McDonough, Katherine, and Matje van
de Camp. “Mapping the Encyclopédie: Working Towards an Early Modern Digital Gazetteer.” Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities - GeoHumanities’17, ACM Press, 2017, pp. 16–22. DOI.org (Crossref), doi:10.1145/3149858.3149861.
In the introduction to this conference proceeding, the authors emphasize a lack in mapping technology and of gazetteers for Early Modern era geography (ca. 1450-1750). Thus, McDonough and van de Camp aim to demonstrate a method with which historians and geographers can map the 18th century accurately and thoroughly. Their project begins with the Encyclopédie and its many articles on cities and locations. The authors claim that by mapping the place names as described in the Encyclopédie, it will become easier to do the same to those mentioned in other French texts, especially through the semi-automated process that they explain and intend to use. The study uses existing geoparsers (technology that can automatically find place names in text) on the Encyclopédie and discusses the problems associated with them while providing suggestions and improvements for working with French works in that era and goals for future projects.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Digital Humanities, Geography
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