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 information content of the map is desirable. This would enable more user-friendly interfaces, relevant queries of a database, and automatic analyses.

Targeted Audience

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, as well as practitioners.

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Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2018-09-12

Author guidelines

Authors are invited to submit short papers for presentations, posters and demonstrations.

The workshop will not have formally published proceedings. Therefore, papers submitted to EOM 2018 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 Humanities and Computer Science. The reviewing process will mainly determine whether the submitted material promises to fit into the scope of the workshop. The Program Committee will decide about the acceptance of submissions based on reviews and its mandate to create a balanced and varied program.

Encouraged topics include:

  • History of maps; surveys.
  • Digitisation, metadata, archives.
  • Topographic maps, georeferencing, &c.
  • Nontopographic maps, metro maps, &c.

The authors of the papers accepted for EOM 2018 will be invited to submit the final versions of their papers for on-line publication in the digital workshop booklet. Papers must be submitted via EasyChair (specifying its type in the EasyChair submission form). The submitted material must not exceed 2 pages (excluding references, which may take up a third page). All submissions must use the provided Word or LaTeX template in DIN A4; when using LaTeX, follow the example of bare_conf.tex. Abstracts for demonstrations should include descriptive screenshots and a description of the system's functionalities.

Topics of submission

Scope of Interest

Relevant topics are (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Digital media, digitisation, curation of digital objects

  • Design and application of algorithms for analysis and visualisation methods

  • Spatial analysis and applications of GIS concerning old maps

  • Crowdsourcing, user research, citizen science, and public humanities

  • Digital Libraries for old maps

  • Visualisation of old maps

  • Virtual Research Environments and Infrastructures


Program Committee

  • Christoph Schommer, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg

  • Thomas van Dijk, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Würzburg

  • Alexander Wolff, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Würzburg

Organizing committee

  • Peter Lloyd, University of Kent, School of Computing

  • Bonisha Bhattacharyya, Centre for Medieval and Early modern studies, University of Kent


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