Applications Due: 02/05/2017 21:00
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Colin Greenstreet

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About this event

Our goal is to build a river-centric analysis of commercial life in C17th and early C18th London and surrounds.

We will be creating maps, map layers, visualisations, soundscapes and smellscapes as tangible outputs. These will be placed into the Commons and will be published on the website we are creating for maphackathon output.

Our event will bring together historians, archaeologists, architects and musicologists, coders, data scientists and GIS specialists. Data are being contributed by major London GLAM institutions and by the MarineLives project.

The geographic boundaries of our hack are London Bridge to Woolwich - the River Thames itself, the tidal foreshore on the north & south banks, the built environment of the north & south shoreline, and the immediately adjacent parishes on the north & south banks.

Geospatial: At the event we will be using the open-source GIS package QGIS, Lizard Tech's Geoviewer, Google Earth Pro, and Klokan Technologies' Map Tiler and Georeferencer (Version 4 in beta).

Text mining: We intend to use R as our main text mining package. The event will be held in the third-floor Quayside Room of the converted No. 1 warehouse at the Museum. This venue has deep roots in the past, yet views of the futuristic Canary Wharf skyline. Whilst hacking, we will be able to look out onto the West India import quay and dock, completed in 1802. The museum's galleries and map collection will afford an excellent source of inspiration to hackers.

The event is being co-produced by Colin Greenstreet (founder and co-director, MarineLives), Matthias Müller-Prove (interface/experience designer, Hamburg), Dr Craig Spence (senior lecturer, history/archaeology, Bishops Grosseteste University, Lincoln) and Oliver Hill (professional sound engineer & PhD candidate, Trinity College, Dublin).


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