W2GIS keynote speech: “Beyond GIS? The future of Cultural Geo-Analytics”

I look forward to giving this keynote speech next week at the 19th International Symposium on Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems (W2GIS 2022). See the slides here.

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Title: Beyond GIS? The future of Cultural Geo-Analytics

Abstract: Cultural geo-analytics (CGA) is an emergent area that studies the geographical dimension of the production and consumption of cultural objects, relying on digital data and spatial methods. In this talk, I will explore how, as GIS experts, we can fruitfully collaborate with researchers in cultural studies, media studies, and digital humanities to shape new interdisciplinary agendas. Given the conceptual and empirical centrality of place in CGA, I will then discuss the challenges in its representation in GIS by offering an overview of several case studies.

Bio: Andrea Ballatore (he/him) is a Lecturer in Social and Cultural Informatics at King’s College London. From 2016 to 2021, he was employed as a Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at Birkbeck, University of London. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013, he completed a PhD in Computer Science at University College Dublin on geographic information retrieval and natural language processing. His current work combines cultural analytics and digital geographies, and is centred on collaborative projects with academic and corporate partners, including the Ordnance Survey and Facebook.