Providing Universal Access to History Textbooks: A Modified GIS Case Full text

Dieter Pfoser, Alexandros Efentakis, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Sophia Karagiorgou, Giorgos Vasiliou
In Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS), 2009.

Integrating and accessing structured textual content from various sources is a challenging task and becomes even more so when dealing with multiple languages. The objective of this work is to showcase the technological efforts towards the creation of a digital European history textbook repository that integrates respective textbooks from various countries and publishers. The content integration is achieved by introducing language independent metadata based on space (locations), time (dates), and thematic categories (history gazetteer). Providing adequate interfaces such metadata can be used to provide language-independent access to Multilanguage history textbook content. The specific focus in this work will be on (i) presenting the metadata, (ii) the data management approach including indexing the history textbook content and (iii) the resulting textbook repository including its GIS-based interface allowing for a combination of map, timeline and keyword based search of the history content.