Mapping Communication Access with Crowdsourcing

Thursday, June 21
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This conference, sponsored by the Wires and Rails research project at the Neubauer Collegium, will consider the research team’s work to construct GIS maps of United States telegraph offices and railroad stations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The project has worked with Zooniverse to set up a crowdsourcing platform to transcribe information from Western Union Tariff Books and The Official Guide to the Railway. The new communication GIS datasets will enable researchers to more precisely study the impact of communication networks on society, politics, government, and the economy.


THursday, June 21

9:00 – 10:30 am 

Crowdsourcing Transcription

Samantha Blickhan (Zooniverse)
John Clegg (NYU)
Aaron M. Honsowetz (Bethany College)
Michael Weaver (University of Chicago)


10:30 –10:45 am



10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Research with GIS Communication Infrastructure Datasets

Aaron M. Honsowetz (Bethany College)
Michael Weaver (University of Chicago)
Camilo Garcia-Jimeno (University of Pennsylvania)