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Event Name: "Where Text & Code Collide: The Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series
Category: Academic/College Events
Sub Category: College of Liberal Arts
Description: "Where Text and Code Collide: The Digital Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series"


Matthew Knutzen

Matt Knutzen works in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library, one of the world’s premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and intensity of use. Established in 1898, holdings include more than 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 15th and 21st centuries.

He recently announced the launch of a project to align historical maps to the digital we use today. Georectification or "warping." He descripes this process by which "tile by tile, we're stitching old atlas sheets into historical layers, that researchers can explore with pan-and-zoom functionality, comparing yesterday's cityscape with today's." Eventually what is geospatial discovery may include tools for tracing building footprints and archives may include ephemera like newspapers, menus, photopgraphy.

According to Knutsen, however, the "most exciting aspects of this project is its participatory nature, meaning that anybody with a computer can create an account, log in, and begin warping and tracing maps." Better yet, your the contribution remains in place, a part of a larger project! Learn how to rectify a map yourself.

This project was the recipient of the 2012 cutting edge technology in library services award from the office of information policy of the American Library Association.
Schedules: 03/21/2013   (8:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
Max Lowenthal Hall, Room 3215

Contact: Cassandra Shellman
Phone: 475-2057
Cost: Cost - FREE