Event INSTITUT-SoMuM The MMSH Publishing Center’s ’Digital Publishing Meetings’ - Contributions of geographic information systems (GIS) to the promotion and visualization of research data (October 10, 2022)

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The MMSH Publishing Center’s "Digital Publishing Meetings" - Contributions of geographic information systems (GIS) to the promotion and visualization of research data (October 10, 2022)

As part of its "Meetings on Digital Publishing", supported by the Maison méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH-UAR 3125), the Sociétés en Mutation en Méditerranée (SoMuM) Institute and the Institut d’archéologie méditerranéenne (ARKAIA) and in partnership with the Huma-Num DISTAM consortium (GT3) The MMSH Publishing Center invites you to participate in its second session of the year 2022, "Contributions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the valorization and visualization of research data", on Monday, October 10, between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the DUBY room (MMSH).

Spatializing the History of Landscapes in Medieval Egypt: feedback on the design of the EGYLandscape webGIS

Fabrice Dubertret - Geographer research engineer at the Institut des Hautes Études de l’Amérique latine (IHREAL-CREDA) - iheal.univ-paris3.fr / ANR-DFG EGYLAndscape coordinated by Nicolas Michel (IREMAM ) and Albrecht Fuess

Over the last decades, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have experienced a considerable growth in many disciplines, especially today in the social sciences. Nevertheless, if the use of GIS allows to highlight the spatial component of the human sciences, it is not without some pitfalls that should be addressed with an appropriate methodology. This presentation provides feedback on the design of the online geographic platform (webGIS) EGYLandscape, which explores the evolution of landscapes in rural Egypt since the 13th century, by combining historical cartographic and textual sources.

In particular, we will address the difficulties underlying Digital Humanities initiatives, with regard to the frequent compartmentalization between the two terms combined in this concept. By proposing certain practices in order to reconcile them, we will detail the ambitions of this project and especially the constraints associated with our object of study, which deeply influenced the technical design of the WebGIS. Finally, we will present a demonstrator of the platform (its online release is planned in the coming months), while addressing some of the intrinsic incompatibilities between the inherent accuracy of GIS and the often relative nature of historical knowledge.

Indexing, Spatializing and Visualizing the Contents of the Athar Perseid: The Cairmod Experience

Bulle Tuil-Leonetti - Research engineer in source analysis at the InVisu laboratory (CNRS-INHA) Julie Erismann - Research engineer, access administrator and assistant, Hosting, Storage, Processing, Computing cluster - HSTC (CNRS-Huma-Num)

The CAIRMOD project aims at structuring in detail iconographic albums, already digitized by Gallica, documenting the modern city of Cairo in order to diffuse them on the Athar Perseid. This structuring, enriched by a toponyms repository (with OpenTheso), was carried out thanks to the technical platform of Perseus, and feeds a geo-visualization module. The implemented tool allows to connect the available data on the Perseid to a geographic information system (GIS) developed on the free software QGis and accessible on line. The cartographic spatialization integrates a historical dimension to account for urban renewal over time. The case of modern Cairo, where this dimension is particularly important, is exemplary in this respect. The experimentation is based on a visual corpus concerning Cairo, but the tool is intended to be deployed on a larger volume of visual documents or on other places. All the data is structured to be reusable.

The MMSH Publishing Center’s "Meetings on Digital Publishing" are open to all. Their objectives are to discover digital projects specific to our disciplines and representative of the plurality of publishing, to bring together research teams with scientific projects and professionals involved in the promotion and exhibition of scientific resources, and finally, to concretely address the practical aspects, methods, and tools (existing or developed) likely to fuel new projects.

These meetings can also be followed by videoconference (Zoom) by following this link: