Spatial Start-up Grant
The University of Redlands has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a workshop for GIS specialists and humanities scholars to develop methodologies toward visualizing the flow and movement of people and ideas across geographic space.
Diana Sinton, director of Spatial Curriculum and Research at the University, is the project director.
The NEH Digital Humanities start-up grant will support the workshop Visualizing Flow and Movement for the Humanities hosted by the University, likely in October, on this emerging research area at the intersection of digital humanities, geography and information technology.
Redlands’ proposal is supported by a 12-year history of infusing spatial thinking
and geospatial tools across the campus and curriculum
According to the proposal for the grant, there are no satisfying ways to visualize flow and movement of
entities, such as people and ideas, across geographic space. Current tools and web programming allow
researchers to create simple maps with lines connecting points, but the visual output is uninspiring and the usability is limited.
“Whether we study the flow of democratic ideas, the migration of early Christian monks to Africa, or the peregrinations of Native American ancestral sites, we are seeking to characterize the movement of entities through space and time,” the proposal said. The project will address questions on the nature and visualization of flow and movement to lay a foundation for developing a digital tool optimized for humanities scholars.