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Reinterpreting space: mapping people and relationships in late medieval and early modern English cities using GIS

Colson, Justin (2020) 'Reinterpreting space: mapping people and relationships in late medieval and early modern English cities using GIS.' Urban History. ISSN 0963-9268

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Abstract

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly popular in historical research, especially in urban contexts. However, digitizing historical sources in a way that can be mapped using the Cartesian co-ordinate systems of a GIS is often challenging, especially so in the case of records pre-dating centralized property registers or street numbering. This article explores how the vernacular spatial descriptions used in several case-studies of documents from late medieval and early modern London can be translated and geocoded into GIS compatible co-ordinates in a sympathetic way. Translating this data from a historical spatial paradigm into a modern one unlocks a whole range of new insights into spatial patterns, networks and relationships which would not have been feasible to construct using traditional methods

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 14:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27331

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