Applying Global Information Systems to Reveal the Publication History and Interconnectedness of Alice.

Presenter: Ben Gorham

A report on a demonstration project to visualize dynamically by time and geography the publication history of the two Alice books over the past 155 years. Employing the checklists entries contained in the 2015 Alice in a World of Wonderlands: the Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece and the in-progress edition of the checklist of English-language editions, the database behind these visualizations includes over 12,000 unique entries of published editions. Using geographic information system (GIS) technology, Gorham will demonstrate a dynamic publication history that can be customized to view by time period, country of publication, illustrator, translator, language, and publisher.

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Speaker Bio:

R. Ben Gorham is a research data specialist at the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship who specializes in the areas of geospatial information systems (GIS), data analysis and management, and virtual reality. He holds a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History (Classical Archaeology) from the University of Virginia. During the summer of 2019, he conducted extensive field research and was the geospatial supervisor at two archeological sites, one in Morgantina, Greece, and the other for the Aqua Traiana Project, for which he conducted photogrammetric surveys surveyed of the aqueducts of Emperor Trajan located north of Rome.