The production of maps and geospatial data visualizations in the humanities is a popular mode of scholarship for the quick communication of rich information. This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to two mapping tools that can be used to explore humanities data that includes a geospatial component.
Palladio, a low-barrier-of-entry web-based mapping tool created by Stanford University, allows users to quickly and fluidly visualize datasets, and is intended to provide humanities scholars a way to explore the relationships between their data and places ascribed to it. Palladio contains functionality for mapping, timelines, and simple graphs, as well as interactive filters and relationship building within and between datasets. Palladio’s strengths and weaknesses will be covered briefly with a short hands-on session.
QGIS is a robust Free and Open Source Software solution for high-quality map creation. Though it comes with a steeper learning curve, QGIS stands as a fantastic option for scholars looking to produce professional-level, high-quality geospatial visualizations. QGIS’s strengths and weaknesses will be covered through a quick demonstration and overview. Workshop attendees will be directed to further resources for hands-on learning after the session concludes.