Event

Oct 20-21, 2022
Visualizations of the Heavens—The Database as a Research Tool

screenshot of database
Address
MPIWG, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Room
Main Conference Room
About This Series

Since its inception in 2016, the Visualization and Material Culture of the Heavens project in Department III at the MPIWG has been built around a database established using ResourceSpace, an open source platform provided by Montala. In the process of further developing both project and database, we are hosting a hybrid workshop that aims to bring the participants into a discussion on how to use the database to answer research questions. 

The two main themes will be:

  1. How to formulate research questions for productive use of the database.
  2. How to apply digital humanities methods to conduct comparative analyses.

We have invited scholars interested in astral image research and digital humanities, as well as IT experts and museum specialists, to learn from each other and discuss methods and strategies to facilitate the use of the database and other digital humanities tools for research purposes.

Timetable

Day 1: The VoH Database

09:00–09:15

Introducing the Day

Stamatina Mastorakou (MPIWG)

09:15–10:00

VoH - Concept, Goals, Insights

Sonja Brentjes (MPIWG)

10:00–10:15

Coffee Break

 

10:15–12:00

The VoH Database: An Introduction  

Rana Brentjes (MPIWG)

12:00-13:00

Lunch Break

 

13:00–13:15

Instructions for Exercise with VoH-Database

Rana Brentjes (MPIWG) and Stamatina Mastorakou (MPIWG)

13:15–14:45

Exercise with VoH-Database

1. Group led by Rana Brentjes (MPIWG)

2. Group led by Stamatina Mastorakou (MPIWG)

14:45–15:00

Coffee Break

 

15:00–16:00

Joint Discussion on the Exercise with the VoH Database

Chair: Stamatina Mastorakou (MPIWG)

 

Day 2: DH Tools beyond the VoH Database

09:00–09:15

Introducing the Day     

Stamatina Mastorakou (MPIWG)

09:15–10:15

 

Image Analysis Tools: A Survey and a VoH Case Study 

Ali Ozgur Argunsah and Theofanis Karayannis (University of Zurich)

10:15–10:30

Coffee Break

 

10:30–11:10

Beyond the Database: Introducing Other Useful DH Tools for VoH Research

Rana Brentjes (MPIWG)

11:10–11:40

A Mapping & Data Visualization Platform for the VoH-Database

Pascal Belouin (MPIWG)

11:40–12:25

Drawing Collective Meaning from Large Corpora of Historical Sources: Experiences from the Local Gazetteers Project

Calvin Yeh & Shih-Pei Chen (MPIWG)

12:25–13:25

Lunch Break

 

13:25–14:00

Computational Clustering and Historical Categories: The Evolution of Visual Language Examined through a Corpus of Illustrations

Noga Shlomi (MPIWG)

14:00–14:45

The Roman Provincial Coinage (RPC) Website

Volker Heuchert (Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology)

14:45–15:00

Coffee Break

 

15:00–15:45

An Online Database of Ancient Egyptian Stars, Star Tables, and Astronomical Diagrams

Sarah Symons (McMaster University)

15:45–17:00

Final Discussion with Introduction by Stamatina Mastorakou, MPIWG)

Chair: Rana Brentjes (MPIWG)

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