Mapping tools vs Spatial Analysis tools, which one do I need?
Depends on what you have, how you want people to be able to interact with your data, and what argument(s) you are trying to make. A map can be used as a visualization to accompany your argument or to display your findings. Spatial Analysis tools are useful when you are making an argument from data or when your argument depends on space or how elements are related to each other on a map. Often a map illustrating your argument is all that is needed for a project. The learning curve for spatial analysis tools is high, but a researcher can ask many kinds of questions from spatial analysis and create new arguments from humanities objects of study.
Omeka Classic plugins – there are two plugins to choose from. Using one of them makes sense if you wish to create an exhibit of your items, and your items have a “where.”
- Geolocation: “allows you to assign a location to items in your Omeka site. The locations are displayed on maps on individual items page and on a browsable map of all geolocated items.”
- Neatline: “adds a digital map-making environment that makes it easy to represent geospatial information as a collection of “records” plotted on a map, which can be bound together into interactive exhibits that tell stories and make arguments.”