Plane Table Mapping aka Instant Gratification Mapping

“Plane table mapping is the most interesting of all to do.  One can hardly browse through an account of its various operations without wishing to go directly into the field and do them.” – Down To Earth : Mapping for Everybody, 1944 Humans love maps.  Every day in the Scholars’ Lab we help aspiring cartographers…. Continue reading “Plane Table Mapping aka Instant Gratification Mapping”.

Map Sleuthing in Africa

One of the many fun things we do in the Scholars’ Lab is help people find geographic datasets. Folks use geographic datasets to make maps and for spatial analysis using geographic information systems software.  Finding detailed local-scale datasets can be hard.  And finding local-scale geographic datasets for areas outside the United States is even harder,…. Continue reading “Map Sleuthing in Africa”.

Geocoding for Neatline – Part II

In my last post (Geocoding for Neatline – Part I), I covered how to programmatically geocode a set of addresses and generate a CSV file for use in Neatline. In this post, I’ll go over how to actually post this information in Omeka and make it available for use in your Neatline exhibit. Requirements As…. Continue reading “Geocoding for Neatline – Part II”.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer

Note This is specifically for Omeka/Neatline 1.x. If you are using Omeka/Neatline 2.x, you can upload your maps to Geoserver with Option 2 below. Follow Editing Record Imagery for working with the WMS layers. [Cross-posted with and] This is part 3 of a 3-post tutorial that walks through process of georeferencing a historical…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer”.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 2 – Transparency

Update 8/27/12: After posting this last week, a comment by KaCeBe led me to go back and look for a way to get Geoserver to render transparent borders without having to manually add an alpha channel to the file. Although I still can’t find way to make Geoserver do it automatically, I did find this…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 2 – Transparency”.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 1 – Georeferencing

[Cross-posted from and] Out of the box, Neatline (our recently-released framework for building geotemporal exhibits) can be used to create geo-temporal exhibits based on “modern-geography” base-layers – OpenStreetMap, Google satellite and street maps, and a collection of beautiful, stylized layers from Stamen Design. For historical and literary projects, though, one of Neatline’s most…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 1 – Georeferencing”.