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Fairmont State University GeoSavvy Guide: GeoHumanities


“...heavily narrative-based and interlaced

autobiography, art, folklore, stories, and memory with the physical form of a place to ‘record and represent the grain and patina of place through juxtapositions and interpenetrations of the historical and the contemporary, the political and the poetic, the discursive and the sensual...’” - Trevor Harris (Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives)


Open Source Digital Humanities Education 

GeoHumanities and Health (OAPEN)

GeoHumanities Forum

Humanities GIS (George Mason University)


Geography + Humanities + Digital tools = Spatial Digital Humanities

Also related to: Deep Maps, Digital Humanities (DH), Geo-Humanities, Historical Geography, Participatory Geography, Spatial [Digital]Humanities, Spatial Narrative

Spatial Haiku

Poetry Activities


Spatial Haiku 

Digital humanities or the use of spatial technology to explore the humanities is fun and creative. Here is a Haiku making map. This open-sand box exercise teaches you about panning and zooming (controlling mouse movement over an interactive map), the importance of sharing geospatial data, and the art and science of cartographic geography. The goal is to practice geography skills and enjoy the potential of geospatial technologies. 

Assignment: Explore Open Street Map Haiku

  1. First scan this to find out how a map project is created from dream to implementation and use 
  2. Then go to the Haiku Generator:

  3. Think about the skills you use to explore the haiku map. Panning and Zooming are map skills. 

  4. Use the Open Street Map Haiku generator to create your own haiku -- reflect on everything that went into creating it. 
  5. Share your best Haiku with friends and family. Make sure to include the location information in light grey at the top of the map
  6. Write your own haiku about the same location. Examples at The Haiku Foundation


At Fairmont State University


 Did you know that Fairmont State holds a Haiku Death Match in the English Department? The event is open to the community as well as the students, faculty and staff at Fairmont State

“The audience is filled with professors, staff, all of the people that make up Fairmont State and it’s those moments that I think are the best times in college. [It’s] when you recognize that you’re not just there for classes and to get a degree, but to be part of a group of people that enjoy each other and enjoy thinking and having a good time and to see that those things can happen at the same time,” Dr. Elizabeth Savage