ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities

Co-located with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017 in Redondo Beach, California, USA

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).

This workshop is thus concerned 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.

Call for Papers


Bruno Martins

Bruno Emanuel Martins

University of Lisbon.

Patricia Murrieta-Flores

Patricia Murrieta-Flores

University of Chester.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline

9th September, 2017.

Deadline for Reviewers

20th September, 2017.

Acceptance Decisions

23rd September, 2017.

Camera Ready Versions

7th October, 2017.

Early Registration

20th October, 2017.


7th November, 2017.