Article Response: “Humanities GIS: Place, spatial storytelling, and immersive visualization in the humanities” by Trevor M. Harris et al.

I recently read Humanities GIS: Place, spatial storytelling, and immersive visualization in the humanities by Trevor M. Harris, Susan Bergeron, and L. Jesse Rouse. It’s a great article on using GIS in the humanities and thinking about how the two can be merged.

One of the last things discussed in the paper was Virtual Morgantown And to pull from the article: “Virtual Morgantown is a project focused on a period of rapid industrialization in this area at the turn of the nineteenth century and provides a vignette of how GIS and 3D graphics, modeling, and serious gaming technologies can be used to create an immersive and interactive environment for data exploration and the study of place.” (p.233 in GeoHumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place)

After finishing this article I got to thinking how GIS tools could be utilized in the humanities.  One tool that came to mind was ArcGIS. In ArcGIS is a map template called Story Point.  It seems possible that this GIS software would allow for the telling/mapping of stories (i.e. Cantebury Tales  or The Iliad). It would then be possible to link all of the points within the map to one another to create a navigational linear story where the major characters can be followed.

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