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The geography of video games

Le Monde recently published a fascinating cultural analysis of Red Dead Redemption 2, a massive AAA video game production set in the US in the late 19th century. This piece reminded me that some (artistically mature) video games enable the exploration of places and their social relations, combining the powers of cinema, role-playing games, and … Continue reading The geography of video games

PhD opportunities at Birkbeck / University College London in GIScience/Spatial Data Science

Applications for PhD Studentships at Birkbeck and University College London are now open via UBEL (+3 &1+3) – with a January deadline. We support applications in the Geospatial Analysis / Geographic Information Science streams (under Human Geography, see https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/eligibility/pathways/human-geography), and we can co-supervise PhD programmes with colleagues at UCL. If you are interested in applying … Continue reading PhD opportunities at Birkbeck / University College London in GIScience/Spatial Data Science

Wikimapia: An overlooked source of Volunteered Geographic Information

New paper: A. Ballatore & J. Jokar Arsanjani (2018) Placing Wikimapia: An exploratory analysis, in the International Journal of Geographical Information Science. [PDF] Abstract: Wikimapia is a major privately owned volunteered geographic information (VGI) project to collect information about places. Over the past 10 years, Wikimapia has attracted hundreds of thousands of contributors and collected millions … Continue reading Wikimapia: An overlooked source of Volunteered Geographic Information

Representing uncertainty through sound

New paper with David Gordon and Alexander Boone: "Sonifying data uncertainty with sound dimensions" in Cartography and Geographic Information Science. [PDF] Abstract: The communication of data uncertainty is a crucial problem in data science, information visualization, and geographic information science (GIScience). Effective ways to communicate the uncertainty of data enables data consumers to interpret the data … Continue reading Representing uncertainty through sound