Welcome to Humanistic GIS Laboratory (HGIS Lab)! This Lab is committed to exploring the Digital Earth as the home of humankind. Driven by this common interest, a group of UW scholars and student researchers have been working together (1) to explore innovative methodologies to improve geospatial technologies with the consideration of human experience,  (2) to reflect upon the social implications of maps, geovisualization, and other geospatial technologies, and (3) to geo-narrate a variety of geographic phenomena, especially those related to vulnerable populations.

Up to now, multiple Projects have been funded by National Science Foundation, National Geographic, Google and Clean Water Services. Below are some featured projects that have been done by HGIS Lab.

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Storymap.js is a javascript library for storytelling with web maps. This library aims to enable individuals, especially those who have a little web programming background, to effectively create story map applications over the Internet. Three major tasks would be dealt with, including web interface design, map design, and storytelling structure. To develop these functions, this library is written in a combination of several web programming languages, like HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript, and builds upon several prerequisite libraries and web services. To make the story map library robust and lightweight, we select as few prerequisite libraries as possible and prioritize the use of the open-source or free libraries. This library can be found at https://github.com/jakobzhao/storymap.

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HGIS Lab is located at Smith Hall 406A and is currently directed by Dr. Bo Zhao. He is an Associate Professor at UW’s Department of Geography and is affiliated with China Studies Program, The eScience Institute, and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE). For details about this lab, please contact the lab manager via hgis@uw.edu.