A workshop sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

The digital revolution has made massive amounts of historical and social science data available to scholars in electronic formats, and this phenomenon is opening new possibilities for exploring the human past. The ability to plot historical processes embedded in these datasets using mapping and visualization tools holds remarkable promise for providing scholars new insights into old questions.

This project brought together leading scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines (geography, history, geographic information science, computer science, graphic arts, among others) at a workshop that was held on February 20-21, 2009 at the University of Richmond that explored the potential of visualization work for humanities research. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by the University of Richmond and James Madison University.

A white paper and an appendix have been produced that build upon the presentations and conversations of the workshop: