Cross-posted from my “Hawthorne’s Celestial Railroad: A Publication History” development blog at http://ryan.cordells.us/crr/hawthorne-article-published-at-dhq/
While I apologize for the slow updates here of late, I am pleased to report that my article on the reprinting history of “The Celestial Railroad” has been published in the latest issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly. This is a special issue on “The Literary,” and is well worth perusing in full.
We’ll be using these files for the lab. This tutorial, prepared for my graduate digital humanities class, walks through the same steps we’ll follow, in case you need to review a step here or later:
A few other worthwhile links:
The Spatial Humanities site is a useful clearinghouse of both spatial theory and praxis across a range of humanities fields. Kelly Johnston’s step-by-step above is only one of a growing collection of such resources on the Spatial site.
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. If you want a historical map with which to practice—or, frankly, for your research, this is an excellent first stop. In short, it’s many thousands of historical maps, provided for free. In order to download high-resolution versions of the maps, you must create a (free) account and log in.
Neatline is an incredibly robust Omeka plugin that allows you to create spatial exhibits of your collected materials. Check out some of the demos—it’s really phenomenal stuff. We won’t have time to go over Neatline, but one could, for instance, make use of a map georeferenced in ArcGIS as a base map for a Neatline exhibit.
Hypercities is another important spatial humanities platform that makes use of Google Earth and allows users to build “deep maps” of spatial data, historical maps, images, video, and text. Check out some of their collections to see what Hypercities can do. The collections around Los Angeles, Berlin, and Rome are particularly robust.
Last week I gave a talk about my current research, “Mapping Networks of Viral Texts in Nineteenth-Century America” for Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. They were kind enough to record and post video of the talk.
The video isn’t super-high-resolution, so you can also access my slides on Prezi.