Guenter Görz

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Department I
Dr.-Ing., Professor for Informatics, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
April 5, 2016 to July 31, 2017

In his resarch, Günther Görz focusses on Applied Logic (knowledgerepresentation and reasoning) and natural language processing.  Forhis sabbatical stay in 2010/2011 the general subject of cooperationwas "Semantic Modeling and Knowledge Representation for Scientific Object Documentation and Digital Editions".  Since then, relations toseveral projects in the department have been extended, in particularwhere epistemological and cognitive models play a role in the historyof knowledge.  An emphasis is on the experience and theoretical reflection of the historical development of spatial cognition and language, and spatial and temporal reasoning.

His actual work is contributing to the elaboration of formal mental models for cognitive mapping in the "Common Sense Geography" group inTopoi and within the subject area of "Knowledge Transfer and Transformation in early Modern Cartography" to the preparation of ajoint project (Erlangen and Nuremberg) aiming at for a new scholarly edition of the Behaim globe (1492).  A further research focus is on formal ontologies which led to an implementation of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model in OWL-DL (ECRM: and its use as a semantic infrastructure for the DFG-funded Virtual Research Environment "WissKI" (, where he is aprincipal investigator.

Günther Görz has been professor of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg until his retirement in autumn 2012.  Since then he holds a research professorship heading a research group on Digital Humanities and he isalso a member of the faculty of Arts and Humanities.  He has held visiting positions at UCLA, Stanford University, ICSI Berkeley, and IRST/fbk Trento and is a member of several scientific and editorial boards, among them an Academy project at Göttingen.


Interest/involvement in projects:

Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge Globalization of Knowledge; Aristotelization of the World; The Transformation of Ancient Spatial Knowledge in its Intercultural Transfer Long-term development of Knowledge; The Sphaera-tradition; The Years of the Cupola; Historical epistemology in Action; Repositiories, Research Environments and Dissemination; A New Paradigm: the "Digital Scrapbook"; Open access publications

Selected publications: 

Görz, G., Ilyushechkina, E., & Thiering, M. (2013). Towards a cognitive-linguistic reconstruction of 'mental maps' from ancient texts: the example of Dionysios Periegetes. In B. Sharp, & M. Zock (Eds.), Proceedings of NPLCS 2013: 10th International workshop on natural language processing and cognitive science (pp. 20-34). Marseille: CNRS/LIF.

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Görz, G. (2013). Representing computational dictionaries in AI-oriented knowledge representation formalisms. In H. E. Wiegand (Ed.), Dictionaries: an international encyclopedia of lexicography. Supplementary volume: Recent developments with special focus on computational lexicography (pp. 1234-1243). Berlin [u.a.]: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110238136.1234.

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Scholz, M., Holdenried, M., Dreyer, B., Meyer-Wegener, K., & Görz, G. (2014). Und Semantik wuchs in 'EDEN': eine Vorstellung und ein Erfahrungsbericht. Magazin für digitale Editionswissenschaften, 1(1), 22-30.

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Görz, G., & Scholz, M. (2014). Semantische Erschließung mittelalterlicher Kartographie: das Beispiel des Behaim-Globus von 1492. Mitteilungen der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft, 60, 1-15.

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Görz, G., & Scholz, M. (2013). Semantic annotation for medieval cartography: the example of the Behaim Globe of 1492. e-Perimetron, 8(1), 8-20.

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Teaching activities
HS/PS Karten, Globen, Kosmographien und der Weltbildwandel um 1500Vogel, Klaus/Schemmel,Matthias, Görz, Günther
Digital Humanities Colloquium, MPIWGSemantische Tiefenerschließung mittelalterlicher (Welt-) Karten am Beispiel des Behaim-Globus (1492)
Einführung in die mittelalterliche Kartographie MPIWG


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