Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Web Resource: "Mapping the Brew City"

Today is Global GIS Day, created to increase awareness of the technology of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and the importance of geographical knowledge in general. Historians and other social scientists are becoming increasingly interested in the potential of GIS tools in their own work (see the earlier Exchange posts on the subject here). In recognition of the event, our resource today is "Mapping the Brew City."  According to the site's creator, Will Tchakirides, this Web exhibit aims to "explore questions of regional identity, consumer culture, and demographic change in postwar Milwaukee, Wisconsin." The website provides an overview of the city's brewing history, combining historical essays with illustrations, documents, and GIS-enhanced maps.