- The scope of the project (how wide an area and how much time will your map/mapping product consider?) Make sure to keep the scope of the project manageable.
The scope of the project is a north to south area focus on Dodge Street to Ames Avenue with east and west parameters of 16th street to 72nd street, with a time period of 1870 to the present. This will allow us to see racial borders to both the north and west through time, starting before the Great Migration of the 1910’s.
2) What are some of the possible sources (i.e. digital maps, online data, historical data, secondary sources) that will be employed in your digital mapping product?
Possible sources include University of Iowa’s data collection and database of Omaha’s population and nationality in 1870. More in-depth, this website also features a ‘methods’ tab that describes the sources of the data as well as some of the adjustments they have already made to the map.
Another source of data will be the national historic GIS compilation. Similar to University of Iowa’s data, the NHGIS will have adjustments and changes over time that include boundaries and classification sets that we will need to account for in our final product.
Lastly, an additional source of data that we may look to include the vast array of secondary sources, such as local newspapers and histories of Omaha’s neighborhoods. These accounts will almost certainly be subject to a different set of biases and views than the sources above but will help us put the different data in context with one another.
3) What type of final project will you create/present? Will it be a static map? A series of maps? An interactive web map? Why is this the best way to present your question/data/answer?
We believe that creating a series of maps over time will best portray our argument and account for the silences we have identified so far. In addition to presenting the data in map format, it may also be important for us to visually depict what an ‘average’ family or person looks like in this region in a given time period. Finding statistics such as income, working hours, education, life expectancy and other ‘demographic’ statistics will help paint the background of our study in the change of population.
4) A clear explanation of the value of this project as a piece of scholarship
This allows us to see how or if Omaha has changed in its racial areas since the early 1900’s. Looking at this time period should give us deeper insights into how the city responded to growing pains during the early 1900’s with the Great Migration, roaring 20’s, then crash during the 30’s and 40’s due to the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. We believe that by analyzing and accounting for the judgments, assumptions, and adjustments previous scholarship has taken at this angle that we can produce a more complete and accurate map of Omaha’s demographic change over time than what has already been created.