FINAL SCHEDULE (June 11, 2012)

LOCATIONS: All sessions will take place in the Young Research Library, Research Commons (first floor).  Morning sessions for week one are in the research commons classroom; afternoon sessions are in the Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) Lab space.  Week two sessions are in pods, group classrooms and the DCH Lab space.  Week three final sessions (July 2-3rd) are in the Presentation Room (11360 YRL).

Lunch is served for Institute Participants, Institute faculty and staff, and presenters.

Social Media:

Our Hashtag is #UCLADH

Our group Google Doc for all public notes, links, discussions, provocations, etc — please note this is open to anyone with the link. 

Pre-Institute Readings:
1. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (available through MediaCommons Press or from NYU Press).

Pre-Institute Tools and Projects:
1. Social Explorer:

2. HyperCities:

3. Google Earth

Week 1: The Geospatial Humanities

Mon, June 18 (9-12): Introductions

What is “Digital Cultural Mapping”?  Discussion of logistics, expectations, and goals of the Summer Institute (Presner, Johanson, Favro, and 12 participants)

(1-4): Exploring HyperCities and developing courses (Presner, Johanson, Favro); Using Google Maps/Earth (Sullivan)

Suggested readings:

Tues, June 19 (9-11): [sent to Indiana University NEH Summer Institute]

Geospatial Analysis and Narrative Strategies in Architectural History, Urban Studies, Ancient Studies, Archaeology, and Classics (Favro and Johanson): What does it mean to design a geo-temporal argument?  How are discipline-specific assumptions and methodologies transformed in 4D digital environments?

Tues (12-2): Video-cast presentations with Indiana University NEH Summer Institute (lectures by May Juan and Ian Gregory, over lunch).

(2-4) “Exploring the World of Geo-Tools: Social Explorer, Geo-Commons, Google Fusion Tables, ArcGIS, Google Earth, and Open Street Layers” (Kawano)

Wed, June 20 (9-12): “Geospatial Methodologies in Digital History” (Ethington and Reiff).  Ghost Metropolis (Ethington)

Wednesday (1-4): Hands-on “how to use” Scalar and “how to use” HyperCities, including the Scalar-HyperCities integration (Ethington, Cardenas, Shepard, Presner)

  • Tools: Scalar (Cardenas, Ethington), HyperCities (Shepard, Presner)
  • Institute participants’ projects (demos): Jennifer Reut, John Maciuika, Nobuko Toyosawa, Jonathan Massey

Thurs, June 21 (9-12): Virtual Worlds + GIS (Johanson) and “Neo-Geo” (Presner, Kawano, Shepard)

  • 9-10:00 (Johanson) on Unity Virtual World Gaming + GIS [sent to Indiana University]
  • 10:15-11:15 Social Media Mapping: Tehran Election Protests HyperCities collection; HyperCities Egypt Twitter Map: (Shepard, Kawano, Presner)
  • 12-1:00 Lunchtime visit to the Technology Sandbox (Kawano)

Thursday (1:15-4):  “Neighborhood Knowledge, Community Participation, and GIS” (Ethington, Reiff)

  • Demo of Ghost Metropolis in Scalar (Ethington)
  • Mapping LA’s Historic Filipinotown through video, census data, historical maps, student projects, and oral histories (Ethington, Reiff, Chen, Presner)
  • Tools: Integrating GIS Map Services (Kawano, Chen, Shephard)
  • Institute participants’ projects (demos): Angel Nieves, Paula Lupkin, Niall Atkinson and Peter Leonard

Fri, June 22 (9-12): Discussion with Kathleen Fitzpatrick on future of Digital Publishing

(1-3:15): “Visualization and Network Analysis in the Humanities” (Borovsky): A discussion of tools, technologies, and methods

  • Tools: Google Fusion Tables to generate maps; visualization and network analysis tools (Wordsmith, ManyEyes, Voyant, Gephi) (Borovsky, Presner, Shepard)
  • Institute participants’ projects (demos): Ryan Cordell, Lilian Manzor, Annie Danis, Gabriel Hankins

3:30 – 5 PM — RECEPTION AT ROYCE HALL, 3rd Floor north balcony

Week 2:  Generating Transformative Scholarship

Building on the broad introduction to the geospatial humanities in week one, this week focuses on practice and implementation, in which each participant works intensively with Institute faculty and staff to design their geo-temporal argument.  This week will also feature four tool-time sessions in the afternoon with GIS specialists (Kawano, Shepard, and Chen).

Mon, June 25 (9-4 PM):

Six participants will each be paired with a faculty or staff designer who will spend the morning reviewing and assessing the state of the digital data provided by the participant during the pre-Institute phase of the project.  Together, they will each complete a data evaluation, which will inform the nature of the work over the week.  During this time, the other six participants will be in a single group guided by Presner, Favro, Johanson, and Posner, discussing the nature of story-boarding an argument.  Questions of curation, annotation, navigation, interaction, interface design, symbology, and systems of reference will figure prominently into the discussion.  In the afternoon, the two groups will switch.

Note: Institute participants working on GIS-intensive research will work at the Technology Sandbox for portions of this week.

Mon, 2PM: TOOL TIME #1: “Thinking with GIS: What can you do (and what can’t you do)?”  (Kawano, Chen)

Tues, June 26 and Wed, June 27 (9-4 PM): Design, Story-boarding, and Implementation

Over the two days, participants will begin “staging” their arguments in Scalar, HyperCities, Google Earth/Maps, and/or ArcGIS/ArcMap.  Staff support will depend on the exact technical needs of the participants.   Additional individual instruction in specific digital platforms will be included on an as-needed basis.

Tues, 2PM: TOOL TIME #2: “Geo-rectifying historical maps” (Chen)

Wed, 2PM: TOOL TIME #3: “Using APIs — Google Maps, Twitter” (Kawano, Shepard, Chen)

Thurs, June 28 (9-4 PM): Site choreography: how to inter-relate components and link elements of the argument together, focusing on visual signposting, interface design, legibility, and integration of various kinds of multimedia.

Thurs, 2PM, TOOL TIME #4: “Visualization: Learning about the D3 Suite of Tools” (Shepard, Kawano)
Fri, June 29 (9-4 PM): Participants will reach a milestone in the development of their projects by creating a draft ready for initial presentation and review by the Institute participants.  The faculty and staff will focus on technical problem-solving and “reality-checking.” Video-cast wrap-up session with Indiana University Summer Institute (9-11 AM)

Group Dinner, time/place TBA

Week 3:  Creating and Evaluating Transformative Publications

The purpose of this week is to have a two-way dialogue between the Institute participants and a group of editors, publishers, and librarians working on innovative platforms for geospatial humanities scholarship. The impact and evaluation process will go in both directions: Editors, publishers, and librarians will evaluate the digital projects created by Institute participants, discussing possible criteria by which such projects may be judged, reviewed, and archived; and participants will evaluate existing publication and archiving platforms and discuss how they might be transformed to better accommodate multimodal, geo-temporal scholarship.

Outside guests will attend the Institute over two days.  The guests are: Nancy Levinson, editor of the online journal Places and founding editor of Harvard Design Magazine; Mary Francis, Humanities editor at the University of California Press; Philip Ethington,  Multimedia Editor for Urban History (Cambridge Journals Online); Kazys Varnelis, Director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and multimedia editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; Tara McPherson, founding editor of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular and the Scalar platform; Marta Brunner, Head of the Collections, Research, and Instructional Services at the UCLA Library and steering group member of the Open Humanities Press.

Mon, July 2 and Tues, July 3 (9-4), Location: Young Research Library Presentation Room (YRL 11360)

Six presentations by Institute participants per day with a moderated discussion with Levinson, Francis, McPherson, Ethington, Brunner, and Varnelis on creating, evaluating, sustaining, and preserving geospatial humanities scholarship.  The forum will last two days and represent the culminating event of the Institute.  A final group dinner will be on July 2nd at the Thai House in Westwood, 6 PM.

Wednesday (July 4th holiday, no sessions scheduled)

Thurs, July 5 and Fri, July 6 (10-3 PM – OPTIONAL): Institute participants make final revisions to projects (Sullivan, Shepard, Posner).

Suggestions for further reading:

  • Mark Monmonier, How to Lie with Maps (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992), 1-42.
  • Edward R. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press, 1983), 13-27, 52-105.
  • JB Harley, “Texts and Contexts in the Interpretation of Early Maps,” in: The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), 34–49
  • Denis Cosgrove, “Moving Maps,” in: Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2008), 155-68.
  • Richard Brilliant, “Prolegomena to a Very Long Book on the City of Rome,” in: In Memoriam Otto J. Brendel: Essays in Archaeology and the Humanities, ed. Larissa Bonfante, Helga Heintze, and Carla Lord (Mainz: von Zabern, 1974), 255-261.
  • Stuart Dunn, “Space as an Artefact: A Perspective on ‘Neogeography’ from the Digital Humanities,” in: Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity (2010): 53-69.
  • “The Power of Geographic Visualizations,” Geographic Visualization, eds. M. Dodge, M. MacDerby and M. Turner (John Wiley & Sons, 2008), 1-10.
  • Anne Knowles, “Historical Maps in GIS,” Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (ESRI Press, 2002), 1-22.
  • Amy Hillier “Redlining in Philadelphia,” Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History, ed. Anne Knowles (ESRI Press, 2002
  • Denis Cosgrove, “Moving Maps,” in: Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2008), 155-68.
  • Denis Cosgrove, “Carto-City,” in: Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World (London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2008), 169–182.
  • “Digital Harlem” (


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