Putting a Map in its Place

Scott Walker, Digital Cartography Specialist, and Danielle Brown, Geospatial Data Technical Assistant presenting image

Last week RTL Shares presented a special event focused on demystifying the work behind georeferencing at the Cabot Discovery Bar. The process that takes an image of that piece of paper and puts it in its rightful place in the world, georeferencing is of increasing interest to scholars as map collections are increasingly being made available in a digital format. Staff from the Harvard Map Collection, Scott Walker, Digital Cartography Specialist, and Danielle Brown, Geospatial Data Technical Assistant, presented on a variety of tools and use cases as they walked the audience through the process of adding a solitary a map in a drawer to a complex visualization of historic conditions.

Discussion included the potential uses for that new image in digital scholarship projects, data visualizations and analytical operations. They also provided tips on how to find georeferenced images on the web. The goal behind the well-attended presentation was to demystify the idea of georeferencing by showing a sample of the tools to perform the task and use the results. Librarians in attendance were encouraged to think about possible projects where this technology would be applicable.

Software demonstrated:
ESRI  ArcMap (the current version is called ArcGIS Pro)
ESRI StoryMap 

Catch up on previous RTL Shares meetings at http://guides.library.harvard.edu/rtlshares