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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/21/S08.116

GIS TOOL FOR GEOCHRONOLOGICAL TRACKING AND HISTORICAL DATA ANALYSIS

Y. Ivakin, M. Tsvetkov
Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-01-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 21, 919-926 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/21/S08.116

ABSTRACT

Geoinformation systems are widely used in many different areas of the humanities. Such systems allow to analyze, visualize historical geospatial information and what is more to support historical research processes in various situations. However an objective lack of the specialized GIS-analysis tools intended for historic, ethnographic and other research is tangible. Chronological tracking gives an example of the analysis tool aimed at solving a wide class of historic problems. The development of a geochronological track of an historic individual or an historic object based upon the interpretation of the (his, its) biographic information can be represented as a graph connecting geographic points of the historical personality’s whereabouts; nodes of the graph are marked with the color corresponding to some parameters of the individual or historic events. This paper proposes a GIS-based approach that integrates chronological and geospatial data in the form of a geochronology track. The paper covers the main advantages (possibilities) and disadvantages of the proposed GIS-based analysis tool. In this paper we also show how to use GIS in historical and ethnographic research, outline the challenges we see in bringing the technology to the next level, and propose some starting points for the future research.

Keywords: geographic information systems, GIS-technologies of historic research, geochronology track, geospatial historic process modeling, GIS-based interdisciplinary research

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