How: Deliverables + Tasks

GIS Priorities/Components:

I. Incorporate wider Westport planning goals, plans and funding models
II. Pull existing data and generate new data A. Form geodatabase: Scan section maps into a geodatabase. Start by meeting Baltimore’s Mapping leadership, such as Maptime Baltimore, MSGIC’s partnerships with Towson University TuGIS and CCBC, and Morgan’s  Richardson Library and Dept of History, Geography, and Museum Studies, to develop a GIS section map of the site with geotagged photographs that incorporate the existing Maryland State Archives site B. Pull cemetery existing data from MSA to develop a modern website archive and website  C. Photograph gravestones D. Incorporate community planning that’s already underway / Meet Westport leadership such as Maryland and Baltimore Planning and Community Development Departments, Dr. Kami Fletcher, Nancy Sheads, WCEDC, Westport Academy, and Westport Neighborhood Association, and the Mayor’s Office. Align Studio II project deliverables with current-day projects by producing a geodatabase of subjects covered in Studio II final presentations: chiefly, a Cultural and Ecological Restoration Plan to incorporate neighboring work being done in Cummings Park rehab, Middle Branch Park and I-295 bridge work.
    • Cultural Wayfinding Signage Plan
    • *Documenting Headstones and Geotagging
    • *Landscape Plan
E. Get more funding: draft of Winter
III. Demonstrate Emotional Pathos
  • Find my great grandmother’s grave 
  • Write letters of support and seek press to better access education and tourism resources (for class discussions, field trips, and nature walks).
  • Invite website blog stories to educate about black landownership and mortuary science. Show some love to excellent work already being done in the region. – Meet with Nancy Sheads, Dr. Kami Fletcher, Dorothy Doughtery, and other leaders with Sharp Street Church to develop a public-friendly history of the cemetery and highlight its connection to Morgan State University.
  • Present work as a blog and story maps to launch a website and social media (Instagram, Twitter) presence that can then be handed over for practical, long-term use (pending approval from Sharp Street Church on MountAuburnCemetery.org). Akin to harriettubmanbyway.org 

GIS-Specific Deliverables:

When complete, we will have a 2019-friendly website that will feature
  1. A ‘digital museum’ of sorts to share the many stories of those interned at the cemetery, as well as of the efforts of restoring and maintaining the grounds, that will connect with
  2. An interactive web map that will allow for easier updating of grave locations and headstones’ conditions; and
  3. An overlay of the cemetery’s grounds section-maps, which were, prior to Fall 2018’s wider-neighborhood Studio this past semester, rolled-up sheets that lived separate from an online catalog of who’s buried where.
  4. Lastly, a website the cemetery can use to house and better present their operations.

GIS Tasklist + Problems to Address

Table of Contents:
  1. Task 1 – Geodatabase and Adapt Landscape Section Map into an ArcGIS Online Map
  2. Task 2 – Draw Visionary Landmarks: Interpretive Tour and Open Air Greeting Plaza
  3. Task 3 – Interconnect and weave historical finds and current-day resources into narrative story maps with ArcGIS Online, WordPress embeds of AirTable and blog posts
  4. Task 4- Take and Geocode Photographs of Grave Markers, and Assemble Materials for Digital Exhibition
  5. Task 5-Further Enhance the Mt Auburn Cemetery website: First, save-face by updating website; second, by generating and curating proof of process content (securely).
Beside each task aligns a problem to address (in red bold):
  1. Make accessible and relevant the interesting scholarly work already being done for public consumption
  2. Digitally overlay existing planning efforts for site maintenance and for neighborhood plans
  3. Create a public face that rebrand the cemetery in a practical, realistic, maintainable fashion for the cemetery management
  4. Balance expectations for multi year neighborhood planning efforts 
  5. Assess capacity for future fundraising with local institutions, Morgan State University; leverage Morgan State University’s interest to allocate a web server for digital lifetime storage
  6. Decide whether or not to forming new site design solutions is worth-the-time

*Admin: View these tasks in Project Workbook)


A work sample: digitizing the print section maps (in four steps):