Georeferencing course

The Digital Arts and Humanities Research Group (DAHRG) is holding a one-day course on georeferencing in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on the 25th of May, 2016.

“Georeferencing” describes the linking of data with a physical location. Most commonly this process is referred to when associating raster data (such as a scanned map or satellite images) with spatial locations in a Geo-Informationsystem (GIS). More recently, the term “georeferencing” is also used in connection with the linking of toponyms with coordinates in digitized texts, which is then often called “geotagging”.

Georeferencing of both raster and textual data will be discussed in the course; there is no prior knowledge required, although experience with GIS would be an advantage. The course will be taught by Dr Alexander von Lünen, Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at Huddersfield, former technical lead for the Great Britain Historical GIS and its website A Vision of Britain Through Time between 2007 and 2012.

The course will demonstrate how to georeference raster data by using the open source Quantum GIS (QGIS) software, while also discussing alternatives (such as Google Earth). Participants will also learn about geotagging textual information and how to use freely available tools for this purpose.

The course will run from 09:00 to 17:00. A more detailed timetable will be presented in due course. To book your ticket, please go to the University of Huddersfield’s webshop. Directions and tips for travelling to Huddersfield are available on the university web site.


Panel at the Urban History Group meeting

Dr Alexander von Lünen, Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Huddersfield, co-organized a panel with Dr Sam Griffiths, Lecturer in Spatial Cultures at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, at this year’s Urban History Group meeting in Cambridge (UK) on April 1. The panel discussed the engagement of humans with the built environment in the past and present, including — among other things — how digital tools alter our perception of the city. Also on the panel were Dr Simon Sleight (Kings College London) and Dion Georgiou (Queen Mary University).

The panel comes on the heels of a volume soon to be published called Spatial Cultures, co-edited by Dr von Lünen and Dr Griffiths. Watch this space…