The KNAW Humanities Cluster holds a wide variety of geodata collections, some of which unique in the world, and hosts numerous geohumanities research projects. Since late 2018 the HuC partners with the HisGIS.nl team of the Fryske Akademy (KNAW), which also set in motion the formation of a discussion group within the HuC with the goal of coordinating and streamlining existing, but scattered geohumanities activities at the three institutes.
Two members of this group, Thomas Vermaut (Leader Team Geo @ DI) and Rombert Stapel (Researcher IISH), will present an overview of current – and future – geohumanities-related activities at the HuC. Amongst others, we will discuss our partnership with the World Historical Gazetteer, HisGIS Netherlands, Historical Atlas of the Low Countries 1350-1800 and the NWO Replication Study ‘(Re)counting the Uncounted’ and – indirectly – NLGIS 1812-2021, Amsterdam TimeMachine, and more. We will discuss some of the technical challenges, including efforts to integrate our geodata in OpenStreetMap infrastructure, as well as discuss research opportunities. Finally, we will provide some tips of where to look of you want to step into the world of GIS and geohumanities yourself and how we can offer help.
Presentations by Thomas and Rombert can be viewed below. A video is available via the Huygens ING intranet website.