GIScience and Geospatial approaches for the interrogation of old visual sources

Type: Virtual Paper
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Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 24
Organizers: Motti Zohar
Chairs: Motti Zohar


Historical visual sources such as maps, drawings, sketches, photographs and air-photos contain valuable information for the study of past scenarios. However, while textual sources were intensively used in various historical-based studies, visual sources were analyzed to a much lesser extent. The latest developments of GIScience (Geographic Information Science) and Geospatial approaches now offer a wide range of frameworks and methodologies to interpret and analyze historical visual sources. Examples may be found in registration old cartographic material to modern Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS) while verifying quantitatively their accuracy and inclusiveness; creating new forms of virtual knowledge and tracking spatial narratives; performing 2D or 3D landscapes and cityscape reconstructions; establishing deep maps for conveying the every day life of ancient communities; characterizing temporal and spatial patterns of the human and natural environments; and resolving complex scenarios of past phenomena. These examples and many others demonstrate that the analysis of such sources is of great relevance to many scientific disciplines in the social sciences and humanities but also to disciplines in the natural and life sciences.

We look for abstracts that demonstrate a sound theoretical novelty achieved by implementing geospatial approaches, or innovative GIScinece-based methodologies aimed at the investigation of old visual sources.
Potential topics involving the study of historical visual sources may include the following:
1. Inspecting past temporal and spatial changes of communities or natural phenomena
2. Landscape/cityscape reconstructions for the study of past human environment
3. Developing spatial narratives using visual sources
4. Developing a unified framework for the analysis of various types of visual sources
5. Innovative approaches for quantitative interpretation of cartographic material
6. Automation and semi-automation of feature and text extraction from cartographic material
7. The integration of GIScience and computer vision machine learning for studying past phenomena
8. The scientific challenges in establishing a consistent historical gazetteer


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Levente Juhász*, Florida International University, Diana Ter-Ghazaryan, Florida International University, Adeola Kolapo-Oluwo, Florida International University, Rhia Rae, Florida International University, Reconstructing a Piece of Miami's History through Old Maps and Legal Documents - The Case of Dana Dorsey's Real Estate Dealings in South Florida 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Richard Sadler*, Michigan State University, Alan Harris, Michigan State University, Zachary Buchalski, Michigan State University, The Historical Evolution of Alcohol Environments and Associations to Sociodemographic Characteristics 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Yuki Iwai*, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Tsukuba, Yuji Murayama, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Tsukuba, A Geographical Study on the Accuracy of the Inoh's Map, the First Scientific Map of the Whole Japan (1821) 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Robert Kibbee*, The History Center in Tompkins County, Eve Snyder, The History Center in Tompkins County, Using spatially-aware census records to examine a marginalized community in Ithaca, NY, 1900-1940 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Tom Carlson*, , Accessing and Utilizing USGS Historic Quadrangles in GIS 15 9:00 AM

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