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A Place in History

A Guide to Using GIS in Historical Research



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Executive Summary


Chapter 1: GIS and its Uses in Historical Research

1.1 Introduction
1.2 The terminology of GIS
1.3 Uses of GIS
1.4 Problems with GIS
1.5 The GIS learning curve
1.6 Towards good practice in GIS

Chapter 2: The World as Viewed through a GIS

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Attribute data
2.3 Vector systems
2.4 Raster systems
2.5 Other systems: terrain modelling with TINs
2.6 Bringing it all together with layers
2.7 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Acquiring Spatial Data

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Scanning maps to produce raster data
3.3 Digitising maps to produce vector data
3.4 Geo-referencing
3.5 Error and accuracy
3.6 Digitising attribute data
3.7 Raster-to-vector and vector-to-raster data conversion
3.8 Primary data sources
3.9 Buying data or acquiring it free
3.10 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Basic GIS Functionality: Querying, Integrating and Manipulating Spatial Data

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Querying data
4.3 Manipulating and measuring spatial data
4.4 Buffering, Thiessen polygons and dissolving
4.5 Bringing together data to acquire knowledge
4.6 Formally integrating data through overlay
4.7 Integrating incompatible polygon data through areal interpolation
4.8 Conclusions: information from spatially detailed, integrated databases

Chapter 5: Time in Historical GIS

5.1 Introduction
5.2 The need for understanding through space and time
5.3 Time in GIS
5.4 Methods of handling time in historical GIS
5.5 Conclusions

Chapter 6: Visualisation from GIS

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Mapping and cartography in historical research
6.3 Developing understanding from basic mapping through GIS
6.4 Producing atlases from GIS
6.5 Electronic visualisation from GIS
6.6 Other forms of mapping
6.7 Moving and interactive imagery
6.8 Conclusions

Chapter 7: Spatial Analyses of Statistical Data in GIS

7.1 Introduction
7.2 What makes spatially referenced data special?
7.3 Spatial analysis techniques
7.4 Spatial analysis in historical GIS
7.5 Conclusions

Chapter 8: Qualitative Data in GIS

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Types of qualitative data in GIS
8.3 Case studies
8.4 Conclusions

Chapter 9: Preservation, Documentation and the Role of the History Data Service

9.1 Introduction
9.2 Obtaining data from the History Data Service
9.3 Depositing data with the History Data Service
9.4 Documenting a GIS dataset
9.5 Further information

Chapter 10: Glossary and Bibliograhy

10.1 Glossary
10.2 Bibliography

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