In this lab, we looked at how GIS has been integrated into DHi projects. The use of maps in DHi projects has made it possible to create spatial arguments much more easily than ever before. In the second part of this lab we looked at “Mapping Jewish LA” and “Twitter in Real-time”. Both projects used existing information and added a spatial layer to the information in to change the point of view of the same argument.
In “Mapping Jewish LA” one can see the growth of the Jewish community in LA over time. Also, rather than just seeing an increase in numbers, one can see the distribution of the growing population. This is something that could not be observed as easily without the usage of GPS and mapping.
Looking at the next project, “Twitter in Real-time”, one can see a more “modern” usage of GIS to convey information. In this project one can see the distribution of tweets about a certain topic by searching for a keyword in tweets within a 2-kilometer radius on a map.
As seen in both projects a special argument is introduced to a set of data, allowing users to observe that data in a different way and come up with new questions and connections. These questions involve how spatial relativity can effect outcomes and trends in the past and present.