Thematic Focus 2020: Remembrance and Geomedia

Maps, open databases and geomedia open up completely new avenues for place remembrance and education. Linked to location, they make scientific and historic documentation available to lay people, inspire discussions on authenticity and allow new and explorative approaches both along the digital humanities as well as for learning environments.

Contributions are welcome that highlight conceptual, technical and empirical research in the field of remembrance and geomedia as well as tried and tested learning environments at all stages of formal and informal education.

Submissions are possible in, but not limited to, the following domains:

  • Geospatial Databases for Remembrance and standardizations
  • Visualizations and evaluations thereof, user interfaces
  • Education initiatives and learning environments based on geomedia

This special thematic track is part of the GI_Forum2020 and is organized in co-operation with the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)


Contributions can be submitted as full paper or short paper until February 1, 2020 or as poster until May 1, 2020. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website and will be subject to double-blind peer review. Authors of accepted full and short papers are invited to present and discuss their papers at the GI_Forum. For guidelines on submission, please visit

Accepted full and short papers will be published in Issue 2 of the Open Access GI_Forum Journal 2020, edited by EHRI and GI_Forum specialists. Publication will be online (see The publication is included in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


In addition to publication in the GI-Forum Journal, contributors are also invited to submit shorter work to the EHRI Document Blog – a space for researchers to share ideas about innovative presentation methods and interpretation of Holocaust-related archival documents using digital tools. The blog and further instructions for suggesting contributions can be found here The articles can also include discussions of a work-in-progress, specific examples and visualizations, including interactive maps.


Submitting authors will be informed about their presentation slot by mid-March 2020. Pre-condition of a presentation is the registration of at least one (co-) author by May 25, 2020.


For questions, please contact Thomas Jekel, University of Salzburg ( or Wolfgang Schellenbacher, Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) & European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) (

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