Humanities disciplines such as history, classical studies, literary studies, and philology have in recent years experienced a “spatial turn” similar to that begun in prior decades within the social sciences and archaeology. Many researchers in these fields are now explicitly recording the spatial and temporal attributes of their data and mapping them for visual analysis and argumentation. In many cases they are also performing spatial or spatial-temporal computations, including but not limited to viewshed, network, and cluster analyses, and agent-based and other models and simulations are increasingly common. The software used for this work is the same as that used for the environmental and social sciences: desktop GIS and specialized spatial and natural language processing libraries for the Python and R languages. These new spatial researchers are experiencing the same representational and analytic challenges in studying geographical dynamics that are well known to other disciplines, but they also face distinctive issues related to the nature of historical humanities data. Furthermore, epistemologies associated with new quantitative approaches must be reconciled with their traditional methodological practices.
Spatial information theorists and geographic information scientists have not normally drawn from humanities research cases for their development of theoretical models or the specific software and systems built upon such models. It is our belief the time is ripe for fruitful dialog between these groups.
To further and encourage such dialog, we invite papers that explicitly address one or more of these distinctive issues, particularly in the context of active or recent humanities research:
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.
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 geonames.org, 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.
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.
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.
The workshop schedule will alternate between presentations of the accepted papers and interactive discussion periods.
|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|
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): https://www.springer.com/gp/authors-editors/book-authors-editors/manuscript-preparation/5636. 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 (http://www.springer.com/series/7418 ).
Submissions should be made through the EasyChair website at the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sphinx2017.
Registration information can be found on the main COSIT webpage: http://www.cosit2017.org/
Please feel free to contact the workshop co-organizers. We are:
University of Canterbury
World Heritage Web
University of Zurich