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This small, incomplete bibliography of references related to digital maps is far from exhaustive and aims only to provide an indication of topics in the field with examples and resources. To aid browsing, each reference is tagged with at least one of these keywords: exemplar, source, theory, technology and tool. Stanford University's A Spatial History Annotated Bibliography also provides a good selection of print references.

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A good example of interlinking maps to geocoded texts.

"But as we have seen, historically speaking, the country did not precede the traveller: it was the offspring of his intention. His distinctive way of viewing the world did not develop under the impress of external circumstances alone. The country did not teach him how to read." p349-0

"It is here, in recognizing the intentional nature of historical activity, that the possibility of <em>writing</em> an aboriginal spatial history emerges. A cross-cultural history, as Muecke shows us, has to be, in some sense, dialectical: it has to see what aboriginal perceptions have to tell us about the limitations of white history. But, after the critical dismantling, there has to be something more: a restoration of meaning, a process which cannot avoid being interpretive and imaginative." p349-0

"An aboriginal history of space would, then, be a symbolic history. It would not be an anthropologist's account of the Aborigines' beliefs. Nor would it be a history of frontiers and massacres. Rather than seek a newly ingenious means to translate the otherness of their experience into empirical terms, it might take the form of a meditation on the absent other of our own history. It might begin in the recognition of the suppressed spatiality of our own historical consciousness. It would not be a question of comparing and contrasting the <em>content</em> of our spatial experience, but of recognizing its form and its historically constitutive role. A history of space which revealed the everyday world in which we live as the continuous intentional re-enactment of our spatial history might say not a word about 'The Aborigines'. But, by recovering the intentional nature of our grasp on the world, it might evoke their historical experience without appropriating it to white ends." p350-0

"<p>Principles of Graphical Excellence </p><p> Graphical excellence is the well-designed presentation of interesting data - a matter of <i>substance</i>, of <i>statistics</i>, and of <i>design</i>. </p><p> Graphical excellence consists of complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision, and efficiency. </p><p> Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space. </p><p> Graphical excellence is nearly always multivariate. </p><p> And graphical excellence requires telling the truth about the data. </p>" p51

"The power of GIS for the humanities lies in its ability to integrate information from a common location, regardless of format, and to visualize the results of combinations of transparent layers on a map of the geography shared by the data. Internet mapping has made this concept widely recognized and accessible, but this use of GIS only hints at its potential for the humanities. Scholars now have the tools to link quantitative, qualitative, and image data and to view them simultaneously and in relationship with each other in the spaces where they occur. But the technology currently requires that humanists fit their questions, data, and methods to the rigid parameters of the software, which implicitly are based on positivist assumptions about the world. We seek instead to conceptualize spatial humanities by critically engaging the technology and directing i to the subject matter of the humanities, taking what GIS offers in the way of tools while at the same time urging new agendas upon GIS that will shape it for richer collaborative engagements with the humanistic disciplines." pix

"To date, studies using GIS in historical and cultural studies have been disparate, application driven, and often tied to the somewhat more obvious use of GIS in census boundary delineation and map making. While not seeking to minimize the importance of such work, these studies have rarely addressed the broader, more fundamental issues that surround the introduction of a spatial technology such as GIS into the humanities... The humanities pose far greater epistemological and ontological issues that challenge the technology in a number of ways, from the imprecision and uncertainty of data to concepts of relative space, the use of time as an organizing principle, and the mutually constitutive relationship between time and space... In the context of the humanities, we seek to move GIS from this more limited quantitative representation of space to facilitate an understanding of place within time and the role that place occupies in humanities disciplines." px

"Spatio-temporal GIS, or the ability of GIS to handle space and time concurrently, also remains unresolved, which makes current technology difficult for time-based humanities studies." pxi

"Hence, imperial history's <em>defensive</em> appeal to the logic of cause and effect: by its nature, such a logic demonstrates the emergence of order from chaos." pxvi p0-0

"What is evoked here are the spatial forms and fantasies through which a culture declares it's presence. It is spatiality as a form of non-linear writing; as a form of history. The cultural space <em>has</em> such a history is evident from the historical documents themselves. For the literature of spatial history - the letters home, the explorers' journals, the unfinished maps - are written traces which, but for their spatial occasion, would not have come into being. They are not like novels: their narratives do not conform to the rules of cause-and-effect empirical history. Rather, they are analogous to unfinished maps and should be read accordingly as records of travelling." pxxii p0-0

"<p>Quite the contrary, it is their open-endedness, their lack of finish, even their search for words, which is characteristic: for it is here, where forms and conventions break down, that we can discern the process of transforming space into place, the <em>intentional</em> world of the texts, wherein lies their unrepeatibility and their enduring, if hitherto ignored, historical significance. </p><p> Such spatial history - history that discovers and explores the lacuna left by imperial history - begins and ends in language. It is this which makes it history rather than, say, geography. If it does <em>imitate</em> the world of the traveller it is in a different sense. For, like the traveller whose gaze is oriented and limited, it makes not claim to authoritative completeness. It is, must be, like a journey, exploratory.</p>" pxxiii p0-0

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