Publications and Papers


Book-length Projects

Terpstra, Nicholas, and Rose, Colin, Eds. Mapping Space, Sense, and Movement in Florence: Historical GIS and the Early Modern City. Routledge, 2016. Contents:

  1. Introduction, Nicholas Terpstra
  2. Thinking and Using DECIMA: Neighbourhoods and Occupations in Renaissance Florence, Colin Rose
  3. The Route of Governmentality: Surveying and Collecting Urban Space in Ducal Florence, Leah Faibisoff
  4. From the Decima to the DECIMA and Back Again: the Data Behind the Data, Eduardo Fabbro
  5. Shaping the Streetscape: Institutions as Landlords in Early Modern Florence, Daniel Jamison
  6. Women Behind Walls: Tracking Nuns and Socio-Spatial Networks in Sixteenth-Century Florence, Sharon Strocchia and Julia Rombough
  7. Locating the Sex Trade in the Early Modern City: Space, Sense, and Regulation in Sixteenth Century Florence, Nicholas Terpstra
  8. Plague and the City: Methodological Considerations in Mapping Disease in Early Modern Florence, John Henderson and Colin Rose
  9. Seeing Sound: Mapping the Florentine Soundscape, Niall Atkinson
  10. Mapping Fear: Plague and Perception in Florence & Tuscany, Nicholas A. Eckstein
  11. Locating Experience in the Renaissance City Using Mobile App Technologies: The Hidden Florence Project, Fabrizio Nevola and David Rosenthal
  12. Conclusion: Towards Early Modern Spatial Humanities

Terpstra, Nicholas, ed., Lost and Found: Locating Foundlings in the Early Modern World (Florence: Officina Libraria, 2023)

  1. Innocenti Investments:  Spatial Histories of Institutional Property Ownership, Colin Rose and Daniel Jamison
  2. Research-based 3D modelling of Santa Maria degli Innocenti: Recovering a Context for the Quattrocento altarpieces, Fabrizio Nevola, Donal Cooper, Chiara Capulli, and Luca Brunke
  3. Neighborhood Demographics at the Foundation of the Innocenti: A Test Case in Mapping the Florentine Catasto of 1427, Niall Atkinson and Carmen Caswell

Nevola, F., D. Rosenthal, N Terpstra (eds), Hidden Cities: Urban Space, Geolocated Apps and Public History in Early Modern Europe. London:  Routledge, 2022.

  1. (Chapter 8) City of Women: Mapping Movement, Gender, and Enclosure in Renaissance Florence, Julia Rombough and Sharon Strocchia



Colin Rose. “Homicide in Early Modern Bologna: A Prepositional Cartography,” Urban History (forthcoming)”.
DeSilva, Jennifer Mara. “Mapping the transformation of information into knowledge in early modern Florence: Using the DECIMA project to assess higher order thinking skills through student reflection,” Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, 45, no. 1 (2020): 1-30.
Kerton-Johnson , C., B. Whitsit, and J.M. DeSilva. “Mala Vicinanza: Female Household-Heads and Proximity to Sex Work in Sixteenth-Century Florence.” Renaissance and Reformation 45, no. 4 (2023): 59–108.
Pecile, E. “Respecting Historical Spatial Integrity: Building a Historical 3D Florence and Avoiding the Video Game.” DISEGNARECON 11, no. 21 (December 31, 2018): 10-1-10.8.

Rombough, J. “Noisy Soundscapes and Women’s Institutions in Early Modern Florence,” The Sixteenth Century Journal 50.2 (2019): 449- 469. Winner of the 2020 Best Article Prize by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender

Terpstra, N. “Body Politics:  the Criminal Body between Public and Private,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 45/1 (January 2015): 7-52.

Terpstra, N. “Creations and Re-creations:  Contexts for the Experience of the Renaissance Street”  I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16/1 (2013): 221-29.

Terpstra, N. & Colin Rose. “DECIMA: The Digitally-Encoded Census Information and Mapping Archive, and the Project for a Geo-Spatial and Sensory Map of Renaissance Florence”. The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Special Issue: The Digital Turn. 13, (2013).

Terpstra, N. “Mapping Gendered Labour in the Textile Industries of Early Modern Florence” in N.S.Baker & B. Maxson (ed), Florence in the Early Modern World:  New Perspectives.  Abingdon: Routledge, 2019

Terpstra, N. “Sex and the Sacred:  Negotiating Spatial and Sensory Boundaries in Renaissance Florence” Radical History Review 121 (January 2015): 71-90.

Walden, J. “Before the Ghetto:  spatial logics, ritual humilitation, and Jewish-Christian relations in early modern Florence”   in N. Terpstra (ed), Global Reformations:  Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies, and Cultures.  Abington:  Routledge, 2019.  pp 97-114.

Walden, Justine & Nicholas Terpstra, “Who Owned Florence?: Religious Institutions and Property Ownership in the Early Modern City” Journal of Early Modern History 26:3 (2021):  222-67. doi:


Conference Panels about DECIMA and Early Modern Digital Mapping

Rose, C., and N. Terpstra (Organizers). “Mapping Space, Movement and Experience: Living in the Renaissance City I & II”. Renaissance Society of America. New Orleans, March 22-24, 2018.

Terpstra, N. (Participant). “Roundtable: Digital Florence”. Renaissance Society of America. Chicago, March 31- April 2, 2017.

Rose, C., Jamison, D., Faibisoff, L., Fabbro, E. Digital Florence and Venice I: The DECIMA Project for an Interactive Online Map (Panel Dedicated to DECIMA). Renaissance Society of America. New York, 2014.


Invited Lectures / Conference Papers

Rose, C., and D. Jamison, “Innocenti Investments: Property Consolidation and Webs of Production in Mid-Sixteenth-Century Florence.” Common Children and the Common Good: Locating Foundlings in the Early Modern World. I Tatti/Istituto degli Innocenti. Florence, December 9-11, 2019.

Rosenthal, David, D. Jamison, and N. Terpstra. “When Microhistory Met Public History (in Early Modern Italy)”. Making Storis in the Early Modern World. Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies. Toronto, November 1-3, 2019.

Rose, Colin and J. Walden, “Methods and Opportunities in Mapping Early Modern Cities.” ESRI GIS in Education and Research Conference, October 11, 2017.

Walden, J. “Jews and Immigration in Grandducal Tuscany on the Eve of the Ghetto (1571).” Global Reformations, University of Toronto/Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, September 28-30, 2017.

Walden, J. “Spaces of Jewish Residence, Work, and Worship in Early Modern Florence.” Jackman Humanities Institute Mapping Workshop, University of Toronto, May 15, 2017.

Walden, J. “Prolegomena to a Ghetto: Jews in Medici Court Letters.” Renaissance Society of America,  Chicago. 30 March–1 April 2, 2017.

Walden, J. “Jews and Space in Early Modern Florence: Evidentiary Considerations.” Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum, University of Toronto, March 16, 2017.

Terpstra, N. “The DECIMA Project – Early Modern Big Data” for Studying the Past Through Technology: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable  at Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, March 2, 2017.

Rose, C. “Social Cartography: Mapping Census Data and Asking New Questions About Late-Renaissance Florence”. Brock University History Department Speaker Series. September 23, 2016.

Rose, C.  “Mapping History: The DECIMA Project and Spatial Humanities”. Miller Center for Historical Studies, University of Maryland. April 26, 2016.

Terpstra, N. and J. Proteau,  “Digital Mapping of Renaissance Florence:  The DECIMA project” invited joint presentation with Research Assistant Jasmine Proteau at the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence, June 8, 2016.

Terpstra, N. “Mapping Space, Sense, and Time:  the DECIMA project,” Digital Humanities Workshop, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, April 21, 2016.

Terpstra, N. “Old Sources, New Directions: Mapping Florence in the Forgotten Centuries,” Renaissance Society of America, Boston, March 30, 2016.

Terpstra, N. “Following Threads: Digital Mapping of Early Modern Florence”. Renaissance Society of America, Boston, March 27-29, 2016.

Terpstra, N. “Locating the Sex Trade in the Early Modern City:  Space, Sense, and Regulation in Sixteenth Century Florence,”  New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL, March 12, 2016.

Terpstra, N. “Exploring 16th-century Florence. DECIMA: The Digitally Encoded Census Information and Mapping Archive. Amsterdam, 2015.

Rose, C. “Digital Maps and Renaissance Manuscripts: Social Cartography and the DECIMA”. GIS Day, Ball State University, November 18, 2015.

Rose, C. “DECIMA: The Digitally Encoded Census Information and Mapping Archive“. Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group on Digital Mapping. October 28, 2015.

Terpstra, N. “Mapping social, economic and sensory life in the early modern city: an introduction to the DECIMA (Digitally Encoded Census Information and Mapping Archive) GIS project on 16th century Florence”  Urban History Seminar, Universiteit van Amsterdam, December 11, 2014.

Rose, C. “Populating a Digital Prosopography: A Historic GIS of Florentine Census Data”. Italia Illustrata: Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, June 17, 2013.

Jamison, D. “Neighbourhoods at Street Level: Tenants and Landlords in the Decima Granducale”, Italia Illustrata: Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, June 17, 2013.

Faibisoff, L. “Motives and Methodologies of the Decima Granducale: Walking the Streets with Census Takers”, Italia Illustrata: Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, June 17, 2013.

Terpstra, N. “Sex & the Sacred:  Negotiating Boundaries in Renaissance Florence.” Renaissance Society of America, Venice, Italy, April 8-11, 2010.


DECIMA Workshops

Visualizing Venice Summer Institute – Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and Geospatial Networks. Hosted by Duke University at Venice International University, June 2018 and June 2019.

Florentia Illustrata: Spatializing History and Visualizing Experience in the Renaissance City. Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), Florence, November 2018

DECIMA@Exeter. Workshop on Digital Early Modern Italy. Exeter, UK, May 2018.

DECIMA@Wired! Collaborative Meeting at Duke University. Durham, NC, April 2017.

Mapping Sense, Space, and Time: A Digital Mapping Workshop. Collaboration Across Boundaries, Toronto, April 2016.

Digital Mapping: Tracing the Senses. Digital Humanities Workshop hosted by DECIMA. University of Toronto, April 2014.

Italia Illustrata: Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, June 17, 2013.


Major Grants

Mapping the Crimescape of Renaissance Florence. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Insight Development Grant. 2020-2022.

Ambivalent Neighbours:  Measuring and Mapping Early Modern Communal Co-existence. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Insight Grant. 2019-23.

Space, Mobility and Socio-Economic Networks:  Digital Mapping of Early Modern Florence. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Insight Grant. 2015-19.

Sex and the Sacred:  Negotiating Boundaries in Renaissance Florence, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Standard Research Grant. 2011-2015.

This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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