4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Geospatial Humanities

Will be held as a virtual conference in conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2020 in Seattle, Washington, USA

The virtual conference will be run from 8:00am to 11:30pm (PST) (2020-11-03T16:00:00.0Z to 2020-11-03T19:30:00.0Z), November 3, 2020.

Workshop Theme

Scholars in the humanities have long paid attention to spatial theory and cartographic outputs. Moreover, in recent years, new technologies and methods have lead to the emergence of a field that is now commonly known as the Spatial Humanities. Methods from the standard toolset of geographic information systems (e.g., computation of viewsheds and zones of influence, least-cost path analysis, mass-preserving areal weighting and dasymetric mapping, terrain classification according to land coverage or land use, different types of thematic cartography techniques, etc.) have been successfully employed to analyze the geographies of human cultures, both past and present, and to address research questions posed by humanities-based fields. However, many challenges persist in the application of more recent technical developments in the geographical information sciences, which have been showcased in venues such as ACM SIGSPATIAL (e.g., high performance computing methods for analyzing increasingly larger datasets, intelligent techniques based on machine learning for developing and tuning models making use of multiple sources of auxiliary data, the usage of volunteered geographical information to complement traditional data sources, or methods from the geo- spatial semantic web to ease interoperability across datasets and services).

Following the success of previous editions in 2017, 2018, and 2019, this workshop concerns with the use of geographic information systems and other spatial technologies in humanities research, placing a strong emphasis on new methodologies that leverage the aforementioned technical developments (e.g., the above-mentioned standard tools from geographic information systems, as well as more advanced methods such as text-based geographical analysis or spatial simulation, can all benefit from innovative approaches leveraging machine learning, parallel and/or distributed computation, semantic technologies, etc.). The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from different sub-fields of computer science and the geographical information sciences, interested in the application of spatial methods and technology to the humanities, to discuss progress in the field. Participants will explore and demonstrate the contributions to knowledge that modern GIS technologies can enable within and beyond the digital humanities.

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Call for Papers


Ludovic Moncla

Ludovic Moncla

INSA Lyon.

Patricia Murrieta-Flores

Patricia Murrieta-Flores

University of Lancaster.

Carmen Brando

Carmen Brando

EHESS Paris.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline

September 4, 2020.

September 13, 2020.

Deadline for Reviewers

September 23, 2020.

September 28, 2020.

Acceptance Decisions

September 25, 2020.

September 30, 2020.

Camera Ready Versions

October 5, 2020.

October 15, 2020.


3rd November, 2020.