Wednesday, March 30, 2016

[DMANET] Call for abstracts EOM 2016 - International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps

International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps (EOM 2016)
June 8, 2016 *** University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval
(co-located with DH Benelux<>)

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

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.

Relevant topics are (but are not limited to) the following:
* Spatial analysis and applications of GIS concerning old maps
* Design and application of algorithms for analysis and visualisation methods
* Digital media, digitisation, curation of digital objects
* Crowdsourcing, user research, citizen science, and public humanities
* Digital Libraries for old maps
* Visualisation of old maps
* Virtual Research Environments and Infrastructures

* Wolfgang Crom, Head of Map Department, Staatsbibliothek Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Germany)
* Catherine Jones, Digital Humanities Lab Coordinator, CVCE - Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe
* Petr Pridal, CEO, Klokan Technologies (Switzerland)

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

The workshop will not have formal proceedings. Therefore, abstracts submitted to the EOM 2016 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 a submitted abstract promises to fit into the scope of this
workshop. Based on the review and its mandate to create a balanced and varied program, the Program Committee will decide
about the acceptance of submissions.

The authors of the papers accepted for EOM 2016 will be invited to submit the final versions of their abstracts for
on-line publication in the digital workshop booklet. Abstracts must be submitted to EOM 2016 via
EasyChair<>. Each submission must specify its type in the EasyChair
submission form. The abstracts must not exceed 2 pages and the second page must contain only references and figures. All
submissions must use the provided Word or LaTeX
template<> in DIN A4. Abstracts for
demonstrations should include descriptive screenshots and a description of the system's functionalities.

Submissions of abstracts: Sunday, 24 April 2016 (hard deadline)
Notification of acceptance: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Workshop Exploring Old Maps: Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Program Chairs
* Christoph Schommer, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg
* Thomas van Dijk, Dept. of Co* Geoffrey Caruso, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg
* Jacob Mendt, Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB)
* Thomas Schwotzer, Applied Computer Science, HTW Berlin
* Alexander Wolff, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg

Organisation Committee
* Benedikt Budig, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg
* Winfried Hoehn, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg
* Anita Lucchesi, Dept. of Humanities, University of Luxembourg
* Christoph Schommer, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg

The workshop will take place at the University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval.
Maison du Savoir, 3rd floor
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

EOM 2016 is co-located with the Digital Humanities Benelux Conference, which takes place on June 9-10, 2016.

The workshop's website is available at
For any question concerning the workshop, please feel free to contact

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