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Licensing Adjustments

June 8, 2016 in E-resource, News, Site Information

As part of a broader project to remove needless restrictions on our data (see last week’s changes to A-la-Carte), as of June 8, 2016, all shapefiles on our Resources page are now available under the Open Database License (ODbL 1.0).  This replaces the previous Creative Commons 3.0 Non-Commercial License, and provides users significantly more freedom to use our data in any and all forms of research and publication.  As always, please direct any questions or suggestions to awmc@unc.edu.

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American Geographic Society Library Fellowships

June 3, 2016 in Funding

From our colleagues at the American Geographic Society Library at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

The AGS Library is one of the premier collections of its kind in North America, containing over 1.3 million items including maps, atlases, books, periodicals, and photographs. The cartographic collection dates to 1452, with particular strengths in documents related to American empire. The collections are vast and varied, and include, for example, the portfolio of maps used by the Americandelegation to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919; an original copy of the 1861 Daedong yeojido by Korean cartographer Kim Jeong-ho; and extensive collections from Latin America, Asia and Polar regions.

Photographic collections reflect the global travels and studies of individual geographers and members of the Society throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, with particularly notable collections in polar exploration and Western U.S. expansion. Archives include various collections related to the history of American geography. Books and periodicals include an extensive collection of early travel literature and guidebooks, as well as a rich historical collection of globally produced geographical periodicals.

Currently, there are two types of eligibility:

  • Scholars at all levels, including faculty and Ph.D. dissertators, at U.S. federally defined Minority-Serving Institutions are eligible for the AGSL Fellowships for MSI Scholars. ($600/week, up to 4 weeks)
  • Scholars at all levels, including faculty and Ph.D. dissertators, at any university are eligible for John and Helen Best Fellowships. ($400/week, up to 4 weeks)

Complete fellowship descriptions can be found on the AGSL website. Past fellowship recipients have included scholars of history, geography, cartography, climate, environmental studies, and literature. Lists of previous AGSL fellowship recipients and their projects may be found here and hereApplications for the 2017 fellowships are due on November 4, 2016.

Please contact Curator Marcy Bidney (bidney@uwm.edu) with questions about the fellowships or our collections. Photos of the AGS Library can be viewed on our Flickr page.

Please circulate this announcement widely.

 

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AWMC Spam Issues

May 5, 2016 in Site Information

Dear Users,

It has come to my attention that in the last 24 hours a number of you may have received spam through AWMC’s message system, messages that in some cases appeared to come from an official AWMC email address.  The user responsible has been removed from the site, and I’ve adjusted our group and messaging settings to ensure that this doesn’t happen in the future.  Neither your user information nor the basic functionality of the site appear to have been compromised.  If you received spam, I apologize for the inconvenience.  As always, please email if you have any issues or concerns with the website.

Thanks!

-Gabe

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Richard Talbert to Speak at AAH

April 28, 2016 in Conference, Interest, Presentation

AWMC founder and faculty advisor Dr. Richard Talbert will give a talk on Friday, May 6 at the Association of Ancient Historians Conference in Tacoma, WA.  The talk is entitled “Latitude and Worldview: The Evidence from Roman Portable Sundials.”  Details on the conference are here.

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“Mapping the Past” Videos Now Available

April 18, 2016 in Conference

The recordings of last month’s conference are now up on YouTube.  If you couldn’t make it to the conference, you can now watch the proceedings.  Thanks again to everyone who made the event possible, and for all our presenters for allowing us to record and post their talks.

Conference Videos

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Thank You!

April 13, 2016 in Conference

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the “Mapping the Past” conference last weekend!  We had a collection of excellent papers and a large and enthusiastic audience.  All talks were recorded and will be posted to YouTube in the next week–I’ll post updates when they’re available.  Thanks again to everyone who made this event possible!

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Saturday Parking

April 8, 2016 in Conference

For everyone planning to attend the “Mapping the Past” paper panels this Saturday, April 9:

It has just come to my attention that we will be sharing campus on Saturday with UNC’s annual Science Expo.  As a result, Cameron Ave. will be closed between Columbia St. and Raleigh St., and parking will not be available in the Swain Lot, the Bynum Circle Lots, Emerson Drive, or Lenoir Drive.  Street closures and a new set of recommended parking spots are on the map below.  With the increased difficulty of parking, I would encourage all conference attendees who are able to travel to campus by public transportation, and to budget additional travel time for the increased traffic and parking difficulties that the Science Expo produces.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Saturday Parking Map

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TOMORROW: Mapping the Past

April 6, 2016 in Conference

AWMC’s conference “Mapping the Past: G.I.S. Approaches to Ancient History” starts tomorrow morning, with events continuing through Saturday afternoon!  We’re very excited to welcome guests from across the country and around the world for three days of workshops and talks on the use of digital mapping in reconstructing the ancient past.  Check out the conference page for details!

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Announcing AWMC Conference 2016

March 2, 2016 in Conference

Mapping the Past: GIS Approaches to Ancient History

April 7-9, 2016

The Ancient World Mapping Center is very excited to announce that it’s first ever academic conference will be held on April 7-9 on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.  ”Mapping the Past: GIS Approaches to Ancient History,” features a slate of exceptional scholars from eight universities and three countries.  Check out the flyer below of visit the conference page for more information.

 

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Upcoming Talk: Richard Talbert on Visualizing and Mapping the Ancient World

January 26, 2016 in Interest, Presentation

On February 27, the Mapping Center’s founder and faculty advisor Richard Talbert will be giving a lecture through UNC’s Program in the Humanities. Details here.

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