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Title:Retromapping: conceptual outline of a novel method for visualizing and exploring urban spatial evolution in the digital environment
Author(s):Matkovszki, Ilona
Advisor(s):Williams, Kate
Contributor(s):Smith, Linda
Department / Program:Information Sciences
Discipline:Library and Information Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Digital humanities
Urban spatial history
Abstract:Maps have long been used for visualizing and studying urban spatial information. For the early phases of urban development in most cities, however, there are usually few maps due to the high cost of map making. These temporarily widely spaced early city maps document the evolution of cities as a series of “slides” frozen at particular points in time and provide no information on the smaller-scale, gradual changes that had occurred over time and had ultimately produced the spatial configurations we see on historic maps. This shortcoming severely limits the utility of historic city maps as information sources both for the visual documentation and for the investigation of early urban spatial history. This thesis introduces a novel method and conceptual framework for visualizing and querying information on early modern urban evolution in the United States using an alternative form of mapping in the digital environment, which corrects this shortcoming and substantially enhances access to information on urban spatial history. The thesis demonstrates the practical application of the new method using the early history of the City of Urbana, Illinois as working model.
Issue Date:2016-12-09
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Ilona Matkovszki
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12

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