GIS Summer School

ERC Summer School in GIS for the Digital Humanities: Part of the Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Linguistics and other Digital methods.

Lancaster University, 12-15th July, 2016.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly used by historians, archaeologists, literary scholars, classicists and others, however adoption of the technology has been hampered by a lack of understanding of what GIS is and what it has to offer to these disciplines. This free summer school, sponsored by the ERC’s Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places project (, and hosted as part of the Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Linguistics and other Digital methods(, provides an introduction to the use of GIS software aimed specifically at researchers from the humanities and arts.

Outline syllabus:

The course will provide an introduction to GIS software and how it can be applied to humanities research.  The course assumes no prior knowledge of GIS software but a basic competence in computing is needed.  We will provide hands-on training in ArcGIS, the most widely used commercial GIS software package. Other software will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data with them (as text files, spread sheets, databases, images, or whatever other format) so that we can investigate using it within GIS as part of the course.

Who should come?

This will be relevant to post-graduate students and early career academics who can subsequently develop these skills in their own research.  This event will provide a detailed and intensive introduction to GIS software with the opportunity to work with your own data.

How much will it cost?

Tuition at the summer school is free and includes refreshments.  All other costs must be borne by the participants.  A list of possible accommodation is available from:  Please do not book this until your place on the summer school has been confirmed.

How do I apply?

Places are limited, as part of registering please include a brief description (max 200 words) of your research interests and what you want to gain from the workshop. The deadline for applications is Sunday 1st May.

To apply for a place on this course please go to the online booking form here.

For more details of the Summer School see: or contact Ian Gregory at




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  1. I am a historian in Connecticut who would be interested in getting some training this summer in GIS methods that can be applied to urban history. I would like to find out more about your July program and see if places are available and if it is suitable for my needs. Thank you very much.

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