Geospatial in the Cultural Heritage domain, past, present and future


This one day event looking at the use of geospatial data and tools in the cultural heritage domain took place on Wednesday 7th March 2012 at Maughan Library, part of Kings College London. The full liveblog of the day can be accessed here. Images of the event are on Flickr here.


An invited group of speakers explored how digitised cultural heritage content (broadly defined) can be exploited through geographical approaches and the types of tools and techniques that can be used with geo-referenced/geotagged content.

Issues we asked our speakers to consider included:

  • selection of maps/materials
  • issues of accuracy and precision
  • staff and technical requirements
  • sustainability
  • licencing

The format was a mix of formal presentation and ‘unconference’ informal and you can see who came along in person via our eventbrite page:

The event was ‘amplified’ by social media (live blogging, tweeting) and videoed and audio recorded for subsequent download (coming soon!). If you are tweeting about the event or event materials please use the #geocult hashtag or the generic #jiscgeco project hashtag.


This section will be further updated with links to presentations/recordings shortly.

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival and coffee

10:00 – 10:10 Housekeeping, open remarks and context – James Reid, JISC GECO Project & EDINA

10:10 – 10:30 Michael Charno, Archaeology Data Service, Grey Literature at the ADS

10:30 – 10:50 Claire Grover, University of Edinburgh, Trading Consequences

10:50 – 11:10 Humphrey Southall, University of Portsmouth,

Humphrey Southall talking about Old Maps Online

Images and audio recording of this talk will be available soon. The best place to find out more about OldMapsOnline is to take a look and explore their website.

11:10 – 11:130 Coffee and comfort break

11:30 – 11:50 Stuart Nicol, University of Edinburgh, Visualising Urban Geographies

11:50 – 12:10 Jamie McLauglin, University of Sheffield, Locating Londons Past

12:10 – 12:30 Ashley Dhanani & David Jeevenrampillais, UCL,“Classifying historical business directory data: issues of translation between geographical and ethnographic contributions to a community PPGIS project”

See also the Adaptable Suburbs project website.

 LUNCH & ‘Unconference’

14:00 – 14:20 Chris Fleet, National Library of Scotland, Developments at the NLS

See also the Geo section – including the Historic Maps API and phone application shown in Chris’ presentation – and the Map section of the NLS website.

14:20 – 14:40 Rebekkah Abraham, We Are What We Do, HistoryPin

Rebekkah Abraham talking about HistoryPin

Images and audio recording of this talk will be available soon. Rather than slides Rebekkah recommends exploring the HistoryPin site as her slides were mainly captures from here.  You might also find the Historypin Community, where you will find information on HistoryPin’s current work with schools, community and local groups, and the Historypin Smartphone app useful as both were discussed in Rebekkah’s talk.

14:40 – 15:00 Stuart Macdonald, University of Edinburgh, AddressingHistory

See also the AddressingHistory blog mentioned in Stuart’s presentation.


  1. GAP Analysis

  2. Mobile futures

15:30 – 15:40 Report back

15:40 – 16:00 Kate Jones, University of Portsmouth, Stepping Into Time

See also the Mapping the Blitz Bomb Census Blog as mentioned in Kate’s talk.

16:00 – 16:20 Natalie Pollecutt and Deborah Leem, Wellcome Library, Putting Medical Officer of Health Reports on the Map

See also Nathalie’s blogpost on this work on the Wellcome Library blog.

16:20 – 16:40 Stuart Dunn, KCL, Digital Exposure of English Place-Names (DEEP)

See also the DEEP project blog.

16:40 – 17:00 Summary and Close


You can browse through all of the discussion around this event via our Storify archive. If you comment via Twitter, your blog, etc. using the #geocult tag we’ll update the Storify to include your comments!


This event was organised by the JISC GECO project with the help and support of the Centre for e-Research at Kings College London who have also provided our lovely venue for the day. We would also like to acknowledge all of the projects who have supported the development of this event, including those sending speakers or representatives along.

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