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Medieval Macrospace Through GIS: The Norse World Project Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages, Scandinavian Onomastics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8478-2040
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9233-0407
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3890-4630
2019 (English)In: Cartographic Journal, ISSN 0008-7041, E-ISSN 1743-2774Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The project ‘The Norse Perception of the World’ is building a digital infrastructure to facilitate interdisciplinary research on medieval worldviews as recorded in East Norse texts. It does so by collecting spatial material, i.e. attestations of place names and other location-based data from medieval vernacular manuscripts, early prints, and runic inscriptions from fictional, non-biblical, and scientific texts dated to before 1530, and providing free access to these spatial references through a tailored back-end MySQL database and an interactive end-user interface with mapping via Leaflet and Leaflet.markercluster. This paper discusses how geocoding can be problematic when applied to pre-modern materials, as the concept of space is a temporal and social variable, especially when dealing with ideas about places abroad. The geospatial visualization employed by the project has no ambition to represent a historically correct worldview as understood by medieval Scandinavians. Rather, it is an anachronistic tool for managing and obtaining an overview of the spatial references in East Norse texts.

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Spatial humanities, Scandinavian philology, East Norse, place names, interactive GIS, Leaflet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-401553DOI: 10.1080/00087041.2019.1596341ISI: 000488759100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-401553DiVA, id: diva2:1383574
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, IN16-0093:1Available from: 2020-01-08 Created: 2020-01-08 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved

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