The two spatial digital humanities project I looked at both outlined The Battle of Chancellorsville. The first project had an interactive timeline of the three day battle that broke down the troop movements by day. The second project focused on what happened on one day, May 2nd. Both projects argue that maps provided to the Confederate Army allowed generals Lee and Jackson to outmaneuver the Union army which led to disastrous defeat for the Union. The first project used an interactive time line at the top which opened up a new movement map for each day of the battle. The unique map for each day had its own interactive chronological order of events on the right hand side that allowed the user to learn about each major event in the order it occurred during the battle. The second project only focused on the first day of the battle so there are no timelines. Each project, however, does have an interactive display the individual movements of each army. That means that the user can click on any of the movements to learn more details from a text box that pops up. Additionally, each project has a zoom ability that allows the user to take into account the spatial environment each army was dealing with on a micro and macro level. The intractability of each projects visualization of the military movements during the battle are excellent tools that help clarify how the Confederate maneuvers were ingenious.

I might have given some more background information for the two projects that would help put the condition of the two armies at the time in perspective. The user has no idea which army was better equipped or was favored to win the battle. I also would include more images of the actual battles or armies as they fought in the battle. The projects now only provide a few images of the leaders of the battles.


We examined “Mapping Twitter in Real Time” and “Holocaust Suvivor Stories”. These are clearly two very different projects but they both approach an issue from a spatial perspective. Spatial studies are fundamentally about relative distances. To construct a graph with Cartesian coordinates, for instance, one must first define an origin. All positions are relative to that origin. In the Twitter mapping, the use can search a subject and a geographical location. The program then produces a map with Tweets and their contents. This could be particularly useful in examining mass protests that are increasing catalyzed by twitter activity.

The Holocaust Survivor Stories project is naturally quite different. In this project, the stories of holocaust survivors are spatially correlated with the places of their stories. This allows the user to “put a place to a name” so to speak. More importantly, one can more easily understand the relationships between stories and survivors by being able to see their physical locations.

Lab 3: James and Malcolm

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