Jacopo de' Barbari's View: Visualizing Venice, Past, Present and Future

Kristin Love Huffman March 31, 2022 | 5:32pm | HRG 126, Herring Hall

Huffman shared 3D models, macro photographs, and animated video clips created for an exhibition of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s large multi-panel engraved View of Venice of 1500. As Huffman pointed out, this complex reproduction was in its own time the pinnacle of advanced image technology in the service of cultural heritage.

How to Make Maps: Edition 2022

David Heyman February 3, 2022 | 11:00am | HRG 126, Herring Hall

The democratizing technologies of the web have brought the tools and raw-materials required to make a map to a wider audience than ever before. This proliferation of mapping has redefined modern Cartography beyond the general practice of “making maps” to the purposeful design of maps. Purposeful Cartographic design is more than visuals and aesthetics; there is room for the Cartographer’s design decisions at every step between the initial earthly phenomenon and the end map user’s behavior. This talk will cover the modern mapping workflow from collecting and manipulating data, to combining traditional cartographic design with a contemporary UI/UX, to implementing these maps through code across multiple platforms. This presentation examines how these design decisions are shaped by the purpose of the map and the desire to use maps to clearly and elegantly present the world.

Mapping Historical New York: A Digital Atlas

Wright Kennedy January 25, 2022 | 11:00am | HRG 126, Herring Hall

Mapping Historical New York: A Digital Atlas visualizes Manhattan’s and Brooklyn’s transformations during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Drawing on 1850, 1880, and 1910 census data, it shows how migration, residential, and occupational patterns shaped the city.

The Digital Atlas breaks new ground by locating each person counted in the Census at their home address, sometimes before the street grid was even established. To do this work we used preserved historical maps and city directories, and even traced census takers’ steps, to locate residences. The Atlas is a living project that will expand to include all five boroughs up to the 1940 census.

Digital Mappa

Lisa Fagin Davis December 2, 2021 | 9:30am | HRG 126, Herring Hall

The premise of Digital Mappa is simple: if you have a collection of digital images and texts, then you should be able to develop a project where you can identify specific moments on these images and texts, annotate them as much as you want, link them together, generate searchable content, collaborate with your friends, and publish your work online for others to see and share.

IIIF Research and Presentation Tools

Martim Passos November 11, 2021 | 9:30am | HRG 126, Herring Hall

IIIF is a way to standardize the delivery of images and audio/visual files from servers to different environments on the Web where they can then be viewed and interacted with in many ways. There are tools available for working with IIIF resources in various ways–such as creating exhibitions, annotating images, and more–and often only require a link to one or more IIIF Manifests to use.

Urban Cartography in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Empire

Sibel Zandi-Sayek March 12, 2020 | 4:00pm | HRG 126, Herring Hall

This talk explores the particular manifestation of urban maps in the Ottoman Empire during the long nineteenth century. Identifying general patterns as well as specific exemplary instances of urban maps, it traces the cartographic practices and activities of representing urban places in the region.

The talk highlights the production, distribution, and use of Ottoman urban maps; the technological developments, economic and political changes, and historical events that affected the expression of these maps; as well as the scholarly challenges of studying nineteenth-century urban cartography in the region.

The Ottoman Enlightenment: Cartographic Knowledge and Imperial Power in the Seventeenth Century Ottoman Empire

M. Pınar Emiralioğlu January 23, 2020 | 4:00pm | Lantern Studio 201, Moody Center for the Arts

This presentation aims to investigate the close relationship between cartographical productions and articulation of imperial power in the seventeenth century Ottoman Empire. The end of the sixteenth century saw a radical transformation in the character and use of maps. After Ptolemy’s Geography was translated into Latin in the early fifteenth century, humanist scholars in Europe were exposed to a set of new techniques.

Ptolemy’s works introduced a geometric approach to the depiction of space that was defined by the celestial grid of longitude and latitude. In the same period, innovations in printing and the expansion of a commercial market increased circulation as maps found a new audience, literate urbanites. Commercial map-printing houses of Italy and the Netherlands contributed to the standardization of maps used and distributed across Europe. Mapping in this period shaped how cartographers, intellectuals, and ruling elites conceived space, territory, and political power.

Although this new development impacted the Ottoman world, the Ottoman cartographers and their works have not yet fully been integrated into these discussions. This presentation aims to fill this gap in the literature through a historical analysis of select cartographical works from the seventeenth century including the anonymous Ottoman portolan chart of the Mediterranean from 1652, which is housed in Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and the Ottoman Cartographer Katip Çelebi’s translation of Atlas Minor, completed in 1655. In doing so, it will argue that in the seventeenth century Ottoman ruling elites and cartographers did also start understanding their realms and measure their imperial authority in spatial terms. Further examination of the production process of these maps will also shed tentative lights into the global intellectual and professional networks in which Ottoman cartographers were operating.