HGIS data for Census Districts from the 1851 Census of the Canadas, Scholars GeoPortal

Teaching Historical GIS Online: The Geospatial Historian

As a Collaborator on the Canadian Historical GIS Partnership I had the opportunity to meet with many of the incredible Canadians who are using Geographic Information Systems to advance historical research and presentation in higher education. The mid-term meeting was held in Toronto, and it included scholars and practitioners from across the country (and the US, of course).…

Historical aerial photos and landscapes, Prince Edward Island

PEI’s Changing Landscapes: HGIS Research Featured on Nature’s Past

My chapter on Prince Edward Island’s changing landscapes and land use (Top-down History) was featured in the latest episode of the Nature’s Past podcast today. This was a roundtable interview with Jennifer Bonnell, Marcel Fortin, John Lutz, and me. We discussed the changing role of historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) in academic research, and the role of…

Once a jumping off point for swimmers, this lighthouse is now 600m from the channel at St Peters Harbour PEI due to coastal accretion. Historical photos courtesy of Carol Livingstone, PEI Lighthouse Society.

Swallowed by the Sea/shore

At the start of the summer NiCHE asked for our favourite and most meaningful photos from summer research or vacation. OK I’ll bite. I’ve seen some amazing landscapes and images so far this year, being lucky (or maybe foolish) enough to have travelled from Vancouver Island, BC to Twillingate Island, Newfoundland, and spent at least…

The Blue Marble: View of the earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. Source, Wikipedia

Remote Sensing and Historical GIS

(Originally posted on The Otter, Jan 10, 2013) Forty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1972, NASA released a gift to the public, the “Blue Marble” image of the whole Earth from space. This photograph was unplanned and originally unwanted by NASA, but it quickly became one of the most reproduced images on Earth.[1] The astronauts…