Keynote Speakers


Wolfgang Crom

Head of Map Department, Staatsbibliothek Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Germany)

Title: Digitisaton of maps – only a colourful picture or a value added service?

Abstract: For the digitisation of old maps and old land survey sheets, the map department of the Staatsbibliothek cooperates with partners in order to create a new presentation of the scanned map sheets. The elaborated georeferencing allows an electronic seamless map presentation with an easy navigation. So the old sheets will allow new perspectives on old landscapes.

About the authorWolfgang Crom studied geography, pedology, botany, and ethnology at the University of Bonn. He worked as a Bibliotheksreferendar in Tübingen and in Köln as well as a Fachreferent at the Württemberischen Landesbibliohtek in Stuttgart. Since 2000, he leads the Map Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

Dr Catherine Jones

Digital Humanities Lab Coordinator, CVCE - Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe (Luxembourg)

Title: Geohumanities on the Web:  Exploring Rules for Engagement

Abstract: There has been a steady growth in the number of humanities projects that use web mapping technologies as a mechanism for data curation, presentation, visualisation, analysis and collection.  As with anything new, it is necessary to reflect on the question, “What is the end goal?”  This paper reflects on the assortment of elements required to develop geohumanities on the web and how they can be evaluated to define best practices and rules for engagement.  The paper will draw from experience gained during the development of www.bombsight.org and also present results from a recent evaluation of a diverse range of web-based geohumanities projects.

About the authorKate joined the CVCE in June 2014 as the Digital Humanities Lab Coordinator  where she is working on the development of digital tools for exploiting historical resources. Prior to joining CVCE, she was a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she was Project Director and Principal Investigator for the JISC-funded Bomb Sight Project, developing an interactive web mapping and augmented reality mobile app to explore the WW2 bomb Cencus in London. She is interested  in the development of useful and usable products  which  join disparate datasets together to form meaningful narratives for public engagement. She studied for an MSc in Geographical Information Systems at University College London in 2002 and went on to complete a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, PhD and Post Doc at the same university, with a focus on interdisciplinary research and mapping science.

Dr Petr Pridal

CEO, Klokan Technologies (Switzerland)

Title: Old Maps Online: from paper to vectors

Abstract: tbd