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Where are celebrities from? New York Yankees and Hollywood Anglos

In a new paper with my esteemed colleague Eric Kaufmann, we used a crowdsourced dataset from Ethnicelebs.com to study, among other things, when and where American celebrities from diverse backgrounds anglicise their names to adhere to a WASP ideal. For example, action-movie actor of Catholic Lithuanian heritage Charles Dennis Buchinsky changed his surname to Bronson not … Continue reading Where are celebrities from? New York Yankees and Hollywood Anglos

A Context Frame for Interactive Maps

Demo: https://andrea-ballatore.github.io/map-context-frame Digital maps are ubiquitous, supporting countless online activities. Most interactive mapping platforms support three user operations to move across space: zooming in, zooming out, and panning. While using interactive maps, it is common for users to land in an unfamiliar area at high zoom levels. To understand the location of the area, users … Continue reading A Context Frame for Interactive Maps

An Arts Scholar Learns about Administrative Geography and Datasets

New interdisciplinary blog post on the Mapping Museums blog by Fiona Candlin and me: The first task was deciding which boundaries we should use to search and map the museums listed in our dataset. The Museum Development Network and Arts Council use regions as the basis for organising support and funding. The Office of National Statistics also … Continue reading An Arts Scholar Learns about Administrative Geography and Datasets

10 tips for interdisciplinary research careers

Interdisciplinarity has been a hot topic in academia for several decades and is probably here to stay. Having done interdisciplinary research for almost 10 years in the UK/US academia, I feel I am in a position to offer my advice regarding the challenges and rewards of crossing the treacherous boundaries of disciplines (and departments). For a … Continue reading 10 tips for interdisciplinary research careers

PhD Studentship at LSHTM/Birkbeck on health geography/data science

Application Deadline: Tue 30 April 2019 (previously deadline extended), full info on the LSHTM website. Project Title: Impact of changes in the food environment on food and drink purchasing using large-scale secondary data Supervisory Team Principal Supervisor: Professor Steve Cummins (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Co-Supervisor: Dr Laura Cornelsen (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Co-Supervisor: Dr Andrea Ballatore (Birkbeck, … Continue reading PhD Studentship at LSHTM/Birkbeck on health geography/data science

Moving to open access in GIScience

See also my list of open access resources for GIScience. Open access is coming. The radical European Plan S is just the latest of major pushes to reform the current expensive and irrational model. Since the second half of the 20th century, academic authors have usually published without fees, while a handful of private publishers reap handsome … Continue reading Moving to open access in GIScience

GIS is bigger than Big Data: The battle of the buzzwords

Have you heard of hyperlocal, cloud computing, and the gig economy? Arguably, these are buzzwords used to describe things that have existed for a long time in a new, exciting way (e.g. services aimed at local markets, outsourcing computational tasks to data centres, and poorly paid, insecure jobs). Wikipedia has a nice, up-to-date list of … Continue reading GIS is bigger than Big Data: The battle of the buzzwords