Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

The area told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information

Speaker: Oyvind Eide, Kings College. Moderator: Nick Seaver, MIT. Abstract: The paper will present my PhD work. The primary objective is to explore how people reflect and communicate about geography. Why do some groups of people, e.g. in the modern Western world, use maps extensively, whereas other group, e.g. medieval Notaricus Publicus, did not use them? My method will be to examine the relationship between verbal and map based geographical communication. My hypothesis is that types of geographical information exist that can be stored in and read from texts, but which are impossible to express on geographical maps without significant loss of meaning. By modelling the geographical information I read from my source text into conceptual structures, and by trying to express these conceptual structures on maps, the hypothesis will be tested. The actual modelling is done based on an XML version of the text, encoded according to the TEI guidelines. I am developing a java application, currently at alpha test stage, into which the information from the TEI document is read. This includes person, place and date information based on TEI elements. The application is used to add facts not encoded, such as places referred to by other strings than names, relations between places, and events. Also facts contradicting each other are included. Every fact stored in the java application is based on my reading of the text. Thus, if calculations on the fact base show contradictions, the contradictions stem from the text. And if the fact base is impossible to express on a geographical map in a meaningful way, this implies that there are information in the text that cannot be expressed on a map.", "title": "The area told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information.

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

Created
July 13, 2010 10:19
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
11091 times

More from humanities + digital Visual Interpretations conference May 2010

An Ethnographic Study of Information Visualization

An Ethnographic Study of Informatio...

Added 4 years ago | 00:07:11 | 7196 views

The Process of Visualizing Data As A Mode of Inquiry

The Process of Visualizing Data As ...

Added 4 years ago | 00:07:31 | 7527 views

Fingerprints in Image-Driven Scholarship

Fingerprints in Image-Driven Schola...

Added 4 years ago | 00:17:34 | 5614 views

Laptop: Visualization of the Musical Instrument in Digital Music Performance

Laptop: Visualization of the Musica...

Added 4 years ago | 00:08:26 | 7557 views

Social Media as Paratextual Narrative: Visualizing Twitter Surges in Response to Popular Television Shows

Social Media as Paratextual Narrati...

Added 4 years ago | 00:07:09 | 9707 views

Visualizing Shakespeare in Performance:  The Digital Video Archive in the Age of YouTube

Visualizing Shakespeare in Performa...

Added 4 years ago | 00:22:42 | 8068 views