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Narrative Cartography and the Geoweb: A Workshop on Story Mapping Online


Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:00 to 12:00
Sébastien Caquard, Stefanie Dimitrovas and Emory Shaw

In this workshop, we will show participants how to use several current online applications which combine narratives and cartography. We will present three applications: Tripline, for telling the story of a journey with a map; ESRI Story Maps, for creating a multimedia storytelling experience which includes mapping as a visual aid and framework to organize concepts; and Atlascine, for viewing and analyzing a story from a spatiotemporal perspective. In the case of Atlascine, we will be presenting the methodology we have developed from our current research on transforming stories from COHDS’s Montreal Life Stories Project into web maps with this application. We will then invite a critical discussion of each application’s pros and cons, to end with a broader discussion on how maps can help us better understand stories, as well as how mapping stories can help us better understand places. Participants can bring their own stories to map (and associated media, if any).

Presenters are bilingual, and will cater the language of the project to participants’ needs. Given the nature of this workshop, there is a limit of 20 participants to this workshop. Participants are invited to bring their own laptop to navigate the applications; a few computers will be available on site as well.

Sébastien Caquard is the Director of the Geomedia lab and Associate Professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University. His research lies at the intersection of mapping, technologies and the humanities. In his current research, he seeks to explore how maps can help to better understand the complex relationships that exist between places and narratives.

Stefanie Dimitrovas graduated from Concordia with honors with a BSc in Environmental Science. She completed her honors thesis under the supervision of Sebastien Caquard, on a comparative analysis of online applications designed for mapping stories, entitled “Nested narratives, from a life story to online mappings.” She currently works as a research assistant in the Geomedia lab on mapping oral histories.

Emory Shaw is an MSc candidate in Geography, Urban and Environmental studies at Concordia University. He works with the Geomedia lab mapping oral histories and his thesis explores how mapping social media content can inform us about the heterogeneity and connectivity of urban public spaces.

LB-1042.03 (Blue Room), 1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC

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