Workshop “Maps and Visualization Techniques in the eHumanities”

Kickoff Event GLAMMap

3rd of May 2013

This workshop has three aims: i) present ongoing research in the eHumanities in the Netherlands that use maps and visualization techniques, ii) meet researchers working in this interesting field and discuss possibilities together, iii) kickoff the ERC Proof of Concept GLAMMap project.

Everyone interested in maps and visualization techniques in the eHumanities is cordially invited! (But please register – information below.)

Location VU University (Main Building Room 0G-11)

Program (abstracts below):

11.00 – 11.15               Coffee + Tea

11.15 – 11.30               Welcome

Arianna Betti GLAMMap (VU Amsterdam)

11.30 – 12.15               Mapping the History of Logic

Hein van den Berg GLAMMap (TU Dortmund)

12.15 – 13.00               Lunch

13.00 – 13.45               GLAMMap

Dirk Gerrits & Bettina Speckmann GLAMMap (TU Eindhoven)

13.45 – 14.30               Innovative Strategies in a Stagnating Market, Dutch Book Trade 1660-1750

Wouter Beek & Fernie Maas STCN (VU Amsterdam)

14.30 – 15.00               Coffee + Tea

15.00 – 15.45               Intellectual Geographies of the Digital Republic of Letters

Charles van den Heuvel Circulation of Knowledge/ePistolarium (Huygens ING)

15.45 – 16.15               General Discussion

If you are planning on visiting the event, please join the facebook-event: (alternatively, send an e-mail to axiom.erc[at]gmail[dot]com). Lunch is free, but places are limited. First 10 guests who register can enjoy a free lunch.


GLAMMap project
The GLAMMap project will create a software to visualize large collections of books and other cultural artifacts on geographical maps. The resulting package will be a system with an integrated automatic, user-customizable metadata harvester in a fully functional visualization software prototype apt to large-scale data visualization. More in technical details, GLAMMap investigates scalability, societal relevance, and innovation and commercialization potential of a rudimental visualization tool we have developed in a previous pilot project, Mapping Philosophy.

On this event a new prototype will be presented!

Mapping the History of Logic
Hein van den Berg (TU Dortmund)


Abstract: We present a dynamic visualization of bibliographic data of over two centuries of logic books (1700-1940) and discuss how this visualization allows historians of logic to obtain new insights.

Dirk Gerrits & Bettina Speckmann (TU Eindhoven)


Abstract: We discuss considerations for the technical design of GLAMMap, and give a demo of a very early prototype.

Innovative Strategies in a Stagnating Market, Dutch Book Trade 1660-1750
Fernie Maas & Wouter Beek (VU Amsterdam)

History Department, Faculty of Arts; Computer Science Department, Faculty of Exact Sciences.

Abstract: Despite a stagnating domestic demand near the end of the seventeenth century, Dutch book producers managed to keep up their international market position. In this project, the strategies and decisions of these publishers, printers and book sellers are traced in the Short Title Catalogue, Netherlands, a retrospective bibliography of publications 1540-1800, containing information on title, author, book producer, language, subject and collation. Historians and computer scientists collaborate to disclose this STCN, and to connect it to other relevant datasets. To explore the possibilities of disclosing and linking the STCN, attention is turned to the practice of publishing scandalous books and the way scandalous concepts were recognizable for audiences, used by book producers to appeal to their audiences.

Intellectual Geographies of the Digital Republic of Letters
Charles van den Heuvel (Huygens ING)

Circulation of Knowledge/ePistolarium,

Abstract: The very nature of letters of the pre-Modern period (mixed in content, multilingual, spelling variation) complicates the analysis and visualization of intellectual networks around certain topics.  The Circulation of Knowledge project aim at the development of a platform, together with research groups of Stanford, Oxford, Indiana University and Lancaster University,  in which the scholarly communication in the Republic of Letters around specific topics can be analyzed and visualized from various historical, prosopographical and geographical perspectives. Here I will focus on the latter perspective discussing the creation of intellectual geographies. Topic modeling focused at similarity search will be used in combination with natural language processing techniques, such as named entity recognition, to cover incompleteness in (meta)-data in a vast multilingual corpus while visualization of what we know and do not know must contribute to problems of visualizing uncertainty.