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Session Overview
S133: Advances in the use of GIS in Agricultural and Landscape History: examples of interdisciplinary research
Friday, 20/Jun/2025

Session Chair: Eduardo José Corbelle Rico;
Session Chair: José Ambrósio Neto;
Session Chair: Ramón Alberto Díaz Varela;

Session Abstract

The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is nowadays common in different research fields, and the days in which they were the privilege of a minority of researchers are long gone. Continuously increasing avaliability of digitized databases -particularly of historic maps and aerial photographs- along with recent advances of free and open source GIS software have opened spatial analysis technologies to a wider audience. Rural History is no exception, and GIS-related seminars, panels and sessions are almost a standard in international events and conferences.

Because of its particular nature, GIS analysis is a field in which Rural History and other academic disciplines (geography, sociology, rural engineering...) can converge and overcome borders between them. However, at the same time, the wide diversity of theoretical foundations and practical approaches that result from the different academic backgrounds of end-users makes it necessary to create spaces in which common problems, challenges and proposed solutions can be shared. This panel intends to serve as a transdisciplinary meeting point in which to explore common needs and present advances in the use of spatial databases and spatial analysis related to Rural and Landscape History research. The proposed panel seeks to discuss the following topics, but is not limited to them:

1. Georeferencing of historic databases.

2. New spatial analysis of otherwise well-known sources.

3. Perceived limitations and strong points of the use of free GIS


4. Use of modern spatial databases to derive information of historic

relevance (e.g. landscape archeology).

5. Spatial modelling of rural/agricultural transitions.

6. Comparative studies on rural development and environmental changes.

7. Rural - urban transition.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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