Abstract Machines: Humanities GIS by Charles B. Travis

By Charles B. Travis

Preface: summary machine

Part 1: GIS and the electronic humanities

1. Introduction
From Lascaux to the ocean of Tranquility
What is a GIS?
GIS and the electronic humanities

2. towards the spatial turn
A short background of Western geographical thought
Post-structuralist perspectives
Deep mapping
GIS and the gap of conjecture

3. Writing time and house with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century eire
Period, position, and GIS
Geovisualizing Irish history
Rebellion and conquest in 3D
Surveying the Cromwellian Settlement
William Petty and the Down Survey
From the ballybetagh to the barony
The Books of Survey and Distribution
Database mapping the Books
Visualizing the webs of history

Part 2: Writers, texts, and mapping

4. GIS and the poetic eye
Mapping Kavanagh
Bakhtinian GIS
Creating a electronic dinnseanchas
Plotting the poetic eye

5. Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological affects of Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno on James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922)
Joycean cartographies
Homer and Dante’s topologies
Modeling Ulysses
The topologies of Ulysses
Upper Hell
Middle of Hell (City of Dis)
Lower Hell
Visualizing a “new Inferno in complete sail”

6. Psychogeographical GIS: making a “kaleidoscope outfitted with consciousness,”
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)
The novel as city GIS
Spatializing At Swim-Two-Birds
Psychogeographical mapping with GIS
Vico-Bakhtin timespaces
Counter-cartographical GIS

7. Geovisualizing Beckett
Samuel Beckett’s GIStimeline
Geovisual narratology
Dublin-Paris, 1916–30
Beckett’s bottled climates
London, 1933–35
France, 1945–46
Bricolage and biography

Part three. towards a humanities GIS

8. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS
The misplaced mapmaker
The map theater
The geographer’s technological know-how and the storyteller’s artwork

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Breandán Mac Giolla Choille (1962), The Irish Manuscript Commission. 3 6 Abstrac t Machine Humanities in GIS A series of databases using information from the Books was created to map the religious demographic transformation of Irish land ownership in the wake of Cromwell’s invasion and Parliament’s redistribution acts. Here, the barony functions as the unit of scale to illustrate the seventeenth-century land transfer from Catholics to Protestants and distinguish between total, profitable, and unprofitable acreage.

However, Petty laid out their tasks in simple detail, designing and constructing simple tools that enabled them to observe and collect the data he specifically wanted. Petty’s surveyors had only to record locations and measure distances by chain lengths he provided. They sent the collected information to the Central Office in Dublin, where Petty supervised a group of trained cartographers who collated and drafted the data onto grid paper. In this sense, he instituted a seventeenth-century “geographical information system” of Ireland, which because of its structure and attention to topographical detail, can be imported, without much alteration, into the digital platform of a twenty-first-century GIS.

1 (2001), 28. 52 Pavloskaya, “Theorizing with GIS,” 2011, 2013. 53 Ibid. 54 N. pdf. 55 Ibid. 56 U. Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose, trans. W. Weaver (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984), 57. 57 J. Corrigan, “Qualitative GIS and Emergent Semantics,” in The Spatial Humanities, 85. Chapter 3 Writing time and space with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century Ireland Period, place, and GIS In The Landscape of Time (2002), John Lewis Gaddis links the ancient practice of mapmaking with the three-part conception of time (past, present, and future) that many historians apply to their work.

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