POST: The Digital Data Backbone for the Study of Historical Places

In preparation for their March 10 SXSW Interactive session, Why Digital Maps Can Reboot Cultural History, Butch Lazorchak (Digital Archivist, Library of Congress) and Matthew Knutzen (Geospatial Libarian, NYPL) discuss digital geospatial tools, using maps to tell stories, and digital stewardship and preservation issues in mapping projects. Knutzen goes step-by-step through the NEH-funded New York City Historical GIS Project and the MapWarper tool that NYPL Labs built to georectify over 5,000 maps from the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library.

This post was produced through a cooperation between Heather Martin, Chella Vaidyanathan, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (Editors-at-Large for the week), Zach Coble (Editor for the week), and Roxanne Shirazi and Sarah Potvin (site editors).