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Geospatial Visualization in History Research

Speaker:  Nil Tuzcu

Date and Time:   Thursday Apr 19th,  12:00pm  -  1:30pm
Location:  CGIS South 354

Abstract:
Istanbul Urban Database  

is an open-access, interactive mapping platform for historians, architects, city planners and other researchers to examine urban history of Istanbul. The platform blends a wide range of historical data including maps, master plans, photos, and transportation routes, allowing users to explore and interact with spatio-temporal layers of Istanbul. The project was grounded on a core vision that, in order to understand past demographic, social, cultural and political phenomenon, we need to embrace computational tools, not as mediums to illustrate findings but as methodologies to research multilayered dynamics of urban change. To that end, the Istanbul Urban Database translates historical documents into datasets that reveal patterns, movements and change over time. This presentation will focus on the making process of Istanbul Urban Database. I will introduce the emerging web-based spatial technologies and historical GIS that are currently used for spatial history projects as well as discuss how the project situates in the broader digital humanities theoretical ground.

Nil Tuzcu Bio:
Nil Tuzcu is an urban technologist with a background in software development, urbanism and design. She specializes in information design and user experience research in a variety of media from interactive multimedia platforms to immersive experiences. She served as Research Associate at Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative (2015-2017) and as Research Fellow and Technology Lead at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (2014-2017). She will join the Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School as a team member.

Lunch will be served. 

Harvard Event Category  ABCD GIS Colloquium
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Event date  Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
CGA location  CGIS South Building
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