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International Conference on the History of Cartography
Papers not read, but abstract printed in the program
This one-hour workshop presented a wide range of examples of how historical scholars in various disciplines are currently using geographic information systems (GIS) to examine historical maps, extract information from them, and use them as the basis for historical research. It emphasized that GIS technology is not always necessary and sometimes may actually be an obstacle to acquiring or representing geographic information. Because of the ability of GIS to manage and analyze very large geospatial databases, however, it can be an excellent tool for tackling complex historical issues, such as the relative significance of human actions versus environmental conditions in causing the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The workshop then considered issues arising from the use of GIS for history. The presenter used her GIS exploration of what Robert E. Lee could and could not see at Gettysburg, a key battle in the American Civil War, to illustrate several of workshop's key points.
Historical Maps and the Internet
Organizer: Anne Godlewska, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Papers presented (summaries on-line):
Integrating Historical Maps Into Primary Education (K-12, Ages 5-18)
Organizer: Yolanda Theunissen.
Report will follow a.s.a.p.
The ICA Commissions on the History of Cartography and on Education and Training had a joint session on Teaching the History of Cartography at Harvard University's Memorial Hall on June 14, 2003. Thanks to the local organizers of the international Conference on the History of Cartography, David Cobb and Matthew Edney, this prestigious venue had been secured. With about 50 participants the session had the following contributions:
The Osher Library Associates donated: