Historical GIS Lab
College of Arts & Science | University of Saskatchewan
The Historical GIS Lab unites history and geography to explore change through time and variation across space. Merging historical methods with Geographic Information Systems technology opens up innovative analytical possibilities for historical research.
The Historical GIS Lab unites history and geography to explore change through time and variation across space. Merging historical methods with Geographic Information Systems technology opens up innovative analytical possibilities for historical research. Affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of History, the HGIS Lab supports faculty researchers from a variety of disciplines, graduate students in master’s and Ph.D. programs, and a variety of government agencies and community groups.
GIS has been employed in many academic disciplines and industries for a diverse variety of applications. The Historical GIS Lab focuses on the use of GIS technology for historical research. Most GIS is confined to exploring spatial relationships; we add a time dimension. At its most basic, HGIS recovers historical maps from archives and digitizes them for graphic enhancement and publication. Thematic mapping of historical data—such as census, vital statistics, or econometric data—can reveal patterns never before seen. Powerful tools analyze digitized historical maps in order to understand the past more fully.
The Historical GIS Lab provides a variety of services to both on-campus and distant clients. We digitize historical maps, process attribute data, custom-design publication-ready maps for use in journal articles or books, provide consulting, and develop full-blown HGIS projects for clients. For on-campus users we provide wide-format and custom printing and a variety of custom scanning services, including wide-format scanning, microform scanning, and bulk scanning to pdf. See our Services & Data pages for full details.
Funding for the Historical GIS Lab comes from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Saskatchewan Innovation and Science Fund, the College of Arts and Science, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.
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