Workshop 1: Uppsala

May 30 - 1 June 2022

The first of the three proposed workshops, WS1, has the thematic focus “Spatial data medieval to modern” and in this workshop, we will introduce the three work packages outlined above through keynote lectures and explorative sessions. The main aims of WS1 are to define key concepts (spatial infrastructures, LOD, metadata, ontology), outline major challenges in the field, and to provide an opportunity to share experiences of addressing the issues in individual and national projects across the Nordic countries. Three keynotes, at least one of them by a speaker with a Swedish affiliation, and mini-workshops on metadata, ontologies, LOD and SOCH will be scheduled over the course of the programme to achieve these goals.

Additionally, in WS1 we will initiate discussions exploring possibilities for collaboration on the European grant application. The Research Infrastructures Call in the Horizon Europe Program 2021–2027 will be presented at a keynote by a research officer. This talk will be followed by a longer “open space” session to brainstorm potential aims and work packages of the planned application. Open space is a meeting methodology intended to release creativity and leadership in a group within macro-boundaries of a major task; the interaction form is per definition explorative and seemingly unstructured, but yields most anchored, motivated results. There are several elements of risk with the suggested broad scope of WS1–3, since the projects involved aggregate spatial data from very different kinds of sources, such as literature, historical maps, art collections, archival data. These risks can however be effectively mitigated by introducing pre-defined groups to make workshop discussions concrete and suggested outputs feasible.

Preliminary Programme

30 May 2022, Day 1

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-13:00 Welcome and opening remarks, Alexandra Petrulevich and Sara Ellis Nilsson  

13:00-14:00 Keynote 1 (hybrid): Prof. Dr Leif Isaksen (University of Exeter, UK) on Digital Spatial Infrastructures for Research in the Humanities: challenges and solutions

Moderator: Sara Ellis Nilsson

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-16:00 Participant and project presentations (on site): 5-10 minutes per project

Moderator: Alexandra Petrulevich

16:00-16:10 Short Break

16:10-17:00 Group work and further mapping of the projects’ challenges and any ideas of how these could be solved including short presentation of the outcomes (on site)

Moderators: Alexandra Petrulevich and Sara Ellis Nilsson

17:30 Guided tour 1 (optional)

19:00 Dinner (optional)


31 May 2022, Day 2

9:00-10:00 Keynote 2 (hybrid): Marcus Smith (Swedish National Heritage Board, Sweden) on LOD and RDF in theory and practice.

Moderator: Alexandra Petrulevich

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:30 Mini-workshop on common metadata principles/vocabularies (groups decide on breaks themselves, on site)

Moderator: Sara Ellis Nilsson

12:30-14:00 Lunch 

14:00-15:00 Group presentations of the mini-workshop outcomes (hybrid)

Moderator: Emily Lethbridge

15:00-15:30 Coffee/tea break

15:30-16:30 Keynote 3 (hybrid): Ass. Prof. Dr Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh, USA) on Common metadata principles and common vocabularies/ontology in Digital Spatial Infrastructures for Humanities Research.

Moderator: Peder Gammeltoft

17:00 Guided tour 2 (optional)

18:30 Dinner (optional)


1 June, Day 3

9:00-9:30 Keynote 3 (hybrid): Johan Holmberg (Swedish Research Council, Swedish Expert in the Horizon Europe Pillar 1), on EU research infrastructure calls

Moderator: Sara Ellis Nilsson

9:30-10:00 Coffee/tea break

10:00-11:30 Mini-workshop on EU-application 1 (on site): Open space session on aims/work packages for an EU project on spatial research infrastructures in the humanities

Moderator: Alexandra Petrulevich

11:30-11:45 Short break

11:45-12:30 Workshop summary and discussion (hybrid)

Moderators: Alexandra Petrulevich and Sara Ellis Nilsson

12:30- Take away lunch and departure