Georeferencing 17th Century Maps using ArcGIS

by Molly Nebiolo, PhD student, Birth of Boston Project   There are some challenges that come with trying to translate 17th century primary sources into a digital humanities project. In previous posts, Chris Parsons has discussed the pedagogical background of this project as it has come to fruition, and Matt Bowser has written about some [...]

Historical Data in the Birth of Boston project

by Matthew Bowser, PhD student, Birth of Boston Project   When looking at archival property records, the timeless blandness of legalese can make it very easy to forget what century one is looking at. As I pored through records of landholders in 1648 Boston, copying down their names, occupations, property records, and other relevant information [...]

Introducing The Birth Of Boston

by Dr. Chris Parsons, Project Lead and Faculty, History   How can it be hard to find Boston’s history? Surely, when we walk the freedom trail, tour the common, or visit one of the many historic house museums in the Boston area, we are enjoying a city that celebrates its history as few others do? [...]

Introducing the Boston Research Center’s Projects

The Boston Research Center is excited to announce the first set of project prototypes in development, summer 2018. These projects build on the existing expertise and strengths of Northeastern faculty, staff, and graduate student research, presenting a broad array of data types and design challenges. The BRC has been working with project groups to identify [...]

Northeastern Wants to Unlock the Secrets of Boston’s Past with Big Data

Originally published at Boston Magazine on May 16, 2018 Boston has a long and complicated past, and its many archives and databases each tell little pieces of that story—a photo album here, a map there, a batch of letters and some old news articles somewhere else. But what do we do with all that stuff? What kinds [...]