Author: Mica Jorgenson
Mica Jorgenson is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at McMaster University. She studies the environmental history of gold rushes around the globe. You can find her on twitter: @mica_amy

Visualizing Climate Change and Environmental Disaster in Ontario

On 10 July, 1911, one of the deadliest forest fires in Ontario history ripped through the north, totally destroying the new gold rush community of Porcupine Lake. When it was all over, the blaze claimed seventy-three lives, burned over half

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A Global History of Canadian Mining: Final Post on Flow Mapping the Porcupine Gold Rush

Canada dominates the global mining industry. Canadian companies operate in over 100 countries around the world (some sources claim Canadians own seventy-five percent of the world’s extractive companies). Fifty-seven percent of the world’s public mining corporations are listed on the Toronto

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Reflections on DH@Guelph 2017

“How do you find the time for a DH project on top of your Dissertation?” This is the question I get asked most frequently as a historian with a digital project. At this point in the discipline, DH does not replace

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Experiments with HGIS in Tableau

[As part of my PhD dissertation, I’m working on a Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) project which traces the movement of people, objects, and ideas during the nineteenth century gold rushes. Previous posts on my Gold Rush Flow-Mapping project here:

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Data Drudgery & Beautiful Betas: Mining Flow Maps Update

Previous posts on my Porcupine Gold Rush International Flow-Mapping project here: A Graduate Fellow Introduction Maps and Mining: Getting Data Out of ArcMap & the Beginning of Flow Mapping Part I: Data Drudgery I know that I am hardly the first

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Maps and Mining – Getting data out of ArcMap & the beginning of flow mapping

This month I’ve been busy working on two projects related to my Mining & Historical GIS work. Learning how to use ArcMap tools (I focused on XY to Line) to make flow maps. Getting my data (both existing and forthcoming) out of

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A Graduate Fellow Introduction – Mica Jorgenson, Mining & Environmental Historian

I’m a PhD Candidate in the department of history and an incoming Graduate Fellow at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. You’ll be hearing from me a lot this year, so in this post I’m going to 1) introduce my

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Reflections on DH @ Guelph

Whenever I go to conferences I see other scholars with great maps. They make slide shows and posters look really pretty – but also offer deeper understandings of what is being studied while enabling the scholar to engage more meaningfully

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