Urban Consumption Patterns: OpenStreetMap and the Social Sciences

Here is a new conference paper with my colleagues Hamidreza Rabiei Dastjerdi and Gavin McArdle on the use of crowdsourced geospatial data for social science research at GISTAM 2020. Abstract. Citizen consumption refers to the goods and services which citizens utilise. This includes time spent on leisure and cultural activities as well as the consumption … Continue reading Urban Consumption Patterns: OpenStreetMap and the Social Sciences

Where are celebrities from? New York Yankees and Hollywood Anglos

In a new paper with my 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 to … Continue reading Where are celebrities from? New York Yankees and Hollywood Anglos

GIScience PhD scholarship at Uni. Leicester on “Data Census”

Come work with us! New GIScience/geographic data science fully-funded PhD scholarship at the University of Leicester, co-supervised by Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Prof Nick Tate (Uni. of Leicester), and Dr Andrea Ballatore (Birkbeck, University of London). All outstanding students of GIScience, quantitative geography, and related disciplines are encouraged to apply. [Full call here] Deadline: 21st January … Continue reading GIScience PhD scholarship at Uni. Leicester on “Data Census”

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