Atlascine 4.0: Interfacing between Maps, Stories and Places

Authors: Sebastien Caquard*, Concordia University, Emory Shaw, Concordia University, José Alavez, Concordia University
Topics: Cartography, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Mapping, Cartographic, Narrative, Life Stories, Geoweb, Deep Mapping, Exile, Refugee
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Chairman's Boardroom, Omni, East
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As argued by a growing body of scholars interested in "deep mapping", there is a broad recognition of the importance of mapping stories for understanding not only the events described in them, but also places themselves. What is less clear is how to turn these stories into maps that can contribute to such insight. This question becomes even more critical in projects that involve the mapping of large corpora of stories in a systematic way. In this paper we present an online mapping application designed to address this issue. Entitled Atlascine 4.0, this application is currently being developed to streamline the entire process of story mapping, from the uploading of data sources (e.g. audio files, video, transcripts) to the identification, characterization and cartographic representation of the places that structure these uploaded stories. The core feature of this fully interactive application is the systematic connection it offers between the map and the segments of the stories represented. This connection enables the user to navigate between the stories, their transcripts and their cartographic interpretations. The potential of this tool, as well as the multiple issues raised throughout the mapping process that it implies, will be discussed by presenting its application to 30 life stories of refugees from Rwanda living in Canada.

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