HGIS Carolina's core founding members

Rebecca Dobbs is an alumna of and Lecturer in the Department of Geography. Her research uses HGIS to investigate the influence of the Indian Trading Path on colonial settlement development in the North Carolina Piedmont, building microscale data from archival landgrant records and combining these at the regional scale in order to analyze patterns in time and space. She is also researching the emergence of Hillsborough using other kinds of archival documents and working on a microscale historical geography of the UNC campus. With Mary Ruvane (see below), she has guest-edited a special issue of International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research on historical work (see Vol 2 Issue 4).

Elizabeth Jones is an Adjunct Associate professor of Anthropology and Research Associate of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at UNC. She has been involved in archaeological and historical fieldwork in Burgundy, France since 1991. She specializes in collecting land-use, demographic and economic information through historical documents (e.g. parish records, tax records, agricultural reports, historical maps, etc.) which can be spatially integrated into a GIS database, specifically the Burgundian GIS database of Dr. Scott Madry (see below). Her work on the history of the French landscape and the practices of local farm families from the 16th century to the present in the Commune of Uxeau, Burgundy informs contemporary understandings of land-used in the area and can provide locally-specific models for dealing with climate change in the region.

Scott Madry is a Research Associate Professor of Archaeology and Research Associate in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. He specializes in the applications of GIS, remote sensing, GPS, visualization and modeling in regional archaeological and environmental analysis. He has conducted research in North Carolina, Florida, France, and eastern Africa. He has worked for the past 30 years (!) in the Burgundy region of France and, recently, has focused on the integration of historical maps for settlement patterns and demographic studies of the area. He has used historical cartographic data in a variety of research contexts. See his website: http://informatics.org/france/france.html for more information.

Richard Marciano is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science, Chief Scientist for Persistent Archives and Digital Preservation at the Renaissance Computing Institute, and Director of the Sustainable Archives & Leveraging Technologies group. Richard works with archivists, librarians and community groups interested in long-term digital preservation of cultural heritage. He has conducted research in computational geography and cyber-GIS and has developed historical GIS projects such as T-RACES, Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California's Exclusionary Spaces, an IMLS National Leadership funded project that explores racial zoning and neighborhood segregation in the 1930s. A recent UNC Research Council grant will allow this project to focus on North Carolina cities next: Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem.

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Robert C. Allen is James Logan Godfrey Professor of American Studies, History, and Communication Studies. He has collaborated with Carolina Digital Library and Archives on two GIS-related projects. "Going to the Show" documents and illuminates the experience of moviegoing in North Carolina, using more than 1000 digitized and georeferenced Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for 45 towns and cities across the state. "Main Street, Carolina" (to be launched Summer 2010) will allow museums, libraries, historic preservation groups and other cultural heritage organizations to create and manage digital content relating to the history of their communities and display this content on historic maps. In 2008 he received a Digital Humanities Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work on "Main Street, Carolina" is supported by the first C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities at UNC-CH. He is currently a member of "Landscapes, Memories and Cultural Practices," a digital heritage mapping network, based at the University of Liverpool, which aims to enable researchers and academics to work with museum curators to explore new ways of creating interactive engagement with GIS resources to explore personal and historical experiences of urban memory and identity.

Melissa Bullard is a professor of Renaissance and Early Modern European History. Her interest in HGIS emerges from a dimension on her current book project dealing with what she is calling the Atlantic Renaissance, namely how Italian Renaissance models of private patronage of culture crossed the Atlantic from England to America in the late eighteen and early nineteenth centuries. With the collaboration of Bill Shultz in Research Computing, she is developing some HGIS layered maps to illuminate the socio-geographic networks behind the patronage of culture in Brooklyn, NY.