UHDL Workshop 2023

Workshop on Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries

Munich, 27/28 March 2023

Call for Contributions

Urban and architectural history are key areas in digital humanities and digital heritage. With respect to these research areas, digital repositories, data and research methods play an important role, especially when hosting visual media like photographs, paintings, or drawings, and last but not least physical and virtual models. Due to the wide field of possible research, different approaches, methods and technologies have emerged – and are still emerging.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a full picture with regards to epistemics, technology and framework conditions. We aim to discuss crucial challenges for further research and encourage exchange and debate. We would like to invite contributions on theoretical and methodological issues, application scenarios and projects, as well as novel approaches and tools. This includes the following five areas:

  • Theory, Methods, and Systematization
  • Data handling and data schemes
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Visualization and Presentation
  • Education in urban history

To this cause, we are seeking original and innovative contributions in theoretical and practical applications on Digital Cultural Heritage.

TOPICS

Theory, Methods, and Systematization

Digital humanities research as an inherently interdisciplinary field has created a high demand for critically reflected methods, techniques, valid strategies, classifications, and quality standards. But do computing methods also lead to new and ground-breaking research questions, approaches, or insights into architectural and urban cultural heritage research? In most cases, the use of computing simply extends nondigital possibilities, without much change to the pre-digital approaches and research questions. Nevertheless, digitalization has dramatically altered research qualities, quantities, and workflows. We welcome contributions on:

  • relevant data for architectural and urban history in digital archives and image repositories
  • the effects of the use of digital archives and image repositories on scholarly work
  • concepts and projects for networking and cooperation
  • possible research questions regarding objects, spaces, content or historical events

Data handling and data schemes

The immense effort invested in digitization and rapid changes in technologies and formats has greatly increased the importance of data standards. Long-term data storage, availability of models and the interoperability of data formats are major challenges to existing digital infrastructures. We welcome contributions on:

  • 3D databases as a tool to support urban historical research
  • Metadata and paradata
  • Remote sensing approaches to support contextualization and intuitive access to data
  • Linked and semantic data related to urban historical research
  • the influence of knowledge of HCI on the design of historic models

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

During the past few years, various new technological opportunities have arisen from big data, Semantic Web technologies, and the exponential growth in data accessible via digital libraries such as EUROPEANA. Data-driven supervised and unsupervised classification approaches have been used to acquire high-level semantic concepts, especially from the interconnection of different types of data. Interdisciplinary collaborations between computer science and humanities disciplines are essential in developing methods and workflows to enable cultural heritage research to exploit machine learning approaches. We welcome contributions on:

  •  use cases and best practices of applied machine learning in digital humanities research
  • novel approaches e.g.,  (semi-) automatic photogrammetric reconstruction of historical buildings from image databases

Visualization and Presentation

Historians in cultural heritage research today are enabled to explore new research directions due to the availability of multitudes of digitized historical photographs in image repositories. Moreover, novel approaches such as the photogrammetric reconstruction of historical buildings from image databases allow for contextualization and intuitive access to data. Typical motivations for accessing these archives and repositories are scientific research, pedagogical applications, and the study of historical sites. These areas require advances in methods for visualization and presentation of data to support the different target groups.  We welcome contributions on:

  • Projects and investigations from urban history concerned with visualizations and presentation of spatial and/or scholarly data
  • Research scenarios for scholars using visualizations of urban history data
  • Interdisciplinarity, e.g. intersections between digital cultural heritage and (sustainable) tourism studies

Education in urban history

Education and support by digital libraries still only plays a minor role in scholarly discourses on cultural heritage and in particular urban history. There is still no broad consensus on specific education paradigms or a canon of didactic settings in digitally supported teaching on urban history, and as yet no larger studies have been conducted in this area. We welcome contributions on:

  • educational scenarios for teaching urban history supported by digital methods
  • approaches to employing large scale repositories for educational purposes in cultural history
  • the design of virtual experiences as e.g. city tours

PAPER SUBMISSION

Please submit an extended abstract of 1000-2000 words (~ 2-4 pages) in PDF format by November 15th, 2022 via the electronic upload submission procedure on EasyChair.

All submissions will be peer reviewed for their originality, validity, methodology, writing quality and overall contribution to the research fields of the conference. The conference adopts a double blind reviewing process. The authors must ensure that any information such as affiliations, contact details, e-mails or other type of information that can help identify the authors of the papers are removed from the submitted version.

Please use the Springer LaTeX2e, Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Word 2007 templates and guidelines for formatting your extended abstract.

Selected submissions are proposed to be published in the Springer CCIS series – previous issues can be found here.

Timeline

15.11.2022                  Extended Abstract Submission (~2-4 pages)

15.12.2022                  Notification

28.02.2023                  Full paper submission

27. & 28.03.2023         Workshop

Venue

The workshop will be hosted by the LMU Munich

Image by Chema Martínez Broncano (CC-BY-NC)

Proceedings

Contributions from previous workshops in 2017 and 2019 have been published as Springer CCIS.

Previous proceedings: https://link.springer.com/conference/uhdl