[GeoHumanities SIG] CFP: International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps (EOM 2017)

Benedikt Budig benedikt.budig at uni-wuerzburg.de
Mon Dec 12 14:03:04 CET 2016

Dear colleagues,

Below you find the call for papers for the International Workshop on 
Exploring Old Maps (EOM 2017), which will take place at the University 
of Wuerzburg on April 6 and 7, 2017.

Please spread the word to those who may be interested!

Best regards,
Benedikt Budig


International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps (EOM 2017)
April 6 and 7, 2017 *** University of Wuerzburg

After last year's success, we are happy to announce the return of the 
International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps (EOM). Many libraries own 
an extensive collection of historical maps. Beside their value as 
historical objects, these maps are an important source of information 
for researchers in various scientific disciplines. This ranges from the 
actual history of cartography and general history to the geographic and 
social sciences. With the progressing digitisation of libraries and 
archives, these maps become more easily available to a larger public. A 
basic level of digitisation consists of scanned bitmap images, tagged 
with some basic bibliographic information such as title, author and year 
of production. In order to make the maps more accessible, further 
information describing the contained information is desirable. This 
would enable more user-friendly interfaces, relevant queries of a 
database, and automatic analyses.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for the communication 
of results (which may appear elsewhere) that may be useful to the 
community. Researchers and practitioners of all areas working on 
unlocking the content of old maps are welcome to participate. We welcome 
humanities scholars, developers, computer and information scientists as 
well as librarians, archivists and curators. Submissions are welcome 
from researchers at all career stages.

Relevant topics are (but are not limited to) the following:
* Spatial analysis and applications of GIS concerning old maps
* Design and application of algorithms for analysis and visualisation 
* Digital media, digitisation, curation of digital objects
* Crowdsourcing, user research, citizen science, and public humanities
* Digital Libraries for old maps
* Visualisation of old maps
* Virtual Research Environments and Infrastructures


Authors are invited to submit abstracts for presentations, posters and 

The workshop will not have formal proceedings. Therefore, abstracts 
submitted to the EOM 2017 may report on work in progress, be submitted 
to other places, and they may even already have appeared or been 
accepted elsewhere. We particularly welcome submissions that have the 
potential to stimulate the collaboration between the humanities and 
computer science. The reviewing process will mainly determine whether a 
submitted abstract promises to fit into the scope of this workshop. 
Based on the review and its mandate to create a balanced and varied 
program, the Program Committee will decide about the acceptance of 

The authors of the papers accepted for EOM 2017 will be invited to 
submit the final versions of their abstracts for on-line publication in 
the digital workshop booklet and will be considered for a special issue 
in an appropriate journal. Abstracts must be submitted to EOM 2017 via 
EasyChair<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eom2017>. Each 
submission must specify its type in the EasyChair submission form. The 
abstracts must not exceed 2 pages and the second page must contain only 
references and figures. All submissions must use the provided Word or 
in DIN A4. Abstracts for demonstrations should include descriptive 
screenshots and a description of the system's functionalities.

Submissions of abstracts: February 1, 2017 (hard deadline)
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2017
Workshop Exploring Old Maps: Thursday April 6 (afternoon) and Friday 
April 7, 2017

Program Chairs
* Christoph Schommer, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg
* Thomas van Dijk, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg
* Geoffrey Caruso, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, 
University of Luxembourg
* Alexander Wolff, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg

Organising Committee
* Benedikt Budig, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg
* Thomas van Dijk, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg
* Alexander Wolff, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg

The workshop will take place at the University of Wuerzburg, campus Am 
Hubland. Modestly priced hotels (~80 EUR/night) are available downtown, 
with a good bus connection to the workshop location. (But be sure to 
reserve the hotel in advance.)

The workshop's website is available at 
For any question concerning the workshop, please feel free to contact us 
at exploringoldmaps at informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de.

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