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Space/Time: Methods in Geospatial Computing for Mapping the Past Workgroup Report

Report by Stuart Dunn and Leif Isaksen


This report summarizes an AHRC ICT Methods Network1 workshop held on 23 and 24 July 2007 at, and jointly supported by, the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh. Entitled Space and Time: Methods in Geospatial Computing for Mapping the Past, the event’s aim was to:

  • Take stock of current developments in advanced geospatial technologies, particularly but not exclusively in the domains of history and archaeology;
  • Assess the research questions facing practitioners in those fields;
  • Consider future directions.

Format of the Workshop and Report

The workshop, which was held in conjunction with a three-part lecture under the auspices of the Arts and Humanities e-Science Theme, Aspects of Space and Time for Humanities e-Science3 fell into three sessions on key areas: Scale, Heterogeneity and Standards and Metadata. Each session was introduced by a keynote lecture, respectively Vince Gaffney, Tom Elliott and William Kilbride, who based their lectures on previously circulated position papers. The sessions themselves comprised short presentations from researchers and expert practitioners, followed by general discussion. An expert rapporteur (respectively William Kilbride, David Wheatley and Stephen Stead) summed up each session, and provided a report.

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AHDS Methods Taxonomy Terms

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  • Archaeology


  • Data Analysis - Predictive spatial modelling
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Coding/standardisation
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Geo-referencing/projection
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Graphical rendering
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Image enhancement
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Image restoration and rectification
  • Data Capture - Geophysical survey
  • Data Capture - Digital remote sensing
  • Data Capture - GPS/total station surveys
  • Data Capture - Usage of existing digital data