Considering Identification of Locality in Time: Theoretical and Practical Approach

  • Bogumił Szady
  • Agnieszka ŁawrynowiczEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


In this paper, we tackle the problem of determining an identity of a locality evolving with time. Firstly, we discuss origins of this problem, namely how it arises in the everyday research practice of historical geographers. Secondly, we present two contexts of emergence of identities: identities embedded in sources and identities constructed in history. Finally, we discuss how such identities may be captured in information systems with the help of state-of-art technologies regarding ontological modeling and reasoning.


Historical GIS Settlement unit Identity relation Ontology 



This work has been partially supported from the grant “Ontological foundations for developing historical geographic information systems” (2b H15 0216 83) funded by the National Humanities Development Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of HistoryPolish Academy of SciencesWarszawaPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of ComputingPoznan University of TechnologyPoznańPoland

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