Labs

Lab #1: Working With Maps
Students will learn how to georeference a historical map, create new feature classes of transportation routes, and perform basic spatial analysis with existing data.
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Lab #2: Working With Text
Students will explore how to process and OCR text from an Overland Trail diary, evaluate the efficacy of the OCR process, and perform basic textual analysis using online tools.
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Lab #3: Spatial Data
Students will use a historical document to create and then interrogate a spatial database related to communications infrastructure.
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Lab #4: Distant Reading
Students will use topic modeling to examine the nineteenth-century novels Roughing It, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Little Women,  The Scarlet Letter, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
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Lab #5: Visualizing Race in the Urban West
Students will use census data and an historical map to pose and then answer a historical question about Denver in 1880.
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Note: Due to its file size, the data does not include a necessary historical map, “Thayer’s Map of Denver, Colorado” (1879). The georeferenced map can be downloaded through the Urban Transition Historical GIS Project. For information about the specific map, see David Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection.