Accepted Papers

Exploring Deep Mapping Concepts: Crosthwaite’s Map and West’s Picturesque Stations

Alexander Reinhold, Christopher Donaldson, Ian Gregory, and Paul Rayson

What are the requirements for building a historic deep map using literary data? This is the question we sought to address as part of an exploratory prototype in Lancaster University’s Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map of the English Lake District project. We created a prototype deep map based on Thomas West’s A guide to the Lakes, and a historic map of Derwent Water Lake created by Peter Crosthwaite. Our prototype maps the locations of West’s picturesque viewing stations and creates connections between the literary work and visual representations of the places described. This article describes our approach to building this prototype and discusses what we learned and the issues we revealed about creating a historic deep map.

A Spatio-Temporal Linked Data Representation for Modeling Spatio-Temporal Dialect Data

Johannes Scholz, Emanual Hrastnig, and Eveline Wandl-Vogt

Collections of linguistic and dialect data often lack a semantic description and the ability to establish relations to external datasets, from e.g. demography, socio-economics, or geography. Based on existing projects - the Database of Bavarian Dialects in Austria and exploreAT! - this paper elaborates on a spatio-temporal Linked Data model for representing linguistic/dialect data. Here we focus on utilizing existing data and publishing them using a virtual RDF graph. Additionally, we exploit external data sources like DBPedia and, to specify the meaning of dialect records and make use of stable geographical placenames. In the paper we highlight a spatio-temporal modeling and representation of linguistic records relying on the notion of a discrete lifespan of an object. Based on a real-world example - using the lemma “Karotte” (engl. carrot) we show how the usage of a specific dialect word (“Karottn”) changes from 1916 until 2016 - by exploiting the expressive power of GeoSPARQL.

Considering Identification of Locality in Time. Theoretical and Practical Approach

Bogumil Szady and Agnieszka Lawrynowicz

In this paper, we tackle the problem of determining an identity of a locality evolving with time. Firstly, we discuss origins of this problem, namely how it arises in the everyday research practice of historical geographers. Secondly, we present two contexts of emergence of identities: identities embedded in sources and identities constructed in history. Finally, we discuss how such identities may be captured in information systems with the help of state-of-art technologies regarding ontological modeling and reasoning.

Cadmus and the Cow: A Digital Narratology of Space in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Gabriel Viehhauser, Robert Kirstein, Florian Barth, and Andreas Pairamidis

We apply an interdisciplinary methodology to establish a digital-driven narratology of space on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Two approaches are employed: 1. We highlight the importance of nature in the text by exploring the frequencies of architectural and natural terms. 2. We delve into a single episode of the text (Cadmus) by using a collocation-network-approach that reveals the interrelations between characters and settings. We show that the results can feed an analysis in the light of Lotman’s model of space semantics.

Program Committee

  • Andrea Ballatore (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Elton Barker (The Open University)
  • Daniel Blank (University of Bamberg)
  • Tom Brughmans (University of Konstanz)
  • Curdin Derungs (University of Zurich)
  • Chris Donaldson (Lancaster University)
  • Tom Elliott (New York University)
  • Leif Isaksen (Lancaster University)
  • Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Chris Jones (Cardiff University)
  • Glauco Mantegari (Independent scholar, Milan)
  • Bruno Martins (University of Lisbon)
  • Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Patricia Murrieta-Flores (University of Chester)
  • Adam Rabinowitz (University of Texas, Austin)
  • Kieron Smith (Cardiff University)
  • Rainer Simon (Austrian Institute of Technology)
  • Joanna Taylor (Lancaster University)


The workshop schedule will alternate between presentations of the accepted papers and interactive discussion periods.

Time Content
9:00 - 9:30 Introductions and plan for the day
9:30 - 10:10 Ross Purves - Place - a journey
10:10 - 10:30 Discussion
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 11:20 Reinhold et al. - Exploring Deep Mapping Concepts
11:20 - 11:40 Viehhauser et al. - Cadmus and the Cow
11:40 - 12:30 First group work - exploring the open challenges of the field
12:30 - 13:00 Synthesis of group efforts
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 14:50 Scholz et al. - Modeling Spatio-temporal Dialect Data
14:50 - 15:10 Szady & Lawrynowicz - Considering Identification of Locality in Time
15:10 - 15:40 Second group work - finding connections between GIScience research and spatial humanities
15:40 - 16:00 Summary
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee


Instructions for authors

We are accepting short paper submissions (6-8 pages, including tables, figures, and references) on the topics of interest described above. We encourage paper submissions from researchers working on these issues from any disciplinary perspective. All articles must be prepared using either the Springer Word Document Template or the Springer Latex Document Template (contributed books): More general information for your camera-ready manuscript preparation can be found in the Manuscript Guidelines and Key Style Points and on the website of Springer.

The workshop proceedings will be published in a combined volume with the other COSIT workshop proceedings. It will be published by Springer, in the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography ( ).

Submissions should be made through the EasyChair website at the following link:

Important dates

  • Papers due: May 22 (updated)
  • Notification of acceptance: June 16
  • Camera-ready papers due: June 28
  • Workshop: September 4

Registration information can be found on the main COSIT webpage:


Please feel free to contact the workshop co-organizers. We are:

Ben Adams
University of Canterbury

Karl Grossner
World Heritage Web

Olga Chesnokova
University of Zurich