Week 2 (Jan 24, 26):

Tuesday Introduction to the Geographical Information System (GIS)

Study Guide:

  • Read GIS Commons, Chapter 1 “Introduction” and consider:
    • What is GIS? In what ways is it similar or different from “digitized maps,” as you may find in the David Rumsey Map Collection?
    • What are the key elements of GIS? Be prepared to explain some of the key concepts (such as raster vs. vector data).
  • Explore both assigned websites by turning on and off the layers. Make at least two observations on each site about spatial patterns and spatial relationships: What patterns can we see? How would you account for these patterns? (Were churches often built in the vicinity of major markets? Did the transport routes or economic centers of an earlier period overlap with those of a later period?) Be prepared to share your observations in class with a short (a few minutes’) presentation.

Thursday Creating Thematic Maps in ArcGIS: I

Study Guide:

  • Read Cambridge Illustrated History of China, Chapters 5-6 for an overview of the Tang-Song period of Chinese history, the period which we will focus on in this course. Consider: What changes took place during this period?
  • Prepare population statistics from the following periods: 639, 742, 980s, ca. 1080, and 1102. For details, refer to my email.