HIS 218
Unit 11: GIS and History

Example of an iconostasis in a Russian Orthodox church. The iconostasis hides the altar from the worshipers and is highly stylized with religious meaning.
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Short introduction

Historians love maps, but they were very difficult to use in web 1.0 and web 2.0 creations; and so for a long time, maps were just static images on the web. GIS (Geospatial information systems) provides a new approach to maps (a combination of data/statistics with a map, a spatial representation). This is very exciting application, but also a little difficult to master.

What you must do in this unit


  • Submit the Story Map assignment (150 points).
  • Post the URL, title and short description of your story map assignment on the discussion board in Canvas.

Extra credit options

  • Please suggest any materials relevant to this unit of the course.

Unit learning objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) use a digital tool to interpret the historical past and (2) explain how GIS methods can be used by historians in their research.

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