York making mark on world stage in digital humanities

York University is making a huge mark on the world stage in the area of  digital humanities.

photo of Master's student Mark Terry

Mark Terry

A Geographic Information Systems map created by Master's student Mark Terry for a graduate course on digital humanities and social change has been picked up by the United Nations. The map has been placed on the landing page for the United Nations Environment Program for Climate Change.

"This is a great honour for York and the emerging field of study known as Digital Humanities," Terry says.

The interactive map comprising of video interviews with climate scientists from around the world was created with a new app developed by Google called Fusion, he says. The map and its accompanying films will be featured this year at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Paris, France, Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

"As videos continue to be made by student reporters for this project throughout the year, the map will automatically be updated with them as they are submitted," Terry says.

Screen shot from the United Nations Environment Program web page of the map with one of the videos playing

Screen shot from the United Nations Environment Program web page of the map with one of the videos playing