Adrijana Car – Thomas Jekel – Josef Strobl – Gerald Griesebner (Eds.)


GI_Forum 2018, Volume 1

Journal for Geographic Information Science


ISSN 2308-1708
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doi:10.1553/giscience2018_01_
GI_Forum 2018, Volume 1 
 
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Thema: geography
Adrijana Car – Thomas Jekel – Josef Strobl – Gerald Griesebner (Eds.)


GI_Forum 2018, Volume 1

Journal for Geographic Information Science


ISSN 2308-1708
Online Edition

ISBN 978-3-7001-8359-4
Online Edition
doi:10.1553/giscience2018_01_
GI_Forum 2018, Volume 1 
 
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Andreas Koch
PDF Icon  Quod Erat Expectandum: The Modus Operandi of Models and Quantifications ()
S.  274 - 290
doi:10.1553/giscience2018_01_s274

doi:10.1553/giscience2018_01_s274
Abstract:
Models and quantitative analyses deal with numbers. In general, numbers have a very specific meaning in that they represent a phenomenon as idiosyncratic (singular) in a way that words cannot do. However, the quality as well as the quantity of a phenomenon must be considered in order to understand its nature more comprehensively. Furthermore, the use of both numbers and terms incorporates presuppositions about what is perceived as relevant and valuable, which is not usually evidently visible – their existence is realized through reductionism. The reduction of a phenomenon to a number, therefore, does not neglect its intrinsic value. As is the case with terms, models and quantities are jeopardized by being instrumentalized in scientific research and political debates. ‘Quod erat expectandum’ thus has a twofold meaning: (i) Models and quantifications are expected to create a reality rather than simply represent it. They are used to grasp the world(s) that surround(s) us. (ii) Models and quantifications are expected to reduce complexity. This methodologically and epistemologically built-in mechanism is – in a positive as well as in a critical sense – inevitable.

Keywords:  singularity of numbers, framed analysis, reductionism, models as creators of realities
Published Online:  2018/07/02 07:33:18
Document Date:  2018/06/22 08:08:00
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GI_Forum publishes high quality original research across the transdisciplinary field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The journal provides a platform for dialogue among GI-Scientists and educators, technologists and critical thinkers in an ongoing effort to advance the field and ultimately contribute to the creation of an informed GISociety. Submissions concentrate on innovation in education, science, methodology and technologies in the spatial domain and their role towards a more just, ethical and sustainable science and society. GI_Forum implements the policy of open access publication after a double-blind peer review process through a highly international team of seasoned scientists for quality assurance. Special emphasis is put on actively supporting young scientists through formative reviews of their submissions. Only English language contributions are published.

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