Category Archives: Spatial Humanities

Is Digital Humanities Too Text-Heavy?

Last week was the marvelous international conference for digital humanities, held this year at beautiful University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the course of 4 days, I tried desperately to meet people I only knew from tiny Twitter pictures or gitHub or … Continue reading

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The Cutting Room Floor

The recent release of City Nature leaves behind several static, dynamic, and interactive pieces that, for one reason or another, were not integrated into the final site. One of the reasons I created this blog was to showcase the work … Continue reading

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City Nature

Today we’re releasing City Nature, the results of work exploring natural environments in urban areas using topic modeling, GIS, and data visualization. The site has rich interactivity, including an amazing parallel coordinates plot that allows you to explore the greenness … Continue reading

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Color and Precision

Color has been bothering me lately. To get to color, though, we have to take a short digression into space. You see, a lesson you learn early on in spatial analysis is that just because your GIS package gives you … Continue reading

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Possibility and Probability in Geospatial Information Visualization

Update: This piece incorporates writing by Karl Grossner, without properly crediting him, a mistake in which I get into in more detail here. Doing digital humanities often means producing digital geographic maps*. These maps increasingly provide a wide range of … Continue reading

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Good Data, Bad Data

One of the projects I’m supporting this year is an analysis of neighborhood similarity of cities in the United States. The similarity measure is based off a set of attributes and can be represented as a matrix, which can then … Continue reading

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A Map to Nowhere

The mayor of Salt Lake City recently took issue with his city being described as significantly smaller and less connected than London. There are many ways to gauge importance from a social and cultural sense, such as calculating the centrality … Continue reading

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Humanities CMS

It’s a good time to be humanities scholar in need of a complex content management system. While WordPress in all its convenience and glory will always be there for the writer who simply wants to write and publish digitally, there … Continue reading

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Introducing ORBIS|via

The following also appears in the Applying page of ORBIS. ORBIS|via: A Situated Perspective of a Transportation Network Based on Computer Gaming Principles ORBIS|via can bee seen at The initial response to the release of ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial … Continue reading

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Dynamic Distance Cartogram in D3

One of the features of ORBIS that I’ll be demonstrating next Wednesday is this dynamic distance cartogram, which is on Github as a gist and can be seen using bl.ocks here. It’s been written in D3 and uses a few … Continue reading

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