Journal article

Places in Information Science

RS Purves, S Winter, W Kuhn

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology | Wiley Press | Published : 2019


Human spatial concepts, such as the concept of place, are not immediately translatable to the geometric foundations of spatial databases and information systems developed over the past 50 years. These systems typically rest on the concepts of objects and fields, both bound to coordinates, as two general paradigms of geographic representation. The match between notions of place occurring in everyday where questions and the data available to answer such questions is unclear and hinders progress in place-based information systems. This is particularly true in novel application areas such as the Digital Humanities or speech-based human–computer interaction, but also for location-based services. ..

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Awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

Werner Kuhn was visiting the University of Melbourne for part of this work. The authors are indebted to the Swiss National Science Foundation (20130320, 200021_149823), the Australian Research Council (LP100200199, DP170100109), the University of Melbourne, and the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) for supporting this research. We also thank the reviewers and editor of this article for their useful comments.