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PhD Students from Tokyo Metropolitan University Host Digital Mapping Workshop at WC

On July 17 and 18, PhD students Kenya Tamura and Hiroki Inoue from the Watanave Systems Design Laboratory in Tokyo Metropolitan University visited Wilmington College to provide a digital mapping workshop and training. The workshop, titled “Building 21st Century Digital Communities,” is for local archivists, techies, and Wilmington College students and staff.

“We are working to find ways to make history relevant to younger generations, and so we are trying to incorporate new technology” – Tanya Maus, PRC Director

Deanna Ulvestad (left) and Tanya Maus (right) working on digital mapping software

“[The workshop] is important for us because we are working to find ways to make history relevant to younger generations, and so we are trying to incorporate new technology,” shares Tanya Maus, Director of the Peace Resource Center (PRC).

The PRC hosted the workshop due to its current archival projects, including digital mapping of the World Peace Study Mission archives (see article for more information).

Those in attendance include Michael Casselli of Antioch College, Deanna Ulvestad of Greene County Public, Jessica Cromer of Greene County Records Center and Archives, Ciana Ayenu of Antioch College, Angela Spray of Licking County Records and Archives, Madeleine Fix of Wells Fargo Bank, and Elyssa Faison of the University of Oklahoma History Department.

Angela Spray, working on a naturalization project at Licking County, wants to “learn more about this software [because] it can be used for a lot of different projects.”

“[I want to] learn more about this software. It can be used for a lot of different projects.” – Angela Spray, Licking County Archives

Madeleine Fix, also a freelance independent artist and scholar, is interested “to learn more about mapping platforms and capabilities for [her] project and clients.”

July 19 and 20 includes an in depth training in digital mapping for PRC staff.

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