Kensington Market has a rich history of immigrant communities settling in Toronto and then moving on. This project for CDN355 Digital Tools in a Canadian Context (Canadian Studies, UToronto) will look at 10 physical sites in the market, buildings and lots, and will map layered traces of past residents and businesses over centuries.
Students in CDN 355 will be introduced to digital research tools, coding, and quantitative analysis and we will extend our critical activities in these new modes of digital scholarship designing a unique archive. Students will have the opportunity to do original research to develop the content for our interactive map, working through the design decisions as to how to organize, analyze, and display our findings. Material we will work with will range from the first allotment maps and census data to early business records and resident histories, religious centres, family connections, and political intersections.
Students will work collaboratively to create an interactive map that will geolocate archival material, images, news items, census data, and personal interviews, building on a ‘web map app’ that simplifies working with the ArcGIS mapping software.
Our goal will be to contribute to the archival knowledge of a vibrant corner of Toronto’s history and to share our findings on a public accessible website that can credit the work of all students involved.
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