Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, December, 2010
Representing Historical Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems Supervised by Michael F. Goodchild

Bachelor of Science in Instructional Technology, California State University, Chico, June 2005, summa cum laude

Research interests

Knowledge representation for geographic and geo-historical information systems; computational representations of place and time; activity and event ontologies; spatial thinking and learning; digital atlases of culture and history; Digital Earth

Professional Employment

Independent Researcher
Denver, CO
Sep 2016 – present

Digital Humanities Research Developer,
Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research
Stanford University Libraries, Jan 2012 – Sep 2016

Research Specialist, Center for Spatial Studies,
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010-2011

Graduate Associate, Center for Spatial Studies,
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008-2009

Founder and President, World Heritage Web, Inc., Palo Alto, CA,
a 501(c) (3) California nonprofit corporation, 2003 –

Software Product Design Manager, Netage, Inc., West Newton, MA, 1999-2001

Freelance web design and development, ClearEdge|Design, 1999-2005

Network systems consultant, Berkeley, CA & Minneapolis, MN, 1993-1999

Architectural Computing Systems Manager, Interactive Resources, Inc., Point Richmond, CA, 1983-1993

Interactive Scholarly Works

Ligda, K., Grossner, K. (2016). Authorial London. Role: Co-investigator, Lead designer/developer.

Hodder, I., Grossner, K., Engel, C., and Meeks, E. (2014). Çatalhöyük Living Archive. Role: Research design and lead developer.

Christensen, J., Grossner, K., and Meeks, E. (2013). City Nature. Role: Research design and lead developer.

Scheidel, W., Meeks, E., Grossner, K. (2012). ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. (v1). Role: Web application developer.

Peer-reviewed publications (articles, chapters, and posters)

Grossner, K., Berman, M.L., and Simon, R. (accepted). Linked Places: A Modeling Pattern and Software for Representing Historical Movement. Digital Humanities 2017 (Montreal) conference proceedings.

Grossner, K. (2016). Spatial Concepts. in D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. Goodchild, W. Liu, A. Kobayashi, & R. Marston (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/AAG

Grossner, K., Janowicz, K. and Keßler, C. (2016). The Place of Linked Data for Historical Gazetteers. In R. Mostern, H. Southall, and M.L. Berman (Eds.). Placing Names: Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Grossner, K., and Ligda, K. (2016). Authorial {X}: A research and teaching platform for literary geography (poster). Digital Humanities 2016, Krakow, Poland

Weimer, K., and Grossner, K. (2016). The GeoHumanities Special Interest Group of ADHO: Fostering and Facilitating the Spatial Turn (poster). Digital Humanities 2016, Krakow, Poland

Engel, C. and Grossner, K. (2015). The Archaeological Process at Çatalhöyük: Creating A Living Archive. In I. Hodder, A. Marciniak (Eds.) Themes in Contemporary Archaeology: Assembling Çatalhöyük. Maney Publishing.

Grossner, K., Hodder, I., and Engel, C. (2015). Towards a Living Archive for Çatalhöyük (poster), Computer Applications in Archaeology 2015, Siena, Italy.

Grossner, K., and Janelle, D.G. (2014). Concepts and Principles for Spatial Literacy. In D.R. Montello, K. Grossner, and D.G. Janelle (Eds.). Space in Mind: Concepts for Spatial Learning and Education. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Montello, D.R., Grossner, K., Janelle, D.G. (Eds.) (2014). Space in Mind: Concepts for Spatial Learning and Education. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Goodchild, M. F., Janelle, D. J., and Grossner, K. (2014). Critical Spatial Thinking. In R. Stimson (Ed.). Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Grossner, K. and Meeks, E. (2014). Topotime: Representing historical temporality. Proceedings of Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

Grossner, K., Hodder, I., Meeks, E., and Engel, C. (2014). A Living Archive for Çatalhöyük (poster). Computer Applications in Archaeology 2014, Paris, France.

Grossner, K. (2013). Computing Place. Proceedings of Digital Humanities 2013, Lincoln, NE.

Meeks, E., and Grossner, K. (2012). Modeling Networks and Scholarship with ORBIS. Journal of Digital Humanities 1, no. 3 (Summer 2012).

Grossner, K. (2012). Finding the spatial in order to teach it. In Kastens, K.A. & Manduca, C.A. (Eds.) GSA Special Paper 486, Earth and Mind II: A Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences, pp. 87-90

Grossner, K. and Adams, B. (2011) COSIT at 20: Measuring research trends and interdisciplinarity, Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2011); Belfast, ME. Retrieved from

Grossner, K. (2010). Representing historical knowledge in geographic information systems. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States — California. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. (Publication No. AAT 3439428).

Grossner, K. (2010). Event objects for spatial history. In R. Purves, R. Weibel (Eds.) Extended Abstracts Volume, GIScience 2010, Zurich. Retrieved from

Grossner, K. (2010). Geolibraries. In B. Warf (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Los Angeles: SAGE.

Grossner, K., Goodchild, M. and Clarke, K. (2008). Defining a digital earth system. Transactions in GIS, 12(1):145-160.

Grossner, K. and Clarke, K. (2007). Is Google Earth, ‘Digital Earth?’ − Defining a vision. In Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth, Berkeley, CA.

Invited Talks

Çatalhöyük Living Archive, Invited talk at Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Stanford University; February 2015

Digital Humanities and Interactive Scholarly Works: From Pragmatic Plans to Publication, Invited talk and workshop (with E. Meeks), University of California, Merced; October 2014

Interactive Scholarly Works: The Case of ORBIS, Brownbag seminar at Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Stanford University; August 2012

Design Patterns for History; Brownbag seminar, Institute for Geo-Informatics (IFGI), Münster, Germany; July, 2012

Finding the Spatial in Order to Teach It; ThinkSpatial Brownbag Series, Center for Spatial Studies, UC Santa Barbara; November 2011

Towards an Emergent Spatial History Ontology; World Historical Dataverse monthly workshop, World History Center at University of Pittsburgh; October 2011

Representing Historical Knowledge in GIS, (keynote); Dynamics, an Anthropology Graduate Symposium; UC Santa Barbara; May 2011

Modeling Human Activity in Historical GIS for Education and Research, ESRI/Redlands University Colloquium; October 2009

IssueBrowser: The First Spatial History of the 2008 US Presidential Election Cycle, ThinkSpatial Brownbag Series, Center for Spatial Studies, UC Santa Barbara; November 2008

Invited panels and workshops

“Topotime: Joining Place and Period for Historical Gazetteers” (Invited presenter) in A place for places: current trends and challenges in the development and use of geo-historical gazetteers. Digital Humanities 2016; Krakow, Poland; July 2016.

Exploring Peer Review in the GeoHumanities. (Half-day workshop, co-organized with Katherine Weimer and David Wrisley). Digital Humanities 2015; Sydney, Australia; June, 2015.

Expert Meeting on Spatial Discovery. (Invited participant and presenter). University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2015. (

Humanities + Digital Tools. (Invited panel). Stanford Humanities Center, May 2015. (

“A Living Archive for Çatalhöyük (and?)”, poster and lightning talk in Thinking between the lines: conceptualising the future of archaeological databases (Invited roundtable). Computer Applications in Archaeology, Siena, Italy, April 2015

“Geographic Search,” position paper in Spatial Search (Invited specialist workshop). University of California Santa Barbara Center for Spatial Studies, 8-9 December 2014

Setting a Research and Development Agenda for Moving Historical Geodata to the Web. Invited workshop at New York Public Library, 5-7 November 2014

NEH World-Historical Gazetteer Workshop. (Invited workshop). University of Pittsburgh, 4-5 September 2014

“ORBIS: First of many worlds?,” short paper co-authored with E. Meeks & W. Scheidel in Maritime Networks in Space and Time (ERC International workshop), Paris, France, 16-18 June 2014

“Data Management at Çatalhöyük: From Database to Living Archive” presentation co-authored w/ C. Engel & E. Meeks in Thinking Archaeological Science (invited workshop). Stanford Archaeology Center May 16-17, 2014

Issues in Spatio-Temporal Technologies for the Humanities and Arts (Conference panel session, panelist with Eide, Ø., Berman, M.L. and Ore, C-E.) at Digital Humanities 2013, Lincoln, NE US

Mapping time, space, and narrative (Invited workshop, presenter), University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, 5-6 Apr 2013

“Modeling Intangible Cultural Heritage as Placial Activity and Events,” short paper in Conference on the Conservation of Urban Landscapes & Sustainable Development, Stanford University Archaeology Center, Mar 7-8 2013

Spatial Thinking across the College Curriculum (Specialist Workshop, discussant), Center for Spatial Studies, UC Santa Barbara; Dec 10-11 2012

“Event Objects for Placial History,” paper in Here and There, Then and Now – Modeling Space and Time in the Humanities (Workshop) at Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany, July 2012

Geo-ontology Design Patterns GeoVoCampSB2012 (Workshop, co-organized with Krzysztof Janowicz), Santa Barbara, CA, February 2012

Ontology of Spatial Thinking and Reasoning: Multi-Disciplinary Reconciliation (Workshop, co-organized with Daniel Montello and Donald Janelle), at COSIT 2011, Belfast, ME, September 2011

Modeling Event-Based Historical Narratives: A Conversation between Digital Humanists, Information Scientists and Computer Scientists (Panel, co-organizer), Digital Humanities 2011, Stanford University, June 2011

Spatial Literacy Benchmarks (Specialist workshop, co-organized with Donald Janelle), University of California, Santa Barbara, February, 2011

LENS Summer Institute: Mapping People (Invited), University of Redlands, June, 2010

Visualizing the Past (Roundtable & Workshop, Invited), University of California, Merced, March 2009

Spatial Thinking in Science and Design (Specialist workshop, invited) University of California, Santa Barbara, December 2008

Conference papers and presentations

Grossner, K. and E. Meeks, 2014, Topotime: Representing historical temporality, Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

Grossner, K., 2013, Computing Place, Digital Humanities 2013, Lincoln, NE US

Grossner, K., Meeks, E., and J. Christensen, 2013, Naturehoods: Measuring City Nature at Neighborhood Scale, Association of American Geographers (AAG), Los Angeles

Grossner, K., 2012, Event Objects for Placial History, Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany

Grossner, K., 2012, Towards an Emergent Spatial History Ontology, Association of American Geographers (AAG), New York, NY

Grossner, K., 2011, Mapping Events for Digital Historical Atlases, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center conference on Mapping Place: GIS in the Humanities, UC Santa Barbara

Grossner, K., 2010, Contested Knowledge in HGIS, Social Science History Association (SSHA), Chicago, IL

Grossner, K., 2010, Event Objects for Spatial History, GIScience 2010, Zurich, Switzerland

Grossner, K., 2010, Representing Historical Knowledge in GIS, Interactive Demo, Space-Time Modeling and Analysis Workshop, Redlands GIS Week, Redlands, CA

Grossner, K., 2009, Modeling Human Activity in Historical GIS, Social Science History Association (SSHA), Long Beach, CA

Grossner, K., 2009, Towards an Integrated Model of Human Activity , Doctoral Colloquium , Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT), Aber W’rach, France

Grossner, K., 2009, An ontology-driven data model of the 2008 US Presidential Election Cycle, Association of American Geographers (AAG), Las Vegas NV

Grossner, K., 2008, The First History of the 2008 US Presidential Campaign: Modeling and Measuring Election Discourse, Social Science History Association (SSHA), Miami FL

Grossner, K., 2008, An Ontology-Driven Data Model for a Digital Historical Atlas, Historical GIS 2008 (HGIS2008), University of Essex, Colchester, UK

Grossner, K., 2008, Defining a Digital Earth System, International Geographic Congress (IGC), Tunis, Tunisia

Grossner, K., 2008, Spatiotemporal Primitives for Digital Historical Atlases, Association of American Geographers (AAG), Boston MA

Villacorta, A., Grossner, K., Ventura, J., Hansen, A., Moxley, E., DeGuzman, J., & Peterson, M., 2007, Spheres of Influence (installation), ACM SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery, San Diego, CA

Grossner, K., 2007, Is Google Earth Digital Earth?—Defining a Vision, International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE), Berkeley CA

Grossner, K., Goodchild, M., Clarke, K., 2007, Defining a Digital Earth System, Association of American Geographers (AAG), San Francisco CA

Grossner, K., 2006, Is Google Earth Digital Earth?—Defining a Vision, University Consortium for GIScience Summer Assembly (UCGIS), Vancouver WA


Reviewer for: International Journal of Geographic Information Science; Semantic Web Journal; European Research Council; Digital Humanities conference series


Grant co-author and principle researcher on National Science Foundation grant award, “TeachSpatial: A Portal to Instructional Resources on Spatial Concepts for STEM Education.” (NSF-DUE #1043777)


University of California Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 2009-1010

Jack and Laura Dangermond Graduate Fellowship in GIScience, 2009

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Interactive Digital Multimedia, UC Santa Barbara, 2005-2008

SUNY-Buffalo IGERT scholarship for 6th Vespucci Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science in Fiesole, Italy, June 2008

AAG-NSF Student Travel Award, International Geographical Union meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, March 2008

Professional memberships

Association of American Geographers, 2005 –

Association for Computers and the Humanities, 2011 –

Co-founder and co-chair, GeoHumanities SIG, an ADHO Special Interest Group, 2013 –