First, let me just put it out there that this is my first THATCamp, first unconference, and first post to this blog. I’m a PhD Candidate working on a diss that will hopefully have some awesome digital aspects. I’m looking at Baltimore merchants from about 1790-1830 and I want to do several things with my data. First, I’d like to map the relative locations of merchants in Baltimore (I have pretty specific info from city directories) over time. Second, I’d like to map their Atlantic networks, which will connect to Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. Third (and this one is only a small possibility) I’d like to map the flow of goods by volume, similar to these maps. What I’d like to achieve in this session is a set of ideas about which applications or methods would be best suited for what I want to do, and, to see if it’s realistic for me to tackle this much digital work for what will be a mostly traditional dissertation committee.
Help a grad student out! (that should be a category)