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Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies with Instructor, Justin Madron

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

Hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
January 25, 2019

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation

Workshop Description:

This workshop will be a crash course in Digital Humanities mapping and related technologies. Examples of digital platforms will be given, with discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and budgets. Participants will learn about current DH mapping projects from the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab and do a deep dive into what makes them successful and cutting edge. Discussions of data workflows and best practices will set the stage for learning about digital storytelling. Lastly, you will work with primary source data sets to create a digital mapping project that allows users to explore historical information with 21st century mapping technology.

Schedule for January 25, 2019:

  • 8:45- 9:15 Arrival
  • 9:15 Introductions
  • 9:30-10:30 Mapping in the Digital Humanities – An Introduction
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Collecting Data and Digital Storytelling
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch on Own / Informal DH Project Brainstorming
  • 1:30-2:45 Creating Spatial Data from Primary Sources
  • 2:45-3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:00-4:00 Building a Digital Mapping Project


Justin Madron is the Digital Scholarship Lab’s GIS Project Manager & Analyst at the University of Richmond (VA). He is in charge of GIS related tasks and technologies required for the production and maintenance of the digital atlas of American history project. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Environmental Studies with a focus on Geographical Information Systems and Technologies. His graduate research was on the historical and present reforestation of red spruce in the Appalachian Mountains.


The workshop fee is $125. You may register for the workshop HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until January 11, 2019. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After January 11, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on January 25, 2019, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.

Local Information

Workshop Location:

The workshop will be held in Room 102 of Mullins Library, on the University of Arkansas campus. Room 102 is on the lower level of Mullins, and may be reached by stairs or elevators from the west end of the building (facing the Arkansas Union). Signage is posted throughout the library, and library staff will also be happy to help point you in the right direction! Room 102 includes desktop computers at each workstation; there are also outlets, should you wish to bring your own laptop or tablet.


The Stadium Drive Parking Garage (380 N. Stadium Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701) connects to the Arkansas Union, which is across from the Mullins Library, where the workshop will be held. It is less than a five minute walk from the library. There is an hourly charge of $1.75.

For more information about parking on campus, please refer to:

Depending on where you’re staying in town, you may wish to take the free campus shuttle, Razorback Transit, which has limited routes to downtown and other areas. Those staying at the Chancellor may take the brown line; the purple line runs near several hotels in west Fayetteville. For a transit map, see

Air travel:

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from campus. There is a rental car service at the airport, and several shuttle services available, if booked beforehand.

Public Transportation:

Approximately $65 for shuttle or taxi/Uber/Lyft service from the airport. There is no public transportation.


Comfort Inn & Suites ($84/night). 1234 Steamboat Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704 (chain hotel about 2.7 miles from Mullins Library, just off the interstate).

Chancellor Hotel ($129/night). 70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701(boutique hotel about 1.4 miles from Mullins Library, downtown).

Inn at Carnall Hall ($149/night). 465 Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (historic inn about 0.3 miles from Mullins library, on campus).

Stay-Inn-Style Bed and Breakfast ($95+/night). 117 W Rock St, Fayetteville, AR (bed and breakfast about 1.2 miles from Mullins Library, just south of downtown).

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

View a Google map of the below restaurants.

There are a number of on-campus options:

Arkansas Union [across from Mullins Library]:

Flying Burrito:

Pei Wei:

Where the Wild Greens AR:

Au Bon Pain:

True Burger:

Heading east of campus, towards the Dickson Street entertainment district, you’ll also find a number of local restaurants, including:

Wifi Information:

Wi-fi will be provided free of charge for all participants.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the venue, contact Lori Birrell, Head of Special Collections, University Libraries, 479-575-8443,

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Board Director, or Sonya Coleman, workshop liaison,


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