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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.

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