The Encyclopedia Gallica of Events - or Why Geographic Information Science Is Not Like Physics

Helen Couclelis
2016 International Conference on GIScience Short Paper Proceedings  
As a contribution towards the further development of user-centered information systems, I present an argument for a contextual and subjective view of events and related concepts in information science that is distinct from the factual view prevalent in empirical science and everyday life. The central notion is that of 'R-Event', where 'R' stands for 'Relevant'. Drawing on representations of process such as dynamic models or AI approaches to problem-solving and planning, R-Events would improve
more » ... nts would improve the precision and value of search results by foregrounding and ranking information about events of high relevance to the user. There is no suggestion here that this proposal is easily implementable. It is offered at this stage as a potentially fruitful thought experiment.
doi:10.21433/b31118t7k513 fatcat:7ty2banhcra4hnnqkiz6bouvje