Research talk at ENS in Lyon, France • 8 Dec 2022

A new research talk, this time in France 🇫🇷: Notre collègue Denis Vigier coordonne la deuxième édition du cycle de conférences Extraction, traitement et visualisation de données complexes en géographie (XVIIIe siècle – XIXe siècle), organisées à l’ENS de Lyon et financées par l’Institut Rhônalpin des systèmes Complexes (IXXI). Il est adossé au projet GEODE du LabEx ASLAN. Photo by Negative Space … Continue reading Research talk at ENS in Lyon, France • 8 Dec 2022

Mapping museums in the UK

This article, written with museum guru Fiona Candlin, is the culmination of years of tortuous data collection and analysis and outlines a detailed quantitative geography of UK museums. It's available open access in the Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. All the data and resources are freely available on GitHub. Abstract: Museums are important centres … Continue reading Mapping museums in the UK

Plotting film toponyms: A study in cultural geo-analytics

My colleagues Stefano De Sabbata, Daniel Chavez Heras, and I have a new short paper out, accepted for Spatial Humanities 2022. After many years of rumination, we have finally started doing some geospatial analytics on film data, which I find very exciting. 🎬🗺📈 Abstract: Films are deeply geographical. Externally, they are produced in places, across … Continue reading Plotting film toponyms: A study in cultural geo-analytics

Video • Demarcating place in cultural geo-analytics

Here's the recording of my ISPRS webinar with Prof Skupin: Abstract: Cultural geo-analytics (CGA) studies the geographical dimension in the production and consumption of cultural objects, relying on digital data and spatial methods. Given the conceptual and empirical centrality of place in CGA, I will outline the main challenges and desiderata in place representation, addressing … Continue reading Video • Demarcating place in cultural geo-analytics

[CfP] GIScience 2021 workshop: Three cultures

Because of Covid, GIScience 2020 has been postponed to 2021. We will communicate the new deadline for this workshop as soon as possible. GIScience 2020 2021 Workshop The social, the science and the humanities: Bridging three cultures of geographic information in the pandemic Workshop date & location: September 15, 2020 -- Poznań, Poland Submission deadline: … Continue reading [CfP] GIScience 2021 workshop: Three cultures

Los Angeles as a digital place: mapping bias in user-generated content

In this new article, written with fellow geographer Stefano De Sabbata, we explore the relationship between spatial user-generated content from Twitter, Foursquare, OpenStreetMap, and Wikipedia and socio-economic variables in Los Angeles County [read the full paper in PDF]. All the data and resources are freely available on GitHub. Abstract: Online representations of places are becoming pivotal in informing our … Continue reading Los Angeles as a digital place: mapping bias in user-generated content

Assessing the Usability of Participatory GIS

In this new article, my colleagues of the SeaSketch team, Werner Kuhn, and I developed a questionnaire to evaluate the usability of participatory GIS [read the full paper in PDF]. The article was nominated as Best Full Paper at AGILE 2019. All the data and resources are freely available on GitHub.   Abstract: Since its emergence in the 1990s, … Continue reading Assessing the Usability of Participatory GIS

Tracing Search Geographies with Google Trends: 6 lessons learnt

In a new article that will be presented at AGILE later this year, my colleagues Simon Scheider, Bas Spierings, and I explore the potential of Google Trends to understand how the search interest in geographic areas changes in space and time, looking at the Amsterdam metropolitan region as a case study [read the full paper … Continue reading Tracing Search Geographies with Google Trends: 6 lessons learnt

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