Mapping 300 years of New Orleans History Over Space and Time

Authors: Karl Phillips*, The MapStory Foundation
Topics: Historical Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change, United States
Keywords: New Orleans, space-time, open data, MapStory
Session Type: Interactive Short Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Endymion, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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In this session two historical geographers and one software engineer (and New Orleans native) will share their efforts to map the historical development of New Orleans over the 300 years. The presentation will outline the methods used to collective open spatio-temporal data, refine the data out "in the open" using the collaborative versioned editing capabilities provided by the MapStory.org platform, and produce animated visualizations that show the creation of land parcels and boundaries, the construction of buildings and infrastructure, the changes in zoning and land use, and more. The discussion portion will engage attendees in critical reflection on themes that emerge in the New Orleans mapping specifically, as well as the methodological and ethical implications of the "open-source/open-data spatio-temporal mapping and mapstorytelling" for other projects and locations besides New Orleans.

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