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Digital Humanities: Spatial Analysis & Mapping

This guide supports Digital Humanities scholarship & practice at the University of Otago, by connecting people to the methods & tools, projects & other people transforming humanities scholarship in the digital realm

Getting Started

University Supported Software

If you want access to ArcGIS software contact your departmental GIS coordinator, or the university GIS coordinator Aubrey Miller in the School of Surveying ( The software can be installed on computers running microsoft windows or accessed via the staff and student desktop environment.

Do More

Examples of Open Source GIS Software available:

Something simple but effective:

There are many sources of open spatial data.  Below are some commonly known examples.  

Advice on GIS : Chris Garden

Learn More

Early travels in the English lakes: GIS and literary history

Be inspired.

This presentation introduces the Spatial Humanities project, discusses their previous work (as well as our tools and methods), and describes a case study they recently completed using cost surface analysis to examine three 18c tourists in the English Lake District.

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We want your feedback!

This guide continues to evolve, and we really welcome your feedback so we can continue to improve it. Please let us know if you find:

  • Incorrect or irrelevant details, tools that don't work, dead links or otherwise unhelpful information
  • Helpful details, tools, links or information that you think need to be on the guide, but aren't currently.

We'd also love to hear from you if you want to have your project featured on the guide, or would like to be profiled on the Connect&Collaborate@Otago page. Email Alexander Ritchie, with any comments or suggestions on how we can improve it.

Viva Digital Humanities!