Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris. The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

From the publisher’s description:

The Spatial Humanities aims to re-orient—and perhaps revolutionize—humanities scholarship by critically engaging the technology and specifically directing it to the subject matter of the humanities. To this end, the contributors explore the potential of spatial methods such as text-based geographical analysis, multimedia GIS, animated maps, deep contingency, deep mapping, and the geo-spatial semantic web.

Browse a Google Preview of The Spatial Humanities here.

Image: Inuktituk Dialect Map , created by Asybaris01


If you’ve ever wondered about the future of the book, have a look at these:

Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life — with life understood both philosophically and biologically — which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.”  (from Living Books About Life)

Cover photo credit: under license.





Crowd on Canada DayNoon-Hour Intro to RefWorks Workshop
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Woodward Biomedical Library: Teaching Lab – Room B25

Finding and Using Data from the Census of Canada
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM – 11:45AM
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre: Room 318 – Library Computer Lab

Photo: Winston Wong

JSTOR, “a trusted digital archive of more than one thousand academic journals and one million primary sources”, is a very popular database, especially for research in political science.

If you’re a regular JSTOR user, or expect to be one soon, consider attending this webinar tomorrow morning: Learn How to Get the Most from the JSTOR Platform. Registration is free.

See the full JSTOR  training schedule here.



Created especially for graduate students, these workshops are open to undergraduates and faculty members as well.  Click  the links below for a full description of upcoming workshops. Full list of workshops here.


Open Source GIS is the topic for this month’s UBC GIS Users Group Meeting.  Jeff Burton, from GIS and Data Visualization – UBC Records, will be presenting.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Koerner Library Room 216

We hope to see you there!

The article “Why has the gender wage gap narrowed?” , is available in the online edition of Perspectives on Labour and Income, Spring 2011, Vol. 23, no. 1.

(From the abstract) “The gender gap in hourly wages narrowed between the late 1980s and the late 2000s. This article analyses the narrowing wage gap according to the changing characteristics of men and women in paid work, the changes in pay received for those characteristics, and the extent to which who works in each period affects the results.”

Esri has the following two summer opportunities for students:

Esri International User Conference Student Assistantship Program

Through the Student Assistantship Program, Esri sponsors a number of
students to participate in the annual Esri International User
Conference. The next conference will take place July 11–15, 2011.

If you are a graduate student or fourth-year undergraduate student who
is currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the
United States and who uses GIS software, you may apply for the student
assistantship program. Esri will select up to 60 students to take part
in the program, which includes monitoring sessions, registration,
staffing, and overall logistics. Esri also sets aside time for the
students to attend sessions. Students receive a full registration
package for the conference, hotel accommodations, and a small stipend
for meals but pay for their own travel and personal expenses.


Summer Internship Program

Our Summer Internship Program provides valuable work experience while
you continue your education or prepare for life after graduation. The
program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Internships
are available at Esri headquarters in Redlands, California, and in our
regional offices throughout the United States. Each internship is a paid
position and will be up to 12 weeks long.

"Great news! Crown Copyright and Licensing (CCL) is pleased to announce
that permission to reproduce Government of Canada works is no longer
required, in part or in whole, and by any means, for personal or
public non-commercial purposes, or for cost-recovery purposes, unless
otherwise specified in the material you wish to reproduce."

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