Geospatial computing for the arts, humanities and cultural heritage

Workshop at 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science Oxford, UK, 9-11 December 2009

Geospatial computing for the arts, humanities and cultural heritage

References to time and location pervade the human record, both past and present: an oft-quoted statistic is that some 80% of all online information is in some way georeferenced. It is unsurprising therefore that as researchers in the arts, umanities and cultural heritage become more fully engaged with e-infrastructures, their disciplines’ engagement with, and use of, spatial and temporal data gives rise to new and interesting research questions in this area.

How, for example, can heterogeneous academic data resources which fall into the 80% of georeferenced information – including, for example, historical texts, archaeological databases or museum collections – be linked and cross-queried without dictating the research process or methods used? How can geo-temporal data be visualized, both geographically and non-geographically? What is the role of ‘virtual globes’ such as Google Earth as platforms for the expression of such data? What can digital tools and methods in geospatial computing contribute to the use and understanding of space and time in the practice-led arts, creative industries and galleries (e.g. for documenting performances or visitor pathways)? How can issues of scale that are common to both time and space be usefully explored in the arts, humanities and cultural heritage sectors?

Further details:

This workshop seeks contributions from which might further these, and similar, questions. Contributors might (not exhaustively) include:

* Academics in the arts, humanities or cultural heritage who are making use of spatial and/or temporal data in their research
* Researchers with relevant interests in HCI or related disciplines
* Researchers, curators, practitioners etc. from outside the academic sector (e.g. museums and galleries)
* Developers or information scientists working on geospatial or temporal tools or applications

Short contributions (up to four pages, including images, references and notes), in IEEE format (see are invited.

Deadlines are:

September 25th: Submission of first drafts

October 2nd: Notification of acceptance and reviewers’ comments

October 14th: Final submission of camera-ready papers

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system:

Stuart Dunn (King’s College London)
Fredrik Palm (University of Umeå)

Workshop co-chairs

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