Growing recognition of cross-disciplinary applicability and importance made Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a popular approach in the Humanities. Until lately maps development and spatial analysis had been a prerogative of cartographers and, later, experts in specialized computer software (early GIS packages). However, latest advances in computer hardware and software have opened this area to other disciplines and allowed researchers to enhance their traditional research methods and ways to present findings. The course reviews a diverse range of spatial software, both desktop and web-based, including GIS and their application in the Humanities. The primary focus is at geospatial data visualization including internet data mining, datasets processing and maps development using different approaches and software packages.
The course consists of
- Introductory theoretical sessions focused on principles of geospatial data visualization, cartography and GIS basics;
- Practical sessions on learning practical GIS skills. Special attention is paid to mapping skills using free open source packages;
- Supervised students’ research on individual term projects. Topics for projects can be linked to research interests and theses needs.