Author Archives: Michael W. Handis

About Michael W. Handis

MIchael Handis is an Associate Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Information Management Librarian in the Mina Rees Library.

Data Project: Using CartoDB (possibly)

I talked to one of the Digital Fellows and clarified what Web Scraping was. I’m not doing the project I posted. I couldn’t understand how the entire Internet could be scraped by anything, but now I understand that it’s only whatever webpages I select. This won’t do. I will get no real information out of it.

I have come up with another project, though: mapping Greco-Roman libraries. This would be something that I could use in my own research. I have already registered for the Storytelling with Maps class, and it sounds exciting. I’m interested to see what I can do with CartoDB. If the software is robust enough, I can use the map as a complement to my current research, and expand it in the future.

I have a list of 20 or so ancient libraries that need to be plotted on a map of the Mediterranean world. It would be useful to have this type of map to refer to when I’m working online.