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Digital Mapping: Tracing the Senses

April 4, 2014

The Department of History, the Graduate History Students Association, and the DECIMA project are pleased to present a workshop on digital mapping and its application in Renaissance Florence.

Digital Mapping: Tracing the Senses


9:30-12:30:  Tracing the Senses in Renaissance Florence
  1. Public Launch and demonstration of DECIMA (Digitally Encoded Census Information Mapping Archive) – an interactive digital map of 16th Florence, using data from the 1561-62 census geo-referenced to the 1584 aerial view of Florence by Stefano Bonsignori.  Short explanatory papers/demonstrations by DECIMA research team members: Nicholas Terpstra, Colin Rose, Daniel Jamison, Leah Faibisoff, Eduardo Fabbro
  2. Nicholas Eckstein (University of Sydney)  Tracing the Plague through the Streets of Florence
  3. Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago)  Mapping the Soundscape of Pre-modern Florence
  4. Francesca Trivellato (Yale University) A Relational Database for the Business History of Early Modern Tuscany
12:30-1:30:  Lunch Break
1:30-3:30:  Digital Mapping – Workshopping projects

A workshop-presentation-discussion of digital mapping projects being developed by students and faculty at the University of Toronto using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  1. Byron Moldofsky and Sally-Beth MacLean  (U of Toronto) REED Patrons and Performances Online Mapping Renewal Project.  The focus will be on the use of Openlayers in Drupal to renew the  ArcIMS/Coldfusion version created for REED’s first research and educational website over 10 years ago.
  2. William Robbins & John Geck, Mapping the Canterbury Tales  An example of using maps of literary topographies in the classroom, and helping students create their own mapping tools, employing GIS as well.
  3. Marcel Fortin (U of Toronto) The Ontario Historical County Maps Project :  an Open Source Web Mapping Toolkit for Historians.

This workshop will be the culminating session for a series of training sessions held through the Winter semester.

January 28:  Introduction to GIS for Historians
February 25:  GIS for Historians: Basemaps and Geo-referencing
March 25:  GIS for Historians: Datasets and Interactive Mapping

This workshop is co-sponsored by

  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
  • Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium
  • Jackman Humanities Institute


April 4, 2014
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