Spatio-temporal databases as a tool for historical geography Cover Image

Czasowo-przestrzenne bazy danych jako narzędzie w geografii historycznej
Spatio-temporal databases as a tool for historical geography

Author(s): Bogumił Szady
Subject(s): Geography, Regional studies, Historical Geography, Geomatics, Maps / Cartography
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: historical GIS; Spatio-Temporal Databases; historical geography

Summary/Abstract: The present article deals with problems of the practical application of spatio-temporal databases in geo-historical studies. Research practice – besides the indisputable advantages of applying database tools for analysis of historical data – also includes the significant problems of uncertainty, incompleteness and lack of precision of historical sources. These features, as well as the subjectivism (interpretability) of should be taken into account while building historical geographical information systems. Existing solutions consider to only a small extent the properties of the research process appropriate to historical geography. One of the solutions suggested in the present article is a division of a database structure into two interrelated schemes: a source scheme and a critical scheme. Historical information thus gathered becomes easily accessible for secondary interpretation (the source scheme). The critical scheme of the database, which is collectively constructed by historians, engineering ontologists and specialists in database modelling, should consider both the event and the process character of historical phenomena as well as the complex characteristics of spatio-temporal objects (the dispute between endurantists and perdurantists).

  • Issue Year: 14/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 17-32
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish