Photographs are inherently spatial artefacts. They are produced in specific spaces, and they usually capture and convey information about those spaces in a visual manner. The rapid developments in digital photography, GPS-enabled personal devices and geocoding techniques have enabled humanities and social science scholars to investigate the spatiotemporal properties of images alongside other forms of analysis. At the same time, such metadata can enable the exploration of big datasets, offer insights and opportunities to revisit our research practices and generate new research questions.
However, most image collections used in humanities research are not geotagged, and this limits the boundaries of exploring and understanding such collections. This workshop is an introduction to Spatial Image Analytics starting from an overview and the value of this approach, explaining the basic terms and concepts involved, and continuing with the methods and technologies used to perform spatial analysis of images.
The following video introduces the basic concepts and the value of Spatial Image Analytics in the field of Cultural Heritage and the broader humanities. After watching the introductory video go to Quiz 1.