Modelling Events

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Events can be interpreted and modelled in many different ways.

Mostern and Johnson describe a model whereby:
(1. Events are Ordered by Time.)
(2. Events are Grouped into Chronologies.) (Entirely Subjective)
(3. Causality is ascribed if appropriate.) (Even More Subjective)

The story / narrative told by an interpreted series of events and their relationships (+context) is more important than the event itself. This is not unlike news reporters, whom have to filter through mass amounts of data, their trends and relationships, in order to choose a specific interesting story to focus on.

Though places are often seen as key points in historical geospatial datasets, it is events that give them meaning and influence their characteristics.

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The reading this event model is based off is quite interesting, one of the best and well-written readings this semester. It logically describes how this model is reached and it’s unique importance in an environment filled with unconnected and static event models.

Mostern, Johnson (2008) From named place to naming event: creating gazetteers for history.

For historians and  other scholars of  the human past,  gazetteers are best  seen as records of  events in the histories of places, rathe r than as indexes of named places per se . This paper discusses the episodic nature of historical temporality, the narrative form of reasoning in history, and the value of using evnts as the basis for  gazetteers in order  to reflect the  character of knowledge about historical  places. It identifies the attributes of  a historical event  and introduces the  idea that a historic al event gazetteer must build networks o f relationships among events in order to  effectively represent historical narrative. It reviews relevant bodies of literature and proposes a  procedure for  identifying chronological, mereological,  and causal relation ships among historic al events. Finally,  it suggests new  directions in spatiotemporal visualization of history, with  reference to a  prototype developed  by the authors.

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