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Examining the Place and Space of Democratic and Anti-Democratic Action, Past, Present and Future
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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | Democracy in Place and Space |

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 

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the rent of the civil war 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:43 PM

July 1-3 mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and it seems only appropriate to share these rich, interactive resources to commemorate the event (this particular interactive feature uses an ESRI storymap template).  This fantastic example from the Smithsonian Magazine shows how history teaching and research can be benefited by using GIS with the example of Gettysburg.  Many student today visit the sites of the Battle of Gettysburg and get a greater appreciation of battle by getting a sense of the lay of the land and the  challenged confronting both armies.  National Geographic has additionally put together resources to display other Civil War battles.  GIS is not a tool that is just for geographers; any analysis that requires spatial analysis can be mapped. 

Tags: historicalwar, landscape, spatial, GIS, ESRI.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:46 PM

Looking for GIS integration into history classes?  Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.  

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

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eSpatial OnDemand GIS™: Location intelligence transformed

"Discover how eSpatial OnDemand GIS™ can transform your data into clear, visual maps. Discover the power of Geographic Information System (GIS) software - also"...


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This is a video introduction to which might just prove to be an very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by colloborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geotagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current streetview images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   

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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 4:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 3:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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2010 U.S. Census datasets are now available

2010 U.S. Census datasets are now available | Democracy in Place and Space |
We are pleased to announce that the new 2010 U.S. Census datasets with their new geometry and attributes are now available as layer packages on


Time for ESRI to update the datasets, means time for use more current relevant data in the classroom.

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Going Places with GIS and Geography in Education

Going Places with GIS and Geography in Education | Democracy in Place and Space |
Long-time educator Barbaree Duke has been integrating GIS into her classroom since 2000. As a staffer for the National Council for Geographic Education, she actively advocates the use of GIS for geography education in the K-12 environment.


GIS is not just for the specialists producing the data.  Exploratory projects can get students to wanting to ask questions and focus their spatial thinking skills 

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