Week 4: Perspectives on Mapping 1: Representation beyond text

Assignment 1 – Due Friday March 29 2019

Lecture :  Moving beyond text (as words on paper) allows different possibilities. We will look at:

  • making text digital and the analytic and presentation possibilities which come with that move, including looking at non-linearity in discourse
  • using non-text material, starting with images, as evidence and as part of discourse


Peter. Burke. 2001. Eyewitnessing the uses of images as historical evidence. (Picturing History). London: Reaktion Books. (Introduction: The testimony of images, pp9-19) [pdf]
Landow, George P. 1987. Relationally encoded links and the rhetoric of hypertext. Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia: Proceeding of the ACM conference on Hypertext, vol. 1987, 331–343. [pdf]



Before the class:
Take note of one example you come across online where use of an image was either very effective or was distracting. Be prepared to talk about that example.

The Metamophoses of Ovid is an epic poem in Latin which recounts the mythology of the classical world. As the title might suggest, transformation and shape-shifting is an important theme of the work and many of the characters appear in multiple forms – keeping track of this is a formidable task. A famous project in what was then known as humanities computing addressed this problem, and we will take a look at it this week.

The Analytical Onomasticon to the Metaporphoses of Ovid

Read the introduction (it is short) then explore the Onomasticon a little, finding answers to the following two questions:

What forms does Jupiter (Iuppiter) take in the poem?
Which animal likenesses or comparisons do Jupiter and Hercules share?

The Introduction explains a little about the role of textual markup in this project, and you can see a lot of the markup in the interface. How do you think that the markup has been used to make the website you experience?
And what sort of questions does this interface make it easy (possible) to investigate?


Exercise: Using Google Fusion Tables to add information to a map

The list of steps which follows may look daunting, but each step is straightforward.

  1. Go into your Google Drive (via my.monash or email)
  2. Create a new Google sheet: New > Google sheets
  3. Add headings to the first row of the sheetPlace Why  Latitude   Longitude
  4. Open a Google maps window in another tab, search for a location you will use as the basis for your map – it could be where you live (but you don’t have to enter your address, just somewhere close) or some other place where you go often
  5. Think of five locations close to the base location for your map, places which you visit – shops, houses, etc
  6. Enter the names of the places in your Google Sheet in the Place column (e.g. cafe name, “Joe’s house”)
  7. Enter the Why information – just a couple of words is fine e.g. ‘best pizza’
  8. Enter the coordinates for each place- you get these by right-clicking the location in the Google map and then choosing What’s here?, the co-ordinates are the numbers at the bottom, latitude first (clicking on the numbers in the pop-up opens another box where it is easier to copy the numbers)
  9. Give the sheet a name – go to the top left and click on Untitled spreadsheet then enter a name
  10. Go to this page and click on Create a Fusion Table
  11. Choose Import > Google Spreadsheets (your new sheet should show up in the dialog – choose it)
  12. Check that the data is all in the right places, if it is, click Next, give the table a name then click Finish
  13. In the window which opens, click on the Map of Latitude tab – you should see a map of the area you are looking at with red dots at each location you specified.  Click on a dot and the information you entered will be shown in a pop-up box – the cursor icon has to have a pointing finger for this to happen (you can change the display format – see tutorial )
  14. Click Tools > Publish, then click the Change Visibility link
  15. Click Change to the right of Private, and set visibility to “On – Anyone with the link”
  16. Click Tools > Publish again, copy the text from “Paste HTML to embed in a website”
  17. Open WordPress for editing, start a new page or post, add some text if you want then place your cursor where you want the map to appear. Then click to the menu button (top RH corner of edit window), choose Edit as html  and paste the embed code. When you return to Visual mode, the map will show up, clicking on your locations will still give pop-ups (you may get a message telling you that the code is not well-formed; if this happens let the editor resolve the problem).
  18. Preview your post/page – click on your locations to make sure the information shows up

Notes on using Google Earth

Image attribution: By Image by Hill. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=309352