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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated geospatial technologies are now intricately woven through many facets of society and play a key role in how we live our lives. But what are the connections between cutting edge GIS and historical and antique maps, and what can modern cartographers and map enthusiasts learn from these objects? How have cartographers incorporated knowledge from these objects into their contemporary workflows, and at the same time, how are they bringing these objects and the knowledge found in them into the digital and interactive realms?

Drawing on her own research, work done at the FIU GIS Center, as well as other examples, Dr. Ter-Ghazaryan will demonstrate some examples of how digital and paper maps have worked together. She will also highlight some important trends in current-day GIS and offer thoughts on how future geospatial professionals may work with historical maps and datasets.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan is a GIS specialist, cartographer and interdisciplinary social scientist whose interest lie at the intersection of GIS, cultural geography and digital/spatial humanities. She works on finding ways to map and visualize the abstract and ethereal, such as connection to place, nationhood, identity, cultural heritage and the like. Dr. Ter-Ghazaryan has been teaching and researching with geospatial technology for the past 15 years, and in her current position at the FIU GIS Center plans, designs and implements diverse research projects, and works with FIU faculty to incorporate geospatial visualization and analysis into their teaching and research.