Visually appealing and easy to read, maps are an effective way to convey historical information. Know History provides historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services to complement archival research and oral histories. GIS is a computer mapping technology that links features on a map to information about those features in order to analyze and explore spatial information, such as changes in land use and boundaries over time, the evolution of settlement areas, geo-referencing of census and parish records, and social network relationships between communities. Non-spatial information is joined to spatial data in GIS, creating a powerful research database that can be used to analyze the historic record in relation to geographical location and terrain.
In addition to research and analysis, Know History uses GIS to produce high-quality maps for print and digital publications, including 3D and web applications. Map content, functionality, and design are customized to each project and client. Know History can integrate GIS into projects of any scope, from local histories to nation-wide research.
Historical GIS services provided:
- Base map preparation
- Cultural resource mapping
- Georeferencing and digitizing of historic maps
- Mapping of historic records, persons, and events
- Interactive mapping
- Relief maps
- Walking tours
Image Credit: Canada Department of Manpower and Immigration / Library and Archives Canada / e010982334.