Please note this agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, December 5

9-9:30am: Introduction to Indigenous Mapping

Why are you doing indigenous or cultural mapping? What is the social context of the mapping? How do you want the maps to be used? Having a good idea up front about the needs and potential uses for the information will guide how you approach using and implementing the techniques, tools and technologies being discussed. We will share some examples of projects used for these various purposes.

9:30-10am: Indigenous Mapping with Google
In this session we’ll give an overview of how indigenous peoples have been using Google mapping tools to collect and visualize their data, including examples from the Surui tribe of the Amazon, the Cherokee, First Nations peoples of Canada, and more.


10:15-11:15am: Making your First Cultural Map

This session will teach participants how to use one of the simplest tools in the Google toolbox - Google Maps Engine Lite - to quickly create a beautiful, interactive online map of places of cultural significance. You’ll then learn how to share your map with other community members, coworkers or embed the map on a website.


11:30-12:30pm: Direct-to-digital mapping with Google Earth, Part I

This session will cover how to use Google Earth to map places of cultural importance discussed during a field interview. Participants will learn the basics of how to use Google Earth, a 3D virtual globe: navigation tricks, searching and more:

  • How to create all the basic feature types for mapping sites of significance during a field interview: points, lines, and polygons, and image overlays.

  • How to add views and perspectives to your placemarks.

  • How to organize your map content into folders.

  • How to save your newly created maps as KML/KMZ files.

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-2:30pm:  Direct-to-digital mapping with Google Earth, Part II
In the second half of this session, you will put your new Google Earth skills to practice by building a cultural map layer through a field interview with one of your classmates. Then we'll wrap up with a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of the direct-to-digital method.

2:45-3:15pm: Working with historical documents
Do you work with historical maps? Learn how to digitize points and information from a static map image into your project by overlaying historical, cultural or hand-drawn maps in Google Earth.


3:30-5:30pm: Collecting structured data during field interviews

What if you want to collect structured data as part of your mapping exercise, so that you can build a searchable and filterable database of information about cultural sites of significance? This session will cover several options for how to incorporate structured data (or a simple spreadsheet database) into your direct-to-digital method with Google mapping tools.

Friday, December 6

9-10:15am: Preparing your Google Earth map to be shared with others

In this session participants will learn best practices for making an readable, interesting and beautiful map visualization in Google Earth, and how to share that map with others. Session will include:

  • How to customize the icons of your map to incorporate relevant symbols or artistic style.

  • How to add rich information about places of cultural significance to the map, including photos.

  • How to add legends and logos to the map.

  • How to share your Google Earth visualization with the public.

  • We’ll finish up with a discussion of considerations around publishing cultural data and a review of the Google tool options for privacy and security.


10:30-12pm: Storytelling with Google Earth

Animated fly throughs of Google Earth, or "tours", are a powerful way to tell stories using cultural maps. In this session participants will learn how to create their own tours by recording a flight path in Google Earth, interacting with cultural map data and other geographic features, and recording audio narration. Finally, participants will learn how to share these tours with others, through presentations and online.

12-1pm: Lunch

1-2pm: Mobile data collection in the field

This session will cover how to collect geospatial information while in the field, using Android mobile devices and the Open Data Kit tool suite.


2:15-2:30pm: Managing and hosting large amounts of geo data

Google Maps Engine is a full geospatial data visualization platform that allows for hosting large amounts of geo data online so it’s easy to share and collaborate on map-making. Participants will learn how they can upload their data to the Platform, create maps of their data, and share maps with the public.

2:30-3pm: Closing Remarks