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Projects by Feature: Mapping

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Alabama Memory History Civil Rights Mapping

The Alabama Memory project offers insight into the often supressed history of lynchings in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In his HY 000 class, Dr. John Giggie led a group of students through their research into the lynchings of 11 African-Americans in 8 different areas of Tuscaloosa County. This research was compiled into an interactive map that includes the location of each lynching, a summary of the events, and primary source documents relevant to the case. The class also analyzed the language used in articles reporting the lynchings by creating word clouds. These word clouds allowed the class to visualize the most commonly used words and phrases for describing the black men and their alleged white female victims.

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Black Belt 100 Lenses Community Mapping

Digital Archive Black Belt 100 Lenses creates opportunities for high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt to comment on the region’s unique histories and cultures through photography. The project, started in 2007, has collected more than 7,000 images to date. Working with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships is building a digital archive of its images. This archive will lay the groundwork for the images’ incorporation into the University of Alabama’s library collections and will also form the content for a redesign of the project’s website in Omeka.

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Carte de Visite Project History Mapping

The Southern Cartes de Visite Collection is a recently-digitized group of 3,356 photographs from circa 1850 to 1900 from the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection. The ADHC was part of a larger collaboration within the University Libraries to create a digital map depicting the locations of photographers, studios, and galleries represented within the collection of cartes de visite, creating an interface in which users can browse the collection geographically, or filter it by photographer. Users can also access a link to the Acumen database to see and manipulate the cartes de visite photographs. The cartes-de-visite, or "visiting cards," are part of the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama. The photographs represent an impressive range of southern studios during a time when the prints were the most popular and inexpensive form of portrait photography. Small (2 1/2 by 4 1/2) albumen images mounted on cardstock, cartes-de-visite allowed customers to quickly and easily share photographs with friends, family, and colleagues. Many prominent and lesser-known photographers are represented, and the collection serves as a valuable resource for historians of the South, genealogists, and the general public.

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Mapping the Tide English Mapping

Mapping the Tide is a project created and curated by Dr. Amber Buck and CRES students from the EN 639: Spatial Rhetorics course at the University of Alabama in Fall 2016. For this course, graduate students chose an aspect of a marginalized University of Alabama history/experience to research throughout the semester. Each student created a digital map using Google Maps to tell a story of campus history spatially and developed an interactive experience using augmented reality software in order to tell the story through geolocated, space-based media.

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Audio Tours Community Mapping

The Audio Tours project provides campus visitors (and regulars) with the opportunity to learn something new about the University of Alabama. Audio Tours uses Google Maps and Soundcloud to create easy-to-follow, student-led tours. The topics covered range from the history of race relations on campus to ghost hunting to casual storytelling.

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ARTmap Art History Mapping

ARTmap was created by Professor Jenny Tucker to be used in conjunction with the introductory level ARH 252/253 course work. The project covers the history of art from the Stone Age to the late 20th century. Each module provides a deeper look into key art works, establishes geographic context, and provides opportunity for discussion. The site is centered around an interactive map that links students to text, images, videos, and museum websites. ARTmap supplements the course curriculum by creating a more comprehensive understanding of the function of art in society past and present.

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Trash Poetica English Mapping

Trash Poetica is a digital poetry project which combines creative writing with mapping technologies to chart and repurpose the items which are being discarded as “trash” in Tuscaloosa. Its aim is to explore the ways that trash or garbage can be re-envisaged and take on a new, productive life if approached through a creative lens, as well as showcasing the wide-ranging environmental impact of the discarding process on our local community.

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