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Digital Humanities

A guide to the concepts and tools of the expanding field of digital humanities

Digital mapping is used as a means of visualization to communicate geographic information and geospatial data.

Mapping Tools

ArcGIS Storymaps. ArcGIS StoryMaps helps you tell stories with custom maps. ArcGIS StoryMaps can give your narrative a stronger sense of place, illustrate spatial relationships, and add visual appeal and credibility to your ideas.

Mapbox. Mapbox is a platform that enables users to solve problems with maps, data, and spatial analysis. Users are able to style their own map; upload or create custom data; develop web and mobile applications; extend an existing app's functionality with geocoding, directions, and spatial analysis; and create static maps. One of the core functions of Mapbox is custom map design.

Palladio. Created by a team at Stanford University, Palladio is a user-friendly tool for conducting network and spatial analyses. To create a Palladio project, users can copy and paste spreadsheets; drag-and-drop to upload tabular data; or to link to a file in a public Dropbox folder. Data can be visualized in several ways: as a map, graph, table, or gallery. 

StoryMapJS. Created by Northwestern University's Knight Lab, StoryMapJS allows users to tell stories on the web by highlighting the location of a series of events. Users can create spatial narratives through maps or large images. StoryMapJS works best when users have narratives with strong location ties.