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Places

WithSteven E. Jones

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The eversion of cyberspace is intertwined with the rise of networked mapping services, and the metaphor of eversion provides a broader cultural context for the so-called spatial turn in the humanities. The more general metaphorical turn has stimulated new kinds of digital humanities research and pointed to a shift in the orientation of the humanities outward, toward the complex terrain of the physical world. So a sense of place has come back into visions of the Internet with a vengeance, and it's important because it directs attention to the human agents and human costs behind our newer metaphors for the network. Maps are among the most traditional and powerful tools of the humanities. But geographical information systems maps in particular have been, in the past decade, powerful platforms for the new digital humanities. The earlier project was a pioneering experiment that reflected advanced ideas, just a different paradigm for the use of computing in humanities research.