Lancaster University

Lancaster Summer Schools
in GIS and NLP (#LancsSS18)

Lancaster University, UK – 2nd to 5th July 2018

Summer School in GIS for the Digital Humanities

This Summer School is an intensive, hands-on introduction to the use of Geographical Information Systems aimed at PhD students and other junior researchers in the digital humanities.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is the field of geography devoted to the visualisation, in the form of maps, of non-visual data sources. These data sources can range from statistical databases to corpora of literary texts.

The Summer School in GIS for the Digital Humanities is offered by Lancaster's Digital Humanities Hub. It is led by Prof. Ian Gregory, and a leading specialist in GIS and its application across the humanities. He is an author of the book Historical GIS: Technologies, Methodologies, and Scholarship (Cambridge, 2007), and co-editor of Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS and Spatial History and The Routledge Companion to Spatial History (Routledge, 2018).


Over four days, a series of intensive lab-based sessions will be used to introduce GIS, from the basic concepts, to the use of key software including ArcGIS, to a consideration of approaches for applying GIS in different kinds of humanities research. The aim is to give participants the skills needed to exploit GIS techniques in their own research – allowing the spatial dimension to emerge in the study of digital humanities.

Sessions include:

  • Introduction to GIS in the Humanities
  • Cartography in ArcGIS
  • Working with tabular data
  • Data integration through overlay and buffering
  • Places, coordinates and point data
  • Geo-referencing historical data
  • Geo-visualization using Google Earth

The application process for the 2018 summer schools is now open. Click here to apply online. (The application process closes on 1st May 2018 or when a maximum number of registrations is reached.)

Click here to apply.

N.B.: This Summer School event is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.

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