[GeoHumanities SIG] SPHINx 2017 CFP - Spatial Humanities meets Spatial Information Theory workshop

Karl Grossner karl.geog at gmail.com
Wed Mar 8 04:05:44 CET 2017

*SPHINx 2017 <http://sphinxworkshop.org/> Workshop*


*SPatial Humanities meets Spatial INformation Theory:*

*Space, Place, and Time in Humanities Research*

A pre-conference workshop at COSIT 2017 <http://www.cosit2017.org/>

September 4, 2017

L'Aquila, Italy



Humanities disciplines such as history, classical studies, literary
studies, and philology have in recent years experienced a “spatial turn
<http://spatial.scholarslab.org/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

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:

   - computing over sparse and uncertain data, e.g., the life courses of
   historical individuals
   - comparing and conflating conflicting assertions about the same
   phenomena from multiple sources
   - representing and analyzing place as experienced space
   - theorizing historical events and processes and their formal
   representation as spatial-temporal data, in simple, useful indexing and
   reasoning systems
   - building digital historical gazetteers, challenges for which include:
      - automated and machine-assisted discovery of place references in
      historical texts
      - place and place-name disambiguation
      - representing not only real‑world places but fictional or
      speculative ones
   - formalizing complex spatio-temporal relations (e.g., topological) in
   texts; modeling entities with evidence of multi-space, multi-time properties
   - integrated methods for performing textual analysis with spatial
   - scaling of discovery methods for aggregate analyses on very large
   - place sentiment analysis
   - computational narrative analysis as it relates to space and place
   - cartographic representations of historical textual information


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.


Papers due: May 12

Notification of acceptance: June 16

Camera-ready papers due: June 28

Workshop date: September 4


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

Ben Adams

University of Canterbury

benjamin.adams at canterbury.ac.nz

Karl Grossner

World Heritage Web

karlg at worldheritageweb.org

Olga Chesnokova

University of Zurich

olga.chesnokova at geo.uzh.ch
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