. It includes case studies from a variety of historical projects that have used GIS and an extensive reading list of GIS texts relevant to historians.