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Historical GIS: Technologies, Methodologies, and Scholarship (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography) [Kindle Edition]

Gregory , Ell
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0521855632
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0521855631
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Book Description

Historical GIS is an emerging field that uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to research the geographies of the past. Ian Gregory and Paul Ell's study, first published in 2007, comprehensively defines this field, exploring all aspects of using GIS in historical research. A GIS is a form of database in which every item of data is linked to a spatial location. This technology offers unparalleled opportunities to add insight and rejuvenate historical research through the ability to identify and use the geographical characteristics of data. Historical GIS introduces the basic concepts and tools underpinning GIS technology, describing and critically assessing the visualisation, analytical and e-science methodologies that it enables and examining key scholarship where GIS has been used to enhance research debates. The result is a clear agenda charting how GIS will develop as one of the most important approaches to scholarship in historical geography.


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Book Description

Historical GIS is a field that uses Geographical Information Systems to research the geographies of the past. Gregory and Ells study, first published in 2007, comprehensively defines this field, exploring all aspects of using GIS in historical research and providing a clear agenda for its future development.

About the Author

Ian Gregory is Associate Director of the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at the Queen's University of Belfast.

Paul Ell is Founding Director of the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at the Queen's University of Belfast.

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  • File Size: 1851 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 13, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SK95H6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Historical GIS March 3, 2008
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This book provides an excellent introduction and overview of Historical GIS. It is very well laid out, providing an overall introduction to the capabilities of GIS in its traditional context before moving on to case studies of how historical users have utilized Historical GIS.
I appreciate how the book demonstrates both the advantages as well as the drawbacks of using GIS technology in the context of historical research. It cleared up several misperceptions I had about GIS in general, which probably could have been done with any number of other GIS books out there, but as a historian, I appreciated the book being catered to my audience as opposed to a general reader.
The book is of similar quality as a college textbook, and appears to be used as such. While the authors do not assume the reader has a working knowledge of GIS, they do assume a basic understanding of the goals of GIS and how it might have potential in the field of historical research.
I highly recommend it to anyone in the field.
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and he thought this was boring even for a textbook. So I sold it used, to some other poor sucker. Now that it's gone, I can post my review
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