Dataset: The area told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information, 2012

Abstract

In modern European societies, maps are seen as the natural way to communicate about geography. This is different in other historical periods. In some historical periods  maps are not used very much, although they are known. In my opinion, this lack of use is not based on a lack of cartographic tools or knowledge only. I think there are other reasons why people choose to use verbal texts to communicate about geography, reasons that may be difficult to see for people living in a modern map based society. In the proposed PhD project, I will look for such reasons by trying to find examples of verbal texts being superior to maps. A map is best defined as a kind of document that represents spatial relations of objects in the world; it is one of several tools or methods people can use to find their way. Verbal text are description of for example a lake, river, mountain etc.

The source material for the project will be a document from the 18th century: Major Schnitler's border examination protocols. The digitally available, TEI encoded textual version of this material will be used as the source for a database. This database will represent a model of the
geographical information I read from the text. This model will be a version of the geographical information in the source text, expressed in a formal language. The model will also store contradictory facts if and when they exist. Possible contradiction can be found using rules of calculation that will be developed on top of the model. The model will be used to investigate my hypothesis by trying to express the information in the model as maps. Based on the results of this research, I will discuss the possible existence of geographical structures and features found in the model that can not be expressed on maps without significant loss of meaning. This way, I hope to gain new knowledge about how people express themselves in verbal texts about geography, as opposed to map based expressions. In the longer term, I hope this will help us understanding more about the reasons why some cultures are very map oriented, whereas others know about maps, but only use them in very limited areas.

For access to the dataset, see the project resource page: http://www.oeide.no/dg/dp/
or use the NSD order form:  http://www.nsd.uib.no/nsd/english/orderform.html

Variable Groups

Full Title

The area told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information, 2012

Identification Number

NSD2114

Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Eide, Øyvind King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Eide, Øyvind King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities KCL, DDH Project manager

Copyright

Copyright (C) 2014 Øyvind Eide, King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
The Research Council of Norway RCN 190567

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Norwegian Social Science Data Services NSD

Version

Date: 2014-10-29

Notes

Original data from  Øyvind Eide, King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities are documented and prepared, first NSD-version.

Bibliographic Citation

"The area told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information, 2012". Data collected by Øyvind Eide, King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities. First NSD edition, Bergen 2014.

List of Keywords

Topic Classification

Science and technology

Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
2009-05-01 2012-04-30

Date of Collection

Start End Cycle
2009-05-01 2012-04-30

Country

Norway  (NO)

Geographic Coverage

Country

Geographic Unit

Land

Unit of Analysis

Other

Universe

Data material.

Kind of Data

Coded textual data

Time Method

Cross-sectional survey

Data Collector

Eide, Øyvind, King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities  (KCL, DDH)

Sampling Procedure

The source material for the project will be a document from the 18th century: Major Schnitler's border examination protocols. The digitally available, TEI encoded textual version of this material will be used as the source for a database. This database will represent a model of the geographical information I read from the text.

Mode of Data Collection

Other

Location

Availability Status

Data are freely accessible.

Extent of Collection

One data file(s); different formats can be made.

Restrictions

Data are freely accessible.

Citation Requirement

Users are obliged to refer to producer and distributor of the data by writing the following in forewords or footnotes in eventual publications:
"(Some of) the data applied in the analysis in this publication are based on "The area told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information, 2012". The survey was financed by The Reasearch Council of Norway. The data are provided by Øyvind Eide, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London  and prepared and made available by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). Neither Øyvind Eide, King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities, The Research Council of Norway nor NSD are responsible for the analysis/interpretation of the data presented here.

Conditions

Data are freely accessible.

Disclaimer

Neither Øyvind Eide, King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities, The Research Council of Norway nor NSD are responsible for the analysis/interpretation of the data presented here.

Related Materials

Data Package for The area told as a story

This data package is connected to the PhD project at King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities.

Related Publications

The area told as a story: An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information

Eide, Øyvind (2012) The area told as a story: An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and map-based expressions of geographical information. Ph.D., King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities.

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