International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps (EOM 2017) April 6 and 7, 2017 at the University of Wuerzburg


After last year’s success, we are happy to announce the return of the International Workshop on Exploring Old Maps (EOM). 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 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






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

The workshop will not have formal proceedings. Therefore, abstracts submitted to the EOM 2017 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 the 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 2017 will be invited to submit the final versions of their abstracts for on-line publication in the digital workshop booklet and will be considered for a special issue in an appropriate journal. Abstracts must be submitted to EOM 2017 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: February 1, 2017 (hard deadline) Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2017 Workshop Exploring Old Maps: Thursday April 6 (afternoon) and Friday April 7, 2017



Program Chairs

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

* Thomas van Dijk, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg

* Geoffrey Caruso, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg

* Alexander Wolff, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg


Organising Committee

* Benedikt Budig, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg

* Thomas van Dijk, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg

* Alexander Wolff, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Wuerzburg



The workshop will take place at the University of Wuerzburg, campus Am Hubland. Modestly priced hotels (~80 EUR/night) are available downtown, with a good bus connection to the workshop location. (But be sure to reserve the hotel in advance.)



The workshop’s website is available at

For any question concerning the workshop, please feel free to contact us at exploringoldmaps[at]

E-Science-Tage 2017
Forschungsdaten managen

16. – 17. März 2017 an der Universität Heidelberg

Mit einem Schwerpunkt auf dem Management von Forschungsdaten (FDM) behandeln die E-Science-Tage 2017 erreichte Fortschritte, neue Herausforderungen und Chancen bei der Arbeit mit digitalen Forschungsdaten. Die E-Science-Tage bieten sowohl Forschenden als auch Infrastruktureinrichtungen ein gemeinsames Forum für die Initiierung und Etablierung nachhaltiger Lösungen.


Tagungsbericht, u.a. Projektvorstellung heiMAP in Karlsruhe

Tagungsbericht: Bereitstellung, Präsentation, Nutzung. Digitale Kartografie in historisch-geografischen Informationssystemen, 21.06.2016 Karlsruhe, in: H-Soz-Kult, 01.10.2016, <>.

Danke an Monja Dotzauer vom Historischen Institut Stuttgart für den Bericht – und an Klaus Graf dank dessen Archivalia-Post ich den anfangs übersehenen Beitrag erst gesehen habe (und für alle anderen wertvollen Hinweise über die Monate und Jahre hinweg).

Kleine Ergänzung zum Text: Orbis Latinus Online (OLO) ist der Online-Gazetteer für Lateinische-Moderne-Ortsnamen mit Georeferenzierung. Leider momentan offline nachdem der Server gekapert wurde, wir arbeiten aber an der Aktualisierung des Frontends. GeoTWAIN ist eine mehrsprachige Metasuche nach Ortsnamen/Koordinaten in vielen unterschiedlichen Gazetteers, die von Philipp Frank betreut wird. Über GeoTWAIN lassen sich die in OLO hinterlegten Orte weiterhin abfragen.

„Signal-Notizen“ – Bleistiftzeichnungen der Hochpunkte bei der Triangulierung des Großherzogthums Baden

Topographischer Atlas über das Großherzogtum Baden 1838-1849; 1:50.000

Die Digitalisate der Skizzenblätter sind über das Generallandesarchiv Baden in Karlsruhe online verfügbar: 

Material für ein neues Projekt des HGIS-Clubs im Wintersemester 2016/17!


St. Michael, September 1826

[Fortsetzung folgt…]

Topographischer Atlas über das Großherzogtum Baden 1838-1849, 55 Blatt, davon 29 in der UB Heidelberg in der „Rothe’schen Kartensammlung“ (gr. fol.; Blätter Nr.: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3-18, 20-29, 31) als einzelne Karten in hervorragender Qualität, vollständig als digitaler Atlas über UB Freiburg;; ergänzend: Übersicht „Historische Kartenbestände des Oberrheins“ in der UB Freiburg und  Einführung zu den Kartenwerken und den -beständen der Badischen Landesbibliothek.


International Summer School „Destruction and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage“ in Heidelberg: deadline for applications July 20th 2016

The destruction of Cultural Heritage worldwide is a topic that receives growing attention: Cultural Heritage is threatened in armed conflicts, through climate change and environmental influences, and through neglect. The Summer School 2016 aims at covering these topics by assembling a wide range of scholars and experts to discuss the dangers faced by Cultural Heritage as well as methods to preserve and reconstruct it. What can be done to efficiently and professionally protect Cultural Heritage? What dangers does it face? Which actors have to be involved? Is the system- atic destruction of Cultural Heritage a rather new phenomenon or has it been practiced through- out human history? What can be done to prevent such destructions?

The Summer School, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, will deal with all these questions. International experts from different fields (such as Archaeology, History, Museum Studies, Law, Digital Humanities etc.) as well as key-actors from the UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the topic. Based on current research, out- standing knowledge and experience as well as newly developed technologies, a comprehensive and profound exchange with the participants will be sought.

The Summer School will take place from September 16th to September 23rd 2016 at the University of Heidelberg and will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel (Heidelberg Center for the Cultural Heritage – HCCH), Dr. Filippo Carlá-Uhink (University of Exeter), and Dr. Maja Gori (Heidelberg University).

The Summer School invites applications from doctoral students in Archaeology, History, Art History, Law, Cultural Studies, Social and Political Sciences and related fields. Sessions will be held in English. A reader containing a comprehensive overview of the current state of research will be provided in advance. Participants are also expected to prepare a paper/contribution of their own according to their field of interest which will be presented (15 to 20 minutes) during the summer school.

There will be 15 places available. Travel and accommodation expenses of the participants will be covered by the organizers.

Your application (in English) should include:

  • A letter of motivation (2 pages max.) including an explanation as to why you would like to participate in the Summer School and what previous knowledge you have on the subject; additionally a short description of your current PhD project should be given.
  • A short CV presenting the main steps of your academic career.

Please send your application via e-mail as one PDF file to Michaela Böttner at the HCCH (Boettner[at] You can also contact Mrs. Böttner in case you need further in- formation.

The deadline for applications is July 20th 2016.


Orbis Latinus Online (OLO) und offline …

Die übergreifende Projektwebseite ebenso wie unser Gazetteer OLO mussten nach einem Einbruch leider offline geschaltet werden.

Die lateinisch-deutsche Ortsnamenssuche mit Georeferenzierung von OLO ist über GeoTWAIN weiterhin verfügbar:

Selbstverständlich machen wir uns an die Wiederherstellung und den Umzug auf einen anderen Webserver. Dies dürfte aber leider einige Zeit dauern. Wir bitten um Ihre Geduld und Ihr Verständnis.

Betroffen sind nachfolgende URLs:



Clio Guide – ein Handbuch zu digitalen Ressourcen für die Geschichtswissenschaften …

… darunter: Crom, Wolfgang/Heinz, Markus: Karten, Karthographiegeschichte, Geschichtskarten, S. B9/1–12, online: [27.4.2016].

Busse, Laura, et al. (Hgg.): Clio Guide. Ein Handbuch zu digitalen Ressourcen für die Geschichtswissenschaften (Historisches Forum 19), Berlin 2016.

Online und als 566 Seiten (!) umfassendes ebook:

Vielen herzlichen Dank nach Berlin!

Clio Guide Cover Ankuendigung