Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mapping in the English Lake District: a literary GIS by David Cooper and Ian N Gregory

In GIS recent past, a shift transformed the often criticized singular nature of GIS, consisting mostly with only quantitative data,  into a critical GIS.  The humanities has an equal and opposite development on its side, the critical thinking is present but technology is not; humanities has shifted to a more IT approach.  A geographical site, the English Lake District is referenced in "examining the conceptual and critical potentiality of literary GIS."  A symbiotic relationship emerges.

Critics have in recent years urged for a spatial turn in literary theory, for "cognitive mapping."  GIS answers that problem.  On a technical level, non-scholars can utilize recent developments and ease of use in GIS through friendlier software.

Cooper and Gregory fall under the expanding blanket of GIS, mapping submerged in the emergence of literary theory, mapping poet Thomas Gray in 1769 tour through nature.  Some of the maps:

While these literary maps are not perfect, the future of GIS and its recently enhanced accessibility indicates a bond between, GIS, spatial reasoning, and the humanities.

Cooper, D., & Gregory, I. N. (2011). Mapping the English lake district: A literary GIS. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers36(1), 89-108.

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