For the 3rd year, the Keweenaw Time Traveler joined the Keweenaw National Historical Park's CopperTraces program to introduce the region's 4th graders to how to read historical maps and to learn about heritage-making.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Trepal, HESAL Senior Research Associate who defended his PhD dissertation entitled "The Archaeology of the Postindustrial: Spatial Data Infrastructures for Studying the Past in the Present.
Dan's dissertation work made use of the Imagining London Historical GIS and the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (the backbone of the Keweenaw Time Traveler). He outlines the benefits of a big data, GIS approach to archaeology, to heritage building, and as an analytical tool for identifying cumulative industrial hazards across a city.
Congrats Dr. Trepal.
Sophia Ford, Don Lafreniere, Sun Nguyen, Rose Hildebrant, Dan Trepal, and Tim Stone
Faculty and students from the Human Environments Spatial Analytics Lab traveled to the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington DC last week to present their research.
Don Lafreniere (Director) presented a paper about the Keweenaw Time Traveler entitled "Public Participatory Historical GIS to Build a Spatial Data Infrastructure of Historical Landscapes and Environments"
Dan Trepal (Senior Research Associate) presented a paper using the Imagining London HGIS entitled "Using Historical Spatial Data Infrastructures as a Tool for Hazard Assessment in Urban Industrial Archaeology"
Rose Hildebrandt (Research Associate) presented a paper on the GRACE project entitled "Empowering Youth to Be a Voice in Neighborhood Change Through Geospatial Technologies"
Tim Stone (Research Associate) presented a paper using data from the Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure and the Keweenaw Time Traveler entitled "Exploring the Social and Built Determinants of Health of Children in Early Twentieth Century Calumet, MI"
The HESAL team was joined by two MS students from the Department of Social Sciences:
Sun Nguyen (EEP MS Student) presented a paper entitled “Citizen Engagement in Minnesota Environmental Decision Making”
Sophia Ford (EEP MS Graduate) presented a paper entitled “Mineral Property Law as Exclusion: Obfuscating Mineral Ownership”
Dan Trepal, HESAL Senior Research Associate recently won a 2019 Michigan Space Grant Consortium Award for his project entitled "Using Historical Spatial Data Infrastructures as a Tool for Hazard Assessment". His work is utilizing the Imagining London HGIS to predict accumulations of industrial pollutants over time in the post-industrial city of London, Ontario.
Dan also recently won a Doctoral Finishing Fellowship from Michigan Tech's Graduate School. Read more about his work here
Dan also was named the Department of Social Sciences 2018 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award winner. This award recognizes graduate students who have exhibited outstanding dedication, instructional skills, received excellent evaluations from students and gained the respect of faculty in the department.
Michigan Tech's magazine Research comes out every spring and the Keweenaw Time Traveler team is thrilled to be included in the current issue! The article highlights some of the project's history, our future plans for design and visualization improvements, and our research goals about HGIS as a tool for community-driven heritage. To see the article, scroll down to the bottom of the "Research In Brief" section. Plus, they made a great short video. Check it out!
Thanks to Kelley Christensen, Ben Jaszczak, and Allison Mills at University Marketing and Communications.
The Keweenaw Time Traveler Team, lead by Dr. Don Lafreniere, recently published an article entitled "Public Participatory Historical GIS" in Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History.
The article outlines a set of best practices for collaborating with the public to build historical GIS datasets to understand past people and places. We outline how the 3 'builder' apps were created with help from the community during charrettes in 2017, how the Explore App allows immediate access to publicly-generated data sets, and how the story submission tools function.
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Starting Conversations through Storytelling
One of the Keweenaw Time Traveler's goals is to start conversations about Copper Country places. One story contributed in the Explore App started up a conversation about memories from the Houghton County Memorial Airport. A newspaper clipping from the Michigan Tech Archives was posted at the airport site that recounted the 1970s practice of mailing snow to the University of Texas so students there could have a snow ball fight. User Bob Cunningham added his own memories of battling the cold and dodging aircraft to measure the effects of weather on landing instruments.
Other people use the Explore App to mark where historic photographs were taken. Lynette Webber, a ranger at the Keweenaw National Historical Park, added a story on 6th Street in Calumet for this colorized postcard of the Red Jacket Fire Hall.
Lynette has also added story points for several of her award-winning #MissingintheCopperCountry series, which transposes historic photos over today's landscapes. Use the "Stories" tab in the Explore App to search for Lynette's posts or any other content. Look around, read people's stories, and then share your own memories about what the Keweenaw's changing landscape means to you.
There's Always Something New
In the year since the Explore App launched, a lot of activity has gone on behind the scenes. Below are a few improvements you may have noticed, and changes coming down the pike.
Our Team of students and faculty are working to add more data for you to explore including:
Since launch, the Explore App has had more than 200,000 hits with the average user spending 6.4 minutes. Please keep using it! And tell us what changes you would like to see in the future. Continue to follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we will keep you up to date as the Keweenaw Time Traveler continues to grow and improve. Here's to Year Two!
This week student interns from Calumet and Houghton High Schools presented their WebGIS to the Village of Calumet Trustees and a full room of community members. Students outlined their work in the Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab to create a comprehensive WebGIS that the village can use to manage municipal infrastructure and promote tourism and economic development.
The WebGIS can be found at www.calumetmap.com
The WebGIS is an output of the NSF-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers, "GRACE- GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education” project. GRACE is a collaboration between MTU's Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab, Eastern Michigan University's Institute for Geospatial Research and Education, and Michigan Virtual University, to bring GIS technologies to Michigan’s high school educators and intensive community-based internship experiences to high school students. You can read more about the GRACE Project on our website.