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VGI – Citizens as Sensors Article

23 November 2015 - 9:56pm
In GEOG 407, we discussed the important role VGI plays in neogeography. Goodchild’s article, Citizen as Sensors: the world of volunteered geography, does a good job of exemplifying how the nature of geographic data is changing with the emergence of the Web 2.0 and crowdsourced platforms (2007). For my work on open data standards, I observed how VGI […]

Thoughts on VGI

23 November 2015 - 9:28pm
In Elwood et al’s article “Prospects for VGI Research and the Emerging Fourth Paradigm” I am drawn to the schism described between the spatial orientation of geographers and the ‘platial’ orientation of most people who “tend to refer to locations by name, whether or not such names refer to precisely bounded areas” (363). Furthermore, Elwood […]

Thoughts on Drones

23 November 2015 - 8:45pm
In his article “The social implications of using drones for biodiversity conservation”, Chris Sandbrook notes that “it has been argued that the use of new technology can be empowering for local groups if it provides them with the means to collect their own data, enforce rules and challenge the claims of others who may wish […]

Social Implications of Drones – Sandbrook

23 November 2015 - 8:26pm
Attending the key note speaker on GIS day reminded me that most of the commercial and government sectors perceive GIS as a tool. When Marina asked the keynote speaker about the ethical implications of remote sensing, it appeared to me that the question deviated from the topics from the presented lecture. Issues of privacy, data […]

Watts 2012: What will the legal environment of drone operators look like?

23 November 2015 - 5:57pm
Watts’s article about unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) offers a broad overview of the technological development and variety of drones. The main civilian uses mentioned in this article, such as monitoring of wildfires, scientific research and mine safety, do seem like good avenues for the use of this technology. Safety concerns are important in these contexts, […]

Military bound

23 November 2015 - 3:00pm
I enjoyed Sandbrook’s (2015) description of some of the non-military applications of drones, as the author mentions the two can be hard to separate.  In fact I found this article to be a justification (critical justification?) of their use.  I say critical because of Sandbrook does not shy away from the negative uses of drones, he […]

Social Implications of Using Drones for Biodiversity Conservation: Sandbrook 2015

23 November 2015 - 1:43pm
In Sandbrook’s “Social Implications of Using Drones for Biodiversity Conservation”, the ethical and social issues surrounding the use of drones for conservation research are discussed, and positioned within the bigger conversation of the benefits and costs of using such technologies for empirical research. Drones are in their infancy with regards not only to conservation research, […]

Can drones ever be a neutral technology?

23 November 2015 - 3:23am
The article by Chris Sandbrook on “The social implications of using drones for biodiversity conservation” is aptly named and raises questions about the development of drone technology beyond its usefulness for research (2015) . I do realize that I am already biased against drones and that was especially obvious when I read the phrase “we […]

Sandbrook 2015 – Filling the big gap in ethical discussions

21 November 2015 - 5:17pm
The Sandbrook article discusses drone use in conservation and its possible negative social consequences. I really appreciated the general direction the article takes, as well as some of the more specific aspects of the article; for example, the author’s attentiveness to language. Sandbrook addresses the fact that there are many negative connotations with the word […]

VGI: crowdsourcing the places that matter to people

19 November 2015 - 5:39pm
The Elwood et al article raises many important and intriguing questions, many of which are very relevant to what I discussed in my presentation on critical GIS. There is definitely overlap between the topics, as is discussed in the article. I appreciated that the authors brought up how deeply political it is to create a […]

Citizens as Sensors: Goodchild, 2007

18 November 2015 - 7:48pm
In his 2007 article, Goodchild reviews the history and important technologies that led to volunteered geographic information (VGI) as we know it today. While I myself was quite familiar with the advantages  of VGI (and some of the main data quality concerns), I was unfamiliar with the effect that Google has had on how users […]

GIS and Society – Sheppard

17 November 2015 - 12:37am
Sheppard begins this paper with a beautiful metaphor for GIS: the escalator that geography can ride to finally occupy its legitimate position as a significant member of the quantitative and empirical sciences. I chuckled because I often find myself defending geography to my engineering buddies by saying, “Hey, but we do GIS, it’s like a […]

Feminist GIS – Kwan

17 November 2015 - 12:13am
I have been looking forward to discussing the topic of Critical GIS in this course. I was particularly excited to read Kwan’s article that discussed Feminist Visualization in GIS because I have studied feminist theory for other courses and find the subject very relevant to my own personal experiences. Because feminist theory is so varying […]

The Nature of Progress in GIS (Sheppard 1995)

16 November 2015 - 11:49pm
Eric Sheppard has truly provided an unbiased viewpoint on the various sentiments towards GIS. I feel the split between techies and individuals is not as profound as it must have been in 1995, due to the more universal acceptance of computing technology in the 21st century. I was very pleased with Sheppard’s point concerning the […]

Critical GIS (Sheppard)

16 November 2015 - 9:47pm
The paper “Critical GIS: GIS and Society: Towards a Research Agenda” by Eric Sheppard (1995) is in my eyes, remarkably forward-thinking. Sheppard’s personal insight into GIS 20 years ago is impressive when you take into account the fact that the field of GIS and technological advancement overall has changed very rapidly. He seems to get […]

Kwan et al: Prospects for a Feminist GIScience?

16 November 2015 - 9:41pm
I find Kwan’s article very helpful in demonstrating the opportunities and limitations of applying GIS to Feminist geography. Though some of the specific examples of Feminist critiques of GIS used language that seemed slightly hyperbolic, I found the overall essence of the critiques to be convincing. These critiques, not only of GIS but more broadly […]

GIS and Society (Sheppard 1995)

16 November 2015 - 8:42pm
Sheppard constructs a solid argument that to understand the social impacts of GIS will both improve our understanding of GIS as a tool (by better situating its epistemological underpinnings and their strengths and limitations) and because GIS has complex effects on society apart from positivist assumptions of general benefit. As a new method of investigation […]

Feminist Visualization: Kwan, 2002

16 November 2015 - 8:07pm
In Kwan’s Feminist Visualization piece, the benefits and limitations of current GIScience (referred to as GIS by the author) research methods with regards to feminist areas of inquiry are explored from a critical GIScience perspective. Kwan details at great length the historical antecedents of feminist geography, defining it as “research [that] draws upon cultural, post-structural, […]

GIS and Society: Towards a Research Agenda – Sheppard 1995

16 November 2015 - 2:56pm
The text “GIS and Society: Towards a Research Agenda” by Eric Sheppard (1995) explores many of the often forgotten (or purposefully omitted?) externalities of GIS in addition to an analysis of the effects of the assumptions behind its development.  Sheppard touches on nearly all the social  contentions my colleagues and I have been discussing this […]

GIS and Society: Towards a Research Agenda (1995)

14 November 2015 - 7:03pm
Since Sheppard’s article was published in 1995, certain technological and societal conditions have encouraged GIS research to expand into GIScience, and thus current GI research has affected our modern “way of knowing” (9). For example: with easy internet access and norms, VGI developed and then affected society (e.g. citizens now check VGI-based traffic reports). Before delving […]