Sample data sets

Locations in Amsterdam depicted in art between 1550 and 1750. Source: Matthew Lincoln. ‘Middlebury_amsterdam: Data for 2014 Kress Digital Mapping and Art History Summer Institute.’ Zenodo, 2015. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.15461. GitHub.

Abby Mullen, Quasi-War Encounters. See related map of this data.

Natural Earth: cultural and physical data. Download Quick Start Kit.

Catholic dioceses in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Data compiled from Joseph Bernard Code, Dictionary of the American Hierarchy (1789-1964) (New York: Joseph F. Wagner, 1964), 425-26, and for the United States since 1963, Canada, and Mexico from

U.S. Cities and Populations. U.S. Census Bureau and Erik Steiner, Spatial History Project, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University.

Will Thomas, et al., Railroads and the Making of Modern America (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2011). Historical railroad information for the United States in a variety of formats.

John H. Long, et al., Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, The Newberry Library, Chicago (2010).

Jason Heppler, “Machines in the Valley” (2015).

Art auction data. Compiled by Spencer Roberts.

Tate Collection. Artist and artwork data sets. I have geocoded the artists.

National Historic GIS. U.S. Census data available via the NHGIS data finder. Or, download a set of data from the 1890 census with accompanying shapefiles. All the NHGIS state and county shapefiles simplified and reprojected. NHGIS data for Day 2

Occupy directory.

Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations.

The Atlantic Netowrks Projects.

Historic England data sets. © Historic England 2015. Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015 The Historic England GIS Data contained in this material was obtained in May 2015. The most publicly available up to date Historic England GIS Data can be obtained from

Gapminder. World demographic and health data. Gapminder food and Gapminder GDP.

Pleiades. Ancient place names and locations.

Her Hat Was in the Ring. Not spatial but could be. Some transcribed data from the workshop.

A New Nation Votes.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. An export from that database.

China Dimensions data collection.

Data Repositories



CartoDB Map Academy

QGIS Tutorials and Tips

The Spatial Humanities project of the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia has a set of tutorials called Spatial Humanities Step by Step.

Fred Gibbs, Making a Map with QGIS, Linking and Styling Data with QGIS.

Data Driven Journalism’s basic tutorial on “How to Create Maps with QGIS.”

Abby Mullen, Tutorial on georectification in QGIS.

Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, “Omeka: A Guide to Getting Started and Best Practices” (see the tutorial on Omeka and Neatline).

Axis Maps, Thematic Cartography Guide.

Writing on maps and mapmaking

David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris, eds., Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives, The Spatial Humanities (Indiana University Press, 2015).

David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris, eds., The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship, Spatial Humanities (Indiana University Press, 2010).

Tim Cresswell, Geographic Thought: A Critical Introduction, Critical Introductions to Geography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Tim Cresswell, Place: A Short Introduction, Short Introductions to Geography (Blackwell Pub, 2004).

Tom Elliott and Sean Gillies, “Digital Geography and Classics,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3, no. 1 (2009).

Pamela Fletcher and Anne Helmreich, with David Israel and Seth Erickson, “Local/Global: Mapping Nineteenth-Century London’s Art Market,” Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide 11:3 (Autumn 2012).

Ian N. Gregory and A. Geddes, eds., Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS and Spatial History, The Spatial Humanities (Indiana University Press, 2014).

Jo Guldi, “What is the Spatial Turn?Spatial Humanities: A Project of the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship.

Isabel Meirelles, Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations (Rockport Publishers, 2013).

Mark Monmonier and H. J. de Blij, How to Lie with Maps, 2nd ed. (University Of Chicago Press, 1996).

Mia Ridge, Don Lafreniere, and Scott Nesbit, “Creating Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives through Design,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 7, no. 1–2 (October 1, 2013): 176–89, doi:10.3366/ijhac.2013.0088.

Stephen Robertson, “Putting Harlem on the Map,” Writing History in the Digital Age, edited by Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki (University of Michigan Press, 2012).

Susan Schulten, The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880–1950 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Susan Schulten, Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Richard White, “What is Spatial History?” (Stanford University, Spatial History Project, 2010).