ISHCamp Virtual Reading Group 2 - Spatial Humanities and Open Science

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This Virtual Reading Group (VRG) will focus on "Spatial Humanities and Open Science" and is the 2nd of 3 VRGs to be held in Summer 2019

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The ISHCamp Virtual Reading Groups (VRGs) are an online reading group aimed at Early Career Researchers interested in Spatial Humanities and how techniques in the field may help with their own research.

Three VRGs are planned over the Summer of 2019, and will complement the upcoming inaugural International Spatial Humanities Sprint Camp (iSHCamp) to be held in Dublin in October 2019.

Participation in the VRGs is free, and online, enabling researchers to access this network with ease. The link to the online meeting room will be sent out to those who register via Eventbrite.

Reflective blogs based on the topics under discussion during the Virtual Reading Groups can be submitted by participants in application for a TRAVEL BURSARY to the upcoming iSHCamp2019 in Dublin in October 2019. For more information on the travel bursaries and how you can apply, visit

Information about the theme and readings for this group are below:


Spatial Humanities and Open Scholarship

The availability, quality and interoperability of open data is crucial to any successful spatial humanities project. Access to open access journals is equally important in a fast-moving field. This second iSHCamp virtual reading group (VRG) explores a) the availability of open publishing opportunities, b) the acquisition of open geospatial data and other forms of spatial data c) issues of sustainability and data management and d) philosophical and ethical considerations for the field. This is essential preparation for any spatial project, which fundamentally rely on pre-existing spatial data (OpenStreetMaps, gazeteers, open government GIS datasets, existing project data etc.). They simultaneously create new content that must be managed in an open fashion and make it important to publish openly. Furthermore, spatial humanities has a lot to gain from innovations in open scholarship such as citizen science, open peer review, non-traditional publishing models and alternative forms of publication.

This online group will meet on Tue 9th July 2019 at1pm Irish Summer Time (2pm CEST / 3pm EEST).


Batterbury, Simon, ‘Socially Just Publishing: Implications for Geographers and Their Journals’, Fennia - International Journal of Geography, 195.2 (2017), 175–81 URL:

Johnson, Peter A., Renee Sieber, Teresa Scassa, Monica Stephens, and Pamela Robinson, ‘The Cost(s) of Geospatial Open Data’, Transactions in GIS, 21.3 (2017), 434–45 URL:

Minner, Jennifer, ‘Open Data Flows, Spatial Histories, and Visualizing the Future of Preservation’, Preservation Education and Research, 10 (2018) URL:

Porter, Catherine, ‘Introduction: The Importance of Place and Openness in Spatial Humanities Research’, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 12.2 (2018), 91–101 URL:

About iSHCamp

iSHCamp will be held in Dublin from 24th-26th October 2019. It will feature talks from leading experts in the field of Spatial Humanities, and will use practical work to reinforce techniques learnt.

Spaces at this intensive 3-day Spatial Humanities workshop event will be limited to 25. A limited number of Travel Bursaries will be available by application for Early Career Researchers.

For more details, visit:

iSHCAMP Is funded through an Irish Research Council 'New Foundations' grant.

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