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Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alison Hedley, Shaun Macpherson, Alyssa McLeod, Jana Millar Usiskin, Daniel Powell, Jentery Sayers, Emily Smith, Michael Stevens, Authors

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4. Map

During our meeting on February 2nd, we collaboratively composed a map based on material from the "Lestrygonians" episode of Joyce's Ulysses. We then chatted briefly about the relationships between that map and Moretti's notion of "distant reading." We also considered the role of computation in humanities interpretation and ways to avoid a close-distant dichotomy.

Based on that workshop, the point of this exercise is for you to make your own geographical map, using whatever content you think is a best fit. If you wish, then the map can be related to your ongoing research or a project you are imagining for this seminar.

Learning Outcomes 

For you to:
  • Become more familiar with some geospatial approaches to the humanities,
  • Develop a basic knowledge of how expressions in Google Earth and Maps are composed and through what mechanisms,
  • Work through the accommodations and restrictions afforded by a spreadsheet-based expression of content, and
  • Consider the ways in which dynamic visual expressions can act as "standalone" arguments (i.e., without a text-based description or analysis).
What You Should Include in Your Response

Using what you learned during the February 2nd workshop, you should submit a map and only a map. Here are the conditions:
  • It should include at least ten placemarks,
  • Each placemark should include a name, a title, body text, and an image, and
  • The map should be referenced or embedded in Scalar (e.g., via an external link or embed code).
  • You can link your placemarks together (e.g., through an argument or narrative) using the "next" and "previous" features available in the spreadsheet mapper. (More below.)
Here are some quick instructions (more or less a review of what we did on February 2nd):
  • First, open this spreadsheet.
  • Now gather and enter at least ten rows of data for that spreadsheet. (Note: All images should be in the public domain or appropriately licensed.)
  • Need help grabbing the latitude and longitude (in decimal format)? Here's one way (among many): visit Google Maps, right-click where you want your placemark, and then select "what's here?" from the menu. The latitude and longitude will then automagically appear in the search bar. See? (Note: latitude is always listed first.) Handy!
  • Next, open this document. (It should look familiar.) Follow the "Quick Instructions" (Steps 1-7). Note: your placemark data is available via the tab named "PlacemarkData" at the bottom of the doc. For your reference, in the placemark data, I left a sample line (Line 11, p1 - delete it when you're finished). Please also remember that the template number is 6. If you do not enter "6" in that column ("Template #"), then the map will not render. The sky may also fall on your head.
  • If you are linking your placemarks together, then be sure to add the appropriate placemark IDs to the "Next Placemark" and "Previous Placemark" columns in the "PlacemarkData" tab. They are the last two columns available.
  • Once you've added all of your data, publish it to the web and view it in Google Earth and/or Maps.
  • Finally, in Scalar, point us to your map or embed it in a page. No need to write an explanation or the like. In fact, you should not.
Need a more thorough review? Stuck? Then watch this module. It's incredibly detailed and helpful.

Please submit your map before our meeting on February 9th. Be sure to include it in both your path and the prompt path (i.e., "Map"). Tag it with a name or two, if you wish. (The first person to add a response to the "Map" page should convert it into a path. Thanks!)

Get in touch with questions!

Author: Jentery Sayers
Word Count: 520
Original Prompt: "Map"

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