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Geocoding points for Neatline

Geocoding points for Neatline

I am currently teaching a class on women’s movements in the 1970s and 80s, and it is a course that asks students to do archival research.  We are using Omeka as a group to do research, and Neatline presented a great opportunity to do some spatial projects.  I had a huge list of members of Kansans for ERA that I wanted to map, and I needed to batch upload them.  Here are notes on how to geocode information for Neatline….

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Adding new base layers to Neatline

Adding new base layers to Neatline

Wayne Graham, Technical Director for the Council on Library and Information Resources and formerly the Head of Research and Development at the University of Virginia’s Scholars’ Lab (where he was an architect of Neatline), provides a file of additional basemaps at github. These maps can provide alternatives to Google Maps and several cool options for base layers for Neatline maps from major sources like esri. To add these maps to your Neatline, do the following: Go to https://github.com/waynegraham/neatline_basemaps and “Clone…

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Enabling Google Maps in Neatline

Enabling Google Maps in Neatline

Enabling Google Maps in Neatline My students and I were having difficulty loading Google Maps in Neatline, so I came up with two possible solutions. The first is to upload alternative map layers. The second is to obtain a Google API key and plug it into the Neatline code. After some googling, I discovered several threads that indicated that (at least in the past) there had been a problem with Neatline’s code for OpenLayers, which doesn’t play well with Google…

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Python!

Python!

One of my tasks for this winter break is to learn Python, the programming language.  I arrived at this decision by breaking down into steps the skills I believe I need for a new project.  My larger goal is to query Chronicling America, the Library of Congress historical newspaper database, to create my own map of the publication of articles on a particular topic. My first stop was The Programming Historian, where I followed suggestions to the modules for learning python. I soon discovered…

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The Adventurer’s Library

The Adventurer’s Library

COURSE SPOTLIGHT: The Adventurer􏰀s Library by Dr. Kerry Wynn I first heard of James R. Mead—explorer, trader, statesman, and founder of Wichita—one day last spring, when Tom Prasch raced into my office and offered me the opportunity to teach a class unlike any we had offered before. Through the efforts of Tom Averill, Writer in Residence and Professor of English, and Alan Bearman, Dean of Libraries and Professor of History, Mabee Library had acquired Mead’s family library, a collection of…

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History Class

History Class

In 2015, Kelly Erby and I embarked upon a project to revamp the U.S. history survey.  At the core of this project was the effort to integrate active learning and highlight critical thinking.  We blogged about some of our efforts here.

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