Digital History Workshop: GIS #3 Understanding Settlement Patterns

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/05/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
eLab, Mediastudies (BG1)

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Session Information

Understanding Settlement Patterns is the third session of a three-part workshop on Geographic Information System (GIS); the digital toolbox for researchers working with geographic and spatial data. More information will be made available soon.

The location of human settlement has always been intimately related to the natural and socio-cultural environment. Archaeologists have used GIS for over 30 years to better understand the distribution and development of human settlement, and to predict the location of undiscovered sites. In this workshop you will be introduced to the principles of site location analysis and predictive modelling through GIS, and its pitfalls. In a hands-on exercise you will be given the opportunity to make your own predictive model.

Please register by sending an e-mail to K.Beelen@uva.nl

General Workshop Information

  • Sessions are held on a regular, monthly basis. We generally meet on Tuesdays, 15-17h, at the Mediastudies eLab, BG01, room 0.16, University of Amsterdam. Please note that the exact day and time may be subject to change.
  • No previous experience with digital research tools is required.
  • Preparatory readings will be distributed.
  • Workshops are meant for hands-on practice. We expect participants to bring a laptop and to install the software we provide you with in advance of the workshop.
  • Workshops are informal and open to all who want to explore digital research tools.
  • Newcomers are invited to prepare by reading the following introduction: Graham, S., Milligan, I., & Weingart, S. (2015). Exploring big historical data: The historian’s macroscope. London: Imperial College Press. Available online
  • For more information please get in touch with Kaspar Beelen at K.Beelen@uva.nl

Please download and install Maxent (http://biodiversityinformatics.amnh.org/open_source/maxent).

Dr. Philip Verhagen works as Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit. Currently he leads the “Finding the limits of the Limes” project (VIDI grant awarded by NWO, running from 2012-2017). The project applies spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the development of the cultural landscape in the Dutch part of the limes zone during the Early and Middle Roman period (15 BC – 270 AD).

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